After a successful decade-long run at Miami Killian, baseball coach Angel Herrera is moving on to college.
Herrera recently accepted an offer to become an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Miami-Dade College.
Herrera, who compiled a career record of 209-98-3 over 16 seasons, led Killian to seven regional playoff appearances, four district titles and three GMAC championships.
“I’m really excited,” Herrera said. “It’s been my dream job to coach in college.”
The Cougars, who missed the playoffs this past season despite a 17-7-1 record, have since hired former longtime Southridge coach Ed Doskow as Herrera’s replacement.
Doskow coached for 20 years at Southridge leading the Spartans to a 268-144 record over that span, which included three appearances in the regional finals. Doskow spent this past season as the bullpen coach at Columbus.
“I’m just hoping to keep it going over there and keep up the winning ways at Killian,” Doskow said.
Baseball isn’t the only sport at Killian that will have a new coach next school year.
Cougars football coach Javi Valdes confirmed to The Miami Herald this week that he has been removed from that role by the school after one season.
Valdes led Killian to a 4-6 record in 2016 and a third-place finish in District 16-8A behind eventual state champion Southridge and regional semifinalist Palmetto.
Valdes, who extensive experience in Miami-Dade County as an offensive coordinator, coached at Coral Reef prior to his stint at Killian and spent two years at Mater Academy where he led the Lions to a 14-7 record and their first playoff appearance in 2014.
Killian is in the process of hiring a new football coach and athletic director. The latter position was held for the past five years by Kenny Floyd, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
Longtime Mater Academy girls’ soccer coach Luis Sanchez announced last week he was stepping down as coach.
Sanchez started both the boys’ and girls’ soccer programs at Mater in 2004, and remained the girls’ coach ever since. In 13 seasons, he amassed a record of 188-76-28 and has 215 career wins. The Lions’ lone district championship came in 2013 with a record of 24-3-1. Sanchez will continue to be the school’s athletic director.
Mater Academy assistant coach Ken Schorr, who had previously been the boys’ coach at La Salle and Archbishop Carroll, will take over for Sanchez. Schorr has been an assistant coach at Mater since 2012.
Miami Springs had three seniors sign with colleges this week. Briana Gomez, the Miami Herald’s Girls’ Soccer Class 3A-1A Player of the Year, signed with FIU. Her teammate Katherine Inhoof, also a first team selection, signed with Shaw University in North Carolina. Basketball player Eddy Castro signed with Maryville College in Tennessee.
State baseball finals
When: Wednesday through Saturday (Classes 9A-5A).
Where: Centurylink Sports Complex — Hammond Stadium, 14100 Ben C. Pratt Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers.
Admission: $9 in advance, $12 per day at the gate.
Parking: $10 for cars, $50 for buses.
Last week’s state champions — Class 4A: Clearwater Calvary Christian; 3A: Fort Myers Canterbury; 2A: Lake Worth Trinity Christian; 1A: Trenton.
Wednesday’s semifinals — Class 5A: Pompano Beach vs. Jacksonville Bolles, 10 a.m.; Englewood Lemon Bay vs. Orlando Bishop Moore, 1; Class 7A: Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer vs. Ponte Vedra Nease, 4; Naples Gulf Coast vs. Tampa King, 7.
Thursday’s semifinals — Class 6A: Archbishop McCarthy vs. Lynn Haven Mosley, 10 a.m.; Dunedin vs. Tampa Jesuit, 1; Class 5A championship: 4:05; Class 7A championship: 7:35.
Friday’s semifinals — Class 8A semifinals: Nova vs. Tallahassee Lincoln, 10 a.m.; Sarasota vs. Oviedo Hagerty, 1; Class 9A semifinals: Miami Palmetto vs. Orange City University, 4; Jupiter vs. Orlando Timber Creek, 7.
Saturday’s finals — Class 6A: 12:35; Class 8A: 4:05; Class 9A: 7:35.