Ponte Vedra Sharks football coach leaving for Bolles

Search for Toblin’s replacement underway as PVHS aims to elevate program

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Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS) is searching for a new head football coach after Matt Toblin resigned from the job last week to take the head coaching position at Bolles. 

“Coach Toblin is a great coach, great man, great teacher,” Ponte Vedra Athletic Director Eric Frank said. “We were fortunate to have him as part of our program over the last five years, and we will definitely miss him and wish him the best of luck as he and his family go on to Bolles.”

Toblin led the Sharks to an 8-3 record last season, including a 42-13 win over Bolles. He has a 39-18 record in his five seasons at PVHS and led the Sharks to a runner-up finish in the 2016 Class 5A state championship. He takes over a storied Bolles program that finished 8-5 last season and lost to Trinity Christian in the Class 5A regional finals. 

Toblin published a letter on the Ponte Vedra football Twitter page on March 20, thanking the school and players for their support. He wrote that leaving the programs was “one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do.”

“The Ponte Vedra program has always been bigger than one person and I expect it to continue to grow and flourish,” Toblin said in the post. 

Frank said the school has begun a search this week, both locally and nationally, to find the right candidate to replace Toblin and continue the program in the “great direction” it was heading under him.

“We not only want it to continue in that direction, but we want the person who comes in to elevate the program to the next level,” Frank said. 

Frank said there is no set timetable for finding a replacement and the school plans to be diligent in making the right choice.

“We are going to be very selective in our decision-making going forward because we want to make the best decision for our school and our student athletes,” Frank said. “Holding us to a timeline could hinder that success so we’re paying attention to all the details.”

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