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Talking Tom

Tom Fisher has coached Zephyrhills since taking over for Barry Gardner before the 1989 season and is on the verge of joining Land O'Lakes' John Benedetto (159-138 before tonight) as a 100-game winner. Pasco's Dale Caparaso has 112 career wins, but only 12 at Pasco. Here's what some county rivals have to say about Fisher, 99-61 in his 16th season at Zephyrhills.

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 22, 2004

"I think the biggest shock las year was when we beat them and he hugged me. That's usually not his manner. I remember years when people were saying Zephyrhills will be nothing and he comes out and wins. I hope he gets (100 wins) after us."

- Pasco assistant Terry Voyles, who last season as Hudson's coach upset the Bulldogs.

"Tom Fisher is a very laid-back coach. He's hard to get a read on, but he's always had very aggressive, talented teams. If they were nothing else, they were aggressive on defense."

- Gulf coach Keith Newton.

"Tom's a good coach. We always had problems with his teams. They're tough. They're fighters. They know how to win."

- Land O'Lakes coach John Benedetto

"Everytime we play Zephyrhills you know you're going to get a tough football game. He's always had them ready. He's been around. It's probably a good time to get his 100th win."

- Wesley Chapel coach John Castelamare

"Tom might do the best job of anybody in the county. I truly believe that, year in and year out, he gets the most out of his kids. How he does it I don't know. I'm not over there."

- Mitchell coach Scott Schmitz

Compiled by Steve Lee, Times staff writer

[Last modified October 22, 2004, 01:09:27]

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