Osceola has hired Stefan Futch as its new baseball coach.
Futch coached at St. Petersburg for 12 seasons before stepping down in October of 2008, citing family reasons. He takes over the Warriors from Kevin Mullins, who resigned in December.
"It's exciting to get back into it," Futch said. "I got away from coaching, but I never really got away from baseball."
Futch won 195 games with the Green Devils and led them to playoff appearances in five of his past eight seasons, including two district titles and three runnerup finishes. He continued to teach math at St. Petersburg and stayed in baseball by joining the Suncoast Umpire Association.
He will now teach math, as well as coach, at Osceola.
"I wasn't actively looking for a coaching job, but there were some intriguing things with Osceola," Futch said. "It's a fundamental school. My kids already are in the fundamental program. And I get teach math there. After 14 years at St. Petersburg, it was time to come over here and re-challenge myself."
With the Warriors, Futch inherits a team that won two straight district titles and returns most starters, including all-county pitcher/outfielder Taylor Layner, who has already signed with FSU.
"We don't really know a whole lot about (Futch), but we've heard he's a good coach that doesn't take a lot of nonsense," Layner said. "Maybe that's what we need. Coach Mullins did a great job, and we're just glad to have a coach."
Futch said he'll meet with the team during the first day of tryouts on Monday. He will meet with the parents after the team is finalized.
Meanwhile, Mullins will coach this season as an assistant at Northeast. He said he did not resign at Osceola because of health reasons, as athletic director Christina Ouellet said Monday, though he does have diabetes. Instead, he said he stepped down because of a conflict with parents over playing time and the way the administration at Osceola handled it.