defense

  • BILL BULDINI
    BILL
    BULDINI
    DEFENSIVE COORDINATor / Linebackers
    QUICK NOTES:
    • Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    • Married to Kathy. One daughter, two grandsons, three dogs, four cats
    • 6th year coaching Dreadnaught Football

    ABOUT BILL BULDINI

    Coach Buldini was born in Boston, MA and was raised in Medford, MA.  He was captain his senior year of the Medford Mustangs, and won two Greater Boston League titles.  Coach Buldini was a captain and played linebacker during his college career at Division II American International College in Springfield, MA, where he also earned his Master’s Degree as a Graduate Assistant Coach.  He spent 3 years coaching Division III college football in New Jersey, and then made the switch to High School beginning his career as the Head Coach at Hudson Catholic HS, Jersey City, NJ.

    Coach Buldini returned to Medford, MA to be the Head Coach of his hometown team, also coaching in two all-star games.   He and his wife moved to South Carolina’s Low Country in 2000, making it to the playoffs 4 of the 5 years there.  Arriving in Florida in 2005, he spent two years as the Head Coach at Haines City HS, then moved to Osceola (Kissimmee) HS, where he was part of the 2007 team earning a 14-1 record, losing only in the State Championship Game.    Coach has spent the last 2 years at Heritage High School, where he served as the Defensive Coordinator, lead a defense that allowed 7.5 points/game in a 12 game season,  earned a 10-2 record, and made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs, the first playoff appearance in the school’s history.

    He and his wife Kathy make their home in Haines City, with their dogs, Snickers, Patton and Jenny, and 2 Cats, Samantha and Lenny.  They especially enjoy visits with their daughter Christina Zuccaro, husband Dan and grandsons Chance, Jackie, and Colton.

  • Kenny Strong
    Kenny
    Strong
    Defensive Backs
    QUICK NOTES:
    • 2004 Graduate of Lakeland High
    • Attended Florida A&M University
    • 1st year coaching Dreadnaught Football

    ABOUT Kenny Strong

    Kenny Strong is entering his 11th season coaching varsity football and 1st year with the Dreadnaughts overseeing the secondary. Before this season, Strong did stints at West Gadsden High, Labelle High, Bartow High and Lake Gibson High and has held titles of Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, and Special Teams Coordinator. In addition to the defensive backs, Strong has worked with running backs and wide receivers. 

    Strong was born in Lakeland, FL and is a 2004 graduate of Lakeland High. In high school, Strong was five sport varsity letterman in Football, Basketball, Track & Field, Weightlifting and Wrestling while also being a member of the National Honor Society and Unified Cultural Club. 

    Strong attended Florida A&M University on an academic scholarship and graduated in 2008 with Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education.

  • DEAUBREY DEVINE
    Deaubrey
    Devine
    Linebackers
    QUICK NOTES:
    • Born in Bartow, FL
    • Played for the Lakeland Thunderbolts
    • 9th Year coaching Dreadnaught Football

    ABOUT Deaubrey Devine

    Deaubrey was born in Bartow, FL and raised in Lakeland, FL. He graduated from Lakeland High School in 1995. While attending Lakeland he was a two year starter in football and also apart of the wrestling team. All-county, All-District, All-State, ad Blue-chip All-American North-South high school All-Star game in 1996. He was Nominated first team all county his senior year at Middle Linebacker. Coach Devine would receive a football scholarship for the University Of Central Florida and go onto be a three year starter at the Linebacker position.  While at UCF he would be voted ALL-independent player. Devine would finish his collegiate career UCF and graduate with a Liberal Arts degree. Coach Devine went on to become the Linebackers and Defensive Coordinator at Jones High School in Orlando, FL. While at Jones high school he was also the Head weightlifting coach. Coach Devines coaching experience also includes coaching the linebackers in the orange county All-Star game in 2004 and the East-West All-Star game at Raymond James Stadium in  2005. Coach Devine is in his 9th year with the Dreadnaughts. Coach Devine also played football for the Lakeland Thunderbolts Arena football team.

  • CJ Johnson
    CJ
    Johnson
    Defensive Line
    QUICK NOTES:
    • Born in Ponca City, Oklahoma
    • Graduated from Lakeland High School in 2006
    • Played on 04 & 05 State Championship teams
    • 11th year coaching Dreadnaught football, 5th on Varsity

    ABOUT CJ Johnson

    Being born in Ponca City, Coach Johnson lived in Oklahoma for his first 5 years before living in Houston, Texas and Rock Hill, South Carolina for a year each. Coach Johnson and his family of seven finally settled in Lakeland, FL in 1996. He attended LHS from 2002-2006 where he played football, baseball, weightlifting and track as well as a member of National Honor Society.  Coach Johnson played on the 04 & Started at DE and DT on the 05 National Championship team where he earned Scholar Athlete, Unsung Hero, and All-County Awards. 

    Coach Johnson graduated with High Honors and earned an Athletic Scholarship to Olivet Nazarene University.  He transferred to the University of South Florida to walk-on and eventually transferred to Florida Southern to finish his degree due to injuries and to begin his coaching career.  He graduated from Florida Southern College with High Honors in 2010 with a double major in Human Movement & Performance and Physical Education. 

    Coach Johnson began coaching Lakeland JV in 2008 while assisting the defensive line on Varsity ever since. His parents Jerry and Donna reside in Lakeland. He is the oldest of 5 children all of which have attended Lakeland High School.  He holds his USAW and CSCS certification and teaches in the Math and PE Departments at Lakeland Senior.

    Off the field, Coach Johnson enjoys spending time with his wife Mandy, his two dogs Roscoe, Honey and his family.  They attend Highland Park Church in Lakeland and Coach Johnson also helps coach at Crossfit Lakeland.