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Stoneman Douglas baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald honored again


▪ After leading Stoneman Douglas to its first state baseball championship last month, coach Todd Fitz-Gerald has been named the Florida Dairy Farmers State baseball Coach of the Year.

In his fifth season at Douglas, Fitz-Gerald led the Eagles to a 27-2 record and the Class 9A state title. Fitz-Gerald has a career record of 349-97 in his 15 seasons that include a prior stint at Plantation American Heritage where he guided the Patriots to a state and national title in 2008.

Douglas is still in the hunt for a potential national championship this season, currently ranked No. 2 by MaxPreps.

Fitz-Gerald joins South Dade’s Fred Burnside, Nova’s Pat McQuaid and former Westminster Christian coach Rich Hofman, now an assistant coach at Douglas, as the only South Florida winners of the award.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy senior hitter Michael Moreiras and coach Karen Frank have been named the Florida Dairy Farmers 2016 Mr. Volleyball and Coach of the Year respectively.

Moreiras helped his team to a 30-2 record and McCarthy’s first state title by recording 375 kills, 355 digs, 80 blocks, 50 aces and 364 service points. Frank, who has led the program since its inception 15 years ago, won her first state title in her third trip to the state title match (2011 and 2015), and has compiled 303-92 record at McCarthy.