High school football in the Sunshine State stands out from the rest of the country, with year-round training and frequent head coaching changes. This off-season has seen significant turnover in coaching positions across the state. Here’s a glimpse at some of the recent developments in Florida’s high school football scene:
Tyler Eden has been named the new head coach at Bartow. Widely praised for his work with Davenport quarterback Brinley Vandiver during the 2021 season, Eden has earned respect throughout Polk County.
Eden is set to showcase his coaching skills at Bartow High School as their new head coach. On Thursday, the school’s athletics department officially introduced Eden as the Yellow Jackets’ latest leader.
Last season, the Yellow Jackets posted a 5-6 record in Class 4-Suburban, making it to the postseason before losing 63-20 in the region quarterfinal against Lake Minneola. Eden takes over from Richard Tate, who has moved on to become the head coach at Ridge Community.
As Davenport’s offensive coordinator, Eden’s most notable work was in the 2021 season. Under his guidance, quarterback Vandiver excelled, throwing for 2,566 yards, with 20 touchdowns and only three interceptions.