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Plant hoops job draws 18 applicants

The Plant boys basketball job, posted a week ago on the county school district website, has drawn 18 applicants to this point.

In response to a request from the Times, Principal Robert Nelson released the list Monday. The school is seeking a replacement for 15-year veteran Mike Phillips, dismissed earlier this year for providing housing information to the mom of a prospective Plant student-athlete who never enrolled at the school.

Among the candidates: former Panthers coach Mike Moran, now coach at St. Petersburg Catholic. Here's the entire list (We'll provide more detailed information on each as we get it.):

Michael Moran: St. Petersburg Catholic coach

David Ritchie: JV coach at Jesuit

Matt Anderson: Veteran statewide coach (won four consecutive 1A state titles at Malone)

Michael Slonaker: Bishop McLaughlin coach (former Campbell University assistant)

Carlos Villalobos: Gainesville P.K. Yonge coach

Mark Soril: n/a

Eric Brooks: Spoto coach

Derek Stewart: Former Leto coach, Florida College assistant (works in local offseason player development program)

Bryan Underwood: n/a

Don Wedewer: Cocoa Space Coast coach (also coached at Zephyrhills one year in late '80s)

Tony Watson: Former Paxon, Palm Beach Gardens coach

Michelle Love: n/a

Kevin Bavery: Veteran coach at Middleton (Wis.) High

Jeremy Schiller: Former Osceola coach, Eckerd College assistant

Eric Van Cott: Assistant high school coach, teacher in Dade County

Cornell Young: President/CEO of local masters men's basketball league

Emerson Morris: Former USF football player, local pastor, certified personal trainer

Brad Leinbach: n/a

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