Sam "Sammie" Burley
Miami Southridge High School girls track & field is a perennial contender for state championships, thanks to Head Coach Sam Burley. Burley directed the team to its fifth state title in 2003, adding to the titles received in 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2002.
Burley joined the Miami Southridge coaching staff in 1980, and since then built the girls track & field program into a powerhouse. In addition to the five state titles, Miami Southridge has won four state runner-up titles, 17 regional championships, 19 district championships, 18 Greater Miami Athletic Conference championships and 19 GMAC-South championships. He has acquired more than 165 invitational titles, and his athletes have earned scholarships in excess of $3 million.
A longtime member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, Burley received the Twenty Years of Service Award in 1995. He is a member of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance Association and the Dade County Physical Fitness and Sports Association. Burley also serves as a track & field official for the FHSAA. He is active in the community as well, chairing the volunteer program for Special Olympics.
Burley is a three-time Florida Dairy Farmers' State Coach of the Year and a five-time Dade County Miami News High School Track & Field Coach of the Year. In 1988, he received the National High School Coaching Award from Scholastic Coach Magazine. Burley is a member of the Louie Bing Scholarship and Dade County Foundation for Interscholastic Sports Halls of Fame, and was inducted into the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sports Halls of Champions in 2001.