Cape Coral High School football coach Brad Metheny was fired earlier this week by Principal Matt Maderios after two very successful seasons.
Maderios told Metheny he wanted the program to go in a different direction and would not renew Metheny's supplementary coaching contract for next year. Metheny said he will remain at Cape as a teacher unless another coaching opportunity presents itself.
"We were undefeated in district play for two years, won two district championships and made the second round of the playoffs both years," said Metheny, who compiled a 17-7 record overall in his two seasons. "It's his decision, so I guess we'll see how it works out for him."
Maderios, who is in his first year as principal at Cape High, did not want to speak for himself, instead directing all inquiries on the situation to Joe Donzelli Director of Communications at the Lee County School District.
"The principal is not required to discuss his decision," said Donzelli. "It's a supplemental contract, there is no guarantee it will be renewed. Coaches are let go with winning records and with losing records all the time. I'm sure Mr. Maderios wanted to do what he thought was best for the students and for the school."
Metheny said he had heard rumors for a couple of weeks.
"One way I was shocked, and in one way I was not," said Metheny. "My philosophy has always been that when one door closes, another opens. I gotta believe that is the case."
Nine players coached by Metheny the last two seasons, four of them this season, are going on to play college football from the Division III level to Division I.
"I'll cherish the memories of the kids and take that with me to my next job," he said. "I still get texts and calls from several kids from Frostproof. They know they can do that."