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Dan Genna named East Lake baseball coach

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Wed. June 16, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

Last year, Dan Genna said he did not miss coaching baseball.

This year was different.

"I wanted to be out there again," Genna said.

So when East Lake had an opening for a head coach, Genna jumped at the opportunity. This week, Eagles administrators announced he got the job.

"I’m excited to be back," Genna said.

Two years ago, Genna was told by Tarpon Springs administrators that they wanted to go in another direction.

Genna’s tenure there ended after seven years and just two wins shy of 100. His career mark is 98-84, including two postseason appearances in 2004 and ‘05. The Spongers lost both those region quarterfinal games by 2-0 scores.

Genna has said before that every senior in his program graduated, and a quarter of them went on to play college ball. His brand of small ball — lots of steals, lots of bunting — was dubbed Gennaball by his 2004 team. That year, the Spongers stole 118 bases and were one of the more exciting teams to watch.

Genna transferred to East Lake as a taecher this past year. He replaces Mike White, who was told before the season ended that he would not be back as coach.

The Eagles started strong and knocked off nemesis Dunedin once during the regular season. But East Lake faded in the end and bowed out in the district semifinals. The Eagles lose 11 seniors.

"We have to replace a lot, but there still is a lot of talent and tradition with the program," Genna said. 

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