GRACEVILLE — Ty Wise didn’t strike out twice.
The Bratt Northview offensive coordinator has accepted the positions of head football coach and athletic director at Graceville. Wise also was a finalist for Arnold’s coaching job, but the Marlins selected Josh Wright to lead the program.
Wise, 35, spent four seasons with Northview and led the Chiefs to more than 1,000 points over the past two seasons as offensive coordinator. Northview won the Class 1A state championship last season, defeating Liberty County in the state semifinal.
Wise takes over for Mark Beach, who left Graceville after one season to take a similar position at Marianna in January. Beach turned around the Tigers in his short stint with an 8-3 record and a District 2-1A championship in 2012. It was Graceville’s first district title since 2006 when it advanced to the title game in the now defunct Class 1B.
Northview employed multiple offensive sets under Wise. Formations were based on personnel and Northview wasn’t short on talent. The Chiefs could run a Spread offense and also used a power running game in various formations.
The lack of a set formation did little to curtail the Chiefs’ production. They finished 11-3 and scored 34 or more points in each game, including 42 in the championship encounter against Trenton.
Wise was a center at the University of Miami before playing four professional seasons, most of those coming in NFL Europe with the Barcelona Dragons. He also had assistant coaching stops at his alma mater Pensacola Washington, Alma Bryant in Alabama and FIU, not only as a position mentor but in strength and conditioning, before landing at Northview.