Tony Egan was one of Pasco County’s school cuts in May when his temporary contract wasn’t renewed. He wasn’t sure whether he’d stick around the county he grew up in or have to look elsewhere for work.
This month, he got some good news.
Egan has been named the head baseball coach at Hudson, Cobras athletic director Keith Newton said Friday.
“Lots of teachers in Pasco are in the same boat as me,” Egan said. “I was grateful they gave me an opportunity.”
It’s the first head coaching position for the 26-year-old Egan, who also serves as an assistant coach on the football team. He’s on another temporary contract until December at River Ridge Middle School, where he teaches reading.
Egan has coached football for the last three years and was the defensive coordinator at River Ridge before joining Hudson.
“I was able to get my reputation, I guess, as a straightforward, young coach who’s going to come out there and work my butt off,” Egan said.
Egan played football and baseball at River Ridge. He replaces Newton, who left his coaching position in August to become Hudson's AD.
Egan said his goal is to get a full-time teaching job at Hudson – if a position becomes available – and to keep coaching.
“I just want to try to get a reputation out there that I’m going to be a teacher first and foremost,” Egan said. “And I’m going to help out with anything in the school that I can.”
Also Friday, the Cobras named Allison Dipalo as their new girls tennis coach and Rachel Surrency as their new JV softball coach, Newton said.