By: Wells Dusenbury
Spanish River waited a while to hire a new football coach, but they certainly made a splash with their selection. The Sharks hired former FAU assistant Rod Payne to take over the Spanish River program. Payne replaces Ray Berger, who resigned following a 4-6 season.
"He brings a lot of collegiate experience and structure to the program," said Spanish River athletic director Kevin McEnroe.
Payne spent the previous three seasons at FAU, his first two as the strength and conditioning coach, and his third as the defensive line coach. Prior to FAU, Payne was a standout center at the University of Michigan from 1993-1997 and was selected as a First Team All-American in 1996. Payne later played in the NFL and won a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001.
He later served as the head coach of West Minster Academy in 2007 and Felix Varela High School in 2008, before joining the Owls staff.
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