RECAP: FHSAA Board of Directors June Meeting

GAINESVILLE, FL (6/13/17) – Outgoing Florida High School Athletic Association Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing was greeted with a standing ovation Tuesday morning at his final FHSAA Board of Directors meeting. After nearly a decade in the position, Dearing is retiring June 15.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this Association,” Dearing said. “Our staff is second to none. Thank you for the memories the last nine years."

The Board unanimously voted against a policy change that would allow both baseball and softball State Series contests to be played to completion at a later date in the event of inclement weather. The decision was made due to concerns about budgets for travel, lodging and food, missed proms and graduations, the availability of umpires and the uncertainty of predicting when fields would become playable.

In other Board news, Lake Nona High School Athletic Director Andy Chiles was confirmed by the Board as president-elect for the 2017-18 school year. Chiles currently serves on the Board as a public school representative for Section 2. His term expires in June 2020.

In its final meeting of the 2016-17 school year, nine schools were accepted into full membership after satisfying their provisional membership period.

The Board also added eight high school/combination schools to membership. Those schools will complete a school year under the first-time application period. Two middle/junior high schools were also added to membership.

In addition, a trio of high school/combination schools were approved to begin full membership right away as they satisfy the exemption in FHSAA Bylaw 3.4.3.  

The meeting started with Dr. Dearing being recognized for his outstanding service by Scott Drabczyk, president of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. In addition, the following were honored in person for being named NFHS Coaches of the Year:

COACH NAME

SPORT

AWARD TYPE

Barry Creighton

Boys Water Polo

Sectional

Tina Bates

Girls Swimming

State

Ericka Cromartie

Girls Basketball

State

Scott Hernon

Boys Swimming & Diving

State

Steven Gonzalez

Boys Track & Field

State

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ABOUT THE FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.