By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — Christine Burkhart has stepped down as Port Charlotte High School volleyball coach, athletic director Bob Bruglio told The Sun earlier this week.
Burkhart, who plans to remain on the coaching staff as an assistant, will be replaced by Kevin Krause.
“She actually was the one that initiated this,” Bruglio said. “He’s already proven to be a phenomenal coach. He’s very knowledgeable of the game. The kids get him and understand him, I think he’s going to be a phenomenal asset for our school.”
Krause is no stranger to area volleyball.
He’s been coaching for 28 years. He and his wife, Charlene, are also directors of a volleyball club called Jellys.
Krause has coached many of the girls on his new team with the Jellys, including: Kaelyn Griffiths, McKenzie Stewart, Celia Baermann, Zoie Burkhart and Kiersten Tisdale.
As far as high school coaching goes, Krause was most recently with Gulf Coast HEAT, a home-school team, where he averaged “between 16 and 18 wins” over the last four years.
Krause and Burkhart know each other well, and it was Burkhart who suggested Krause for the position.
“That helps out so much,” Krause said of having Burkhart on his coaching staff. “She was able to do the schedule for me. She’s just familiar with the way everything works over there. I love the fact that she’s staying on . I think it’s great.”
While with Gulf Coast HEAT, Krause didn’t have the largest of pools to choose from for kids, which should make coaching at Port Charlotte less of a challenge.
Krause’s daughter, Macenzie, will be playing for the Pirates in her upcoming senior season. His older daughter, Courtney, just recently graduated and accepted a scholarship to play volleyball at Southeastern University.