FOUR BITS: Johnson, Thornqvist, Whitson, Weis

By Adam Silverstein
June 8, 2011

1 » No. 2 Florida Gators baseball’s sophomore left-handed pitcher/designated hitter Brian Johnson will be active for the Super Regionals beginning on Friday. After missing the Gainesville Regional while recovering from a concussion suffered during the 2011 Southeastern Conference Tournament, Johnson feels fine and is raring to go, according to head coach Kevin O’Sullivan, who spoke with reporters after practice on Wednesday. Sophomore first baseman/closer Austin Maddox, who sprained his foot in the first game of the Gainesville Regional, remains day-to-day.

2 » Florida women’s tennis head coach Ronald Thornqvist has been named the 2011 ITA National Coach of the Year. Thornqvist, who coached the No. 2 Gators to the 2011 NCAA Championship in May, led Florida to a 31-1 overall record and helped sophomore Lauren Embree reach the semifinals of the NCAA Individual Championships. This is Thornqvist’s first national coach of the year award.

3 » Florida freshman right-handed pitcher Karsten Whitson was named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team, as selected by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper, on Wednesday. Posting an 8-0 record with a 2.42 ERA so far this season, Whitson was one of 20 freshmen starting pitchers who received the honor.

4 » According to The Gainesville Sun, the property purchased by Gators offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is a 10.5-acre estate located in Reddick, FL right near I-75 worth $1.1 million. Currently on the land are a 4,041-square-foot house and 6,336-square-foot horse barn, undoubtedly a selling point for Weis’s wife Maura, an avid horse enthusiast and rider.


  1. Alex says:

    Cool. I know a $1 million dollar property is patty cake for these guys, but it’s still a good sign that our OC plans to hang around for a couple years, at least.

  2. CeeThree says:

    dang, guess his wife really is into horses.. sounds like he’s serious about this being it for him.

    • SC Gator says:

      I really think so, yeah. Money isn’t really an issue – he’s still drawing a paycheck from ND after all, on top of a nice salary from UF – and staying here at UF presents him with opportunities unmatched, like having the horse world near for his wife and getting to work with his son and help him get his start into coaching. In 4 or 5 years that will likely change but hell, a place like Florida keeping any coordinator worth a damn that long is rare anyways.

  3. npgator says:

    I think it is great that the Weis family purchased that home and do believe Charlie will be here for awhile.

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