Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Class of 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Who: Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017
What: Induction Ceremony
When: 7 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2018 (Previously scheduled for September 2017)
Where: Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, FL
Tickets Order Form: $50 per person

Class of 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Who: TBA Summer 2018
What: Induction Ceremony
When: 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
Where: Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, FL
Ticket Order Form: Coming Summer 2018

Program Overview

The Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 to recognize and preserve the heritage of high school athletics in Florida, to keep alive their tradition and spirit, and to honor each year those persons who through distinguished achievement have excelled in one or more high school athletic programs sponsored by the Association and its member schools.

To date, 193 deserving individuals have been enshrined in the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame. They include coaches, administrators, contest officials and other contributors, such as sports writers, who have raised the level of awareness of high school athletics through their dedication, efforts and achievements.

Current Hall of Fame Members

Criteria for Nominations

Hall of Fame nominees shall include individuals who have raised the level of awareness in high school athletics through their distinguished achievement and excellence in one or more high school athletic programs sponsored by the Association; or through their contributions to high school athletics in other fields of work. These individuals may include student-athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials, media personnel, sports medicine personnel, athletic trainers, or distinguished volunteers. Nominees may be retired from their field, or still active. Nominees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character.

» 2018 Nomination Form «

The categories of student-athlete, coach, administrator, contest official and contributor are included on the nomination form for expediency in understanding the primary area in which an individual is to be considered for his or her achievements in high school athletics. These groupings are for screening purposes only and to assist those in making the nominations in understanding the type of information required. Once nominees are inducted, they are not categorized, but all are recognized as members of the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame. To further explain:

  • A student-athlete is a former student participant who is being nominated for his or her achievements in high school athletics. To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must have graduated from a Florida high school 10 or more years ago. Student-athletes will be considered primarily on their achievements as a high school student-athlete. Limited consideration will be given to their achievements on the college or professional levels. Character during and after their high school years, however, will be a major consideration.
  • A coach will be considered primarily for his or her achievements in senior high school coaching only. Secondary consideration will be given to the nominee's achievements as a collegiate or professional coach. The nominee's character both in high school and other levels also will receive primary consideration. To be eligible for nomination as a coach, the individual must have served as a high school coach for a minimum of 20 years.
  • An administrator will be considered primarily on the merits of his or her service as a high school athletic administrator, county athletic administrator and/or state athletic administrator. The nominee's character also will receive consideration. To be eligible for nomination as an administrator, the individual must have served as a high school administrator for a minimum of 20 years or as a high school administrator and coach for a minimum of 20 years, of which at least 10 years must have been as an administrator.
  • A contest official will be considered primarily on the merits of his/her service as a high school athletic official. The nominee's character also will receive consideration. To be eligible for nomination as a contest official, the individual must have served as a high school contest official for a minimum of 20 years.
  • A contributor is an individual who has made contributions to high school athletics in some capacity other than those previously mentioned, including such areas as sports media and sports medicine. A nominee will be considered primarily on the merits of his or her contributions to high school athletics. The nominee's character also will receive consideration.

All nominees will be judged on their significant and/or long-term contributions to high school athletics. While many have served their schools or areas over a long and distinguished career, their accomplishments must have been worthy of statewide recognition for them to be considered. Longevity, without meaningful statewide impact, does not constitute appropriate credentials for Hall of Fame consideration. The Hall of Fame Screening Committee may consider a nominee's total record of contribution to high school athletics in determining eligibility for candidacy and not just his/her record of service in the category in which the nomination is made. The Screening Committee also may waive the minimum years of service requirement when exceptional circumstances such as injury, illness or death have prevented an otherwise worthy candidate from meeting the requirement.