The Florida Tech football program is being shut down, effective immediately.
From the school’s release, which notes COVID-19 as the reason behind staff and program reductions:
The Florida Tech football program, which was founded in 2011 and competes in the Gulf South Conference, will be eliminated effective immediately. The team fields 120 players, and students on scholarship will have their scholarship awards honored for up to four years. Additional answers to questions related to this decision may be found here.
“The unprecedented uncertainty created by COVID-19 makes these moves prudent, but no less painful,” McCay told the campus community in his letter. “We must do what is necessary to preserve resources critical to our educational mission and ensure our ability to successfully serve students when face-to-face instruction resumes this fall. I appreciate each of you, and I am humbled by your hard work and sacrifice.”
Florida Tech was one of just two Division II football programs in the entire talent-rich state of Florida, leaving just rival West Florida as the lone D-II program in The Sunshine State.
There has not yet been an official announcement from the school. The program also recently dropped their women’s golf program shortly after winning a national title.
The program was started up in 2011 and Indiana State (FCS) offensive coordinator Steve Englehart was chosen to lead the program. Englehart also spent four seasons as the head coach at Rose Hulman (D-III – IN) where he went an impressive 26-14 as one of the youngest head coaches in college football.
After Englehart and his staff had a few seasons to build the roster and start the program from the ground up, they played their first season in 2013 and went 5-7. The program saw steady progress in the three years that followed, going 6-5, 7-4 and 8-3 from 2014-16. That 2015 was highlighted by two victories against top 5 D-II programs in the same season.
Englehart went 44-35 overall with the program he was instrumental in building from the ground up, winning 13 games the past two years and making two D-II playoff appearances in the past four seasons. Including his time at Rose-Hulman, Englehart has a 70-49 record as a college head coach.
The Florida Tech staff was made up of the following individuals that will now be on the hunt for new roles:
|Steve Englehart||Head Coach|
|Jayson Martin||OC / QBs|
|Aaron Archie||Co-DC / ILBs|
|Brian Vaughn||Co-DC / DBs|
|Mike Engle||WRs / STC|
|Liam Smith||OLBs / Recruiting Coordinator|
|Eric Wright||Defensive Assistant|
|Joe Ryall||Recruiting Assistant|
|Ethan Sansoni||Team Champlain|