Sunlake High’s Dick Rohrberg was named the baseball coach at Newsome, Wolves athletic director Paul Lindstrom announced Monday.
Rohrberg replaces Bill Highsmith, who stepped down after the 2014 season.
Rohrberg went 73-85 during the past six seasons as the head coach at Sunlake, including 20-10 last 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.
Rohrberg has previous head coaching experience in Hillsborough County. He led Chamberlain to the state playoffs five times, including the 5A state final four in 2002, and also coached at Robinson.
Rohrberg said Monday that 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.”
Newsome went 8-15-1 last season and loses seven seniors.
Castelamare steps down at AATL
John Castelamare is retiring after 43 years of coaching football.
The longtime staple in Pasco County stepped down at Academy at the Lakes and will be replaced by his top assistant, Shawn Brown, according to athletic director Tom Haslem.
Castelamare took over the football program at AATL in March 2010 and helped bring immediate results, as the Wildcats have qualified and made deep runs in postseason playing 6-man and 7-man football.
The peak of Castelamare’s success was during his time at Wesley Chapel (1999-2009), where he led the Wildcats to two 10-0 records, three district titles, two Sunshine Athletic Conference titles and four postseason berths. Castelamare compiled a 63-50 record during his time with the Wildcats and was a combined 108-126 between his time at Ridgewood and Wesley Chapel.