JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tocoi Creek has its second head football coach in program history.
The Toros announced the hire of Zach Harbison on Tuesday morning to lead the program as it enters its third year of play. Harbison, who spent the last three seasons helping get Englewood back to football stability, becomes just the second coach in Tocoi Creek history. He replaces Mike Kolakowski, who retired after two seasons building the Toros from the ground up.
“I think that’s what the most exciting thing is, it’s a new program, but a good new program,” Harbison said. “What Coach K left is really strong. I don’t want to rock the boat too much because he left it in really good shape. We just want to take this program to a really high level.”
Harbison did a solid job with the Rams. In his three seasons there, he finished with an 11-17 mark. The last two years, though, Englewood was a combined 9-11. The Rams haven’t finished over .500 since 2006 (they were 6-4), although Harbison did get them to 5-5 in 2021.
Being able to win and compete at Englewood is a major accomplishment. Tocoi Creek provides a better situation across the board, with the realistic potential to be a playoff team in 2023.
High school football coaching changes
|School||Former coach||New coach|
|Atlantic Coast||Mike Montemayor||Step Durham|
|Bartram Trail||Darrell Sutherland||Cory Johns|
|Christ’s Church||Koreen Burch||Vacant|
|Columbia||Demetric Jackson||Brian Allen|
|Flagler Palm Coast||Robert Paxia||Vacant|
|Fleming Island||Damenyum Springs||Chad Parker|
|Fort White||Lee Dorsett||Demetric Jackson|
|Hilliard||Waylon Cox||Daniel Thomas|
|Keystone Heights||Chuck Dickinson||Steve Reynolds|
|Menendez||Matt Potak/Ben White||Vacant|
|Oakleaf||Marcus Miller (interim)||Christopher Foy|
|Tocoi Creek||Mike Kolakowski||Zach Harbison|
|West Nassau||Rickey Armstrong||Gunnar Cox|
|Wolfson||Step Durham||Jermaine Wilson|
Kolakowski got the Toros up to speed quickly. Tocoi Creek, which opened in 2021 near the World Golf Village in St. Johns County, went 3-5 in its first season. They chased a state playoff berth down to the final week last year before finishing 6-4.
Harbison said that he’s seen film of the Toros through common opponents and noticed similiarities between his former team and his new one.
“They’re a really tough group. They don’t beat themselves, which is something we did at Englewood, too,” Harbison said. “We have to maximize our talent and not beat ourselves.”
It has been an active offseason for area coaching moves, especially in St. Johns and Nassau counties. Bartram Trail’s Darrell Sutherland, Menendez’s Matt Potak and Kolakowski all resigned following the season. The Falcons went on to hire Ben White, but he resigned unexpectedly earlier this month.
In Nassau, Gunnar Cox replaced Rickey Armstrong at West Nassau. And Hilliard’s position was filled by alum Daniel Thomas, who played in the NFL after being a second-round pick of the Dolphins.