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New Coach Hopes to Provide Green Pastures to Tornado Football

June 26, 2014
Terry Vaughan

It is perhaps part of the most quoted chapter of scripture in all of the Holy Book.

..."He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul."

On Thursday afternoon Bradford High School named Corey Green as its next Head Football Coach. The former Hamilton County Trojan Head Coach has plans to plant the needed seeds that will result in a Green and lush pasture down the road.

The waters that  the Tornado Football program have navigated through have been anything but still in recent years. Green will be the 10th man to carry the title since the legendary David Hurse announced his retirement following the 1990 football season. It is not a program that needs to restore its soul, but Green could be the figure that can help awaken the great tradition that is Tornado football. A lack of stability at the top has been a deterrent to consistent success.

Bradford fans can take comfort in knowing that Green hopes to establish deep roots and has a trusted resource to turn to in times of trouble.

"I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.."

Green has gleaned the art of coaching largely from his legendary father. Danny Green is one of Florida's all-time greats and has been a winner in every locale he has hung his hat-from Baker County, to Columbia, to Orange Park. It is believed that the elder Green will be assisting his 37 year old son on the Tornado staff. While Corey will be his own man, Bradford faithful have reason to be optimistic if DNA means anything. 

"Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death"...

The path ahead is not for the weak of heart. The 2014 schedule will indeed feel like a stroll through the valley of death. Non District games against the likes of Suwannee, Wakulla and Baker County are lurking. Several key players have contemplating transfers to other schools. Green will have to be the shepherd that seeks out members of the flock that have wandered off and brings them back into the fold.

The job will be tough. Green is confident that he is the man to lead this program toward greener pastures if Tornado fans will remain patient.