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Fri. August 26, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

Tony Webb has spent several years back in his old high school, teaching social studies in the same room he studied in.

Now he'll be coaching the team he once played for.

Webb has been named the new boys basketball coach at Pasco, assistant principal Norm Brown said Friday.

"Whenever I graduated, I didn't know that i would be back here - especially at that capacity," said Webb, who played for the Pirates every year in high school. "I'm excited."

Webb has been the JV coach for the last three seasons, and the 1995 Pasco graduate has been a social studies teacher at the school for seven years.

Webb, a USF graduate and Dade City native, has been leading the Pirates since the start of school.

"It's an easy transition for me," Webb said. "I'm familiar with what's going on."

Webb replaces Norman Jackson, who resigned last month to become a dean in Polk County. Webb beat out former Pirates boys basketball coach Poncho Broner and former girls basketball coach John Edwards for the position, Brown said. Broner coached Pasco for eight years before stepping down in 2008.

The Pirates are 12-30 in their last two seasons.

Pasco also has a new volleyball coach, Brandon Bittiker. The social studies teacher came to the area from Kissimmee and replaces Amy Herndon, who moved to south Florida.

“He’s doing a real good job for us,” Brown said.

Brown said the Pirates are accepting applications for the school’s athletic director position after Jim Ward resigned from that position this week. Brown said the school plans to begin interviewing candidates within the next 10 days.

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