The city of Miami Gardens (Fla.) has produced some of the best youth football talent in the country over the past ten years. Consider Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville who could be the No. 1 overall draft pick in this spring’s NFL draft, hailing from Bunche Park Cowboys in Miami Gardens. Or No. 1 ranked dual threat quarterback Torrence Gibson of American Heritage Plantation High, who also played at Bunche Park. Or even current Miami Hurricane Tracy Howard who played for the Miami Gardens Chargers (now Ravens) growing up. These are just a few of the city’s highly rated talents and the return of Carol City Optimist to the Florida Youth Football League (FYFL) only promises to bolster Miami Gardens’ reputation for producing some of the nation’s top talents.
The Chiefs organization went defunct after the 2009 season as a city mandated merger with the North County Rams created the Miami Gardens Rams organization in 2010. Since that time, the Carol City Optimist has been dormant.
This 2014 youth football season in South Florida will feature the return of the Chiefs and in a major way.
The organization began by naming prominent AYFL coach Rich Jospitre of the Pembroke Pines Optimist (PPO) as the president and has since proceeded to tap several big name coaches who will undoubtedly attract top talents to play for Carol City. With the backing of Flo Rida’s music group, Strong Arm and its leader Lee “Freezy” Prince, Carol City promises to have the hottest uniforms, be well funded and get off the ground better than any start up organization we’ve seen in recent years in this area.
Currently taking coaching applications, coach Rich would not speak on the record about many of the coaches rumored to be joining the Carol City organization but the list confirmed to Football Hotbed features a bevy of talented coaches with championship experience at the youth level. The coaching roster will be multi-dimensional taking talents from the FYFL and mixing in coaches from other leagues across South Florida. Some coaches will take back seat roles because of rules that prevent coaches from leaving other league parks with players. But don’t expect that to affect how good the teams are.
There promises to be no shortage of coaching or player talent in Carol City come the fall.
“Free agency has officially begun,” said Jospitre in an interview with Football Hotbed.
Jospitre says that he left PPO on good terms and is looking forward to heading up the Chiefs organization. During this off-season, Jospitre’s Unlimited Division in the AYFL was eliminated leaving him without a place to coach after having won three consecutive titles in his 14U division in that league. The FYFL took advantage and courted him to come over and bring his experience (and recruiting talents) to Carol City where it has always been a goal of artist Flo Rida and his Strong Arm group to revitalize Carol City as a place to play youth football because of their roots at the organization as youth themselves.
Practices for the Chiefs will take place at Lake Stevens Elementary, just west of Carol City High School in Miami Gardens. Stay with Football Hotbed as we announce the prominent coaches and players that will be joining the Chief organization during this off season.