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Emily Gore

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She’s a Brooksville Central Bear now

By Jenna McKenna

Though they're sad she'd gone, her supporters are glad Emily Gore has landed on her feet. Chiefland High School's varsity volleyball, girls' basketball and girls' track coach was one of many who lost her teaching contract this spring. A Chiefland native and athletic star in her own school days, Gore's local impact was significant as a coach and teacher, and her players and team supporters hated to see her go. “Wherever I end up, I never want to coach against Chiefland,” she told her players at her going-away party last month. This week, Gore learned that she'd be able to keep her word. She'll be teaching PE at West Hernando Middle School and coaching at Brooksville Central High School, south of Chiefland and Crystal River. “This is the spot I was looking for since the day I found out I wouldn't be back in Chiefland,” she says. Central is a 5A school, so unless Chiefland's demographic undergo a radical change, the Lady Indians won't clash with Gore's Bears. Gore will be the varsity volleyball head coach and varsity softball assistant and JV softball coach. She also hopes to join the basketball staff as an assistant. “I haven't had the chance to meet my team (volleyball) yet, but I understand they're pretty good,”she says. Central volleyball was district runner up in 2006, so it appears a good program is in place. Many of the school's players are on club teams, so the talent pool should be deep. “They didn't lose too many to graduation last year, so there won't be too much rebuilding, either,” Gore says. Even though it's late summer already, Gore already has a schedule because the former coach already completed it. “There might be some room to schedule one or two more games if we need to,” she says. Although Gore will be teaching at one school and coaching at another, the two campuses are adjacent to one another. “I should be able to pop over to the high school pretty often and keep an eye on my team,” she says. “It's pretty much just like the middle school and high school in Chiefland.” The outgoing coach, Vicki Weaver, is relinquishing team duties to pursue advanced degrees, Gore says, but is still at the school. “She's still on campus, so hopefully I'll have her as a resource also.” Central is the largest school Gore has worked in or attended, so she knows it will be different " but not too different. “Even though I went to a much smaller school, I played basketball in college,” she says. “When you get down to it, it's just volleyball and coaching kids.” Though she's moved on, Gore hasn't forgotten her teams up here. “I promised my girls I'd be up for at least one of their games,” she said. So look for Gore in the stands sometime. She'll be the one in Central navy and silver, cheering for the girls in Columbia blue and gold.