Academy at the Lakes gets a new baseball coach

Just two months after guiding Carrollwood Day School to the state final four, Ken Akins looks to achieve similar results at another local private school. Akins is the new head baseball coach at Academy at the Lakes (AATL), replacing John DiBenedetto, who left the Wildcats program after three seasons for an athletic director position at Mother of Teresa Calcutta Catholic School, a kindergarten … [Read more...]

Big player, bigger game

Darin Kilfoyl has been on a tear this season. The Academy at the Lakes junior right-hander is sporting a 1.84 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched — statistics buoyed by an incredible performance on March 3, when the 6-foot-8 flamethrower fanned 19 batters in a complete game, one hit shutout against Victory Christian (Lakeland). “All my stuff was working,” said Kilfoyl, who once … [Read more...]

Young coach leads Academy at the Lakes baseball

Just a few years removed from playing college baseball, John DiBenedetto already is thriving in his first varsity baseball head-coaching gig. Over the summer, DiBenedetto, 24, was hired as the new coach for the Academy at the Lakes baseball program. Previously, he assisted Carrollwood Day School’s varsity baseball program. DiBenedetto heard about the job opening when he was helping … [Read more...]