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Jacky Candy Takes Over Stranahan

Over the years, the Fort Lauderdale Stranahan Dragons have had some quality coaches to lead the football program.

On Tuesday, this program continued that tradition with the hiring of one of their own.

Jacky Candy, who played for the Dragons before going on to college at Robert Morris, Coffeyville Community College and the University of Houston.

Candy takes over for longtime coach Travis Harden who stepped down at the beginning of the year after a successful run.

Candy, who was a two-sport (basketball) standout at Stranahan is excited about coming home to take over a program that has long attracted quality athletes.

He was recently hired at Cardinal Gibbons as a defensive assistant, but when the opportunity to come home presented itself, it was simply a no brainer.

“For the past five years I learned so much being on the staff at Monarch with Coach (Calvin) Davis and his assistant coaches,” Candy explained. “When Coach (Matt) Dubuc brought me over at the start of the year to coach at Cardinal Gibbons, it was another step in the process of becoming a head football coach.”

Leaving Cardinal Gibbons was not an easy decision, but the chance to be a head coach at his alma mater was tough to pass up.

Playing for Coach Kevin Sumlin at Houston also prepared him as a safety for the Cougars.

“I’m just anxious to get going and learn what we have on our roster this spring,” Candy said. “I know the Stranahan community well and will reach out to those who helped me become the person I am today.”

The Dragons will hit the ground running as Candy is looking for a spring game to get his team ready for a competitive summer.


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