PETTIS ON THE RECORD: Former Crestview athletic director tells all

Kevin Pettis

Outgoing Crestview High School athletic director and head football coach Kevin Pettis

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 05:00 PM.

Editor's Note: Outgoing Crestview High School athletic director and head football coach Kevin Pettis recently sat down with the News Bulletin to answer some questions concerning his departure for Sebastian River High School.
Showing support for his new school, he spoke to Sports Editor Randy Dickson wearing a Sharks cap as he answered questions about various allegations and rumors circulating throughout his Crestview career.

Q: Why did you leave Crestview High for a job that reportedly pays several thousand dollars less?

A: It was just an opportunity for me to get back to where I'm used to coaching at. My son (Trey) wants us to go back to Central Florida.

I always thought that area — SebastianRiver and Vero Beach— is untested waters. Really, since the 1980s was the last time Vero really made a big splash, so I thought it was a lot like DeLand. We just wanted to get back to Central Florida and that's really the reason.

That's not a coach's answer — that's really the reason.

Were there off-the-field issues that were going on? Absolutely, and it's not me running from anything, but it just came up. Every year as a coach you look for other places. I guarantee you, every time a job comes open, if a guy ain't in the drop, he looks to see what is coming open.

I always thought I wanted to go back to Panama City (his hometown), but I'm in Panama City, really. It's not any different. I just wanted to go back to Central Florida.

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