Longtime Gaither baseball assistant coach Nelson North has been named the Cowboys new head coach, former coach Frank Permuy said Friday afternoon.
Permuy, the only baseball coach in Cowboys history, retired at the end of the 2014 season after a hall of fame career in which he won 600 games at the high school level.
North, 51, has been a Gaither assistant for six seasons.
“His experiences and his college connections will help our players tremendously,” Permuy said. “His knowledge of the game, mentally as a pitching coach, has helped us a lot for the last few years. He’s someone who is going to help this program continue to grow.”
The opportunity to succeed Permuy at the 31-year-old school is an honor, North said.
“Talk about those big shoes to fill, it’s Frank Permuy Field and those are going to be impossible to fill,” North said. “But it is an honor and I take great pride in being the second coach at Gaither High School.”
►“Being under him for such a long time, the pride is just coming out of me and I’m so proud and happy to be taking over this great program.”◄
North played at the University of Mississippi before beginning his coaching career at the college level. He was a pitching coach at both the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa.
After six seasons at Gaither, North said coaching at the high school level offers an opportunity to shape young athletes’ games and lives.
“At the college level you are just tweaking a few things here or there, because they are already good players,” North said. “At the high school level you are working with raw athletes and I think the appeal of that is you are really molding men for their future.”
Berkeley Prep blows out Indian Rocks Christian
Berkeley Prep’s aerial attack proved unstoppable Thursday night in its spring game against Indian Rocks Christian.
Orchestrated by rising senior quarterback Brad Mayes, Berkeley Prep defeated Indian Rocks Christian 28-7, scoring three touchdowns through the air to Mayes’ favorite receivers from the 2013 season.
Mayes connected on two touchdowns with freshman Cade Weldon and another with sophomore Jacob Mathis. Mathis was Berkeley Prep’s leading receiver in 2013 with 22 receptions for 330 yards and three touchdowns while Weldon was second with 21 catches for 265 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, the Buccaneers stacked the box to contain Golden Eagles running back Theo Anderson, who averaged 90 yards per game last season.
RECRUITING: Hillsborough High rising senior Dwayne Lawson verbally committed to the University of Miami, Terriers coach Earl Garcia said.
A three-star recruit, Lawson threw for 2,120 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2013, while rushing for 1,068 yards and nine TDs. He had over a scholarship dozen offers, including Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Ohio State and UCF.
Lawson is the second player from Hillsborough County to verbally commit to the Hurricanes this spring, joining Freedom rising senior and defensive end Scott Patchan.
Meanwhile, Carrollwood Day School senior linebacker Dominic Cuono accepted a preferred walk-on roster position at the University of Pittsburgh. Cuono finished this past season with 143 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions. Sixty-six of those tackles were solo. As a tight end he caught 19 passes for 344 yards and four touchdowns.
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