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Seth McClung is the new girls basketball coach at Osceola. McClung, 31, left Pinellas Park after two seasons and a 5-45 record.
"It was just time for me,’’ McClung said Wednesday. "I think I left Pinellas Park in a better situation. I know it’s tough to see that just by wins and losses, but when you win one game in the county and get a first-place vote for coach of the year and finish second in turnaround program of the year, you know you’ve done a pretty good job.’’
Last season with the Patriots, McClung was 5-21 after going winless in his first year. The job will not be much easier at Osceola. The Warriors were 6-17 last season, but do have some returning players.
"At Pinellas Park, I had 24 players come out who had never played a varsity sport before, let alone basketball,’’ McClung said. "It was a complete rebuilding. At Osceola, they’ve kind of been up and down, but I’m getting returning four starters. I’ve got no other experienced players, but at least I have four starters.’’
McClung said he made the move mostly because Osceola is much closer to his Seminole home. He also continues to play baseball. He was with the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs' minor-league teams this summer. McClung was 3-15 with a 6.35 ERA in 119 innings pitched with both Nashville and Iowa Triple-A teams.
He pitched for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 2003-06.
Pinellas Park has not yet named a successor to McClung.