SARASOTA - Former Head Coach Mike Dowling passed away in April. 

He coached football and weightlifting for more than 30 years before retiring in January of 2007 after getting to the state semifinal playoffs.  

Congressman Vern Buchanan was a guest speaker at the ceremony. Students and staff say Dowling will be remembered forever by the players he coached and the students he taught. 

"The world lost a great guy. We're going to miss him. The school is going to miss him and he touched a lot of lives," former Assistant Coach Dan Blem said.