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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Jul. 23, 2015 3 years ago

Father Lopez gets sports "New Edition(s)"

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by: Jeff Dawsey Sports Editor

Bo Hall and Alex Allende aren’t looking to make an ’80s R&B boys band, along with Bobby Brown and Michael Bivins, but they expect to put their stamp on two boys programs at Father Lopez High School.

Hall became the boys head baseball coach, and Allende the soccer coach for the Green Wave.

Hall doesn’t have to change addresses, as he will be moving from Seabreeze, where he has spent the last six years as the pitching coach. He’s lived his entire life in Ormond and Daytona Beach, even playing baseball at Daytona State College before transferring to the University of Central Florida.

Hall went on to pitch seven seasons for various farm teams in the Minor Leagues.

“We are thrilled to have coach Hall join the Green Wave family, as he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit our student-athletes and our school community for years to come,” said Scott Drabczyk, the school’s athletics director.

Allende, on the other hand, will be making his way back to Florida, from North Carolina, where he assisted soccer teams.

He was selected to coach both Girls and Boys East Region teams at the 2015 Powerade North Carolina State Games.

Allende played his college soccer at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. There, he helped guide the Braves to the 2006 Peach Belt Conference Championship and three NCAA Tournament berths.

Allende will be closer to his family, which resides in Winter Haven, where he grew up playing soccer at Lake Region High School. There, he was the 2006 News Chief Player of the Year.

“I’m very excited to be back in Florida and close to my family,” Allende said. “I really want the players to buy in, and I want them to get the mind-set where the offseason is just as important in preparing as when they are in season.”

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