Bay’s Keith Bland resigns as head football coach

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Bay head football coach Keith Bland announced Friday afternoon that he will be resigning from the Tornadoes program.

In his three seasons, Bland led the Tornadoes to a 9-19 record, but those numbers don’t tell the true story of what most would consider success.

The program was in shambles when Bland took over the season after Hurricane Michael and built it from scratch.

In his second season, the Tornadoes went 5-2 and won the Bay County Championship.

In his senior season, the Tornadoes struggled with countless injuries, the most significant of which came in Week 1 when quarterback Will Smiley tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

Bland said training at Bay High was a dream job for him and he would always be a Tornado.

“It was very lucky, I love being a Tornado, I graduated from Tornado, I worked here half my career, so it’s a special place in my heart,” Bland said. . “And so, I want to see these young men believe in Bay High School and the next coach is going to be better than me, and that’s going to be the next coach to eventually take them and win a state championship.”

Bland earned his doctorate last year and plans to use it to stay in a leadership role, taking a job as a manager in another state.

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