Lakatriona Brunson Named First Female High School Head Coach in Florida

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A Florida high school has changed the history of the state by hiring its first female high school football head coach. Lakatriona Brunson, 38, who was already a physical education teacher at Miami Jackson High School also played professional football for the Miami Fury during the mid-2000s in the Independent Women’s Football League.

According to the Miami Herald, Brunson was a track and field and basketball star for Miami Northwestern Senior High School. She went on to play college basketball at Tennessee State where she earned a degree in Health and Physical Education/Fitness.

“Today is historic for not only Florida, but Miami Jackson,” Brunson said during a press conference. “When [former coach Earl Little] stepped down, I took a look at [the job] like, ‘Why can’t I do it?’ ”

Brunson, is also well known for her role on popular reality show South Beach Tow, where she is a driver and assistant manager for Tremont Towing, the company featured in the show.

“It’s a woman here and there’s going to be a lot of…everything going but guess what? I’m going to show you we can do it just as much as anybody else,” she said.

“It’s a lot of people that probably applied for this position and look who is here,” Brunson said. “I’m ready for whatever comes my way. I’m ready to fight, ready to get these guys prepared and ready to win.”

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