Former longtime bay area prep coach Frank Permuy, who totaled more than 1,300 wins at various levels in a half-century, is among 11 members of the American Baseball Coaches Association's 2018 Hall of Fame class.
The formal induction ceremony was held last week in Indianapolis. Former University of Florida coaches Andy Lopez and Pat McMahon, and former Saint Leo coach John Schaly, also were inducted.
"I am truly appreciative of the induction and am both humbled and honored in being only the second (prep) coach from Florida that has been inducted," Permuy said.
"This is not to say that the other halls I have been selected to are not on par with the ABCA, but just the size of the organization (in existence since 1945) is mind-boggling."
An Ybor City native, Permuy is best known for starting the program at Gaither in 1984, and compiling a 513-276 record with 13 district titles and a state runner-up finish in 30 seasons. Among his Cowboys players: current Rays manager Kevin Cash.
Before that, he led Tampa Catholic to the Class 3A state crown in 1982, amassed a 95-80 record in five seasons at the University of Tampa (his alma mater), and even served a two-year hitch at Leto.
Throughout his prep tenures, he doubled as an American Legion coach, capturing 25 district titles, seven state crowns and one world championship (1981).
McMahon, currently the New York Yankees' director of international player development, compiled a 231-143-1 record in seven seasons at UF (2001-07), leading the '95 team to a runner-up finish at the College World Series.
Lopez, one of only two Division I head coaches to lead two programs to national titles (Pepperdine, Arizona), finished his collegiate career with 1,177 victories. During his seven-year tenure at UF, he led the Gators to College World Series berths in 1996 and '98.
Schaly spent six years (1992-97) at Saint Leo, leading the Lions to the Division II playoffs in 1996 and earning Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year honors.