Pasco-Hernando Community College recently named Head Baseball Coach, Steve Winterling, Athletic Director; and Head Volleyball Coach, Kim Whitney, Assistant Athletic Director.
As PHCC’s Athletic Director, Winterling will oversee the men’s basketball and baseball teams, and the women’s volleyball, cross country and softball teams. Winterling remains in his current role and 23rd season as head coach for men’s baseball at PHCC. He surpassed the 500 win mark in 2012 and led his team to a 33-22 season in 2013.
“Our first priority is to hire a head basketball coach. We are interviewing final candidates and hope to have a coach in place very soon. Also, I plan for staff to be fully prepared for the student-athletes returning this fall. Other priorities include immersing myself into the administrative end of scholarships, eligibility and new National Junior College Athletic Association rules and regulations,” said Coach Winterling.
Winterling started PHCC’s first intercollegiate baseball team in March 1991. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Florida State University (FSU) for six years under Mike Martin—a tenure that included three College World Series and a national runner-up finish in 1986. He coached several professional athletes, including Deion Sanders, Paul Sorrento, Luis Alicea, Eduardo Perez and Orestes Destrade.
Winterling took PHCC to the first FCCAA State Tournament in 1994, where they finished state runner-up. In 1995, the program won the Suncoast Conference. In 1998, the team finished 31-12 and led the state with .361 team batting average. The team appeared in the NJCAA Division II regional tournament the past three seasons, finishing fourth in 2013.
Winterling has built the PHCC baseball program— well-respected in the state of Florida—by recruiting quality student-athletes to play against top competition throughout the state. More than 30 players have signed professional contracts and many others have gone on to four-year institutions during Winterling’s tenure.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Winterling played two years of baseball at Florida College before transferring to the University of South Florida (USF), where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1981. He completed his master’s degree from FSU in 1986. Winterling has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association for 35 years.
Kim Whitney, entering her 10th year as head volleyball coach at the College, will take on the duties of assistant athletic director. “I am thrilled to be working with Steve Winterling and assisting in the management of our athletic programs,” said Whitney. “We have great coaches and an excellent staff and I look forward to working together on a new level.”
In nine seasons, Whitney holds a record of 252-100. She has led the Conquistadors to three Suncoast Conference championships, nine regional tournament appearances, four NJCAA national tournament appearances, and won the NJCAA DII National Championship in 2010. Whitney was named the District H Volleyball Division I Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005; The Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007; The regional Coach of the Year by the AVCA Two-Year College for the Northeast-Southeast Region in 2006, 2010 and 2011; The District P Volleyball Division II Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011; and the Coach of the Tournament at the National Tournament in 2010.
A native of Dunedin, Fla., Whitney is a graduate of Kansas State University (KSU) 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. She played indoor volleyball professionally in Gijon, Spain; Barcelona, Spain and for the United States Professional Volleyball League’s Grand Rapid Force; and played outdoor “sand” volleyball professionally for the Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP), Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), and other local tours. She completed her master’s degree at Nova Southeastern in 2008.