New Roles for Coach Winterling and Coach Whitney
Head Baseball Coach, Steve Winterling was recently named athletic director, and Head Volleyball Coach, Kim Whitney was named 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.
New Fire Science Technology Program
PHCC's Fire Science Technology AS degree program will start in the upcoming fall term. The program, offered at our East Campus in Dade City, is designed for individuals currently in the fire service field seeking to advance in their career.
The State of Florida, Division of the State Fire Marshal—Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Florida State Fire College (FSFC) recently approved the new program. The program will provide the training and courses required for certification as Fire Officer I and II, and will prepare graduates for technical and supervisory positions within the fire service field.
The program prepares students for employment as fire inspectors and investigators, fire science technicians, fire officers, fire safety inspectors, fire assistants, safety inspectors, building inspectors, fire insurance investigators/ inspectors, or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. The program does not prepare students for certification as fire fighters.
For more information about requirements and enrollment, call PHCC Public Service Programs at 352-518-1361 or 352-518-1367.
Encore Academy Microsoft Workshops
PHCC’sEncore Academy Encore Academy is offering introductory-level workshops on several Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and Access. The workshops are open to the community and cost $12 for each two-hour workshop and $24 for each four-hour workshop. Workshops are being held at the North Campus in Brooksville and East Campus in Dade City.
For more information about these and other Encore Academy workshops, call 1-877-TRY-PHCC or visit the Encore Academy page.
PHCC is closer to offering baccalaureate degrees
Pasco-Hernando Community College received approval to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in supervision and management and a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.
The Florida State Board of Education unanimously approved PHCC’s baccalaureate degree proposals at its June 18 meeting. Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Directors, the College will offer the two baccalaureate degree courses beginning fall 2014.
“We are excited to see this process moving forward,” said Burt Harres, Ph.D., Vice President of Instruction and Provost, PHCC West Campus in New Port Richey. “If all goes as planned, the college will be able to offer the new bachelor-level programs beginning fall 2014, allowing students an affordable avenue to obtain a bachelor’s degree—close to home.”
To learn more about PHCC degree and certificate programs visit the Academic Programs page.
Hernando/Pasco Has Talent
Do you have talent? If so, mark your calendars and start practicing! The Hernando/Pasco Has Talent competition, presented by the PHCC Association of Florida Colleges and sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, will take place in October in the Performing Arts Center at West Campus.
If you like to sing, dance or amaze audiences with your skills and want to compete with other talented performers, now is the time to start rehearsing. Auditions will take place in early October.
Additional information, entry forms and tickets will be available starting next month, on the Hernando/Pasco Has Talent page.
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Faculty and Staff Summer Art Show
Beginning May 9, in the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, PHCC faculty and staff will showcase their creative works. A variety of artistic mediums will be represented, including photography, clay, charcoal, textiles, pencil drawings, acrylics, sculpture and publications. The art gallery exhibit will run through July 26, 2013.
Photography Contest Finalists
PHCC students, Desirae Saunders-Spenner and Joshua Milford, were recently named college finalists in the Photographer’s Forum magazine 33rd Annual College & High School Photography Contest.
“Students develop their own personal direction in photography as they learn new skills when using camera hardware and software, and post production techniques using computers,” said David Kastner, PHCC photography instructor. “As seen with Desirae and Joshua, tangible skills combined with lectures, assignments and critiques enhance the creative potential existing within each student.
”Over 16,700 photographs were received from students in the U.S., Canada and around the world in the contest sponsored by Nikon, USA.
Attached to this article is Saunders-Spenners' photo of a baby owl. To view Milford’s night sky image and other student photography and artwork, visit the newest student art exhibit, Ideas • Imagination • Process • Expression at the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery located on West Campus. The exhibit runs through May 1.
PHCC Students Nominated to Academic Team
Congratulations to five PHCC students nominated to the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team. The 2013 team includes 122 students representing Florida’s state, community and junior colleges, and one independent college. The All-Florida Academic Team recognizes outstanding students for their academic achievement, leadership and service to their community.
Jessica Roubert, of Port Richey, was named to the first team. Second Team members include Jennifer Creamer-White, of Lakeland, Terrencia Iles, Jessica Johnston, of Wesley Chapel, and Bryana Perkins of Spring Hill.
The students were honored at an awards ceremony at Daytona State College on April 9. Sponsors of the All-USA Academic Team competition include USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society.
Encore Academy Workshops Provide Lifelong Learning
Have you ever desired to trace your ancestry, practice tai chi or belly dance? Learn how with Encore Academy workshops.
PHCC’s Encore Academy understands the value of lifelong learning and offers a multitude of low-to-no-cost academic and special interest workshops to adults over the age of 50. Morning, afternoon and evening programs are offered on all four PHCC campuses.
Visit the Encore Academy webpage to view workshop schedules and download a registration form.