Welcome to the Home of the Crusaders! We are extremely proud of our student athletes, coaches, parents, and fans. Their commitment to sportsmanship at the highest level is recognized by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). Canterbury has been a recipient of the 2A State Sportsmanship Award five times in the past 16 years. We pride ourselves in letting our coaches coach, our players play, and our spectators to spectate.
Six members of the Class of 2019 have signed athletic scholarships to compete in softball, swimming, football, basketball and baseball. A total of 48 CSF graduates have received scholarships to play college athletics in the past eight years. That number speaks volumes to the dedication, commitment and hard work by both the student-athletes and their coaches.
Athletics are an essential part of Canterbury’s mission to educate the whole child. The physical education program begins in PK3 where students learn the importance of movement and physical activity, and work to develop lifelong wellness habits. Beginning in Grade 6, students are encouraged to become a member of an athletic team. Over 80% of our students participate in at least one sport. Becoming a member of a team promotes lifelong skills such as time management, teamwork, and prioritizing to create a healthy life/school/work balance.
Canterbury prides itself in hiring coaches who are knowledgeable, compassionate, and students of the game. Many coaches are faculty members at CSF, furthering the community feel and creating a strong bond between faculty/staff and student-athletes.
- Kevin Bouis, Football
- Mandy Carlson, MS Cheerleading
- Marquel Cason, Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
- Milen Gaganelov, Soccer
- Adam Fitch, Football
- John Lancaster, Baseball
- Allen Liberato, Tennis and Soccer
- Jody Moore, Softball
- Kenneth Powell, Girls Basketball
Kevin Bouis has coached Canterbury varsity football for three seasons. Coach Bouis earned a full athletic scholarship to play football at the University of Texas, El Paso. He was a two-year letterman at UTEP before transferring and completing his college football career at the University of Kentucky. After college, Coach Bouis played and coached professional indoor/arena football for 11 years, in which he was the head coach for five years, winning 3 national championships. In 2008, Coach Bouis was awarded a gold medal at the YMCA National Sports Achievement Gala for his work with the community’s youth.
Coach Bouis graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology (1998), received a Master of Business Administration from William Carey University (2000), and earned a Juris Doctor from Ave Maria School of Law (2012). Coach Bouis is a member of the Florida Bar and currently owns and operates his own law practice in St. Petersburg, the Bouis Law Firm. He is also an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College. Coach Bouis is committed to developing men of character, integrity, and good sportsmanship at Canterbury.
Coach Bouis and his wife, Brooke have two little Crusaders, Bode (8) and Katie (6).
Marquel Cason has been the JV head and Varsity assistant basketball coach for two years prior to taking over as varsity head coach this summer. He has coached AAU travel basketball for three years with Jim & Heather Gills YMCA and one year with Team 727. A graduate of Northeast High School in 2011, Coach Cason was a captain of the varsity team. Under Cason’s direction, the mission of the Canterbury Crusaders basketball program is to create and sustain the level of success that Canterbury has had with winning District titles 4 out of the last five years. Cason wants to develop each student-athlete within the program into the best version of their self. Cason epitomizes the servant leadership style of coaching.
Soccer has been a major part of Milen Gaganelov's life for over 30 years, both as a player and a coach. His experience in the sport has taken him from Europe to Indonesia to Florida. As a coach, Coach Gaganelov focuses on the individual--not just as an athlete, but as a person who will learn ethical and moral values through sport. To
Coach Gaganelov, success is more than simply winning a match, it is the development of lasting character traits such as determination, loyalty, and selflessness in his players.
Assistant Football Coach Adam Fitch graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2006, where he played football under Coach Fisher Deberry. Playing the quarterback position, Adam holds the Academy single game touchdown record with 5 touchdowns against BYU in 2005. After his first assignment at Andrews Air Force Base, Adam returned to the Academy to coach football for the next 6 seasons, with 5 years spent as the head coach of the Air Force Academy Preparatory School.
Coach Fitch echoes the core principles of integrity and character that Coach Bouis brings to the football program and to the Canterbury community. He and his wife, Christine have two Crusaders, Payton (8) and Taylor (5).
John Lancaster has been an assistant baseball coach at Canterbury for two years prior to taking over as the head coach this past year. A graduate of Canterbury in 2008, Coach Lancaster lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. He went on to play collegiate baseball at Eckerd College for four years. As a coach, focuses not only on the development of quality baseball players, but also strives for his players to become quality young men. Coach Lancaster aims to continue to grow this baseball program in hopes of bringing home a state championship to Canterbury.
Allen Liberato's leadership in tennis began as captain of his high school tennis team, followed by a year and a half of playing at Villanova University. He has been coaching in Florida since 2001, with two stints at Academy of the Holy Names, as well as a tenure as a High Performance Coach at Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center. In 2002, Coach Liberato was named the Hillsborough County Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year. From 2006 to 2015, he was the Director of Tennis at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center.
For three years, Allen Liberato has coached soccer at Canterbury. His experience stretches back to playing high school soccer in Italy as well as in the United States. For 20 years, Coach Liberato played USSF affiliated men's soccer; for many of those years, it was as player, manager, and coach. He has also coached youth soccer in the Brandon Area Youth Soccer League.
Jody Moore has played softball since she was 8-years-old. She earned a scholarship from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, to play on a developing team. This experience led directly to what she has been doing at Canterbury since 2006. When Coach Moore arrived, there was no softball program. Over the past 13 years, the softball players under her guidance have won 11 district championships, nine regional championships, and four state championships. Even more important than the achievements is the development of her softball players into well-rounded student-athletes into people of integrity. Coach Moore’s philosophy of play is to connect every aspect of the athletic endeavor with important life skills that will affect her players’ lives long after softball has ended for them.
Coach Kenneth Powell attended Our Lady Of the Lake University in San Antonio, Tx. He's married, has 8 children, and 8 grandchildren. Powell moved to Florida in 1996 to work at SPHS where he was an assistant coach for the varsity boys basketball team and head coach of the junior varsity girls basketball team. He has coached as a volunteer for Roberts Recreation Center and for Clearwater Green Wave AAU Basketball Club.
Of the four times the Green Wave made it to state, the team captured two championships and two runner-up trophies. Powell has 30 years of coaching experience in both girls and boys basketball programs. He believes in sharing knowledge to build others up and in the importance of playing a sport as a child to builds character and confidence. His favorite quote: "A good coach can change the game; a great coach can change a life."