Catching Up With The CLASS OF 1988
Here are six prominent Tampa Bay area high school athletes from the Class of 1988, along with what they are doing today. KIM DIX, ARMWOOD •Then: Dix helped the Hawks' volleyball and basketball programs to the state's Final Four. In basketball, she averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game, setting a school record with a 48-point night against East Bay. At the University of Tampa, she became an All-American in both sports and was named to the Sunshine State Conference Silver Anniversary Team. •Now: Dix, who has a 5-year-old son, is a math teacher at Tampa's Jefferson High School. She's working on her master's degree and hopes to become a principal.MIKE GRANT, BRANDON •Then: Grant was a three-year starter at quarterback, helping the Eagles to the Class 5A state semifinals in 1985 and a 25-9 record. He passed for 3,154 yards and rushed for 1,436, while accounting for 50 touchdowns. He signed with the University of Nebraska, playing in the Fiesta Bowl and a pair of Orange Bowl games. •Now: Grant, with 15 years of football coaching experience, is entering his first season at Western Michigan University, where he works with wide receivers and has a recruiting territory that includes the Tampa Bay area. Grant also has coached at Southern Miss, Iowa State, James Madison and his alma mater, Nebraska. PAT McDONOUGH, LARGO •Then: McDonough became one of the top all-time runners in the tradition-rich Largo program. As a senior, he won the state cross country championship, setting the course record by six seconds, and captured the 1-mile and 2-mile titles at the state track and field meet. He ran at the University of Florida, then earned his master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania. •Now: McDonough, married with two children, is a preservation architect and a partner in John Milner Architects, Inc., a firm in suburban Philadelphia. STACY RESMONDO, RIDGEWOOD •Then: Resmondo, one of the top prep tennis players in Pasco County history, built a 107-7 career record in singles and doubles for the Rams and finished 41-0 in conference matches. She became the first athlete in school history to earn a Division I athletic scholarship and played four years at the University of Louisville. With a 3.97 grade-point average in biology, she was Metro Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and NCAA Woman of the Year (athletics, academics, leadership and community service) for the state of Kentucky in 1992. •Now: Stacy Resmondo Trinkle, married with four children, attended medical school at the University of Louisville after her tennis career. She's now a family doctor in Louisville, Ky., with a special interest in treating autistic patients. OZZIE TIMMONS, BRANDON •Then: Timmons, an outfielder, batted .385 for the Eagles, then became a two-time Division II All-American at the University of Tampa. The Cubs' fifth-round draft choice in 1991, he played pro baseball for 16 seasons with the Cubs, Reds, Mariners, Rays, Braves, Diamondbacks and Mets' organizations, and in the Japanese League, the Mexican League and the Independent League. In 186 major-league games, he batted .235. •Now: Timmons, who has an 11-year-old son, is a first-year coach with the Columbus (Ga.) Catfish, a South Atlantic League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. JOE URSO, PLANT •Then: Urso, an infielder, batted .371 for the Panthers, who became the first Hillsborough County public school to win a state baseball championship since 1971. He was a four-year starter at second base for the University of Tampa, earning Most Valuable Player honors for the 1992 national-championship team. He was drafted in the 49th round by the Angels and played four years of minor-league baseball before becoming a coach in that organization. •Now: Urso, married with two children, just completed his eighth season as UT's head baseball coach (360-109-1). The Spartans were Division II national champions in 2006 and 2007.