Michael Jones was recently named the new head men's basketball coach at Pasco-Hernando Community College.
Jones served as assistant coach at PHCC from 2010 to 2012. During the past school year, he served as athletic director at Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill.
Jones played at PHCC for two seasons and helped lead the Conquistadors to the Suncoast Conference championship in 2000. He appeared twice in the Florida Community College Activities Association state tournament and represented PHCC in the 2000 state all-star game.
Jones began his career coaching middle school basketball at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics in Spring Hill (2005-07) and later coached at West Hernando Middle School, west of Brooksville (2010-12).
From 2007 to 2009, he held the assistant junior varsity high school basketball coaching position at Florida State University School in Tallahassee.
"My priority is to teach the student athletes how to become successful in all areas of their lives by developing a solid foundation of basketball and sports knowledge that they can carry with them through their life journey," Jones said.
SPRING HILL DIXIE SOFTBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Softball has scheduled registration at Anderson Snow Park for the fall season.
League officials will accept signups under the pavilion at the park. Officials will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24 and 31.
Evaluation dates will vary for the six age divisions. Teams for the Sweeties (ages 4 to 6), Darlings (7-8), Angels (9-10), Ponytails (11-12), Belles (13-14) and Debs (15-18) divisions will all be available. Sweeties and Darlings or Belles and Debs may be combined into one division, depending the number of registrations.
Player fees are $125 per child at the time of registration, including a $25 refundable concession stand deposit. Families can receive this money back after volunteering with the league during the season. A copy of a child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover all games, insurance and trophies.
Coaches and sponsors are still needed. Visit shdixiesoftball.com if interested.
For information, contact Dianne McClellan at (352) 442-3047 or [email protected]
NATURE COAST BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER GOLF TOURNAMENT: Nature Coast Technical High School will hold a golf fundraiser for its basketball and cheerleading teams on Sept. 29 at Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville.
The cost is $90 per participant. Each golfer will receive a $200 gift card to Warrior Golf, a $50 Callaway gift card, plus discounts and gift cards for Southern Hills, Golfsmith and Edwin Watts Golf.
For information, call Nature Coast basketball coach David Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.
WEST HERNANDO SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors Softball League will celebrate its 27th anniversary of offering friendly competition for men age 55 and over with Opening Day festivities on Sept. 4 at Veterans Memorial Park on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill.
The American Legion Post 186 honor guard will be on hand to present colors for the national anthem at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and cake will be available for everyone who comes to watch the games.
This year's team sponsors are American Legion Post 186, C's Pub, Economy Insurance Mart, Rookies Sports Bar, Bar Envy, Minerva's Hair Salon and AFG National Insurance Co.
KIWANIS GOLF INVITATIONAL: The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill, in association with the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville, will host the eighth annual Children's Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 14 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.
Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee includes a light lunch prior to golf, a buffet dinner, awards and silent auctions. The Weeki Wachee mermaids will be on hand.
Interested golfers may visit springhillkiwanis.org. The entry fee is $110 per golfer or $400 per four-person team. The registration deadline is Friday. Hole sponsorships are available for $150, with other sponsorship levels also available.
For information, contact Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829 or [email protected]
ALZHEIMER'S FUNDRAISER GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Alzheimer's Family Organization, in conjunction with Full Circle Financial, will hold its 13th annual charity golf tournament on Nov. 9 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.
Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The event will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. The cost to play is $85 per person.
A continental breakfast will be included, along with lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro, goody bags, raffles and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole in one. A new car and other prizes will be provided by Friendly Kia in New Port Richey. Full Circle Financial will sponsor a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000.
The Alzheimer's Family Organization serves Central Florida. Proceeds from the tournament will help individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
For information, call community services coordinator Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.
NATURE COAST TENNIS DOUBLES TOURNAMENT: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its annual Mattie Smouse Memorial Adult Doubles Tennis Tournament, Sept. 27 to 29.
All entrants will be guaranteed a minimum of two matches for a fee of $25 per player ($50 per team). Players do not need to be U.S. Tennis Association members to participate. Entry forms are available by visiting nctf.usta.com or by sending email to [email protected] The registration deadline is Sept. 23.
For information, call tournament director John Downey at (352) 442-9362 or Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546.
HERNANDO SPORTSMAN'S CLUB: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, off U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee, is offering two special National Rifle Association classes in September.
A two-day NRA Basic Muzzle-loading Rifle-Student class is scheduled for Saturday and Sept. 8. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The cost is $100.
A two-day NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home course will be Sept. 28 and 29. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. The cost is $150.
Preregistration is required for all classes. To preregister or for information, call the Hernando Sportsman's Club at (352) 597-9931 or visit hernando sportsmansclub.com.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.