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Brent Christian Haley

Inducted 2003

Brent Haley retired in June 2003 as one of Pinellas County's most respected teachers and coaches. Over his 40-year career at Largo High School, he led the cross country and track & field programs to success at every level.

Haley began his teaching career at Largo High School upon his gradation from Florida State University in 1963. From 1970-1987, he coached 10 state champion cross country teams and four individual state champions. His accomplishments in track & field from 1971-1986 were just as impressive: eight individual state champions. Combined, his teams won 17 conference, 16 district, and nine regional titles, were the state runners-up six times, and had six undefeated seasons.

Haley is a favorite on the awards circuit, receiving a wide array of honors. He was the 1976 National Cross Country Coach of the Year, and was named Pinellas County Coach of the Decade by the St. Petersburg Times in 1990. He is the recipient of the 1992 Sports Salute Lifetime Achievement Award and was enshrined at the Tampa Bay Walk of Fame at the Thunderdome (now Tropicana Field) in 1995. Haley is a member of the Florida Track & Field and Florida Athletic Coaches Association Halls of Fame.