Former Seminole standout is third head coach in past four years

BRADENTON

Brett Timmons knows he has some big shoes to fill as head coach at Southeast High School.

Timmons, who played for the Seminoles during their championship seasons in the 1990’s, considers joining the likes of Paul Meachtle, John Warren and Rashad West an honor.

“It’s a privilege to be the coach here at Southeast High School,” said Timmons, who played on Southeast’s 1993 and 1994 state championship squads. “It’s an honor to be the next in line and carry on the tradition and move this program forward.”

Senior quarterback Garrett Hight has had to learn three different offensive systems during his time at Southeast after playing under Warren as a freshman and West the last two years. The Seminoles went from a run-heavy team his freshman year to a more dynamic offense under West.

“The biggest difference between coach West and Timmons is just vocabulary,” Hight said. “It’s a lot more read-option this time around. I think this offense definitely has the capability to work ... but we’ve got a lot of young guys.”

Hight said that despite Timmons’ connections to Southeast’s glory days, his coach is more focused on the future — something that is important with a young roster.

“I think that’s great because you can learn a lot from history,” Hight said. “If we don’t learn from our recent history, we’re doomed to repeat it. He knows what it took to be that championship team and he’s trying to push us into that mentality of a brotherhood.”

One group on the Seminoles that is quickly falling into the brotherhood category is its offensive line.

Kai McClean, Jordan Taylor, Alex Taylor, Damarion Murray and Mike Brodsky make up a strong offensive line group. McClean spent part of his offseason working with a sensei (martial arts teacher) in Japan.

“It was vacation, but you want to keep working during the offseason,” he said. “We got to hit weights, see some sumo wrestling matches and, of course, that really interests me being an offensive lineman. Working with a sensei makes me a little more unique on the field and maybe even more prepared.”

McClean is trying to teach his fellow linemen about the art of sumo wrestling, where wrestlers try to gain ground and then drive their opponents out of the ring.

“That is what we should be as offensive linemen,” McLean said. “We should be steady, balanced and be able to drive with a huge blow to the defensive line.”

With a blend of unique personalities, veteran leadership with the likes of senior defensive stars DJ Bryant and Jordan Alexis along with a cast of younger talent, Timmons sees light at the end of the tunnel — a tunnel connecting the past to the future.

“At the end of the day, Southeast is always going to be Southeast,” he said. “We may not have as much as we used to in the past, but it’s still the tough kids from the east side of Manatee County that love to wear the orange and blue and love to play football the right way.”