Fred Bynum’s career as a high school principal has been one of love and service to the students of Brevard County and to Florida high school athletics.
A native of Hudson, N.C., Bynum played baseball, basketball and football for Hudson High School, and continued playing football for a year at Western Carolina University and soccer at Appalachian State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and social studies from Appalachian State in 1964, and earned a master’s degree in school administration there in 1971.
Bynum followed his former coach, Spec Eberhart, and coached and taught at the new Jackson Junior High School in Titusville from 1965-68. In 1971, he took a position as area counselor and then vice principal of the as-yet unnamed Astronaut High School. Bynum was responsible for the athletic department and oversaw the hiring of coaching staff, and contributed on the county level by securing bids for athletic equipment and developing the sports schedules for the Brevard County junior high schools.
During the next few years Bynum served as principal of Jackson Junior High and then as principal of Cocoa High School. He continued to coordinate the junior high school schedules and became one of the first board members for the Cape Coast Conference. Bynum was also involved in starting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Brevard schools.
Bynum returned to Astronaut in 1977, this time as the principal, where he stayed until his retirement in 1997. The War Eagle sports program became a local power, winning 18 state championships and eight Cape Coast Conference all-sports championships, and turning out such high-profile athletes as Wilbur Marshall, John Bostic and fellow Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2005 inductee Cris Collinsworth. Bynum served on the FHSAA Board of Directors from 1988-1994, and was a member of that Board's Executive Committee from 1991-94.
Bynum was recognized in 1990 with the Principal’s Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership from the Florida Department of Education and was the first senior high school principal inducted into the Florida Principal’s Hall of Fame. He also was honored by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association in 1996 for distinguished service. Bynum and his wife, Jackie, reside in Titusville.