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Sixty-four apply for Clearwater basketball coaching position

Pinellas Park coach Allen Carden, Palm Harbor University coach Mike Walters, Clearwater assistant Jon Cabino and Largo assistant Mark Carter are among the 64 who applied to be the next Clearwater boys basketball coach.

The Tornadoes have been without a coach since March 3, when Jack Coit retired. Coit coached the Tornadoes six seasons and was 151-25 overall, with five postseason appearances, including back-to-back final fours in 2004 and '05.

The application deadline has passed. Clearwater principal Keith Mastorides and athletic director Kathy Biddle said they will meet during spring break to decide which candidates will be interviewed within the next three weeks.

This past season, Carden led the Patriots to their first postseason berth since 1997 and their first region final appearance.

"You can't help but be interested in a job like that," Carden said of the Clearwater post. "I've talked with administration at Pinellas Park, and they understand. It's a chance to have an opportunity to win a state title. It can be done at Pinellas Park. But it can't be done every single year."

Walters, a former Clearwater assistant, has coached the Hurricanes since the program's inception in 1996.

Cabino and Carter have been in charge of strong junior varsity programs.

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>>Fast facts

Breaking down the applicants: By the numbers

64 Total


16 States the applicants hail from

15 Assistant


12 Head coaches

in the state

4 Middle school coaches

2 County boys

head coaches

1 Team manager

(Florida State)

Sixty-four apply for Clearwater basketball coaching position 03/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 3, 2008 7:54am]
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