Bill Munsey

Inducted 1999

Bill Munsey was born in Pearisburg, Va., moving to Roanoke, Va. in his early years. He graduated from William Fleming High School, where he played football, basketball, baseball and tennis and ran track, captaining all these teams. In 1942 he enrolled at Roanoke College on an athletic scholarship. After finishing the football season, he entered the Navy, where he served until 1946 in the Atlantic and Pacific commands as a member of the amphibious forces. Following the service, Munsey returned to Roanoke College, where he played basketball.

In 1949 the Munseys moved to Florida, where Bill took a job teaching and coaching at Riverside Military Academy of Gainesville, Ga., and Hollywood, Fla. In 1954 he became a member of the faculty at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, inaugurating their athletic program and teaching.

Munsey remained as Athletic Director of Pine Crest for 38 years, during which he was named Florida Athletic Director of the Year. In his 30 years of coaching football, his teams won nine conference, eight district and four regional championships. Munsey was voted Broward County Football Coach of the Year six times and won the 1988 Football Coach Gold Award, a scholastic award. His coaching excellence extended to basketball, where his teams won four district titles and a trip to the state final four in 1961.

Munsey is a life member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and has served on its Board of Directors as state chairman of district basketball and as a clinic speaker. He has been inducted into the Pine Crest School's Athletic Hall of Fame, Roanoke College's Hall of Fame and the FACA Hall of Fame. He received the Professional Service Award from FACA and is a charter member of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association (FIAAA). Munsey is one of only two people in the National Football Association's history to win both its Distinguished American Award and Contribution to Amateur Football Award. The Bill and Jane Munsey Gymnasium was built on the Pine Crest School's Fort Lauderdale campus in honor of the Munseys, commemorating the reverence and esteem held for this extraordinary couple by directors, administration, faculty and alumni alike.

Munsey retired from Pine Crest in 1994. He was inducted into the Broward County Hall of Fame in 2002 by Wayne Huizenga.

Munsey and his wife, Jane, celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Feb. 28, 1999. They have two sons – Tommy, who died at age 20, and Richard, who lives in Coral Springs, Fla.