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Gulf has hired longtime semi-professional coach Rob Miles as its new baseball coach, Miles confirmed Tuesday night at the Pasco County 7-on-7 league games at Wesley Chapel.
"I'm really excited to take over the program and build it up from the start," Miles said. "I'm actually the head coach of a semi-professional team down in St. Petersburg and most of my staff will be coming with me. It's been a battle for the (Gulf) program the past few years, but I'm ready to build the program up.
"If we can create excitement to offer more challenges after high school baseball ...hopefully they can have that avenue through me whether it's into semi-pro or into college or the minor leagues. The point with this is to get these kids to where they can move on to the next level. I've always dreamed of being a head baseball coach on the high school level, and the pros is all good but to teach these kids has always been my passion the whole time."
Miles will also be an assistant coach on the football team. He coached the Tampa Bay Black Sox, a semi-pro team in the National Xtreme Baseball League. The New York native takes over for Darryl Stidham, who resigned March 14 to take a full-time teaching position and become the athletic director at Genesis Prep.
Miles will have to turn around a Gulf baseball program that has had a turbulent 2011. Stidham took over Feb. 9 when coach Shaun Weimer stepped down after 10 seasons. Then Stidham resigned suddenly eight games into the season and first-year Gulf football coach Tom Carter took over interim duties.