Coach Peacock reinstated as head coach of Venice High Football


SARASOTA – In what has been a saga seemingly lifted off the pages of a television soap opera, Venice High School, as of this morning, has reinstated the State champion football coach who was fired just over a month ago.

After 12 years as the head coach, and 19 years with the Indians’ football program, John Peacock was fired in late April after an offensive social media post, along with several other missteps.

He won a state championship, his first, and the first for the school since 2000, in December but then he was fired and the backlash from current players, former players, coaches, the community, and sponsors was fast and furious.

Now, Peacock will roam those sidelines again, and be able to defend his State Championship this coming season.

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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at


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