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Albert E. "Al" Werneke

Inducted 2003

On the list of all-time great high school football coaches in Florida, Al Werneke is a permanent resident. Werneke chalked up four state titles and a 257-93-5 record over his 33-year career as a head coach. Although he passed away in 1997, his memory certainly has not.

Werneke was an outstanding athlete at Garfield High School in Terre Haute, Ind., where he was the only athlete in his class to letter in each of the four major sports: football, basketball, baseball and track & field. He played football and basketball at Indiana State University.

Werneke was the first coach to win multiple state football titles at different schools, repeating at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade in 1971-72 and then again at Titusville High School in 1982-83. He also had one runner-up team at Titusville in 1980, and made six final four appearances. At the time of his death, he was ranked No. 4 on the all-time wins list.

The City of Titusville honored Werneke with proclamations on three separate occasions: twice to mark his state titles, and then again on his return in 1988 after a four-year stint at Buchholz High School in Gainesville. He was voted Coach of the Year by his peers a total of 17 times at the conference and district levels. He was selected to coach in the Florida All-Star Game four times and led the Florida team that defeated Georgia 16-7 in 1986. Werneke was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994.