The First Academy football announces new defensive coordinator

Jacob Gill has been announced as the new top defensive assistant for the Royals football program, which has seen an overhaul this offseason.

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The First Academy football has seen a major overhaul this offseason, with plenty of new coaches on its staff and transfers on its roster, but the Royals aren’t done reshaping their program quite yet. 

Jacob Gill has been named the new defensive coordinator for TFA and has become the second new coordinator the team has introduced this year. He also will serve on the TFA athletics staff as the new associate director of athletics, under new athletics director and football coach Jeff Conaway

Gill joins the Royals staff after one season as the head coach at Brentwood Academy in Tennessee — his first head coaching position. Prior to his stop in Tennessee, Gill served as Conaway’s defensive coordinator at Shiloh Christian in Arkansas. 



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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