Sam Sirianni Sr.
Eight years after his death, Sam Sirianni's name is still synonymous with Fort Myers High School athletics.
Sirianni was born in Clarksburg, W.V., and graduated from Roosevelt-Wilson High School. He attended Marshall University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in social studies. In 1963, Sirianni received his master’s degree in education administration from West Virginia University.
He started his coaching career in 1959 as an assistant football coach at Fort Myers High School. In his 37 years of dedication to Fort Myers athletics, Sirianni held coaching positions for football, golf and basketball. In 1969, he became head coach of the football team, and held that position for 33 years. He is the all-time winningest coach at Fort Myers. With his 244 wins, Sirianni also holds the records for most wins in Lee County and the whole Southwest Florida region. In football, he coached his teams to 20 county titles, two state semifinal appearances, and three undefeated seasons. In 1992, USA Today ranked his football team No. 6 in the entire nation.
Sirianni was also the head golf coach at Fort Myers for 21 years. During this time, he led his team to a 1982 state championship, three district championships, and nine conference championships.
Sirianni passed away in October 2002 at the age of 64. A scholarship established in his honor has awarded more than 120 scholarships to student-athletes in Lee County. He was a seven-time Southwest Florida Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the Fort Myers High School Hall of Fame in 1994.