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Rohrberg leaves Sunlake to take Newsome baseball coach job

Sunlake High’s Dick Rohrberg has been named the baseball coach at Newsome High, Wolves athletic director Paul Lindstrom announced Monday.

Rohrberg replaces replacing Bill Highsmith, who stepped down following the 2014 season.

Rohrberg went 73-85 during the last six seasons as the head coach at Sunlake, including a 20-10 record this season leading the Seahawks to a Class 5A state semifinals. Sunlake battled from the district runner-up spot, topping Hernando, Pasco and North Marion in region games before falling to Jesuit 3-0 in the state semifinal.

Rohrberg returns to coaching in Hillsborough County after serving as the head coach at Chamberlain, where he led the Chiefs to the state playoffs five times including the Class 5A state final four in 2002, and Robinson. Rohrberg said Monday, Sunlake had reduced its physical education department and rather than transferring to another Pasco County school he decided to look for opportunities in Hillsborough County, where he lives.

“I didn’t know I was going to come back and Sunlake reduced its PE staff by one and I was low man on the totem pole,” Rohrberg said. “I understand how those things go and there are no hard feelings.

“Newsome seems like a good fit, so instead of going to an elementary or middle school, I wanted to stay at the high school level and this seems like a great opportunity.”

Last season, Newsome finished with an 8-15-1 record, and the Wolves lose seven seniors. Rohrberg said he was looking forward to competing in a tough Class 8A-District 7, which includes state runner-up Bloomingdale, Saladino Tournament and district champion Plant, former state champion Alonso, as well as tough programs at Riverview and Wharton.

“Definitely looking forward to that challenge, (Landy) Faedo at Alonso, (Dennis) Braun at Plant and (Bill) Leiby at Riverview, I’ve known those guys for years and years and years, and I think it’ll be a lot of fun to get in there and compete,” Rohrberg said. “I think it is going to be a great adventure to take on.”