Florida International University recently named Gator Rebhan the new head coach for the 2015 women’s softball program.
Rebhan has been a softball coach for more than 20 years in the Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest communities. He starts his career at FIU following his achievements as the head coach and prior owner of the Miami Stingrays Softball Organization and as a previous softball coach at Palmetto High School. Since 1998, he has coached the lady Stingrays on their way in winning numerous titles at the state and national levels.
At Palmetto High, Rebhan was instrumental in leading the 2000 and 2003 softball programs to state championships. He has developed scores of softball athletes who have gone on to play for NCAA Division 1 schools, including the University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University, North Carolina State University and Auburn University.
“I feel very excited to be able to coach in my own backyard where I grew up; I feel like it gives me an advantage,” Rebhan said. “I want to thank the athletic director and all of the FIU staff that has supported me and the softball program.”
Present members of the FIU softball team also commented on Coach Rebhan’s new position.
Gabby Spallone a sophomore at FIU and a previous player for Palmetto High School said, “Having Gator as a head coach brings this team to an elite level. Having him as a coach again is going to be awesome; he understands our strengths as players and can help us to hone the skills that we haven’t quite yet mastered. I know I’m excited, and I think I can speak for the whole team when I say that we are thrilled to have him as our head coach.”
Rebhan, who served last year as the FIU softball team’s assistant coach is very optimistic for what the future holds for the program.
“Speed, power, defense and attitude among the players — these girls really get along, they like each other and I feel like they will play hard next season,” he said.
Rebhan will be the fourth head coach to manage the women’s softball program at Florida International University.