Holy Trinity’s first African-American head coach steps down after eight historic years

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Holy Trinity announced Monday that head football coach Nate Hooks will no longer be its head football coach.

Hooks has been leading the program since 2014, when he became its first African-American head coach. The 1982 Cocoa High graduate was the second-longest-tenured head coach in Brevard County.

Under Hooks, the Tigers got their first FHSAA regional playoff win in program history in 2018 at higher-seeded Cardinal Newman. They earned their first home playoff victory last November, defeating Father Lopez. In his time there, the program grew from a roster numbered in the 20s to one with more than 40 players last season.

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The coaching change marks the sixth in Brevard since the 2021 season. MCC, Merritt Island, Satellite, Titusville and Viera also changed head coaches.

Hooks, a Tennessee Tech graduate with a master’s in human performance biomechanics from the University of Tennessee, will continue as a faculty member. Those interested in applying for the open coaching job should e-mail athletic director James Phillips at jphillips@htes.org.

Workouts will continue under coach Vincent Martins. A release from the school said Phillips was “confident Holy Trinity’s football program remains in a solid position to continue its winning tradition and excited about the new chapter that lies ahead for our varsity Tigers.”

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