Chalu, Hostetler, Iamurri highlight Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2011 induction class
GAINESVILLE –Former Tampa Preparatory School girls volleyball coach Carol Chalu, former Astronaut High School girls basketball coach Gregg Hostetler and Naples High School softball coach Robert Iamurri front the list of eight individuals selected for induction this year into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Joining them in the Class of 2011 are FHSAA Director of Eligibility Michael Colby; Fort Myers contest official Butch Goble; Boca Raton High School athletic director Bill Massey; the late former Groveland High School student-athlete Austin “Red” Robbins; and Orlando area contest official Don Trawick.
This is the 21st group to be inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame, formerly the FHSAA Hall of Fame. Founded during the 1990-91 school year, the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame keeps alive the tradition and spirit of high school athletics, and honors each year those persons who, through distinguished achievement, have excelled in one or more high school programs sponsored by the Association and its member schools. This year’s eight inductees bring the number of deserving individuals who have been enshrined in the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame to 144. They include student-athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials and other contributors, such as sports writers, who have raised the level of awareness of high school activities through their efforts, achievements and dedication.
The 2011 Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held April 17 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville.
Chalu, 60, earned 12 state championships as the head girls volleyball coach at Tampa Prep from 1976-1997. She is credited with beginning the first club volleyball program in Florida. Chalu also won a state championship in girls basketball and a regional championship in softball, and served as head boys and girls bowling coach. She served as the athletic director at Tampa Prep from 1976-2010, entering the field at a time when female administrators were rare, and since then has provided a strong example of leadership on the state level through membership on the FHSAA Volleyball Advisory Committee, FHSAA Athletic Directors Advisory Committee, and Florida Athletic Coaches Association Advisory Board. Chalu was named one of the 30 Most Influential Women in Tampa Area Sports in 2002, was named National Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1989 by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association, and is a member of the FACA Hall of Fame.
Hostetler, 61, compiled a 642-263 record as Astronaut (Titusville)’s girls basketball coach upon retiring in March 2010 after 32 years. He won three state, six regional and 16 district championships during his tenure, and earned the title of Cape Coast Conference Coach of the Year 12 times. Hostetler served on the FHSAA Basketball Advisory Committee for three years, and was the state chairman of the FACA Girls Basketball Committee for six years. He is a member of the FACA Hall of Fame and the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Court of Legends. Hostetler currently serves as the director of guidance at Astronaut.
Iamurri, 52, is in his 26th year as head softball coach at Naples. He has earned 12 state titles (two slowpitch and 10 fastpitch) and is a four-time state runner-up. At the end of the 2010 season, his record as a head coach was 727-78-2. Iamurri has been the Florida advisor for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, and has served as a member of the FHSAA Softball Advisory Committee. He served as the FACA District Chairman-Vice Chairman for 17 years and is a five-time speaker at the FACA softball state meeting. Iamurri is a member of the FACA Hall of Fame and was named National Softball Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2010.
• Michael Colby. Colby, 60, is the current FHSAA Director of Eligibility. He joined the FHSAA staff in 2008 after serving as a coach and athletic director in Miami-Dade County for 28 years. His career record includes service on several statewide committees for both the FHSAA and the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Adminstrators Association (FIAAA). As a National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Leadership Training State Coordinator, Colby has expanded the program to include multiple course offerings and satellite courses, which has tripled the state LTC faculty pool. He received an NFHS Citation in 2003 and the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and has earned both CAA and CMAA certifications. Colby received the NFHS Outstanding Service Award in 2010 for his work with FIAAA and NIAAA.
• Floyd “Butch” Goble. Goble, 64, has served as a contest official since 1982. He is a registered baseball, football, softball and volleyball official, and is a member of the South Gulf Officials Association in Fort Myers. Goble has officiated four baseball, four football and two basketball state finals events for the FHSAA, and has served as an evaluator for baseball and basketball. He has served multiple terms on the FHSAA Officials Advisory Committee, and has been the contest official liaison to the Baseball Advisory Committee. Goble was the FHSAA Active Official of the Year for the 2009-2010 baseball season.
• Bill Massey. Massey, 62, is the athletic director at Boca Raton. He is credited with being a key figure in beginning the process of achieving FHSAA recognized sport status for boys volleyball and girls flag football, and developed a partnership with NFL Youth Sports to encourage flag football participation nationwide. During his tenure at Spanish River (Boca Raton) and Boca Raton, the athletic programs won the Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach County Sports Program of the Year 15 times. Massey is a national faculty member of both the ASEP Coaches Education and NIAAA Leadership Training programs, and was FIAAA president in 2005. He was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, and received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2005.
• Austin “Red” Robbins. Robbins, now deceased, graduated in 1962 from the now-defunct Groveland after participating in boys basketball and track & field for four years. The 6-8 player was a two-time All-State selection and a four-year letterman in basketball. He led the state in rebounds for two consecutive years, and was listed among the top 10 scorers in the state as a junior and senior. Robbins had career totals of 1,494 points, 1,349 rebounds, 414 free throws, and 303 blocks. After graduation, he went on to become an All-American at Chipola Junior College and the University of Tennessee, and played professionally in the American Basketball Association for 12 years. In 1971, his Utah Stars won the ABA championship.
• Don Trawick. Trawick, 73, has been a contest official in Florida since 1961, when he joined the Orange Baseball Association in Orlando; he joined the Central Florida Officials Association in 1963. He officiated more than 1,000 games and, during that time, officiated 14 state finals in football and baseball. Trawick has been the booking commissioner for both associations for several years, and has mentored many collegiate and professional contest officials. He was named the FHSAA Contributor of the Year in 2004. In 2008, Trawick was inducted into the Central Florida Officials Association Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class.
Two separate committees comprised of active and retired administrators, coaches, officials and news media representatives evaluated the nominations of the eight individuals selected for induction to the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame this year. A seven-member screening committee first reviewed all nominations received and determined which nominees were viable candidates for induction into the Hall of Fame. The nominations of those candidates then were forwarded to a 16-member selection committee, which rated the nomination of each candidate to determine the candidates who would be inducted.
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