Tim Tebow's High School Hires Former NFL QB Shane Matthews as Head Coach

Jeff Fisher@HSFBamericaContributor IJanuary 16, 2012

Matthews 14 Years in NFL
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Two days after Tim Tebow's NFL season came to an end, a new chapter opened at his high school.

Former NFL quarterback Shane Matthews has been named the new head football coach at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida, according to First Coast News.

Matthews, who played with six teams including the Chicago Bears during a 14-year NFL career, takes over for Danny Cowgill, who wasn't brought back by the school’s administration after back-to-back 4-6 seasons.

This will be Matthews' first head coaching position in high school.

Tebow played for Nease for three seasons, leading the Panthers to their first-ever state championship in his senior season. Tebow threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns in Nease’s 44-37 win over two-time defending state champ Armwood in the Class 4A title game. He also rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the championship game.

During his senior season, Tebow totaled over 4,400 yards in total offense with 31 passing touchdowns and 21 rushing TDs.

Tebow was named Florida’s Mr. Football during his junior and senior seasons. He finished his career at Nease with 9,810 career passing yards and 3,886 rush yards. He accounted for 157 touchdowns through the air and on the ground.

Like Tebow, Matthews played his college ball at the University of Florida. Matthews, who led the Gators to their first official SEC championship in 1991, led the conference in passing for all three of his seasons as a starter. 

Matthews is the latest former NFL player going back to the roots of the game.

Last year, another former NFL quarterback, Gus Frerotte took-over the reigns of John Burroughs in Missouri. Frerotte led his school to a runner-up finish in Class 3.

Don Beebe, the former Buffalo Bill, Carolina Panther and Green Bay Packer, led Aurora Christian to an Illinois Class 3A state title in 2011.