LMP welcomes Justin Varitek as Head Varsity Baseball Coach
Lake Mary Preparatory School has named Justin Varitek as its’ new Head Varsity Baseball Coach. Varitek, who played professionally in the Seattle Mariners organization, will take over a Griffins program that finished just under .500 last season but has had a history of success (2006 FHSAA State Runner-Up).
Varitek has strong baseball ties in Central Florida. Before attending Murray State University in Kentucky, where he was twice selected as member of the Ohio Valley all conference team, Varitek starred at Lake Brantley High School. In addition, he has coached and instructed in the Orlando area since 2003. Varitek was an assistant coach at Rollins College from 2003-2005 and then again from 2006-2007. He also coached in the FCSL (Florida Collegiate Summer League) from 2005-2007.
Varitek, whose brother Jason is a veteran MLB catcher for the Boston Red Sox, is excited to jump into High School Baseball after spending several years coaching in college, running camps, and providing individual instruction. “I’m extremely excited to get back into high school baseball. I am looking forward to developing a program and to helping scholar-athletes prepare to compete at the next level.” Varitek continued, “Lake Mary Prep is a tremendous school and will be a great place for me to begin my head coaching career.”
Lake Mary Preparatory School is a private college preparatory school (PK-12) that competes in District 4 – 3A. . “Coach Varitek will be great asset to our school community and to our athletic program,” said Lake Mary Prep Director of Athletic Programs Mike Ostrowski. “He has enthusiasm, experience, and a wants to give back to a game that has given him. We are grateful that he has chosen to begin his head coaching career here and we are looking forward to the continued development of our student-athletes under Coach Varitek’s guidance. He is not only an excellent baseball coach – he is a strong role model for our students to be around.”