Stephen A. Winterling
Twenty third year
BA, University of South Florida
MS, Florida State University
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Now in his 23rd year as the head coach at Pasco-Hernando State College, Steve Winterling has built one of the most respected programs in the state of Florida. He surpassed the 500 win mark in 2012 and led his team to a 33-22 season in 2013.
Winterling started PHSC’s first intercollegiate baseball team in March 1991. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Florida State University for six years under Mike Martin. His tenure included three College World Series in Omaha, including a national runner-up finish in 1986. He coached several professional athletes that included Deion Sanders, Paul Sorrento, Luis Alicea, Eduardo Perez and Orestes Destrade.
In just three short seasons, Winterling took PHSC to the first FCCAA State Tournament in 1994, where they finished state runner-up. In 1995, the program won the Suncoast Conference and made its second appearance in the state tournament. The team made its third state tournament appearance in 1997. One of his best teams was in 1998, when the team finished 31-12 and led the state with .361 team batting average. His teams have appeared in the Suncoast Conference tournament six times (1997, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010). His 2009 team set a school record with 37 wins. The team has appeared in the NJCAA Division II regional tournament the past three seasons in Morehead City, N.C., including a fourth place finish in 2013. As a promoter of community college baseball, Winterling started PHSC’s first baseball web page and the first online FCCAA State Scoreboard in 2001. He also served as the Florida Community College Activities Association Statistics Coordinator from 2004-2006. In 2010, the baseball team received the Florida Collegiate Umpires Sportsmanship Award for the Suncoast Conference.
Winterling has built the PHSC program by recruiting quality student-athletes to play against top competition throughout the state of Florida. Over 30 players have signed professional contracts and many others have gone on to outstanding four-year institutions.
In addition to his baseball duties, he serves as the director of athletics and teaches health and physical education courses. As an avid runner, he promotes the importance of staying active and living a healthy lifestyle to all students. He has completed seven marathons and 45 half-marathons.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Winterling played two years of baseball at Florida College before moving on to the University of South Florida, where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1981.He completed his master’s degree from Florida State University in 1986. He has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association for 35 years.
BS, Central Michigan University
MA, Wayne State University
Hometown: Waterford, Mich.
Mary Manning has been at PHSC for nine years. Prior to PHSC she worked for 16 years for William Beaumont Hospital – Troy/Troy Athens High School in Michigan. She received her BS in 1985 from Central Michigan University in Education and Sports Medicine. In 1995 Mary earned her MA from Wayne State University in Education/Sports Administration.
While working in Michigan, Manning volunteered her time and was the athletic trainer for the Michigan Medical Miracles, a women’s 55+ senior travel softball team which won the world championships and the World Series in 2003. In June 2007 she volunteered her time and was the athletic trainer for the Kentucky Fillies which won the Gold Medal in the 60+ division of the Senior Olympics held in Kentucky. Currently, she plays travel softball for Rockin Ribbies – 50. In her free time she enjoys kayaking and fishing.
William (Larry) Beets
BA, Austin Peay State University
MA, Austin Peay State University
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Larry Beets is in his third season on the PHSC baseball staff, third base coach. Beets served as teacher and coach for 37 years in Pasco County. He was a head baseball coach for 33 years, including 28 years at Ridgewood High (1983-2011), two years at Hudson High (1981-83) and three years at Gulf High (1979-81). In 2002, his Ridgewood Rams defeated number one Dunedin High School in the Florida High School Activities Association 4-A State Tournament, only to lose to Jacksonville Bishop Kenny in the finals.
Beets retired on September 1, 2011. During his high school coaching career, over 100 student-athletes signed college baseball scholarships with seven signing professional contracts. Mike Rabelo (Ridgewood 1998) made it to the big leagues with the Detroit Tigers in 2001 after playing his college ball at the University of Tampa.
Beets received his MA and BA from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn. where he was a four-year letterman in baseball. Signed out of South High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) in 1969 as a pitcher, but he moved to second base where he started and was co-captain his final two seasons.