New TBT coach boasts impressive pedigree

Despite team's lack of success, Jason Gordon gladly accepted the job to be next coach.

By KEITH NIEBUHR Times Correspondent
Published July 19, 2007

TAMPA - In the four decades since Tampa Bay Tech first opened, the baseball program has advanced to the playoffs once (1998).

It promptly lost 11-5.

Despite that lack of success, Jason Gordon gladly accepted the job to be the team's next coach.

"I've done a lot of research on the kids," Gordon said. "We've got a lot of young players with talent. They just need to work. I think a lot of stuff at TBT is because it has had a lot of turnover. The seniors had three coaches in four years. I think it's important to get someone in the program that will stick around and build it."

Gordon succeeds Joe Guthrie, who took the position in June but later decided to pursue other interests for personal reasons.

"I think Jason is willing to put in the time and effort, plus he has the baseball knowledge to turn it around," TBT principal Chris Farkas said.

Gordon, 31, played catcher at Gaither from 1992-94 and later at both Pasco-Hernando Community College and Division II Belmont Abbey. He was Tampa Catholic's softball coach in 2004-05 and recently coached middle school baseball at the Trinity School for Children.

"Most catchers kind of direct the game and that leads to them being decent coaches," said Frank Permuy, Gordon's coach at Gaither. "Jason was pretty much one of our team leaders."

Gordon has something else in his favor - bloodlines.

He is the nephew of Tampa baseball legend and Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs.

"He has been a good influence on me," Gordon said. "I used to go to the (Devil Rays) games with his wife, and I'd get to go to the locker room and hang out. I see and talk to him all the time. I'm definitely going to see if he can come out and help."