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St. Petersburg Catholic filled two of its coaching vacancies Monday, hiring Scott Miller to take over the baseball program and Randy Villalba to guide the girls soccer program.
Miller replaces John Vigue, who stepped down recently after leading the Barons to the state final four. Miller was the leading candidate considering he was an assistant at SPC the past three seasons and has a wealth of coaching experience at the college and high school level in the county.
A former all-state player at St. Petersburg College and third-team All-American at USF, Miller went on to coach as an assistant at Eckerd and numerous high schools in the county; he led Seminole to a state and national title in 2001. Miller has led teams to the final four three times and is an eight-time county coach of the year. He has an overall record of 387-121.
“I couldn't be happier to have such a great baseball man join us at SPCHS,” said Mike Moran, SPC's athletic director. “It isn't often that you can bring someone in with the pedigree that Coach Miller has. We look forward to him continuing and improving on the success that the program has enjoyed”.
Villalba takes over for Gary Kolb, who left to become the girls coach at Seminole. Villalba was an all-county player for the Barons in 2000 and was the leading scorer on the final four team in 1999.
Last year, he was the assistant coach at Plant, which went 15-1-1. Villalba has coached with the Chargers soccer club the past few years.
“We are extremely excited to have Randy return to head up our girls program,” Moran said. “He brings experience and success at various levels of the game we couldn't be happier to add him to the SPCHS staff”.
It has been a busy offseason for SPC. Last month, Moran, the boys basketball coach, was hired as athletic director. He replaces John Gerdes, whose contract was not renewed.
The Barons still have to hire a swim coach after Kristen Nardozzi left to become coach at St. Petersburg.