Eleventh year (316-119)
Kansas State University, BS
Nova Southeastern University, MBA
Hometown: Dunedin, Fla.
In eleven seasons at the helm of the PHSC volleyball program, Kim Whitney holds a record of 316-119. Whitney has led the Conquistadors to three Suncoast Conference championships, eleven regional tournament appearances, five NJCAA national tournament appearances, and won the NJCAA DII National Championship in 2010. In ten seasons on staff, Whitney has seen seven All-American, six All-Region performers and 33 all-conference players come play as Conquistadors. Whitney was named the District H Volleyball Division I Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005; Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007; Regional Coach of the Year by the AVCA Two-Year College for the Northeast-Southeast Region in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2014; District P Volleyball Division II Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2014; and Coach of the Tournament at the National Tournament in 2010. In addition to coaching, Whitney serves as the assistant athletic director for the College.
Whitney (formerly Zschau) is a graduate of Kansas State University, where she still holds the records for most games played, most double-doubles, and is a top record keeper for games played, double grand/career (kills/digs), and digs. Her outstanding performance at KSU earned a spot on the USA Women’s National Team in 2001. Whitney played indoor volleyball professionally in Gijon, Spain, and Barcelona, Spain, and for the United States Professional Volleyball League’s Grand Rapid Force. She played professional outdoor "sand" volleyball for the AVP, EVP and other local tours. Her highest finish on the AVP was a ninth which she has tied three times in Louisville, Ky., in 2007, Virginia Beach, Va., in 2010 and Hermosa Beach, Calif., in 2010. In 2013,
BS, Florida State University
MS, Nova Southeastern University
Hometown: Brooksville, Fla.
Micheal Jones is in his second year as head basketball coach at PHSC after previously serving as assistant coach under Bobby Bowman (2010-11) and James Johnson (2011-12).
Prior to his coaching positions at PHSC, Jones played two seasons (1999-2001) under the leadership of Bobby Bowman. He helped lead the Conquistadors to the Suncoast Conference championship (2000) and was named All-Conference (2000-01 season). Jones appeared in the FCCAA State Tournament (2000-01) and represented PHSC in the 2000 state All-Star game. In 2003, at Florida State University, Jones competed as a shot putter in men's track and field.
Jones began his athletic career at Challenger K8 in Spring Hill, Fla., where he coached middle school basketball for four years (2005-07) before accepting a position as assistant junior varsity high school basketball coach for Florida State University School in Tallahassee, Fla. (2007-09). Jones then returned to coaching at the middle school level at West Hernando Middle School in Brooksville, Fla. where he was basketball coach and head football coach (2010-12). He wrapped up his middle school coaching career as the athletic director at Fox Chapel Middle School (2012-13) in Spring Hill, Fla., earning the the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award for the athletic program's display of exemplary sportsmanship.
In addition to his coaching position, Jones works in the community with student athletes to help give back, teach sports fundamentals and offer positive life choices to at-risk youth. He has been working in the Brooksville community with Horace “Hi-C” Copland (former NFL Wide Receiver Tampa Bay Bucs) to help teach student athletes what life and athletics is all about.
Thomas A. Ryan
BS, St. Joseph's University
MS, Nova University
Tom begins his 20th year at PHSC. Hired in 1994 to begin the fastpitch softball program, he has accumulated over 550 wins and developed a highly competitive program at PHSC. His teams have been to the post season 10 times during his tenure, finishing as co-conference champions in 1998 and finishing second in the state tournament in 1999. As PHSC made the transition to JUCO DII softball, he guided his team to a 31-21 season winning the Region X Tournament, District P Tournament and finishing fifth at the JUCO DII National Tournament in Bloomington, Ill.
Many players have received recognition for their academic and athletic achievements during his tenure. Several players have been named to All Conference, All State and All Region Teams and one player being selected to the JUCO DII National Tournament Team. There are over 20 players that have been named Academic All America student-athletes by the NFCA during his years at PHSC. He has been instrumental in guiding his players to receive athletic scholarships at the four-year level or encouraging their enrollment in universities to continue their education.
Coach Ryan is a member of the NFCA, teaches several classes at Pasco-Hernando and holds a masters degree in Educational Leadership.
BS, Ohio University
Hometown: New Port Richey, Fla.
Jacki Wachtel started the PHSC women’s cross country program in 2005. In eight seasons at the helm, Wachtel has led the Conquistadors to the national stage, most recently ranking 13th at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Cross Country meet held at Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill. Prior performances include: 23rd (2008), 22nd (2009), 21st (2010), and 13th (2011) at the national meet.
Wachtel has observed two of her runners achieve All-American status; PHSC student athlete Kayla Bratcher earned the honor at the Half Marathon National meet in 2011; Samantha Greenlee became a two-time All American in 2012 through her success in the Half Marathon National meet and the 5K NJCAA National Cross Country meet.
Wachtel graduated from River Ridge High School in 1997, having achieved high school state championship status for the 3,200 meter (two mile) race. She continued her running endeavors on a cross-country/track scholarship to Ohio University where she spent 12 seasons on the cross-country, indoor and outdoor track teams. After earning her bachelor’s in secondary education from O.U. in 2001, Wachtel returned to the Tampa Bay area and earned her Masters of Science in biostatistics from the University of South Florida.
Prior to signing on as head coach at PHSC, Wachtel spent two years as head coach for the boy’s track team and the boy/girl cross country team at J. W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla. From 2002 to 2008, Wachtel was a math instructor at the high school as well. She continues to teach at the high school level at Pasco eSchool.
Wachtel is currently an adjunct math instructor at PHSC. She continues to compete in races, most recently taking first place in the 2013 Iron Girl Half Marathon in Clearwater, Fla. She finished first in the female overall category in the 2013 5 Mile RAP River Run in New Port Richey, Fla. and the 2012 Turkey Trot 10K in Clearwater.
Stephen A. Winterling
Twenty fourth year
BA, University of South Florida
MS, Florida State University
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Now in his 24th year as the head coach at Pasco-Hernando State College, Steve Winterling has helped lead PHSC to its first-ever NJCAA Division II College World Series and fourth place finish in 2014. The team advanced to the series in Enid, Oklahoma after winning the Southeast District Regional Tournament in Morehead City, N.C. Winterling was also recognized as Regional Coach of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association and American Baseball Coaches Association.
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 in Morehead City, N.C. the past four years. He earned his 500th career win in 2012. 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 36 years.
Former PHSC softball standout, Chrissy Dushane begins her second year as assistant coach. Chrissy's primary responsibility is to develop the pitching staff while playing a vital role with other aspects of the program.
Chrissy was a first team selection to the Suncoast All Conference team in 2005 and 2006, was the team MVP in 2005 and helped lead the team to two consecutive state tournament appearances.
A native of Brooksville, Chrissy was inducted into the first class of Hernando High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Penn State University, BA
Hometown: Piscataway, N.J.
Brian Kachurak comes from Piscataway, N.J. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in physical education and health. He has taught elementary physical education for the past 15 years. At Penn State, Kachurak was a member of a traveling men’s club team as a middle blocker. He coached two years as the junior varsity coach at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, Fla. and posted a 30-2 record. He served as varsity coach at Land O’ Lakes High School, in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. Kachurak also coached club volleyball at North Bay and for Sandspurs volleyball club for four years. He currently coaches and helps run the Pasco-Hernando Volleyball Club.
Katherine Matuszko competed for PHSC cutting off more than five minutes on her 5k time during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Upon graduating from the nursing program, Matuszko continued working with the team as a volunteer assistant, as well as race director of the PHSC 5k. She has helped double the number of participants for the race, made the event a community event and increased sponsorship by local businesses.
Kat is a full-time nurse who recently earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Governor’s University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree. She has solidified herself as one of the top master’s runners in the local community by winning numerous races at the master’s level.
Central Michigan University, BS
Wayne State University, MA
Hometown: Waterford, Mich.
Mary Manning has been at PHSC for eleven 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. She currently, works with the 60+ senior travel softball team based out of Michigan, Jolico. When she has time, she plays travel softball in the senior 50+ division.
Central Michigan University - BS
Wayne State University - MA
Mary Manning has been at PHSC for eleven 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. She currently works with the 60+ senior travel softball team based out of Michigan, Jolico. When she has time, she plays travel softball in the senior 50+ division.