Ransom Everglades recently announced that longtime athletic director and boys’ basketball coach Claude Grubair would not return next season.
Grubair spent the past 17 years helping the Raiders’ athletic program become one of the best in the state.
On the bench guiding the basketball team, Grubair compiled a record of 411-162 over his 21 years coaching in Miami-Dade County, including the past 17 at Ransom.
Among the highlights were 11 regional playoff appearances and the school’s lone trip to the state final four in 2013. That team featured two eventual college players in University of California’s Sam Singer and Georgetown’s Trey Mourning, the son of Miami Heat great Alonzo Mourning.
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Under Grubair’s tenure, Ransom Everglades won the past two Miami Herald Miami-Dade County All-Sports Trophies — the award given to the county’s top overall program.
Off the field, Grubair was also instrumental in launching the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.
Grubair also helped in the effort to build the school’s on-site swimming pool, which has hosted the Florida High School Athletic Association’s state water polo championships since 2012 as well as several other tournaments and postseason meets.
Grubair also played a major role in the launching of the school’s REACH (Ransom Everglades Athletes Can Help) community service program. As part of the program, each athletic team at the school is involved in at least one community outreach project either during or before the season.
The program has worked with several local outreach projects including The Miami Rescue Mission, The Special Olympics, The YMCA and Breakthrough Miami.
The school announced that assistant athletic director and swimming coach Andy De Angulo has been named interim athletic director. De Angulo said a new boys’ basketball coach has not yet been named.
Goleman junior Natalie Costero has committed to Lynn University. Costero went 11-1 with 67 strikeouts and a 1.78 ERA with a fielding percentage of .940 while playing shortstop the last 10 games of the year.
Costero hit .637 with seven home runs, four triples, seven doubles, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
When she signs, Costero would be the ninth player for Goleman to do so on a softball scholarship in the past eight seasons. The Gators have advanced to the regional playoffs seven of the past eight seasons.
▪ All four regional playoff games scheduled for Wednesday were postponed because of inclement weather.
▪ Six local players were selected to the FACA South All-Star Game. They were Columbus’ Andres Arguelles, Pines Charter’s Daniel Rivero, American Heritage’s Jacob Pino, Somerset Academy’s Jack Knawley, South Dade’s Alex Manoah and West Broward’s Anthony Molina.
Region 4-9A semifinal: Columbus at Southwest, 4
Region 4-8A semifinal at Walker Park: Mater Academy vs. Westland, 4
Region 4-5A semifinal: Gulliver at Monsignor Pace, 7
Region 4-4A final at Gibson Park: Calvary Christian vs. SLAM, 4
Region 4-2A final Santaluces Sports Complex: Miami Christian vs. Lake Worth Trinity Christian, 6:30