County coaches get their fair share of accolades

The second annual Pasco County Coaches Appreciation Night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.

Published May 31, 2007

WESLEY CHAPEL - The second annual Pasco County Coaches Appreciation Night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Saddlebrook Resort.

Zephyrhills athletic director Craig Milburn created the event to honor coaches for their commitment to coaching and still hopes it will grow to rival the banquet thrown by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in Hillsborough County.

Last year, Ridgewood baseball coach Larry Beets walked out with a door prize: a 37-inch plasma TV.

"It's going to be awful hard to top last year, " Milburn said. "I hope it's close to how last year went."

Milburn said he expects about 150 more people to participate in the dinner.

COACH OF THE YEAR: The Florida Dairy Farmers Association announced Tuesday that Pasco softball's Shamalene Broner is Class 4A coach of the year.

Broner is eligible to become the state's overall coach of the year. She guided the Pirates to the Class 4A final and a 27-5 record. Pasco fell in the final 7-0 to Lake Wales.

"I think it's a wonderful honor, " Pasco athletic director Jim Ward said. "It brings some well-deserved recognition to our school."

SAINT LEO PLAYER EARNS HONOR: Saint Leo senior Ryan Harris was named scholar All-American by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

Harris led the Lions with 33 goals, 21 assists, 54 points and was named first-team all-Deep South Conference. Saint Leo finished 7-8.

Harris is Saint Leo's all-time leading scorer with 65 goals.

Izzy Gould can be reached at igould@tampabay.com or 727 580-5315.