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Andreas E. “Ernie” Modugno

Inducted 2019

Ernie Modugno was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 thanks to an incredible 30-plus year career as athletic director at Naples High School.

Born in Nuremburg, Germany, Modugno arrived at NHS as the boys’ soccer coach in 1981. Over the next several years, the University of South Florida graduate coached soccer, tennis and assisted in football before being named athletic director for the Golden Eagles in 1988.

During his tenure, Naples High School athletic programs have won two national titles, 36 state championships, 59 region championships and 161 district titles.

Naples High School has consistently been ranked as a top-performing high school athletic program and in 2009, ESPN named NHS the best among all schools (public and private) in the state of Florida. As a result of the program’s success, more than 300 Golden Eagle student-athletes have gone on to participate in intercollegiate athletics, with numerous coaches in a variety of sports earning local, state and national recognition.

In a leadership role, the Fort Myers High School alumnus helped create the Athletic-Activity Code of Conduct for Collier County Public Schools. In addition, in 2004 he was the co-founder of the Collier County Athletic Conference (CCAC), uniting the seven public high schools in Collier County. In 2006, he was instrumental in the successful effort to establish random drug testing for Collier County public high school student-athletes.

Modugno served on the Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors (2006-09) as well as the FHSAA Soccer Advisory Committee (1992-95). In addition, he has been an active member of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.