Villagers Tom and Susan Donohoe on Dec. 28 and 29 will be attending the annual Elks Basketball Tournament in Tavares. Their son Steve is the head coach at Palm Bay Magnet High School whose team will be competing. Steve is also known to many Villagers. Taking a break from his coaching career he worked at City Fire as a manager from 2012 to 2014.
“He knows a lot of people in the Villages,” remarked Tom. “Every time I’m out, I run into people that knew Steve from City Fire and want to know what he is doing.”
He is proud of what Steve has accomplished with the team at Palm Bay.
“The season before Steve started coaching the team had a losing season, winning only one game. Steve’s first season they won 14 games.” They are on track to do even better this year, there current record is 9 – 1.
Steve came to basketball in a funny way, according to his father.
Steve was a football player in high school. As part of an outreach program at his school, he taught basketball and loved it.
After college where he majored in psychology, he started coaching high school age players in the Twin Cities. Steve then moved to Kansas to be the assistant coach at Butler Community College.
It was at this point that he left coaching briefly, moved to Florida and worked at City Fire. He returned to coaching when he landed the job as head coach at Palm Bay Magnet School in Melbourne. He has worked hard to improve his team. They are currently seventh in the state in their division.
If a little high school basketball sounds good you can catch Steve’s team playing both nights at Tavares High School at 7 p.m.