Program History

The women's volleyball program is admired throughout the nation for its winning tradition. The program is a proven leading contender for the region championship every year.

PHSC has a competitive schedule, playing the top teams throughout the state. Many out-of-state teams also travel to play against PHSC's highly respected program. PHSC volleyball prides itself on graduating its student athletes on time. Numerous graduates have continued their athletic endeavors at various four-year institutions throughout the nation. Others have chosen to concentrate solely on their academics as they worked toward their degree(s).

Volleyball Coaching Staff

  • Deann Newton Head Volleyball Coach

    Deann Newton

    Head Coach

    Deann Newton is in her fourth year as head coach of the PHSC women’s volleyball team, after spending the 2017 as PHSC assistant coach, where she helped guide the Bobcats to a 7th place finish at the National Tournament.

    In her first season as head coach, Newton led the team to a Sun Lakes Conference Championship. Newton was also named 2018 Sun Lakes Conference Coach of the Year.  In 2018, Newton coached three first team Sun Lakes Conference selections, and one NJCAA 2nd Team All-American, Camden Bitter.

    Prior to joining the Bobcats, she was the head volleyball coach at Sunlake High School (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.) for four seasons (76-38). Newton has received numerous honors, including 2015 Sunshine Athletic Conference East Coach of the Year, 2014 Sunshine Athletic Conference Coach of the Year; 2014 AVCA Class 5A Region Coach of the Year; and Tampa Bay Times Pasco County Volleyball Coach of the Year (2014). Her teams were district champions in both 2014 and 2015, and district runner up in 2016. She led the 2014 Sunlake team to a State Final Four appearance. Prior to her role at Sunlake, Newton was the Varsity Assistant/JV Volleyball Coach at J.W. Mitchell High School (New Port Richey, Fla.) for two seasons (2002-2003).

    Newton began coaching volleyball in 1999 as the Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach at Wilsonville High School, in Wilsonville, Ore. She helped guide that team to a 5th place state tournament finish in 2000.

    Newton graduated from Western Oregon University (WOU), with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Psychology.  While at Western Oregon, Newton was a two-sport athlete playing both volleyball and softball. The nationally-ranked team qualified and played in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Tournament in 1996 and 1997, where Newton was a right-side hitter. Newton has taught Physical Education/Health for the last 18 years in Pasco County, and at Florida Virtual School. She is currently an online instructor at Pasco eSchool.

  • Mark Sawyer Assistant Volleyball Coach

    Mark Sawyer

    Assistant Coach