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Plant hires Rumore to be new volleyball coach

Amy Rumore spent the past two seasons grooming the next wave of Plant volleyball players at the JV level. Now she will take over one of the state's most successful volleyball programs.

Rumore, a 2003 Plant grad, was named the school's next volleyball coach on Wednesday, taking over for Leanna Taylor, who took the head coaching job at Queens College earlier this month.

Taylor, who was 185-20 over seven seasons at Plant, leaves the school after having guided the Panthers to a string of five consecutive state titles. Plant has won 10 state volleyball crowns, fourth most in the state, including eight since 2001.

"For me and the girls, I think we just need to stay hungry," Rumore said. "Nothing is a given. I think I offer a little comfort for the girls as far as knowing the kind of coaching they're going to get."

Rumore -- a 2007 grad of the University of Tampa -- was the Plant JV coach the past two seasons and Taylor's varsity assistant before that.

As a player, Rumore was a senior setter on a University of Tampa team that won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2006.

She is currently a teacher at Sam Rampello Downtown Partnership School, but will join Plant's faculty next school year.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.coml; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)