Florida International University recently named the new head coach for the 2015 women’s softball program, South Florida’s very own Gator Rebhan.
Rebhan has been a softball coach for more than 20 years in and around the Pinecrest area. He starts his career at FIU following achievements as head coach and prior owner of the Miami Stingrays Softball Organization, and as a softball coach at Palmetto High School.
Since 1998, he has coached the lady Stingrays on their way to winning numerous titles in women’s softball 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 that 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,” said Rebhan. “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 appointment.
“Having Gator as a head coach brings this team to an elite level,” said Gabby Spallone a sophomore at FIU and a former player for Palmetto Senior High School.
“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 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 last year was the assistant coach of the FIU softball team, says he is optimistic about the future for the FIU softball program.
“These girls really get along, they like each other and I feel like they will play hard next season,” said Rebhan. “We have the speed, power, defense and attitude among the players.”
Rebhan becomes the fourth head coach to manage the women’s softball program at Florida International University.