The women's volleyball program is admired throughout the nation for its winning tradition. The program is a proven leading contender for the region championship every year.
PHSC has a competitive schedule, playing the top teams throughout the state. Many out-of-state teams also travel to play against PHSC's highly respected program. PHSC volleyball prides itself on graduating its student athletes on time. Numerous graduates have continued their athletic endeavors at various four-year institutions throughout the nation. Others have chosen to concentrate solely on their academics as they worked toward their degree(s).
About the Coach
First year head coach, Deann Newton, is not a stranger to success on the volleyball court. She was the PHSC Assistant Coach last season, where she helped guide the squad to a 7th Place National Finish.
Deann Newton started her coaching career right after college in Oregon. Most recently, she was the Head Volleyball Coach at Sunlake High School from 2013-2016. Over the four seasons, her record was 76-38. In 2014, Newton was named Sunshine Athletic Conference Coach of the Year; AVCA Class 5A Region Coach of the Year; and Tampa Bay Times Pasco County Volleyball Coach of the Year. In the 2015 season, Coach Newton was named Sunshine Athletic Conference East Coach of the Year. Her teams were district champions in both 2014 and 2015, and district runner up in 2016. She led her 2014 squad to a State Final Four appearance. Prior to Sunlake, Newton was the Varsity Assistant/JV Volleyball Coach at Mitchell High School for two seasons, 2002-2003. Newton started coaching volleyball in 1999 as the Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach at Wilsonville High School, in Wilsonville, OR. She helped guide that team to a 5th place state tournament finish in 2000.
Newton graduated from Western Oregon University, with a degree in physical education and psychology. While at Western Oregon, Newton was a two-sport athlete playing both volleyball and softball. The Nationally ranked WOU volleyball team qualified and played in the NAIA National Tournament in 1996 and 1997, where Newton was a right-side hitter. Newton has taught physical education for the last 17 years in Pasco County, and at Florida Virtual School. She is currently an online instructor at Pasco eSchool.