AATL gets new softball coach

Coming off back-to-back state titles, the Academy at the Lakes Wildcats varsity softball team will have a new face leading the successful program. Wildcats coach Diane Stephenson stepped down after the 2019 season to accept a position closer to her home at St. Petersburg’s Admiral Farragut Academy. A two-time Class 2A Softball Coach of the Year, Stephenson posted a 65-14 mark in three seasons … [Read more...]

Author recounts childhood in apartheid South Africa

Rachel Odhner Longstaff’s earliest memory of South Africa is an engine fire and an aborted plane flight near the end of a long journey from Pennsylvania to the city of Durban in the KwaZulu Natal province. “I remember being carried from the plane by a huge black man under an umbrella,” said Longstaff. “I think he was the first African I had seen.” She was a 3-year-old. Her father was … [Read more...]

In Print: Vote opens for nation’s most inspiring coach

Being an athletics coach of any kind can be stressful for anyone. There's so much to do when it comes to developing strategies, recruiting and retaining players, setting up effective practices, and looking for that sometimes fleeting win. But it's even tougher for Land O' Lakes High School cross-country coach Kris Keppel, who is now starting his third decade in his job, however, doing it … [Read more...]