VERO BEACH – Bill Motta has been slated to take over the St. Edward’s head football coaching duties, replacing Brad Fojtik, who ended a two-decade association with the Pirates.
“Brad is a good coach and he did a tremendous job for us under some bad circumstances a few years back,” said Athletic Director Jeff Lamscha. “He really cares about the kids and always put them first. He got a standing ovation from everyone at the football banquet, so that tells you right there what kind of guy he is. “Coach Motta brings us expertise, enthusiasm, energy, and love for the sport. He will help us raise the bar from SES athletics.”
Fojtik said that Motta was a great fit for the SES administration, the board, and the parents and is committed to building a great football program.
“Bill will guarantee a smooth transition, and he takes over a program that is going in the right direction,” said Fojtik, who this season coached SES to its best record since 2006 (5-5).
Motta came to SES this year from Vero Beach High School, where he’d been the defensive coordinator for head coach Gary Coggin. “Coach Motta is a very committed, well qualified coach,” said Coggin. “He will always be a part of the VBHS family, and his work ethic is second to none.”
Coggin added that if given enough time, Motta will be successful at SES. “Rome wasn’t built in a day, and that football program won’t be either. They have to be patient and give him time to build up that program.”
Motta inherits a team that will lose 19 starters to graduation.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity and I’m happy to be here,” said Motta. “We’ve already started our off-season conditioning program. There are a few kids at SES that didn’t play football last year that are now interested in playing — I’m trying to generate for the program.”