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East Lake graduate Andrew Wilson has been selected volleyball coach for Clearwater Central Catholic, the school announced Tuesday.

Wilson was the JV coach at Dunedin in 1999 and at East Lake in 2001 and 2002 (in '01, he led the Eagles' JV to an undefeated season). Wilson is a regular on the club volleyball circuit, where he has coached 11 seasons for the Pinellas Heat. The past two seasons, Wilson guided the Heat's 16-and-under team to the USA Junior Olympic Championships.

In 2008, Wilson, a Trinity resident, was named USA Volleyball Florida Region Outstanding Juniors Coach for the 16U division.

"Andrew is a great addition to the Clearwater Central Catholic High School coaching staff," CCC athletic director Keith Galley said. "With the addition of Andrew and the entire volleyball team returning from last year, we are looking forward to a very successful volleyball season at CCC."

Wilson takes over for Brian Imperiale, who coached two seasons at CCC before accepting a graduate assistant position at Florida Southern College in late July. Wilson and Imperiale played club volleyball together in high school and have remained friends.

"I'm excited about the possibilities," Wilson said. "Brian has definitely turned the program around and built a good foundation. I'm hoping I can continue to move the program in the right direction."

The job will be Wilson's first as a varsity coach.

more than just a memory: Making people at Dunedin forget about all-everything running back Adaris Bellamy isn't just a difficult task, it may be an impossible one.

"You don't replace Bellamy," Falcons coach Mark Everett said.

Bellamy, who signed with USF but will attend Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, was arguably the area's top back in 2008. Thus far, junior Jezreel Saunders is the front-runner to succeed him.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Bellamy was a punishing runner. Saunders, who is 5-8, 155 pounds, is a different kind of player.

"He is blazing fast," Everett said. "Obviously, he's not as big and tough as Bellamy, but he's fast and he works hard at it. He has a tremendous work ethic."

Bellamy averaged between 20-25 carries per game. It's unlikely Saunders will touch the ball that much. For starters, he's likely to split carries with a few teammates. Also, because of standout quarterback Ryan Singer, Dunedin plans to throw more often.

More Falcons news: Two key members of last season's district champion squad at Dunedin will play football at Chabot College, a two-year school in Hayward, Calif. They are: Austin Williams, a 5-11, 170-pound wide receiver who started three years for the Falcons; and Avery Chisholm, a 5-10, 165-pound defensive back who was a two-year starter and member of last season's Pinellas County all-star team.

"They're real excited," Everett said. "Even more so because they're going out there together. If they get homesick, at least they've got someone to lean on."

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Our preseason football video series continues with our countdown of the bay area's top teams. Largo is No. 3. Find out which team comes in at No. 2 today at highschool.tampabay.com.

Pinellas: News and notes 08/18/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:04pm]
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