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A win and a loss for Seminole

Three county high schools are in need of a baseball coach for the 1992 season, and another school will be seeking a coach for 1993. Seminole coach Bill Brinker, the dean of Pinellas County coaches, said next season will be his last.

Brinker, 65, has coached varsity baseball at Seminole for 24 years.

"Just one more year," said Brinker, who already is looking forward to the '92 season. "I'm feeling pretty good, and I have a pretty good ballclub coming back."

The Warhawks finished second in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference this past season and will have some key players returning, including pitcher Sean McClellan and shortstop Eric Ondrey.

In past seasons, Brinker has fielded some of the best baseball teams in the county, always competing for conference, district and holiday tournament titles. His last district championship was in 1988.

This year's team continued that winning tradition and began the season beating state powers Coral Gables and Sarasota. The Warhawks placed second in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference. Seminole's season ended in a heartbreaking 15-inning 1-0 loss to Dunedin in the Class 4A, District 7 final.

When Brinker retires, Dunedin coach Greg Nichols will assume the "deanship" of Pinellas. Nichols has been head coach for 19 years at Dunedin. Nichols, 46, said he plans to coach high school ball "five more years, maybe six."

Meanwhile, coaching vacancies remained open Monday at Boca Ciega, Lakewood and Northeast. Boca Ciega coach Dave Spalty was fired last week; Lakewood coach Mike Jacobs resigned after the season; and Northeast coach Scott Miller will transfer to Countryside, replacing Steve Paoletti.