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Miami Jackson Senior High Hires Florida's First Female Head Football Coach

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    Miami Jackson Hires Florida's First Female Head Football Coach

    Miami Jackson Senior High School is making history by hiring the first female head football coach in Florida history. (Published Monday, Feb. 8, 2016)

    To fans of reality TV, she's known as Bernice, the tough-as-nails, no-nonsense tow truck driver from the show "South Beach Tow."

    Now, the woman whose real name is Lakatriona Brunson is making state history as the first female head football coach in Florida. She's been named head coach at Miami Jackson Senior High School.

    "We are just here to change the atmosphere around Miami Jackson and get some W's on the board. I know I can do it," Brunson said Monday at a press conference.

    Brunson has been working at Miami Jackson as a physical education instructor and girls flag football coach. Both Brunson and her assistant coach, musician Luke Campbell, emphasized this was no stunt.

    "It's a woman here, there's going to be a lot of everything going on but guess what? I am going to show you we can do it just as much as anybody else," Brunson said.

    "In the neighborhood, she's a legend. She won't tell you that, but she's always been the girl in the neighborhood who played football, from semi-pro to just football in the streets with every other boy," Campbell said.

    Student athletes and the principal told NBC 6 they believe in her.

    "In the weight room, she makes you go hard in the sprints, she makes you work hard," said Donte Harris, athlete.

    Brunson's message to her new team and the Miami Jackson community: "My objective is just to be here to help these kids."

    Brunson said her days as a reality TV star are now over. Her focus is solely on the students at Miami Jackson, improving them in the classroom and on the football field. She wants to see more victories next year and improve the 3-6 record the team had in 2015.

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