Boca Ciega has 45 applicants for girls basketball position

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Mon. March 7, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Former Seminole girls basketball standout Alli Fogle, Middleton coach Curtis Folson and former Venice coach Joe DiGiacomo were among the 45 who applied to become the next Boca Ciega girls basketball coach.

The Pirates have been without a coach since Feb. 18, when Will White stepped down. White coached Boca Ciega for eight seasons and was 193-45 overall with eight straight postseason appearances, including three straight appearances in the state final four (2008-10).

The application deadline expired on March 4. The school is reviewing the applicants and narrowing the list of finalists to be interviewed.

As expected, there was wide interest in the job, one of the most coveted in the bay area considering the Pirates have made the postseason 19 straight seasons, the third longest streak in the state, and won back-to-back state titles in 1995-96.

Fogle starred at Seminole from 2003-05 and is currently the girls basketball coach at Canterbury. Folson guided the Tigers to a 2-20 record this past season. And DiGiacomo led the Indians to the Class 5A state final in 2005. 

Other names of interest include Dustin Bengston, a former star swimmer at Boca Ciega who has been the head football coach at Palm Harbor University and the girls basketball coach at Dunedin, and Rebecca  Bissonnette has previous head coaching experience in Massachusetts.

Whoever takes over the job will have to compensate for the loss of Tamara Taylor, the team's leading scorer (26 points per game) who already has signed with USF.

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