Peter Mirones

Peter Mirones

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Pete Mirones graduated from Crossland High School in Camp Springs Maryland in 1969. He attended the U of Maryland in 1972 and then transfer to Prince Georges College in 1974 where he ran track and cross country and achieved the most improved runner award in 1976, and was on the Dean’s List twice for his GPA of 3.6 or higher. Pete earned his spot in the in the NJCAA national competition in the 10k and 5k. Pete earned his AA degree in Education 1976. Pete then transferred to U of South Florida where he earned a BA in Physical Education 1978 and then a Masters in Administration Supervision 1986. He also ran on the first NCAA Cross Country team at USF.
While interning during his senior year at USF, the PE teacher did not return to work one day and the principal offered him a job at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School making 7,000 per year including his coaching supplement to coach basketball. He coached his first team to a 13-0 record earning him a spot as coach of the year in Basketball under the Catholic Youth Sports Association. Pete continued to pursue his dream of running for Asics and Reebok training to make the Olympic trials in 1980. However because of the political environment at the times, the USA boycotted the Olympic trials that year.
In 1979 Pete was offered the PE position at Madison Middle school and then went to Progress Village. Pete meet his wife of 34 years at Progress Village Delia was the Bilingual Teacher at the time. Pete and Delia were married within the year as Pete continued to run and train with Olympic hopefuls living in Florida. Pete continued to teach at Progress Village under Sweetrix Williams for 7 years and then Dr. Wilma Stone.
Pete soon was offered a teaching position in Wash, DC. In the Lorton Correctional facility as Health instructor. He worked in that position for two years and returned to Tampa as Physiology & Health teacher and head cross country coach at Tampa Catholic High school. He brought the team to a second place finish in the state 2A competition. In 1979 Pete was nominated by the Tampa Tribune as Coach of the Year. He was hired at Citrus Park Elem. He also was accepted into the Teacher in Space Pete was soon offered the cross country job at Gaither High where he brought the team to a second place finish in the state 4A competition and coached two All Americans, Scott Lovell and Raymond Friedman. He was nominated again as Coach of the Year 1993 by the Tampa Tribune. From 1993 to 1995 Pete was involved in developing the Hillsborough County Phys. Education Curriculum Development Project in conjunction with the Physical Education professors at USF, that was adopted by the School Board in 1993
After his father passed in 1995, Pete decided to move to Goldsboro, NC to help his mom during these times. He taught at Eastern Wayne Elem and coached cross country at Eastern Wayne High where he led the team to a regional performance of 8th place out of 13 teams. Pete returned to Tampa to continue his pursuit of teaching PE. He was hired at Lake Alford Middle as technology teacher and coached cross country at Kathleen High School. He became involved with the Polk County Teachers Union and when he returned to Hillsborough became a member of the CTA. When Pete r was hired by Cheryl Dafeldecker as Technology teacher at Robles Elem. Pete then was at Freedom High as Family Consumer Science teacher. He then decided to return back to PE and was hired as the PE teacher at Pride Elem. Where he taught until 2012 then moved to Thonotosassa Elem. At Armwood High as cross country coach, he led the Hawks to a District Championship in 2013. Started the Blowing Rock Trails Camp for high school Cross Country runners in Florida.
Pete became an active certified Track & Field Official with FHSAA and USA Track & Field. He has started prestigious meets as FSU Relays and Florida Relays as other State

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