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Wed. May 7, 2014 | Rodney Page | Email

Melissa Schmidt has been named the girls head basketball coach at Osceola. Schmidt, 23, takes over for Seth McClung, who coached the Warriors for two years. McClung is now the head baseball coach at Keswick Christian.

Schmidt played high school basketball at Boca Ciega and was a four-year starter. She played on two Pirates teams that went to the state final four. She then went to Saint Leo University to play basketball and recently earned a master’s degree from the school. This past school year Schmidt was an assistant coach at Inlet Grove Community High School in Riviera Beach.  

“I’m definitely excited about coming back home,’’ Schmidt said. “I plan on getting there as soon as possible, meeting the team and getting things started.’’

Osceola was 13-15 this past season. Schmidt said she will be a substitute teacher in the county while she obtains her teaching certificate. Schmidt has many connections in Pinellas County. Her sister, Madison, is a rising junior at Northeast. Her high school coach, Will White, is now the head coach at Northeast.

“She was an extremely versatile player,’’ White said. “That’s going to make her a good coach. Osceola is lucky to have her.’’

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