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Mark Whittemore retires after 27 years; Chuck Bell to take his place at Buchholz

Whittemore led the Bobcats to Class 4S state semifinal before falling to Venice on the road

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- It’s been nearly three decades of coaching for Mark Whittemore and 2022 came his final run with the Buchholz Bobcats. 

The Bobcats’ lead man announced via their college recruiting Twitter account that he was retiring from coaching after 27 years. Whittemore was just coming off a deep postseason run, guiding the Bobcats to the Class 4S state semifinal before falling 42-35 on the road to Venice. 

Replacing Whittemore will be defensive coordinator Chuck Bell, who is also an alum of the school. Whittemore served as the head coach at Buchholz since 2012 and has won 78 games since he took the job. 

“Hello Bobcat Nation. After 27, 28 years, who’s counting. I am going to step down, retire from being the head coach here at Buchholz High School,” Whittemore said  in the statement via a video on Twitter. “This has just been an unbelievable place for me and my family. Great administrators, great boosters. Fantastic place to work and call have called home.” 

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Whittemore’s son, Creed, will be graduating and moving onto play college football as a Mississippi State commitment. Creed was Buchholz’s starting quarterback and threw for nearly 2,700 yards, rushed for 1,285 and had 52 total touchdowns in 2022 in leading the Bobcats to a 10-3 mark. 

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