Anderson ends 26-year reign as golf coach at Santa Fe
Published: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.
After 33 years at Santa Fe High, 26 as a golf coach and seven years in baseball, Frank Anderson decided to retire from coaching and teaching special education at the school.
But at 62, he figures he will be playing a lot more golf these days.
“I was in the five-year retirement program and my five years was up,” Anderson said. “It is time to do some fishing or play golf. I will play more golf and fish a little bit.”
He will continue his involvement as director of the Gainesville Junior Golf Tour, which has four more tournaments scheduled before the GJGT Tour Championship on Aug. 23 at Ironwood Golf Course. He will also continue to help with the Sunshine State Senior Games and the Alachua County Tournament in October, which has been renamed the John Ives County Classic.
“I helped to start the Alachua County Championships and this will be our 23rd year,” Anderson said. “I have been with Gainesville Junior Tours for 16 years.”
Anderson led the Raiders to 13 straight regional tournaments, from 2000-2013, and won six district titles. He has also been named the Gainesville Sun's golf coach of the year three times.
“For a small school, once we went to regionals we became pretty consistent,” he said. “I taught and coached there every year.
“I will miss being around the kids. With golf, you will miss other coaches, you miss the kids. Golf is a sport you are pretty much by yourself. I will still be involved in golf, but just won't be in the classroom any more. The Alachua community has really supported me for 33 years.”
STEPPING DOWN: Gigi Roark, who led Oak Hall girls lacrosse to three straight district titles and a third round play-in game this past season for the first time in program history, decided to step down to spend more time with her grandchild.
The girls lacrosse program didn't start playing in the FHSAA until 2012 and behind four-time player of the year Madison O'Leary and Ashley Cohrs, were the area's best team. The Eagles return five all-area players for 2015. Athletic director Jeff Malloy said the school is still taking applications and hope to name a new coach soon.
LESSONS FROM DAD: Corey Green, Bradford's new football coach, learned a lot about the game from his father, longtime coach Danny Green, who coached Columbia for 11 years, leading the Tigers to the state 6A finals in 1997 and Haines City to the state 3A finals in 1991 (losing to Santa Fe).
The elder Green, who is running for school board in Columbia County, isn't ruling out helping his son at Bradford.
“He is my father, he will help me if I need help,” Corey Green said. “Coaching with him for five years (at Orange Park), there is no doubt it made me a better football coach the second go around.”
The younger Green had served as head coach at Hamilton County from 2005-2007. Last season he was an assistant at Fleming Island, which went 10-0 on the regular season before losing to Orlando Oak Ridge in the 7A regional quarterfinals.
Green replaced Steve Reynolds, who left after two seasons as head coach and will be an assistant at Oakleaf this fall.
NEW VOLLEYBALL COACH: St. Francis has hired Jesus Montalvo as its new volleyball coach, replacing Nick Cheronis, who left after a very successful three seasons to become Santa Fe College's first women's volleyball coach. Montalvo, who is the executive director of 352 Elite club volleyball, had been the head coach at The Villages the last two seasons, leading the Buffalo to their first playoff berths in both 2012 and 2013. Under Cheronis, the former longtime UF assistant volleyball coach, the Wolves played in back-to-back Class 3A state tournaments in 2012 and 2013.
CHANGING LEAGUES: Cornerstone Academy will be playing in the Florida Christian Athletic League, not the Florida High School Athletics Association, this fall in volleyball. The Cougars, who had been led by Stephanie Wyatt as coach for five seasons, will have a new coach this fall.
TOUGH TOURNEY: Gainesville Juniors 16 Elite finished 19th in the National Division at the USA Volleyball Nationals Thursday in Minneapolis, this coming nine days after capturing the club championship at the AAU Nationals in Orlando. The team, under coach and executive director Chad Davis and assistant Joe DeLuca, consisted of players from P.K. Yonge, Santa Fe and Buchholz.
FOOTBALL FEVER: MaxPreps has already come out with its preseason Xcellent 25 in football with Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (No. 4), Plantation American Heritage (No. 6) and Miami Washington (No. 9) ranked in the top 10. Other Florida schools listed are Miami Central (No. 15), Jacksonville Trinity Christian (No. 22) and Seffner Armwood (No. 25). American Heritage (5A), Washington (4A), Central (6A) and Trinity Christian (3A) are all defending state champions. Washington, like Central, have won back-to-back state titles and were the mythical national champions in 2013. Cedar Hill (Texas) is ranked No. 1 nationally to open the season by MaxPreps.
Larry Savage is the high school sports editor of The Gainesville Sun. He welcomes news regarding high school athletics. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (352) 374-5050.