Tate Fires Head Coach

November 20, 2012

Tate High School head football coach Brad Naggatz has reportedly been fired after his first season at the 6A school.

Naggatz was 1-8 with the Aggies, winning only the last game of the season against Washington. The win snapped a 20-game losing streak; the last previous win for the Aggies was in October 2010.

Naggatz had been at Tate since 2006 where he has served as both offensive and defensive coordinator. He previously worked as offensive coordinator for Pensacola High School, and head coach at Catholic High School for about a decade.

Naggatz replaced Ed Rigby who had been at Tate for six seasons before leaving in January.


54 Responses to “Tate Fires Head Coach”

  1. Shaking my head on November 24th, 2012 8:28 am

    Football Player,
    Little league offense, yet y’all can’t run it correctly. At least, that’s what most people here are posting. “players make same mistakes, coaches leave them in”.

    I’m glad you lift and run after school. What else do you do to help yourself be better than others at your position? Every player in the county lifts and runs.

    There are reasons Tate does not have a winning program.
    1. They have lots of students, not lots of football players to choose from.
    2. Got a bunch of premodonna parents that feel like their child is entitled to win rather than actually needing to be better than the opponent.
    3. No depth. (due to a lack of football talent at the school)
    4. Let’s be real, look at the gene pool for cantonment.
    5. Tate always has good players, but good does not mean you’re better than your opponent.

  2. GRAHAM SMITH on November 24th, 2012 8:08 am

    Where oh where is Carl Madison

  3. melodies4us on November 23rd, 2012 6:06 pm

    There is no reason why a huge school like Tate could not put together a winning team with so much talent to choose from. I am glad they have let go of this coach.

  4. football player on November 22nd, 2012 5:50 pm

    Naggatz is a terrible coach at practice he does nothing the games he doesn’t calls plays he has his hand in his pockets and the assistants are even worse if a player makes a mistake over and over again they keep them in the game fire all the coaches and hire a new staff and we work hard I personally run after scholl and lift and so do others the coaches run a little league offense and to them lorenzo is the only offensive player and the other team knows what we are doing they are getting its a pathetic excuse of coaching

  5. trisha on November 22nd, 2012 9:45 am

    I went to Tate in the 90’s. We had fantastic players, but didn’t win games back then, either. We’ve always had great young men who play their hearts out. Go Aggies!!!

  6. alumni on November 22nd, 2012 12:44 am

    It is so funny to see all these comments about this situation. Obviously it matters to some but not to others if football exists in High school or whether or not they win or lose. Look at it this way….If you took away football at Alabama how much money do you think would pour into the school through say baseball, gymnastics, or basketball. You can”t do it with any other sport anywhere. A winning football program helps fund all other sports at any school at any level….no questions asked. So is it important to have a quality coach in place that produces wins…you bet it does.

    One other thing…football and academics can co-exist. So why can’t the current Principal see this? I honestly think he’s afraid of how powerful a coach may become within the school and he will lose control matters.The current situation is easily controlled with little or no effort…These two can co-exist also and work together and support one another.

    BTW…who is Ronnie D? I’m hearing he coached at WFT with baseball and was fired, also coached at a local little league. Are you kidding me!!! some of you are commenting this is the new coach already. This would fit right into my comments mentioned (control)…….by the P.

  7. Fairlane63 on November 21st, 2012 11:36 pm

    Are you people kidding? You think Mr. Shackle should be canned because the football team isn’t successful? Holy smokes…

    Do y’all have any idea what goes into running a 2,000-student high school? Despite all the distractions like dingbat parents (see below), silly local, state, and federal mandates, and too many knucklehead enrollees, Tate is the most academically high-performing school in the county– of the high schools that don’t get to cherry pick their students anyway. But the principal should be fired because the football team loses?! Do y’all have any idea how ridiculous that is?

    I hope the football team does well in the future because it’s good for morale at the school and the football players are generally good kids who work hard. However, football– or any other extra-curricular activity– is not why we have high school. What goes on in the classroom is supposed to be the primary focus. Do you people understand that?

    I always chuckle when anyone in Escambia county makes some trite remark like “Education comes first.” What baloney. 90% of the people in this county see high school as existing for two reasons: 1) free baby-sitting, and 2) football. Get a grip, people.

  8. Aggie Alumni on November 21st, 2012 11:23 pm


    Yes, there is talent, just not enough football player talent. Tate community grows up focused on baseball. That does not help the football program.

    I am glad you blame coaches and not the Principal. I’m still baffled that people want him fired over the football teams win/loss record.

    Tate basketball goes through many of these same struggles. Parents and kids whining instead of working on their own game. The kids got talent, just not as much as other schools. Look at their main feeder schools (Ransom, BAS, and Brown Barge), their basketball programs struggle. They complain and kick out one coach, bring in another, get similar results. They compete, but usually don’t make it far into districts much less past.

    Sure, coaches need to be able to put players in a position to win, but at some point, these kids/parents. Need to recognize they could help themselves out by being a part of the solution rather than the problem.

    I’m tired of people wanting handouts. This isn’t some upward league where everyone gets a trophy. You want a trophy? Then earn a trophy and do what it takes to prepare to win. Be better than your opponent.

  9. FSU05 on November 21st, 2012 10:23 pm

    And another thing let’s get coaches that actually coach not just say they are coaches Naggetz was the last one to show up to practice and the first one to leave hard for players to learn when the coaches don’t teach anything or correct you when your doing something wrong. There’s your problem

  10. FSU05 on November 21st, 2012 10:18 pm

    First off there is talent at Tate plenty of it, the whole staff has got to go they are all terrible. Tate coaches play nothing but daddy ball and if that doesn’t stop they will never win. Coach Long the wide receivers coach is the worst excuse for a coach then I have ever seen he is more concerned about his son playing than anyone else. If the rest of the coaching staff isn’t released you will have the same results mark my words. And again look at the baseball team 27-4 record last year under Coach Blackmons first season back, there is talent there just has to be coached right.

  11. Wow on November 21st, 2012 9:24 pm

    This is crazy. You people are wanting to get rid of a principal over his ability to hire a football coach. I’m in school hoping to go into school administration once I graduate with my masters. None of the classes I’ve had or will have involve hiring athletic coaches.
    An educators job is to provide education for the students. Looking at Tate High School test scores compared to other schools around the district, the data would show that Tate is doing something right.
    Obviously, what they have going on does not provide wins for football, but academically, which in my opinion matters more, is excelling at Tate (Comparatively speaking).

    People keep mentioning things like, “nothing will get fixed”. What all do you think is “broke” at Tate?

  12. TateGrad1987 on November 21st, 2012 8:38 pm

    Vance Your crazy! Get rid of football…well while we are at it get rid of the band it seems to be a major distraction too. Oh Vance don’t forget color guard and Cheerleading too. because you dont need them if you dont have football!

  13. old school football on November 21st, 2012 8:18 pm

    Everyone should call the person WE voted in office for school problems Malcom Thomas if he does not listen vote him and the rest of the county Mafia out.Call Bennett and see if he will come I did if the RIGHT PERSON CALLS HE WILL COME IN A HEART BEAT!!!!!!!!THERE IS A GROUP DOWNTOWN THAT HAS CHOCKED THE LIFE OUT OF TATE !!!!!!!!

  14. me on November 21st, 2012 8:05 pm

    You are correct DAVID spelled it wrong . It should be TWO

  15. Wharf Rat on November 21st, 2012 6:06 pm

    Please, oh please, does the princiPAL have princiPLEs?

  16. Transfer Player on November 21st, 2012 5:45 pm

    This is why Tate is considered a joke and much of why I knew it was best to get out.

    most players there think they can just show up and go through the motions to win.

    The season is over for me, yet I was out running this morning and lifted on my own, because you can’t take a day off if you want to win. I’d be willing to bet no Tate player was running stadiums, sprints, or in the weight room on a day off like today.
    Then, they’ll stuff themselves tomorrow. My diet is regulated because it takes more than just showing up to some practices to win.

    Very few Aggies realize this. Or, if they do, then they just don’t want it bad enough. I think Tate is a great school, but athletically, it is going to be hard to compete with parents and players that don’t understand they control the type of athlete they are going to be.

    #The difference between excellence and mediocrity is commitment. (Be commited in and out of season. Be commited outside of practice)
    #The one who works harder WILL come out on top
    #The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.

  17. Alumni/Former Player on November 21st, 2012 4:48 pm

    Shackle is the principal, not principle.

    Stop with the BENNETT talk. He’s not coming to Tate. And no, no one from Tate should “Call him”. If he wants the position, he can call and/or apply like everyone else. He would be a great person to have, no doubt. However, why would he leave what he has built at PHS? (That was rhetorical, I know you can come up with some reasons, but they are not good enough to get him to transfer to Tate)

    Tate needs better athletes if they want to be a force to reckon with. With all the whining on here, I can see where these kids get it from. They think they are entitled to win because they put on a uniform. The team you are going against deserves to win just as much if that is your logic.

    To claify last statement, Tate has some great athletes, but not enough in football to compete with top schools in our area.

    I agree you should focus on the culture of the school and start with yourself. If you were 1/2 as concerned with the school as you are the football program, then maybe you would support other sports and the academics of the school. Live what you preach.

  18. The truth on November 21st, 2012 4:40 pm

    If you believe Shackle is really doing a nationwide search then you have already been fooled. He already knows who he is going to pick and is now setting up the hiring committee with people that have already been groomed by Rick to hire who he wants. It’s going to be R.D. Ill say it again the ENTIRE DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF at West Florida is former Tate coaches and Tate alumni that Shackle has ran out of town. They are all highly qualified teachers in this county too.

  19. Tater Tott 88 on November 21st, 2012 4:00 pm

    I am a Tater from 88 and my son a Tater 10 , and still have family at tate at this time.Tate has always been a great school. I think this was wrong!! Crazy is right Need to Get Shackle out of there. I WILL take a stand to help all parent’s get him out of there. Rick Shackle needs to go.

  20. Aggie through good and bad. on November 21st, 2012 3:42 pm

    “Those who complain the most, seem to help the least.” ~author unknown. However, it seems to fit . If the community is so concerned, then shouldn’t our meetings be full? Shouldn’t the teachers, parents, and alumni who have played college football be encouraged/allowed to help our boys. The Showband of the South meetings are overflowing and the band is successful every year. So let’s see you ALL out there next year and win some games. Go Aggies.

  21. No Excuses on November 21st, 2012 3:16 pm

    David spelled in right the first time, wrong the second time. It should have been two.

  22. old school football on November 21st, 2012 3:15 pm

    There is no search the coach is Ronnie!!!!!! Bennett would take the job if HE was called!!!!!!!!This deal was made a month ago!!!!!!!

  23. One mad momma on November 21st, 2012 9:52 am

    In my opinion I think the head administration needs work. I have just recently had an issue with my child and I am not happy with Tate at all. But in all fairness I will give them the benefit of the doubt this happened yesterday so I will make a call to the principal and see how this plays out. But I think the staff has no respect for the students and they expect respect from them. Well you have to give it to get it and I am very disappointed in this school it has really went down hill.

  24. Dale K. on November 21st, 2012 9:03 am


  25. curious on November 21st, 2012 9:02 am

    to “roll tide”………sorry to burst your bubble, but “david” used the correct spelling of “too”…….reread the sentence.

    It’s a shame that so much attention is payed to sports. I’m not saying it can’t be important, but a lot of people put sports WAY above education. This is a privilege to let kids play sports at school. I wish they would go back to looking at it that way.
    A coach can only do so much. You never know what’s being handed down from above to the coach. The coach is also not the one on the field playing. One person can NOT win a game, it takes team effort from all involved.
    I know nothing about what’s going on at Tate, nor do I know the coach, but there IS more to life than just sports.

  26. Grandparent on November 21st, 2012 8:09 am

    Too little —-too late!

    This fiasco should have been cleaned up a long time ago—-like from the top down!
    It is too bad the students have to be on the losing end of administrative failures and mistakes. Lots of people dropped the ball in this relay!

  27. JimD on November 21st, 2012 7:31 am

    Didn’t know the coach played…thought it was the students. It wasn’t because the coach had noexperience, perhaps when people start laying the blame, they should look at who and how the actions are being representated. If the football team had a 1 – 8 record…perhaps it was the players and how bad they want it.

    There is more to life the high school football. What will these players being doing in the future. In as little as 5 years from now, no one will even care.

  28. 429SCJ on November 21st, 2012 7:18 am

    If our schools cannot prepare students for college, to become engineers and specialist, they might as well produce some pro ball players.

    Amen David Lamb, I remember Miz Jones at Jim Allen. She sure attempted to teach us good syntax, spelling and punctuation, she tried hard.

  29. Dale K. on November 21st, 2012 12:36 am


  30. Aggiemomandalumni on November 20th, 2012 10:55 pm

    I’m an Aggie parent who has had a child in the football program for four years now. I would like to say a couple of things about the comments I am seeing.1st my child has always loved the game until this year. He actually came to me a few Weeks ago and told me that Tate has made him hate football, he never specified why but just as a whole ths made him hate it (mind you he has played since he was 4 and never complained).2nd I read where someone mentioned funding. As for the funding of the program most of it does not come from the district it comes from donations fund raisers and charities so pleases don’t jump on the band wagon about how there isn’t enough money for education but there is for football. I know this for a personal fact! 3rd the coaching is a tricky subject I do think naggatz deserved more than 1 season to turn things around, but at the same time I kno several players that were not everything they could have been. There were some players that preformed better in years past! Don’t get me wrong Tate did a good thing by getting rid of Rigby but i’m not sure Naggatz was the best choice and he certainly was not given a fair deal.

  31. concerned parent on November 20th, 2012 10:15 pm

    I take it my point might have been over-looked here or i may have been misunderstood. So to make myself clear here… Coach Naggatz and prior coaches before him coach students, right?? OK, that being said, the coach is only as good and reputable as his “COACH”…being the administrative staff of J.M. Tate High School. So if you feel in your opinion that he as a coach dropped the ball or had a lack of co-ordination with the teams/players…Then wake up and look above it all. Remember that all things rolls down hill, so look at the real picture of who is doing the hiring and firing and making all the decisions here. Get rid of that person and you just might solve the problem and clear up some others as you’re handling this one.
    Take a look at Shackle’s record here and see just when the losing streak begun. Sounds like when he was placed in charge of this school and it’s curriculum, only then did the Aggies fall into a slump. The school needs some improvements in a lot more areas than some football coach. The act of firing the coach for not performing up to speed/expectations…what about his supervisor (Rick Shackle). let’s address this issue first by placing someone in charge that is capable of handling that position and run the school like it is suppose to be and has been for years.
    Hindsight is twenty twenty…

  32. Aggie with info on November 20th, 2012 9:36 pm

    As for the defensive, coaches most of them know what they were doing. Its just hard to keep teams out of the endzone when yall are on the field 90% of the game. Naggatz needed more than one year to get once was a feared program back on the the map, go look up his track record HE IS A COACH THE REBUILDS TEAMS!!!! MAYBE THE NEW COACH WILL GET MORE THAN A ONE YEAR CONTRACT, BECAUSE IF TATE STARTS HIRING AND FIRING COACH LIKE THIS. THIS PROGRAM WILL STAY THE LUAGHING STOCK OF PENSACOLA!!!!!!

  33. Aggie with info on November 20th, 2012 9:35 pm

    As a person who has been involved with the program for 6 years, I disagree with the firing of Coach Naggatz. You can not judge a coach on his first year. Let me remind that Coach Naggatz took over a team the was behind the 8ball in everything weightroom and conditioning. When Rigby was fired, Naggatz appointed Coach Rayaz to run the workouts. The jumps in the players max under Rayaz workout program just this season exceeded what the players under Rigby would in the 4 years under Rigby. Plus conditioning the players during practice. I followed the season from start to finish. Beginning of the season Bryd, Varisty OC was calling the offense, in his span Tate only put up a total of 14 points, might have set a record for most 3 and outs. Unable to sustain any kind of offensive drive and seems to me that he was more worried about how the freshmen were doing then helping the varsity. At the Milton game i noticed Naggatz took over the play calling and we put up 28 point and was able to sustain drives letting the deffense rest and able to keep us in games. After Naggatz started calling the plays, we began scoring 14 or more., even scoring 28 point against Godby. FINALLY ENDING THE SEASON WITH A WIN!!!! SCORING 35 POINTS OVER WHS! ABOUT TIME, I agree with you. SHACKLE NEEDS TO BE GONE!!!..

  34. Vance on November 20th, 2012 9:27 pm

    A better move would be to get rid of football at Tate period and invest in the education that the kids need to receive (above and beyond what the law mandates as a minimum).

  35. JJM5 on November 20th, 2012 8:37 pm

    David, nicely done.

  36. alumni on November 20th, 2012 8:14 pm

    Well well well…I am surprised that this happened so quickly. It took 6 years to get rid of the last one, what’s changed? Has someone finally woke up from their slumber!!!
    This is an early Christmas present.

    Now, do this Rick……Go hire an assistant coach from a winning program such as Pace, Niceville, Navarre, and so on. That way they will not have to take a cut in pay because they are an assistant and he will be eager to turn the program around and build on it…..or hire someone totally off the reservation with good credentials that’s not concerned with the money.

    PLEASE don’t go after someone at the local little league parks…it’s way over their head. BTW I doubt this would happen but it wouldn’t hurt to pickup the phone and call Mike Bennett and offer him the job. I know he would come in a heart beat….the fit would be perfect. A) Alumni B) Already employed in Escambia school system (same $$$) C) Proven coach D) Clean Program…is that enough?

    The stands would be full and Tate would once again be a force to be reckoned with…….Don’t wait for Mike to call you CALL HIM!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. well on November 20th, 2012 7:53 pm

    So when we do this national search and offer a millon dollar contract, if they stay 20 yrs, who do you think will respond?

  38. concerned parent on November 20th, 2012 7:49 pm

    As a concerned parent, I feel that there is more to this situation than just the coach and the school’s losing streak. Thought to ponder on here, the community needs to follow up with a more in-depth investigation over the whole school and it’s staff.
    I feel that the community would be shocked with astonishment of their findings. Mr Shackle is one of the foremost that has brought this school down of it’s high reputation that this school is known for…this school is recognized for it’s high achievements in academics and culture.

  39. roll tide on November 20th, 2012 7:21 pm

    David…you misspelled too…should be ‘two’. Just sayin…

  40. Aggiealumni on November 20th, 2012 7:06 pm

    Coach Naggatz was the only coach who even knew what he was talking about when I was on the track team at Tate. I agree that he needed more than a year to fix this team, he has the potential to do it. I’m ashamed that Tate fired such an inspirational and knowledgeable coach. I appreciated everything he did for me as a coach.

  41. concerned parent on November 20th, 2012 6:58 pm

    As a concerned parent, this issued needs to be investigated at a more thorough perspective. How well have you as a parent done any in-depth searches on what is really happening at J.M. Tate High School?
    This school has been known for it’s good reputation for many years based upon academics, sports, and culture. The real question is what has happened to that reputation and who is at fault here? As the community body surrounding this school, should take closer attention to what is going on in this school. From this attention, the question should then come up as what and how do we fix these issues?
    Instead, we want to set back and gossip on these issues, without acting. There are proper procedures to handling each issue and they CAN be reconciled properly. Please don’t misunderstand me, i am not upholding this school, nor the school board by all means. I have my very own issues regarding certain staff and faculty members in both areas. As mentioned I am following through and taking a stand on this issue and not just sitting back gossiping.
    I would be more than glad to hear more from our community on this issue(s) with pertaining to this school.

  42. TateGrad1987 on November 20th, 2012 6:47 pm

    OK, OK, YOUR ALL CRAZY! 1st of all I have heard it all. ya’ll have blamed the Coach for missed balls, dropped passed, fumbles, Players making mistakes and everything else you can blame a coach for. Really???? Take note !!! As a former Football player for many years. It is only in the Coaches power to coach, and mold kids into football players, he can not make them catch, hold on to the ball, throw the ball, guide passes or kicks. It is up to the players to listen to the coach and learn and perform to the best of their ability! I have over heard many conversations this year amongst players that they were not going to win now matter who the coach was this year. They had already given up! This is an infection that needs to be removed quickly and swiftly! Until you do no matter who is the Coach they wont ever be successful!!!! Just my opinion from what I have seen and over heard this year!!

    AND TAMMY!!! YOUR WAY OUT OF LINE!!! The Band is there to support the Team win or lose!! To say they are to good to play for a losing team. is wrong and out of line!

  43. Seabiscuit on November 20th, 2012 6:14 pm

    I may be mistaken but I think there is a teacher walking around Tate with a state title ring.
    Maybe if the TAs can find time away from the clinic, they can cover the football program too, if that fits other duties as assigned as well.

  44. David Lamb on November 20th, 2012 5:21 pm

    As a Tate Graduate,I can say what I have to say,even though it saddens me to say so!
    From these posts, seems that Tate needs to hire some new English teachers!
    Too many mispelled words in these posts, too include the wrong word used.

  45. Tammy on November 20th, 2012 4:16 pm

    Ok I have watch football for a few years and I’m not coach at all … But for a 6A school not to win a game in 2 years ,, Someone needs a coach and Asst. coach,,,I hope they win more then one game,,, the band is to good to be playing for a losing team,,,

  46. About time on November 20th, 2012 4:05 pm

    A national search should of been done last year. Find a proven coach that will come into the program and take control. He should hire his own coaches and the only thing that the booster club and Parents should do is raise money and support the whole program which includes all three teams. The new Head coach needs to be able to stand on his own two feet and not let the Parents run the program but be tough enough to close practices to parents and keep parents off the sidelines. The days of daddy coaching the team for these young men should be over. Escambia , Gulf Breeze and West Florida have done it now it is time for Tate to do it.

  47. Tater on November 20th, 2012 3:59 pm

    ummm coach naggz is a great coach, it takes more than one season to fix all the screw ups the former coaches have made and train his players right. they had no right to fire him after just one season. i’m sorry but not even the best of coaches in the Friggn’ NFL could fix this team in one season

  48. BandBoosters on November 20th, 2012 3:58 pm

    enuffsaid: “I will say this again. Nothing will get fixed at Tate until they replace the Principle. It’s not just about sports its about a culture.”

    Maybe academics are more important than football. That would be refreshing!

  49. Football Genius on November 20th, 2012 3:19 pm

    I feel like after watching Tate the past few years, I probably could do a better job, with just two years as an assistant.(but it was about 10 years ago and have moved on to a different path) It doesn’t take that much of a genius to figure football out. Play to your teams strengths and not force them to run an offense that flourished sixty years ago. Make adjustments during the game and halftime. If a play keeps working, run it till they stop it, with different formations of course. Teach them to tackle and wrap up instead of going for the kill shot. Hold on to the ball and be disciplined in all phases of the game. Plus theres alot more but can’t put them all down. Just tell me where to apply and I will gladly do this.

    A Football Genius

  50. maybe on November 20th, 2012 1:45 pm

    They would probably win just as many games if he did.

  51. Fairlane63 on November 20th, 2012 1:15 pm

    Perhaps Mr. Shackle should hire the new Tate coach from the ranks of the northescambia.com commenters– there certainly are many football geniuses here who seem to know everything there is to know about the game.

  52. FormallyanAGGIE on November 20th, 2012 1:00 pm

    I personally think everyone needs to take a step back and think about it. I feel Naggatz couldn’t fix all of the problems in one season. I personally think that when Rigby left there should have been a whole new set of coaches brought in. If someone could help me understand…..Who actually picks these coaches?

  53. finally on November 20th, 2012 12:48 pm

    Maybe shackle will finally hire a good head coach that will run something other then the wing t

  54. enuffsaid on November 20th, 2012 12:39 pm

    I will say this again. Nothing will get fixed at Tate until they replace the Principle. It’s not just about sports its about a culture.

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