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Wed. February 17, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Shannon Aitken, 24,has been hired as the Land O'Lakes boys tennis coach.

The program was left without a coach when Shawn McGee resigned to take a full-time promotion at Saddlebrook. 

The hire is significant considering the Gators are considered one of the top North Suncoast teams.

Aitken, who coaches girls soccer at Pine View Middle, will miss the first two matches while her soccer team finishes its season.

Aitken, a Land O'Lakes graduate, earned her degree in exercise science and sports at the University of Tampa. She also played on the Spartans national championship team in 2007. 

"The school came to me about the job," Aitken said. "They wanted someone into sports. I told them I'd do anything to help them out."

Aitken said she has never played the tennis, but has watched the sport. She will also have plenty of assistance from parents and experienced players.

Aitken will join the team next Tuesday for its match against Mitchell.

igould@tampabay.com

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