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Baseball Berkeley Prep’s Houston steps down as coach


Berkeley Prep baseball’s Justin Houston said he has stepped down as the Buccaneers head coach after eight seasons. Houston, who will be taking an administrative role in Berkeley Prep’s guidance office next year, said he felt the role as an academic advisor would take up too much of a time conflict to continue as the team’s coach.

Houston steps down after a solid season for the Buccaneers, which he said included a career highlight as Berkeley Prep (17-13) topped rival Tampa Catholic four times this season en route to a district title and earning a spot in the region final.

"That’s an easy one, beating TC four times in a season," Houston said would be his favorite memory.

But he added "The kids obviously have been great. I think it is great players that make great coaches, not the other way around. I’ve been blessed with a ton of talent with a ton of great people."

Houston served as the Buccaneers head coach from 2004-08, stepping down but remaining a teacher with the school. He returned as the Buccaneers head coach starting in 2011. During his tenure, Houston posted a 114-90 record and led Berkeley Prep to state playoffs four times, reaching the region final three times. 

Berkeley Prep athletic director Bobby Reinhardt couldn’t be immediately reached on the status of the coaching position.

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