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Plant High head coach leaving for USF

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

When you think about high school football success in the Bay area, Plant High is one school that comes to mind.

The man in charge for the past nine seasons is leaving. Robert Weiner has accepted a position as a wide receivers coach at USF.

"The opportunity is too good, to be able to coach college in your own hometown. It's wonderful for Robert, so we're excited for him," Plant High School Principal Rob Nelson said Monday.

New USF Head Coach Willie Taggert, who is from the area, offered Weiner the job. Weiner met with his players Sunday night to tell them the news. He also sent a letter home for parents, thanking them for giving him the opportunity to pursue coaching at the college level.

Panther players say it's a huge loss for them, but a big win for their coach and mentor.

"He's served others so much, it's his turn, you know?" said PHS quarterback Colby Brown.

In Weiner's nine seasons at Plant, the Panthers won four state titles and compiled a record of 102-19. Plant High School is now working with the School District of Hillsborough County to begin the search for a new head coach.

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