Coco Montes,a USF sophomore infielder, was recognized by the American Athletic Conference during a big week for USF baseball. The team went 5-0 and had a huge win against Florida State. Montes totaled three runs, his second home run of the season and a team-high five RBIs. Montes said he is ready to continue this type of play throughout the rest of his sophomore year.
“My body feels a lot better than last year,” Montes said. “Just being able to come out here and start winning, that’s going to be the biggest thing for me.”
The second baseman was recruited out of Miami with the vision that he could immediately have an impact on USF’s baseball program. Montes had a big freshman year, but has improved since then.
Both Montes and head coach Mark Kingston said they believe that confidence has a lot to do with it.
“He is just a better all-around player. He’s taken the second base very well,” Kingston said. “I just think his confidence is at an all-time high.”
Coco Montes says being AAC’s player of the week is nice, but he’s more proud of the fact that his team had a great week.
In December of 2016, the University of South Florida named Charlie Strong the new head coach of the football team, following Willie Taggart.
With a few months under his belt, Strong is excited to build on the strong foundation that is already in place.
“I saw the program here and just knew that it had the chance to really develop and become something special,” Strong said.
In a short amount of time, the new head coach has already had an impact on the program for spring ball.
“We are just moving in the right direction, fast, and I believe he will have a great impact,” Elkanah Dillon, tight end, said.
Strong’s coaching career has included 15 years in Florida, sporadically, since 1983, according to ESPN. During that time, he built relationships with high school coaches, players and community leaders. These relationships may help Strong to continue creating strong recruiting classes in seasons to come.
USF football is on the rise. They won 11 games last season, but Charlie Strong wants to continue pushing the team to improve and make it to conference title games.
“That’s what you play for,” Strong said. “You want to make sure you go and compete and win.”
Studio Physique offers hour-long workouts that are easy on the joints and tough on every muscle in the body.
This fitness studio is the first in the St. Petersburg area to offer the Lagree Fitness method: a combination of cardio, strength-training, endurance, and elements of balance. The method has recently been credited with shaping athletes, celebrities and models and is offered locally.
Studio Physique opened up in the summer of 2015 after the owner, Chris Field, tried the workout and loved it.
“I looked into bringing Lagree Fitness to St. Petersburg and Pinellas County and found out that it wasn’t in this area yet,” Field said. “So I jumped at the opportunity to be able to bring Lagree Fitness to this community, to my neighbors, and to my friends.”
The secret to the workout’s success is a machine called the MegaFormer. Sebastien Lagree created this patented machine to promote effective muscle stimulation without putting any unnecessary stress on the body’s joints.
“It is the first workout that I’ve done that hasn’t killed my muscles in a bad way. My muscles are sore, which is good, but not my joints. And that is a problem I had with a lot of other workouts,” Studio Physique member and certified Lagree Fitness trainer, Sabrina Feher said.
This workout is designed to fit the fitness needs of men and women with all body types.
“I’ve got triathletes working out next to couch potatoes,” Fields said. “And they all can challenge themselves or find the modifications that they need for any injuries and get an incredible full-body workout.”
Following the departure of Matt Hill, USF’s previous men’s tennis head coach, to Arizona State, the men’s tennis program decided that the best fit for the new head coach was already there. After serving as assistant coach for one season, Ashley Fisher was promoted to the head coach position for the 2017 season.
During his one year with the program, Fisher helped lead the team to their third-straight American Athletic Conference title, a No. 13 national ranking and their third trip to the NCAA tournament.
Before joining the USF tennis program, the Australian native had a successful 13-year professional tennis career. He was ranked in the top 20 in the world while winning four ATP World Tour doubles titles.
“We are a very lucky team to have an ex-professional tennis player to be as a head coach,” said senior player Vadym Kalyuzhnyy. “It’s just a more professional work environment.”
Although the ultimate goal is to win matches, Fisher is focused on the process this season.
“We just want to create a great program. We already sort of have that, there has been a lot of success here, but we want to kind of keep pushing forward and get the program into the top ten and start competing for national championships,” Fisher said.
Another mission of his is to connect and mentor each of the players.
“It’s nice to win tennis matches, but we have a greater responsibility in that we have to mentor these student-athletes and impact their lives and we have a big opportunity to do that,” he said. “I want to be remembered as a great tennis coach, but probably just as importantly I want to connect with these guys and kind of be there for the rest of their lives.”