The Pine Crest Baseball Coaching Staff
The coaching staff at Pine Crest is committed to providing its student-athletes the best possible instruction in baseball. Each coach will help teach the athletes the proper skills that are needed to be successful on the baseball diamond. The Pine Crest baseball program prides itself on preparing its athletes to be extremely competitive without compromising sportsmanship or the rules established by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). Each athlete will get out of the program what he puts into it. It is our hope that each athlete will commit to developing his baseball skills and understanding of the game just as he is committed to attaining the highest quality of education that is provided by Pine Crest School.
Although the baseball season is defined by the FHSAA to be limited to the months of January - May, the Pine Crest baseball staff is committed to helping develop its athletes all year long. There is a very valuable strength and conditioning programs that is established to benefit the athletes from September to January.
Meet the Coaches
|Ryan Shealy - In the fall of 2013, Coach Shealy enters his third year as an assistant coach at Pine Crest School. He is a graduate of Cardinal Gibbon, '97. He played four years of college baseball as a first baseman at the University of Florida. In 2002 he was drafted in the 11th round by the Colorado Rockies. He debuted in the Major Leagues in June 14, 2005 and batted .330 in 36 games of his rookie year. The majority of Coach Shealy's major league experience comes with the Kansas City Royals. In all Coach Shealy spent 6 years in the MLB. Coach Shealy's instruction and knowledge of the game has already had a significant impact on the Pine Crest Panthers.|
|Jon Zimmerman - Coach Zimmerman joined the Panther Baseball coaching staff this year. He is the third base coach and catchers coach. Bio to come:|
|Dave Hollingswoth - Coach Hollingsworth joined the Panther Baseball coaching staff this year. He is the varsity pitching coach and head middle school coach. Coach Hollingsworth brought the Middle School Championship Title to the program in his first year has head coach. Bio to come:|
Glen Pierson - Coach Pierson is entering his twentieth season as coach of the varsity baseball program and his 26th year of coaching high school baseball. After nineteen years as the head coach of the program, Coach Pierson passed the torch on to Coach Shealy this year. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, '85. Coach Pierson and his wife Cristina (graduate of Pine Crest '84) have an 21 year old son named Michael who is a junior playing college baseball at Appalachian State University. Michael played in the Pine Crest baseball program for seven years and holds 9 school records. Coach Pierson was honored as the 2011 District 14-3A and the 2012 District 13-4A Coach of the Year by BrowardHighSchoolBaseball.com. He was also recognized as the Broward Baseball Umpires association as the "Coach of the Year" for 2004.
|Larry Kashdin - Coach Kashdin returns for his tenth year as coach in the Pine Crest baseball program . He is an assistant coach with the high school programs. He is a graduate of the New York State University at Albany, and a retired financial executive. Coach Kashdin has extensive experience coaching youth baseball in Broward County, including competitive travel teams in Coral Springs and Sunrise. He has also coached at Coral Springs American Little League for the past seven years, and was head coach of that league’s 2003 All-Star Team, which garnered District and Section championships before being eliminated in the Florida state tournament, won by the eventual U.S. Champion Boynton Beach team.|
|Frank Pisani - Coach Pisani joined the Panther Baseball coaching staff this year. He is the head JV coach and infielders coach. Bio to come:|
|Reggie Givens - resigns on for his second year as the middle school assistant baseball coach. Coach Givens was raised in Sussex, Virginia and graduated from Penn State in Exercise and Sports Science with a Business Minor. Coach Givens was Co-captain of the Penn State football team, and received the MVP for defensive player at the 1992 Fiesta Bowl. He was drafted in the 8th round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. After an injury setback, Reggie signed with Canadian Football League (CFL). While in the CFL, Coach Givens won 3 consecutive Grey Cup Championships before returning to the NFL. In 1998 he signed with the San Francisco 49ers where he played for 2 seasons. With the 49ers, Reggie was voted Special Teams Captain by his teammates both seasons. Coach Givens left the 49ers in 2000 and joined the Washington Redskins where he later retired from the NFL as a result of injury. Coach Given’s post NFL career has been dedicated to helping children and families. He has been a guest lecturer at many elementary and high schools, lecturing on topics of motivation, health and fitness. He has served as a role model in mentoring programs. He is also the owner of Blitz Fitness which specializes in speed and conditioning athletes.|