Springstead has named Jim Diven as its next head baseball coach, pending approval from the Hernando County School District, Eagles assistant principal Steve Crognale said in an email Wednesday.
“I just felt like I could do the job,” Diven said. “I feel like I can make a difference in Hernando County.”
Diven is familiar with the Eagles program. His sons, Jack and Jimmy, went through Springstead and earned scholarships to Warner University. Jimmy was an honorable mention all-North Suncoast selection this spring before graduating.
This will be the first varsity head coaching job for Diven, who also works as a financial professional. He has coached little league and travel teams for about 25 years and served as an assistant for one year at Nature Coast.
“I’ve been coaching in Hernando County for 10 years or more,” Diven said. “I feel very comfortable, or I wouldn’t have put my name up.”
Diven is a New York native who played college football in Wisconsin and has lived in Tampa Bay for almost 35 years.
Crognale said Springstead chose Diven over the six other candidates it interviewed because of his years around the game.
“He does have over 20 years experience at various levels,” Crognale said. “His knowledge of the game is what we liked.”
Diven replaces Frank Vitale, who was fired in April after a school investigation ruled that he threatened to punch a player in the chest if he continued to touch him. Vitale led Springstead to two district titles in his 15 years as head coach.
JV coach George Bennett served as the interim coach last spring. Springstead finished 13-8.