Former Miami Dolphin ready for role as American Heritage head coach

PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) - A former Miami Dolphin has taken over as head football coach at American Heritage High School.

After former head coach Mike Rumph won a state championship with American Heritage, he left to work with Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt.

That’s where former Dolphin and cornerback Patrick Surtain comes into play.

The 40-year-old football veteran has taken the reigns as head coach of a team ranked sixth in the nation and fifth in the state’s 5A division. “We have to continue to earn that respect,” said Surtain. “We’re not trying to win for one year. We’re trying to build a dynasty here.”

Heritage has 17 returning starters after last season’s loss in the regional finals. However, they’ve won back-to-back state titles the year prior to the loss.

Senior quarterback Jason Brown is primed to lead the offense once more. “I love everything about the offense,” said Brown. “This offense gives me a lot of control on being able to make checks and reads. I just love our offensive line — our O-Line is amazing. Our receivers are amazing, running backs amazing.”

American Heritage sees nationally-ranked Booker T. Washington High School on Friday night. “It’s a regular season game, and that’s how we gonna treat it,” said Surtain. “I know Booker T. is gonna treat it that way.”

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