TAMPA — Gaither baseball coach Frank Permuy chuckled when asked about his induction into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, which will take place Friday in Tucson, Ariz., saying it says a lot about his time in the game. Though the only coach in the Cowboys’ history also said he was thrilled to learn of the honor last month.
“I guess it just means you’ve been around long enough,” Permuy joked. “But it’s quite an honor, and I am thrilled to be going out there this weekend.”
Permuy, who grew up in Ybor City and attended Plant High and the University of Tampa, began his coaching career coaching at Leto in 1971. He also spent time as the head coach at UT before returning to the high school ranks, coaching Tampa Catholic and winning a state title in 1982. Permuy moved to Gaither when the school opened in 1984 and has been the Cowboys’ skipper for eight district titles and a state runner-up finish in 2005.
Permuy announced during the 2013 season that he would be retiring after the 2014 season. In his career, he has 534 wins at the high school level and is a member of the FHSAA Hall of Fame (2010) and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2009).
“There have been Hall of Fame (selections), and they’ve each been special,” Permuy said. “And this one — a national hall of fame — is going to be an honor.”