Former Mitchell High volleyball coach Joe Dixon has been chosen to take over the highly successful volleyball program at Clearwater.
Dixon replaces Tracy Sedely, who resigned for personal reasons after compiling an 84-19 record and three playoff appearances in four seasons .
"I hope to bring an intense level of practice," Dixon said. "I feel comfortable and confident with the group that we have at Clearwater. This is a very athletic group. Hopefully we can fine-tune them and have some success."
Dixon coached five seasons at Mitchell (2000-04) and guided the Mustangs to their only playoff appearances in school history in 2002 and '03. In 1999, Dixon was a JV and assistant head coach under Keith Paulk at Clearwater. Before that, Dixon served as a volunteer coach at Countryside for two seasons.
Dixon has also coached at the club level for Clearwater YMCA, Club Tampa and, most recently, Tampa Bay Juniors in 2004. He took four years off from coaching, in large part to watch his daughter Katelen compete at the University of Tampa.
"I've been a fan in the stands and got to play that role for a while," he said.
Erin, Dixon's oldest daughter, was a Times Pinellas County co-Player of the Year pick for the 2000 season as a senior setter for Countryside.
Dixon will not teach at Clearwater this year but added "that is definitely something that's on the table." Clearwater will hold tryouts Monday and start practicing Tuesday. The Tornadoes face Northside Christian in a preseason match Aug. 28.