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Head Coach

Ridgeview High Panthers
 
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ORANGE PARK - Former Clay High ...
www.claytodayonline.com, 26 Feb 2015 [cached]
ORANGE PARK - Former Clay High baseball standout John Sgromolo has about a dozen games under his belt as the new head coach for the Ridgeview High Panthers. So what are the three things that were "eye-openers" for him.
Sgromolo was a Clay High varsity first baseman (Class of 2008) under coach Rob Thompson that continued his baseball at nearby Flagler College then found a brief opportunity to playwithin the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.
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After two years in the majors, Sgromolo returned toClayCounty andwasan assistant coach athishigh school alma materwhile continu-ing to study and pass statewide educa-tion tests.
In 2014, after being a part of one of the Blue Devils' greatest teams ever, if not one of the best in Clay County, an opening happened at Ridgeview baseball and Sgromolo was offered the job.
"That team (lost in Class 5A championship game to Tampa Jesuit) was probably the best collection of players on one team in this county," said Sgromolo. "I learned a lot about how to corral talented players and keep them focussed on the simple game of baseball."
At Ridgeview, with past seasons of competitiveness in sporadic spurts, Sgromolo commented on three eye-opening things that he learned very quickly at his new position.
Tops on Sgromolo's list, and not nec-essarilyasurprise,isthe all-encompassing tasks of being the headcoach.
"I'm the groundskeeper, the public relations guy, the fundraiser, the guidance counselor and, oh yeah, the baseball coach," said Sgromolo, now with three wins, four losses in his early start. "It's a challenge that I understand and I have been a good time management guy all along with college classes, tryouts and, at the pro level, keeping up with traveling and games and all that."
Secondly, Sgromolo, liked the challenge of developing his younger players on the junior varsity level to up their game level to be able to find a varsity position. "It's exciting to see players want to get better," said Sgromolo. "And, from my experiences, I can teach them things that I know work and don't work at the next level. Here, though, the next level is varsity playing time."
And, thirdly, Sgromolo was somewhat surprised that as, himself a former high schooler learning the game, the teaching is not much different today as he nurtures his own high schoolers to learn the game.
"Baseball is such a simple game," said Sgromolo. "I think kids are kids and they want to win and get better all the time. Here at Ridgeview, the kids are just as motivated to have a great season as any of the teams I've been on along the way. I was pleasantly surprised with how hard my players take losing games."
For his long-term aspirations, Sgromolo reminds his team that they can get bumped and bruised throughout the season, but can always learn something positive along the way.
"We have a 'Play for May' mentality here," said Sgromolo.
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- quote most remembered by John Sgromolo while with the LA Dodgers
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Former Clay High baseball standout John Sgromolo, now adorning a Ridgeview High jersey as head coach, brings experiences from three levels of competitive baseball; high school, college and the Major Leagues as he starts his coaching career with the Panthers.
Peach Belt Announces Baseball All-Conference Team - Peach Belt
peachbelt.prestosports.com, 8 May 2012 [cached]
1b - John Sgromolo, Flagler
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Flagler College ...
www.peachbeltconference.org, 1 Aug 2012 [cached]
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Flagler College first baseman John Sgromolo was selected as the Division II male winner of the NCAA Sportsmanship Award, as released Tuesday (July 31) afternoon. This is the first time a Flagler College student-athlete has ever earned the award.
The NCAA Sportsmanship Award honors student-athletes who, through their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics, have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship, including fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility.
"This is truly a blessing and an honor to receive the NCAA Sportsmanship Award," said Sgromolo. "I am proud to represent Division II, the Peach Belt Conference and Flagler College as a representative of what it means to be a student-athlete of sportsmanship."
Sgromolo graduated this past spring from Flagler and was drafted in the 37th Round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is currently playing for their Rookie League team in Arizona. Throughout his four-year career as a Flagler Saint, Sgromolo was the model student-athlete who displayed superior sportsmanship. Whether it was wearing the mascot costume, being the public address announcer at various sporting events, or volunteering to read the game environment statement before each home baseball game, he did all of those with a level of professionalism and zeal of a seasoned veteran. He was considered a "student ambassador" for the athletics department. Sgromolo was selected to the All-Peach Belt Conference second-team and earned academic all-conference honors in 2012.
"John embodies character, sportsmanship, leadership, integrity and humility and is someone who is always going above and beyond for Flagler College," said Ryan Erlacher, Flagler's assistant athletics director, compliance.
Sports Editor ORANGE PARK - Former ...
www.claytodayonline.com, 26 Feb 2015 [cached]
Sports Editor ORANGE PARK - Former Clay High baseball standout John Sgromolo has about a dozen games under his belt as the new head coach for the Ridgeview High Panthers.
Peach Belt
peachbelt.prestosports.com, 1 Jan 2012 [cached]
Flagler's John Sgromolo receives NCAA award Flagler College alum John Sgromolo '12 received the NCAA Sportsmanship Award presented to him Wednesday (Nov. 14) night at halftime of a men's basketball game.
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Former Flagler College first baseman John Sgromolo was selected as the Division II male winner of the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.
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