PSJ’s Kurnitsky heading to Orange Park

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM.

After graduating college from Florida State University, he was a name manager for the 1993 Seminole team that reached the NCAA elite eight, Kurnitsky spent time as an assistant at Clearwater High School before moving to North Carolina and beginning to climb the ladder as a junior varsity coach.

He landed at Tallahassee Godby for a season in 2003 before being hired by Port St. Joe High.

In 10 seasons at Port St. Joe, the Tiger Sharks averaged just shy of 18 wins a season, won seven district titles, reached a regional title game five times, reached four state final fours and the 2007 state title game.

He was the Big Bend Coach of the Year in 2006, the Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year in Class 2A in 2007 and coached two professional athletes, Roman Quinn, a former second-round pick in the Major League Baseball amateur draft and Calvin Pryor who was a first-round pick in the NFL draft earlier this month.

Five of his players finished their scholastic careers with over 1,000 points.

The one thing that eluded Kurnitsky was a state title.

“A lot of coaches don’t have the opportunity to go to four final fours and a championship game,” Kurnitsky said. “If I never win a state championship I am not going to jump off a building.”



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