Published On: Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

Ray Berger named new Olympic Heights head coach

081007 spt berger.jpgFor the third time in the last six months, Olympic Heights High School has a new head football coach.

With the resignation of Dale Williams, for a lucrative sales position at a national sporting goods company on Monday according to Ken LaVicka of ESPN Palm Beach, and with only one week before the start of fall practices, Olympic Heights were in a hurry to find a head coach.

The Lions didn’t hesitate as they named Ray Berger the program’s third head coach in six months early on Tuesday.

According to Palm Beach Post’s Anthony Chiang, Williams, who did not coach a regular-season game at Olympic Heights as he was hired in March to replace Kevin Fleury who left for John I. Leonard in late January, would not have been able to guarantee that he would be at the school everyday and so he decided it was best to resign before even starting.

“With the job that I took, I couldn’t guarantee that I would be there every day,” Williams told PB Gametime. “I had to turn in my resignation.”

Berger is no stranger to Olympic Heights, in fact, the 51 year old had interviewed for the open position earlier this year but took his name out of the race due to “attachment” reasons to Spanish River High School. However, when opportunity comes back and knocks for a second time, it’s hard to say no.

Berger has a career record of 79-58 as a head coach. He had was 75-32 in two stints at Santaluces (1994-2003, 2007), and 4-26 in three seasons at Spanish River (2009-11).

During his 10 years at the helm of the Santaluces Chiefs, Berger saw a great amount of success, winning three district titles, making eight playoff appearances and sending 40 players on to Division I college football, including New England Patriots defensive tackle and former Miami Hurricane Vince Wilfork.

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  1. Ray,

    I am so proud of you !!!
    Feel free to email me at your convenience ..

    Fondly,

    Your 1st grade teacher

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