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Former baseball head coach passes away after 4-year battle with cancer, UNF Athletics says

Tim Parenton, the former head coach of the University of North Florida baseball program, passed away on Monday following a four-year battle with cancer, according to Athletics

UNF’s former men’s baseball coach Tim Parenton.  (Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics)

Parenton was the Ospreys head coach beginning in June of 2017. Coaching at UNF for five years before stepping down in 2022 due to health concerns.

In his time as an Osprey, coach Parenton amassed over 100 wins, nine of which were power five wins. His career also saw five MLB draft picks and seven ASUN first team all-conference honorees. 

“The Osprey community is deeply saddened by the loss of coach Parenton.” said President Moez Limayem in a statement from Athletics. “His impact in our baseball program has been significant and there is no doubt that his legacy will live on through the many student-athletes who benefited from his guidance, wisdom and friendship.”

A funeral service for coach Parenton will be held in his home city of New Orleans, La. Details of the service will be released at a later date, according to Athletic’s statement. 

Coach Parenton will be missed dearly by all who knew him. (Riley Platt)

More information can be found on the UNF Athletics website.


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Jacob Justice, Sports Editor
Jacob Justice is a third-year multimedia journalism major at the University of North Florida. First joining as a sports reporter, Jacob is now Spinnaker's sports editor. Jacob has a passion for sportswriting and hopes to write as a journalist for a sports media company in the future. In his free time, he tends to enjoy playing guitar and bass as well as spending quality time with friends.
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Riley Platt is a senior University of North Florida multimedia journalism student. A lifelong Jacksonville native, Riley has always had a burning passion for sports, specifically at the collegiate level. He grew up coming to UNF basketball games as early as his middle school days and now gets to cover the Ospreys, living out his childhood dreams. Riley's done a bit of everything with Spinnaker, whether it be writing over 200 articles, doing play-by-play commentary for UNF basketball and even serving as a sports anchor for Spinnaker TV’s weekly Nest News. Riley transitioned from Spinnaker to an internship at the end of the summer 2023 semester and is expected to graduate at the end of 2023. 

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