From the Sidelines
With Carl McAloose
Do you know any coaches who attended their college/university, made the transition to a head coach at another school where they were named the national coach of the year, and then came back to lead their alma mater as the head coach? Sound impossible?
Well, Florida SouthWestern now has two such coaches. Robert Iamurri, who led Naples High School to 13 state championships, is the new Head Softball Coach at FSW, while Jamie Corr, who led Lambert High School to the 2014 USA Today national championship, has been named our Head Baseball Coach. Both have the distinction of attending FSW (formerly Edison State) and then being named the National High School Coach of the year.
It really did amaze me the talent level in the pool of applicants that we had for the positions (nearly 150 for softball and 368 for baseball). We had very well respected NCAA I, II, III and NJCAA coaches who were excited about this opportunity. With thoughts of a very good learning experience, a beautiful location, fantastic on-campus housing and the City of Palms facility, it is understandable why so many quality coaches applied for the positions. Coach Iamurri and Coach Corr emerged from this incredible field of applicants and have already hit the ground working on the recruiting trail.
Both coaches will begin on July 16, 2014, and recruiting is the number one priority for them. We believe we have the opportunity to be very good quickly and bring in outstanding student-athletes who will excel in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. The coaches will be looking for leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit who will bring a “first-class” tradition to FSW. These student-athletes will set the foundation for our program’s future.
With the signing of a 10-year agreement with the Lee County for the City of Palms Stadium, and now the hiring of two incredible coaches – the future looks very bright for FSW athletics. It will be over a year before we have our first win, but I really believe we have already won since we announced the return of athletics.