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St. Petersburg Native Kevin Reali Appointed Head Coach of Coed and Women's Sailing Programs
By Ben Schlesselman, Sports Information Director
Originally posted on Eckerd College Athletics website
The Eckerd College athletics department announces the official hiring of Kevin Reali as head coach for the coed and women's sailing programs effective July 1.
A St. Petersburg native, Reali was tabbed following an extensive search to lead the Tritons, who will experience their first season competing as intercollegiate sports in the 2012-13 academic year.
"I am thrilled that Kevin has accepted our offer to become the next sailing coach at Eckerd," said Dr. Bob Fortosis, Director of Athletics. "He has remarkable potential to lead our program to new heights and all of us involved in the interview process believed immediately that he will be an excellent "fit" for Eckerd College."
"Kevin is an intense competitor, a skilled communicator, and a proven leader, and I am so pleased to have him on our team." Fortosis added "I know that the entire Eckerd family will join me in welcoming Kevin and his wife, Ashley, as the newest members of the Triton athletics department."
Reali brings a decorated résumé to the table as the newest member of Eckerd's staff.
Reali has served in the U.S. Navy as an officer on the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego, Calif., and the USS Chung-Hoon in Honolulu, Hawaii, specializing in nuclear propulsion.
On the coaching side, Reali was previously the U.S. Optimist National Team Coach for a six-year span. He also coached the Chesapeake Optimist Team and manned the Green Fleet at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center prior.
"I am very excited to be the new coach," Reali exclaimed. "Sailing is a passion that I am ready to share with the team members. I am looking forward to building relationships and continuing to expand on what is already a very solid foundation of the sailing program.”
"The team already has the shell of an effective routine for training," he continued. "One of the first matters of business will be facilitating the integration of the sailors into the athletic department."
In terms of competition, Reali was the winner of the 2000 Sears Trophy at the Junior Triple-Handed National Championships in 2000. More recently, he qualified for the 2011 Snipe Worlds and 2012 Snipe WH&O.
During his prep career, Reali qualified for high school nationals four consecutive years (2008-11).
Reali completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida while enjoying a successful sailing career with the Bulls. He was a two-time Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) All-American, a three-year team captain and ICSA Academic All-American.
Reali graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree from USF in Mechanical Engineering.