OCOEE — A standout offensive lineman for the West Orange Warriors during his own varsity career, Kalvin Rymer has returned to West Orange County in the second stop of his coaching career.
The 2012 graduate of West Orange High School is the new offensive coordinator and college recruitment coordinator for the Central Florida Christian Academy Eagles. Rymer is one of the hires made by new Eagles head coach John Davis, who took over the program in the offseason.
After coaching at Orlando Christian Prep in East Orlando for two seasons after playing a season of college football at ASA College (a junior college program in Brooklyn), Rymer is happy to be back in West Orange County.
“I felt like it was perfect timing,” Rymer said. “The enthusiasm for football (at CFCA) is amazing. The faculty there is incredible, the students. Each day we gain a kid or two that’s saying, ‘Hey coach, we want to play football.’”
Ironically enough, coaching the offensive and defensive lines at OCP meant that Rymer has come to CFCA with some familiarity with the Eagles. The two teams played twice in 2014, with the Warriors taking both victories (one regular season, one in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs).
Although it made for a slightly awkward introduction — OCP did, after all, derail CFCA’s championship aspirations — Rymer said studying film for those games has given him a head start in knowing the personnel he has available to him as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator.
“It kind of gives me the advantage of having a certain type of knowledge of what guys can do what,” Rymer said.
Davis and his staff, including Rymer, come to CFCA at an interesting time. The program is riding high after an 8-4 season that saw it place fourth in the 24-team SSAC.
For his part, as a young coach, Rymer acknowledges he still has plenty to learn. Having worked with a veteran staff at OCP, the former West Orange Warrior believes he has a solid foundation.
“I learned a lot,” Rymer said. “Each day I just learned from the offensive coordinator … just bits and pieces and learning how to conduct yourself as a coach and learning new philosophies.”
And although being named as a coordinator so early in his career could be daunting for an up-and-coming coach, Rymer said his new boss made sure he knew he had his back.
“The first thing (Davis) told me is, ‘You’re not going to be in this alone,’” Rymer said.
IF YOU GO
Spring Football Jamboree
WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday, May 18
WHERE: CFCA, 700 Good Homes Road, Orlando
PARTICIPANTS: CFCA, Windermere Prep, Orangewood Christian
Contact Steven Ryzewski at [email protected].