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'13 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Baseball Coach of the Year: Richard LaBounty

American Family Insurance ALL-USA Coach of the Year Richard LaBounty. / Ben Twingley, Pensacola News-Journal

The 2013 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Baseball Team was selected by USA TODAY Sports' Jim Halley.

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Coach of the Year: Richard LaBounty
Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic

Key stats: His team finished 30-0 and won its second consecutive Class 4A state title. Under LaBounty, the school also won a 2A state title in 2003. He has an overall record of 651-211 in 30 seasons, all at Pensacola Catholic, where he is also athletics director. His son, Drew, hit .511 with 27 RBI and 22 steals this season as a senior. LaBounty also has three daughters: Lauren, Brook and Kate, and Judy, his wife of 29 years.

Going 30-0: We had a lot of depth. If you looked at our stats, we probably had 13 guys who had 30 at-bats. We had a lot of injuries we had to work through. Our pitchers were outstanding. We had two Division I signees, and our other guys did a great job.

Pregame ritual: We do the same thing we’ve done the past 30 years. I meet with umpires and the designated team captain and we go back and do the Lord’s Prayer. We’re not real superstitious. We just let them play. Our preparation is done in practice.

Coaching a son: My first day of practice, I was wondering what he would call me. From the first day, he’s always called me dad, not coach. ... He’s our leader. In the state championship game, he played the last six innings with a dislocated shoulder. It popped out, and he ‘Mel Gibsoned’ it back in and played with a lot of pain.

Season highlight: I enjoyed every day of the season. It’s been an unbelievable run. I have about three or four starters coming back and if the stars are lined up, we’ll have the opportunity for another run.

Coaching influence: Jim Spooner, my college coach at West Florida, led by example and always did the right thing. He treated his players with respect as adults. Seeing that and witnessing that, I really feel like a big key to our success is our relationships with our players and their parents.






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