Anthony Candelino announced his resignation late last Friday, 31/2 months after leading the Bulldogs to the Class 4A state championship, the program’s first since 1989.
Candelino said his resignation was due to the school changing course on agreements that had previously been in place throughout his six years as head coach. Bolles is under its fourth different headmaster since Candelino was hired in 2010.
“I really appreciate the opportunity. I made friends I know that will last a lifetime,” he said. “To me, teamwise, or parents, alumni, teachers, the staff, I know I’ll be friends with for a long, long time. I’m really bummed. But it’s life. It’s time for me to move on. I love coaching. I enjoy it too much to stop. I don’t know if I’ll coach again right away. If not, I may wait a year or so. Maybe make up for lost time with my family.”
Candelino went 138-29 in six seasons, never turning in a season with fewer than 16 victories. He led Bolles to a 30-3 season in February and won the Class 4A state championship. He was the Florida Dairy Farmers 4A coach of the year and finished sixth in balloting for the state’s top coaching honor.