After leading the Wharton boys tennis team to three straight team state titles and seven state team berths in 11 years as coach, Marcie Scholl is stepping down.
"There's never a good time to leave, but the boys have been great," Scholl said. "I'm going out on top. I'm the grandmother of three now. With tennis, I wasn't getting home until 8 p.m. between matches and challenges. I haven't had a spring break in a number of years."
Scholl said that Glenn Alvarez, a former girls tennis coach at Tampa Bay Tech, will be the new coach.
"It's very tough because I have such wonderful nice men and families," Scholl said. "Its been a great experience. I know Glenn will uphold it and keep it going in the right direction."
This past spring, the Wildcats won their third straight state team title, their first in 4A. Six of Scholl's seven state-qualifying teams placed in the top three at state.
Scholl, who has 34 years of teaching experience in the Hillsborough County Public Schools system, said she has no plans to leave the Wharton faculty, where she is a Drop Out Prevention Specialist.
She will continue to coach the school's boys golf team for the next few years.
-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)