Plant has hired former Tampa Prep coach Pam Smith to be its next girls soccer coach, Plant principal Robert Nelson has announced.
Smith guided the Terrapins to five straight region tournament appearances between 2005-'09, including back-to-back state tournament appearances ('08-'09) and the 2008 Class 2A state championship. She was not retained on Tampa Prep's faculty after the 08'-09' school year.
"Pam has a wealth of coaching experience and has won a state championship," Nelson said by email. "We feel very strong about our girls soccer program and their ability to win a state championship. Pam has been through the process and we are confident that she will help us maintain the integrity of our athletic program."
She will be the Panthers' third coach in less than a year. Plant dismissed Stephen McGill in December nine games into his sixth season as Plant coach. McGill led Plant to back-to-back district titles in '09 and '10, but the Panthers never advanced past the region semifinals under him. Kelvin Jones took over the team for the remainder of the season, which ended in the district tournament.
Smith will also be on Plant's faculty and will teach business at the school.
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