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2023 Lee County Athletic Corridor of Fame inductees introduced | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

The Faculty District of Lee County has introduced the Lee County Athletic Convention Corridor of Fame inductees for 2023. 5 athletes, three coaches and one contributor are being acknowledged for his or her excellent athletic accomplishments for his or her college or their college students.

The Lee County Athletic Convention Corridor of Fame Class of 2023 options:


• Kevin Brown, North Fort Myers Excessive

• Keri Jewett-Giles, Dunbar Excessive

• Shane McClanahan, Cape Coral Excessive

• Kyle Miller, Estero Excessive

• Josh Sheridan, Fort Myers Excessive


• Larry Gary, Cape Coral & Lehigh Senior Excessive

• Loretta Purish, North Fort Myers Excessive

• James (Jim) Reed, Cypress Lake Excessive


• David LaRosa, Fort Myers Excessive Faculty

Kevin Brown: Kevin was a three-time all-conference, three-time all-area and second workforce all-state participant in baseball at North. Throughout his four-year profession as a starter for the Miami Hurricanes, he helped lead the workforce to nationwide championships 1999 and 2001. Kevin nonetheless holds the report for highest total slugging proportion in School World Collection historical past and is a two-time All School World Collection Staff member. He will even be inducted into the College of Miami Sports activities Corridor of Fame this spring.

Keri Jewett-Giles: Keri was named the Information-Press participant of the 12 months for her sophomore, junior and senior seasons of highschool at Dunbar. She was additionally chosen first workforce all-state her junior and senior seasons. Keri performed at FGCU the place she was named to the ASUN Convention’s All-Decade workforce and set FGCU’s Division I period profession scoring common report. She was additionally chosen as ASUN Participant of the 12 months. Keri later went abroad to play skilled basketball.

Shane McClanahan: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays within the 1st spherical (thirty first) of the 2018 MLB June Novice Draft from the College of South Florida, Shane was a Information-Press Participant of the 12 months finalist and Information-Press 1st Staff All-Space. He represented the world within the FHSAA Senior State All-Star Recreation. The Tampa Bay Rays named Shane their opening day starter in 2022 and later that season he was named the American League beginning pitcher on the All-Star recreation.

Kyle Miller: Kyle was named to the Information-Press All Decade Excessive Faculty Baseball Staff Might 2020. He was the 2012 Information-Press Participant of the 12 months after sturdy senior marketing campaign the place he went 9-0 with 0.58 ERA and 98 strikeouts to guide Estero Excessive Faculty on a 25-game successful streak that led to a regional last. Miller performed at Florida Atlantic College and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Josh Sheridan: Josh was a two-time state wrestling champion in 1999 and 2000, a two-time AAU nationwide wrestling champion and a two-time state runner-up 1997 and 1998. He was the Florida 2A Wrestler of the 12 months in 2000, a three- time USA Wrestling Journal All-American and Rotary Scholar/Athlete of the 12 months in 2000. Josh additionally excelled within the classroom as a Nationwide Benefit Scholarship Finalist with a highschool grade level common of 4.69.

Larry Gary: Coach Gary was employed as Lee County’s first Black head soccer coach in 1994. In his greater than 36 seasons, Gary has helped a whole bunch of scholars play in faculty. He has additionally coached and mentored 13 NFL gamers. Previous to returning to teaching at Cape Coral Excessive Faculty this 12 months, Gary amassed a report of 64-59 whereas at Lehigh Senior Excessive Faculty and beforehand at Cape Coral Excessive.

Loretta Purish: Loretta coached cross nation for 28 years and monitor for 27 years at North Fort Myers Excessive Faculty. She established the primary Women Relay Meet in Lee County in 1990. In 2015, Loretta was named the Florida Athletic Coaches Affiliation Women Cross Nation Coach of the 12 months. Her groups from her have been Cross Nation district champions in 1997 and 1998 and regional champions in 1997. She led the ladies cross nation workforce to a number of prime 10 finishes within the state competitors.

James “Jim” Reed: If there was a volleyball pioneer in Southwest Florida it could actually be Coach Reed. Arriving at Cypress Lake within the late ’70s, Reed rapidly established Cypress Lake as a neighborhood and state powerhouse and maintained that dominance for 14 years. His workforce stats are exceptional: 14 years head volleyball coach; 11 South Florida Convention championships; undefeated seasons in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982; regional champions in 1981 and 1982; last 4 appearances in 1981 and 1982 and state champions in 1981.

David LaRosa: David has labored for 37 years within the Faculty District of Lee County, 11 years as a trainer/coach, seven years as an athletic director in two completely different excessive faculties, one 12 months as an assistant principal and 13 years as a principal, 12 of these at Fort Myers Excessive Faculty. He’s the primary director of athletics for the Faculty District, overseeing athletics in all of excessive faculties and center faculties. He’s a member of the board of administrators for the FHSAA the place he was president-elect. He was District 13 consultant on the board of administrators for the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Directors Affiliation.

The inductees will probably be honored at a banquet scheduled for Thursday, April 20, on the Crowne Plaza Resort. The banquet will start at 6 pm and tickets can be found for buy for $25 per particular person.

The Crowne Plaza Resort is at 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers. These enthusiastic about buying tickets ought to contact the District Athletic Workplace at 239-335-1479.


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