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Citrus grad holds the reins for now

By KEITN NIEBUHR
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 24, 2002

INVERNESS -- Brady Bogart became Citrus' interim coach Thursday when Mike Taylor resigned, but Hurricanes athletic director Vicki Overman said Bogart has a chance to keep the job beyond this season.

"Absolutely," Overman said. "Brady is the head coach for now ... We don't know what's going to happen from today to tomorrow, though. All of our coaches are on annual contracts, and we review them every year."

Overman thinks the 30-year-old Bogart, a 1989 Citrus graduate, will succeed in his new role.

"Brady is an awesome coach," Overman said.

Bogart had been a baseball assistant for three seasons. He is the girls soccer coach and the football team's offensive line coach.

He played baseball and football for the Hurricanes, then pitched for Central Florida Community College and Saint Leo.

Bogart, citing his friendship with Taylor, chose not to comment when reached for this story.

Taylor, the head coach since 1998 and an assistant at Citrus from 1993-97, quit Thursday, citing personal reasons, including the need to spend more time with his son. He will remain at the school as a physical education instructor.

The Citrus girls soccer program has flourished under Bogart and is among the most consistent in the North Suncoast.

The Hurricanes went 18-4-1 this season, 21-2-3 in 2001 and 21-1-2 in 2000. Bogart has a career record of 115-23-10. His teams have won four district titles.

Citrus was the district runner-up to Lecanto last month. The Hurricanes lost 5-2 to Land O'Lakes in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

"His soccer teams are second to none in our area year after year," Overman said. "He's a good coach and does a good job with the kids. He demands a lot from the kids, and he gets it."

As an assistant with the baseball team, Bogart was Citrus' pitching coach. The Hurricanes have an ERA of 3.68, second in the county to Class 3A No. 4 Crystal River.

"He has a passion for athletics, a passion for Citrus and a knowledge of the sports he coaches," Overman said.

"He goes out and makes it his business to learn new techniques and stay on top of it. He works hard and puts in a lot of hours."

-- Times staff writer Keith Niebuhr can be reached at 860-7337 or by e-mail at niebuhr@sptimes.com.

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