Longtime PHU soccer coach John Planamenta steps down
John Planamenta has resigned as girls soccer coach at Palm Harbor University. Planamenta, 45, has coached the Hurricanes for 14 years and won three state championships. Prior to coaching at PHU, he was the girls head coach at East Lake.
“It was time," Planamenta said. “I actually knew I would do this before the season but I wanted to keep it quiet because I didn’t want all that ‘Win one for Coach P’ stuff.’ I look at my kids and they’re starting to play sports and I want to be a part of that."
Planamenta has three children, 7, 5 and 2 years old. He said he is staying at the school as a world history teacher in the IB program. His overall record in 21 years of coaching is 347-53. Planamenta’s teams have won nine PCAC championships, 15 district titles, eight regional championships, nine final four appearances, two state runnerups and three state championships (20006, 2009, 2010).
“I have thoroughly enjoyed it," he said. “I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve loved coaching and being with the team. I’m sure I’ll miss it, but like I told the girls, I’ll still be out there cheering them on. I’ll just be doing it from the stands like all the other parents."
Along with Planamenta, longtime assistant coach Darryl Southard also stepped down. Southard with remain a track and cross country coach.
Times correspondent Jarrett Guthrie contributed to this report