Monday, August 1, 2011

Prep sports: BHSN unveils list of top 20 greatest coaches

(bhsn.com)Brandon wrestling coach Russ Cozart took the top spot in Bright House Sports Network's countdown of the 20 greatest coaches in the its seven-county viewing area. Cozart has led Brandon to 21 state titles in 31 years as a head coach, including a current run of 11 straight, and watched more than 80 of his wrestlers win state championships. The Eagles also won a record 459 straight dual meets under Cozart, a streak that merited a special produced by ESPN.
Here is the complete list, including a couple of names you may know.

1 - Russ Cozart, Brandon wrestling
2- Paul Maechtle, Southeast football
3 - Bill Castle, Lakeland football
4 - Randy Dagostino, Tampa Berkeley Prep volleyball
5 - Robert Weiner, Tampa Plant football
6 - Glenn Rutenbar, Bartow softball
7 - Lanny Faedo, Tampa Alonso baseball
8 - Nancy Kroll, Tampa Catholic girls basketball
9 - Rick Rodriguez, Largo football
10 - Joe Kinnan, Manatee football
11 - Sean Callahan, Seffner Armwood football
12 - Pop Cuesta, Tampa Jefferson baseball
13 - Terrence McGriff, Bartow boys basketball
14 - Allen Carden, Clearwater boys basketball
15 - Joe Fenlon, Tampa Prep boys basketball
16 - Bobby Diez, Chamberlain softball
17 - Tom McHugh, Pasco football
18 - John Crumbley, Tampa Jesuit/Steinbrenner baseball
19 - Eileen Givens, Countryside track and field
20 - David Mitchell, Tampa Wharton football, wrestling and track and field

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