North Suncoast: News and notes

Former Mitchell High left-hander Patrick Schuster, who gained national attention by pitching a state-record four consecutive no-hitters in April, confirmed Wednesday morning that he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Schuster, a 13th-round pick, reportedly received a $450,000 signing bonus, passing up a scholarship offer to the University of Florida. That figure is above the recommended "slot" amount for a player drafted in Schuster's position.

He said he'll report to the club's rookie league affiliate in Missoula, Mont.

"You know this means a lot because ultimately this is what any ballplayer is aiming for," Schuster told the St. Petersburg Times via text message Wednesday. "Luckily I got the amount I wanted and I'm going to run with it."

LOL hires AD: Karen Coss, a social studies teacher at Land O'Lakes, has been hired as athletic director.

Coss, 30, coached softball at King (2001-05) and attended Kissimmee Gateway High where she graduated in 2006. At Gateway, she worked for three years as a student assistant with the athletic director where she helped with athletic contracts. She played softball at Saint Leo.

Also, principal Ric Mellin announced first-year football coach Matt Kitchie has been hired as a physical education teacher.

valentine commits to d-II school: Former Springstead all-state guard Dante Valentine, one of the catalysts for the Eagles' electrifying run to last season's Class 4A state title game, has committed to Division II Palm Beach Atlantic and is expected to sign next week.

"There were other schools that were interested but wanted to wait for one reason or another," said Valentine's father, A.J. "We just got tired of waiting."

A 5-foot-11 slasher with uncanny instincts and active hands on defense, Valentine also received interest from Delaware State and the University of Tampa, among others.

A first-team 4A all-state pick, Valentine averaged 18.7 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 steals for the Eagles, who won their first 31 games before falling to Cocoa in the state finals in Lakeland. The Times' North Suncoast player of the year, he scored at least 20 points in Springstead's first four playoff games.

Volleyball hires

Hudson: The Cobras hired Shayna Munson, a professional beach volleyball player on the EVP Tour (Extreme Volleyball Professionals) who recently moved to the bay area.

Munson interviewed Monday and was offered the job to replace longtime coach Linda McQuade, who is still the athletic director.

"She's played at a high level and she's passionate about volleyball," assistant principal Scott Davey said. "We weren't going to just take anybody. I'm just so relieved because she is the right person."

Munson played volleyball at Eastern Michigan, where she worked as an assistant coach. She also coached JV at North Broward Prep.

Davey found Munson through a contact at Pasco-Hernando Community College. Munson, who travels the country playing on the EVP Tour, said coaching high school fits well into her schedule with her season lasting from May until August.

"I've been coaching for 11 years and I'd like to get my foot in the door to teach one day," Munson said.

Bishop McLaughlin: Doug Chinchar has been hired at Bishop McLaughlin, the school announced in a release.

The former Academy of the Holy Names coach had resigned his post in 2007 to spend time with family. A former Ohio State volleyball player, Chinchar and his wife, Sarah, will handle the varsity and JV programs. Sarah was an all-conference player for USF.

He replaces Amy Wilson, who led the Hurricanes for three seasons with an overall record of 26-39.

North Suncoast: News and notes 08/12/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:05pm]

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