Frank Permuy, Gaither High School
A coach in Tampa for more than 40 years, Permuy most notably founded Gaither’s baseball program in 1984, and continued to coach the team until his retirement in May. In 1982, Permuy won a state championship while coaching at Tampa Catholic, and in 2005 advanced to the state championships with Gaither. He has been the recipient of the National Regional Coach of the Year award three times and was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Hall of Fame in 2010.
Pop Cuesta, Jefferson High School
Also newly retired, Cuesta coached 43 years at Jefferson High School, winning 647 games, including 12 playoff wins, and a trip to the 1985 FHSAA Final Four. Eight of his players went on to play in the Major League, including Luis Gonzalez, Tino Martinez, Fred McGriff and Lenny Faedo. Born and raised in Ybor City, Cuesta grew up playing Legion baseball with other Tampa legends like Tony La Russa and Lou Piniella.
Billy Reed, Hillsborough High School
Reed spent 24 years as coach at Hillsborough High School and coached some of baseball’s biggest talents before they were called to the majors, including Dwight Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Vance Lovelace. His impact goes beyond high school baseball. In the 1960s, Reed founded Tampa’s Belmont Heights Little League. Reed was inducted into the sports Hall of Fame at Florida A&M University where he played football, basketball and baseball as an undergraduate.
James Macaluso, King High School
Macaluso has been the coach at King High School, his alma mater, for nearly 40 years. In 2010, he coached his team to the state tournament for the first time since 1964. In 2013, after coaching his team to a regional finals championship, Macaluso was back at the FHSAA Final Four for the second time. Over the years, his program has produced three Major League players: Derek Bell, Tim Crews and Calvin Pickering.
John Crumbley, Steinbrenner High School
Crumbley won 575 games and three state championships as the coach for Jesuit High School for 22 years. In 2009, he came out of retirement to start the baseball program at Steinbrenner High School, where he currently coaches. Crumbley is the first coach to reach 600 high school wins in Hillsborough County. Throughout his career, he coached several future MLB players, including Brad Radke, Sam Marsonek and Shane Robinson.
Pete Mulry, Tampa Catholic High School
Tampa Catholic hired Mulry right out of college in 1967. He coached Tampa Catholic to four state championship wins, then moved to the University of Tampa in 1978 to coach for five years. Mulry has been inducted into the halls of fame at both Tampa Catholic and St. Leo University, his alma mater. He is the author of Conversations in the Seventh Inning of My Life and founder of the Peter J. Mulry Foundation.