NEW PORT RICHEY — Gulf High School suspended head football Jason Grain has resigned as the school’s coach, athletic director Bruno Buonsanto announced June 11 in a text message.
Grain was suspended for two games by the school during the 2018 season for reasons not specified by Gulf’s administration.
Nevertheless, his resignation comes as a surprise with summer workouts and 7-on-7 tournaments taking place. It leaves the Buccaneers in search of their eighth head coach in the last decade.
Grain was heading into his third season as the Buccaneers coach and in the 2017 season went 2-8, with one of the victories coming via forfeit over Cypress Creek. The Buccaneers in 2018 had a rough go at it, with Gulf ending the season at 1-9 and suffered back-to-back blowouts at the hands of district rivals Zephyrhills, 55-0, and River Ridge, 62-0.
The Buccaneers only win on the 2018 season was a 14-12 victory over Cypress Creek to start the campaign. After that, however, Gulf wasn’t able to replicate that first win. The Buccaneers ended up dropping nine in a row and didn’t scored more than 14 points in any of the losses, except for the 29 points it scored against St. Petersburg Catholic.
Gulf is now on the hunt once again for a coach, and one possible candidate for the job is former Buccaneers’ head coach Jay Fulmer, who is the offensive coordinator at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School. The McLaughlin Hurricanes finished 4-6 in 2018.
Fulmer, who has expressed interest in his old job, coached at Gulf from 2005 until 2010 and led the Buccaneers to the postseason in 2006 and 2008. Fulmer was later the head coach at the now-defunct Ridgewood High School.
Before coming to Gulf, Grain had coaching experience at Sarasota Booker, Palm Harbor University and Largo. The former Pinellas County assistant also played football collegiately at the University of Southern California and the former Trojan made 11 starts at offensive guard in 1998.