Ocala, Florida — Trinity Catholic Celtics’ head football coach, John Brantley III, is stepping down and calling it a career as head coach of the Celtics. Brantley spent 11 years in the Celtics program with seven of them as the head coach. Brantley broke the news during the Celtics annual end of the year football banquet.
Brantley joined the Trinity Catholic football program as head coach of the Junior Varsity team in 2003 and slowly worked his way up to varsity assistant coach until he was named the Celtics third head coach in 2008.
Brantley helped solidify the Trinity Catholic football program as a state contender every year. During his time as head coach, Brantley helped the Celtics program win a state championship, reach another state championship game, and win every district game they played.
I had the honor to play for John Brantley III during his time as head coach of the Celtics. He was the type of coach that made playing the sport of football fun. He allowed his players to have fun but made sure everyone was focused when they needed to be. He made every win sweeter and uplifted the team after every loss. Brantley also had the most important quality any coach can have; he always put his players first. I am saddened by Brantley’s departure but I congratulate and thank him for everything he has done for the Trinity Catholic football program.
The former University of Florida quarterback said this is not the end of his involvement in football as he plans to continue his annual Brantley QB Camp.
—By Brandon Wilson—