Familiar Face, Champion Coach
Iamurri Named Head Softball Coach for Buccaneers
June 12, 2014 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – In the softball world, mention the name Robert Iamurri and there’s instant recognition of a proven coach who consistently takes teams to state championships. Starting July 16, Iamurri officially takes the helm as the head softball coach for the Florida SouthWestern State College Buccaneers.
“In our search for a head softball coach, we received over 130 applications from around the country. Robert’s track record as a coach, a mentor and a contributor to this community really made an immediate and positive impression on us,” said Carl McAloose, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics, Florida SouthWestern State College. “He seemed to be a natural fit for what we want to establish as far as a solid program that produces not only well-rounded students, but also solid athletes.”
Iamurri has a long-standing connection in Southwest Florida, which includes earning his Associate in Arts degree from Edison Community College. He was the head softball coach for Naples High School from 1986-2014.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to not only stay in Southwest Florida, but also to take on the challenge of college-level competition,” said Iamurri. “For me this is truly a dream come true.”
“He is a great coach and taught me a lot. I know he’ll do wonderful things for the (FSW) program,” said Jaclyn Traina, who pitched for him at Naples High School and just played in the championship game of the Women’s College World Series for the University of Alabama. “He has so much to give to the program and to the area.”
Michelle Frew, the head softball coach at Rollins College and the former head softball coach for Edison Community College from 1992-1995, said the move to college competition was not unexpected.
“I think a lot of us were wondering when he would make the leap to the college level,” she said. “He is a legend in high school competition and I know he won’t have any trouble getting really good talent for his team. I’m glad I don’t have to recruit against him. All I can say is that other colleges better look out, and I hope he’ll send me some good players.”
“He really is the perfect choice for (FSW’s) new program,” said Pat Murphy, head softball coach, University of Alabama. “He has won many, many championships; he can teach pitchers, hitters and defense. FSW really made a good choice in selecting him as their coach. I hope he’ll send me some players.”
Iamurri and his Buccaneers team will call the City of Palms Park home for their games, starting in the Fall 2015, followed by the start of the regular season in the Spring 2016.
About Robert Iamurri:
He has earned numerous accolades as a coach and community leader, including:
- State leader for most wins (817)
- State leader for most tournament games played (87)
- State leader for most tournament wins (73)
- State leader for most fast pitch playoff appearances (25)
- State leader for most fast pitch state championships (10)
- Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) district chairman, 15 years
- FACA Hall of Fame Inductee, 2009
- National High School Coaches Association, National Coach of the Year, 2010
- Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Inductee, 2010
- Outstanding Citizen of Naples, Lifetime Achievement, 2012
- Naples Daily News Coach of the Year multiple times
Lee County and Edison State College announce agreement
City of Palms Park slated for use by college baseball & softball teams
Fort Myers, FL, May 20, 2014 — Lee County has been working with Edison State College for the use of City of Palms Park for the school’s baseball and softball teams.
The College and the County approved and signed a contract for a long-term use agreement for Edison State to call City of Palms its home.
The agreement was approved by the five-member board as well as Edison State President Allbritten, which allows for the college’s baseball and softball teams to begin their season in autumn 2015 with fall ball, and the regular season will launch spring 2016. They will be the Buccaneers.
Among the contract highlights:
- It’s a 10-year agreement with the possibility of a five-year extension.
- There will be an approximately 30-game baseball season and an approximately 30-game softball season.
- Edison will fund its sports program; the County will continue to maintain the sports facility as it already does. No additional costs to taxpayers are anticipated.
City of Palms is play-ready for collegiate baseball. The County and Edison State will convert the site’s practice field into a softball facility for Edison State’s women’s team, and the configuration of the field will also allow for it to accommodate youth sports tourism events.
Edison State College, which will be renamed Florida SouthWestern State College on July 1, announced earlier this year it would revive its collegiate sports program, starting with baseball and softball. The Buccaneers competed from 1963 through 1997 in several sports, including baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, volleyball and wrestling. Notable Edison athletes include Masters and US Open champion Fuzzy Zoeller and LPGA player Terry Jo Myers.
City of Palms stadium, originally built by the City of Fort Myers, was the spring training site of the Boston Red Sox from 1993 until 2011, when the team moved for spring training in 2012 to JetBlue Stadium.
Since then City of Palms has seen continued use for sports tourism and community events, including 73 days of amateur baseball tournaments annually that generated more than 46,000 hotel room nights and $22.2 million in direct visitor expenditure. Events included Perfect Game, Roy Hobbs World Series, Minnesota Twins Sun Conference, USA Baseball and AAU Baseball. Community events at City of Palms included Easter sunrise and sunset services, Lee County Human Resources Health Fair, Homeless Coalition wellness event, Florida State Field Umpire Clinic and Team Puerto Rico practice.
For more information about City of Palms Park and other Lee County Parks & Recreation stadiums or sports complexes, visit www.leeparks.org. Information about Edison State College athletics programs is at www.edison.edu/athletics.
McAloose Named Director, Intercollegiate Athletics at Edison State College
January 28, 2014 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Edison State College District Board of Trustees today unanimously approved a contract to hire Carl McAloose as the college’s Director, Intercollegiate Athletics.
“This is a great day in our history as we take the next step in bringing athletics back to the college,” said Dr. Jeff Allbritten, President, Edison State College. “Carl brings a wealth of experience in not only building an athletics program, but also taking it to the next level. All of us are excited about the prospect of cheering for our Buccaneers starting in the fall 2015.”
McAloose, who officially begins at Edison State on Monday, Feb. 17, is tasked with bringing back the Buccaneers athletics program, which was discontinued in 1997.
“I’m pleased to be returning to Southwest Florida, and for the opportunity to build an athletics program that will be a source of pride for the students, faculty, staff, administrators and for the communities we serve. I thank Dr. Allbritten for having confidence in me and I’m looking forward to working with everyone at Edison State College,” said McAloose. “There is nothing more gratifying than building a program that encourages excellence in the classroom and on the court or field.”
In his role, McAloose’s responsibilities include building the athletic department, from coaches and staffing, establishing policies and procedures, securing facilities for practices and competition and generating schedules. He will also play a role in fundraising efforts in conjunction with the Edison State College Foundation.
“Carl was impressive throughout the interview process,” said Dr. Jeff Stewart, Vice President, Research and Accountability, and Chair of the Search Committee, Edison State College. “We are confident that his experience and capabilities are what we need to begin a new tradition of success for the Buccaneers.”
McAloose’s career spans 30 years, including positions as a Sports Information Director, Coach, Assistant Athletic Director, an associate commissioner and a commissioner for an athletic conference. He has been the Director of Athletics at Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia since 2012. He is the President/CEO of Athletics Staffing and Consultants, Fort Myers, Fla. Prior to that, he was the Director of Athletics for Florida Gulf Coast University from 2000 through 2008.