ABOVE: Coach Hutchinson (left) greets returning Mount Dora High School football players today.
Just as initial construction started on Mount Dora High School’s multi-phase stadium improvement project, the school tapped a new head football coach.
Luke Hutchinson, recently an assistant coach at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, started today in his new role as the Hurricanes’ head coach today. A native of Fort Pierce, Hutchinson is entering his thirteenth year of coaching and has coached in both California and Florida. His coaching history includes a stint at Upland High School east of Los Angeles, as well as the defensive coordinator for the Riverside Notre Dame CIF Championship team in 2015.
Meanwhile, construction has started on correcting the football field's drainage, the first step of the school’s multi-phase stadium improvement project. The improvements are due in large part to a community fundraising effort that garnered almost $500,000 within just a few months.
Phase One of the construction project includes the improved drainage and complete reconstruction of the football field, a rebuild of two concession stands, paint and landscaping at a cost of about $1.25 million. The school district contributed $250,000 toward the field improvements, and the Mount Dora community is getting closer to its initial $500,000 goal. Once that goal is reached, Mount Dora Community Trust will providing a matching grant of another $500,000. Completion of the initial phase is expected in about eight months.
This is the starting phase of a five-year plan to upgrade the field and stadium, which was built in 1961. Future phases will include the addition of artificial turf and replacement of the asphalt track.
As part of the ongoing efforts to fund the other phases, a new Mount Dora cookbook will soon be available and residents are now being asked to submit their favorite recipes. Entries can be submitted by email to email@example.com or mailed to Mount Dora Recipes, 128 W. Fourth Avenue, Mount Dora, FL 32757. The cookbooks will cost $18.95 and pre-ordering is encouraged. Click here for more information.
Families and businesses also have the opportunity to purchase a brick with their name to be placed at the finished stadium. The proceeds from both projects will go directly to the stadium improvement project.
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