Tarpon Springs baseball coach Dickie Hart has resigned to become an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic University. Hart, 35, was the Spongers coach for three seasons. Last season, he led Tarpon Springs to a 24-5 record and a district and PCAC championship.
“Hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,’’ Hart said. “I love those players. We’re like a family. It was not easy to leave. But I felt I had to take this opportunity or I might not ever get it again.’’
Hart played at Florida Atlantic under current head coach John McCormack when McCormack was the associate head coach. Hart’s brother, Chris, is an assistant at North Carolina State.
He joins an ever-increasing list of Pinellas County baseball coaches who left after this season, including St. Petersburg Catholic’s John Vigue, Dixie Hollins’ Jason Szafarski, Pinellas Park’s Bill Ruttencutter and Shorecrest’s Don Reed. A replacement has not been named.