Brian Wheatley

Inducted 2017

Brian Wheatley was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 after building one of the state’s top volleyball programs from scratch and turning it into a national powerhouse.

The San Jose, California, native has coached the Venice High School volleyball team for the past 24 seasons, compiling an impressive 596-152 record. Including 17-consecutive 20-win seasons, the former Auburn University volleyball star has coached Venice to five state championships (1998, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2017), 11 regional championships and a staggering 22 district titles. He also finished state runner-up in 1997 and 2004.

Off the court, Wheatley stressed academics as much as athletics, having helped nearly 50 student-athletes receive volleyball scholarships at the collegiate level. In addition, 17 of his former players have gone into the volleyball coaching field. In 2008 and 2009, Venice was named the FHSAA Academic State Champions for their work in the classroom.

In his spare time, Wheatley has served multiple terms on the FHSAA Volleyball Advisory Committee. The 11-time Sarasota Herald Tribune Coach of the Year also volunteered as the District 16 volleyball Chairperson for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association. When he’s not promoting the game of volleyball, Wheatley speaks at numerous events, including service clubs such as Rotary and Sertoma.

The three-time Florida Dairy Farmer’s Class 7A State Coach of the Year is also a member of the Venice Sports Hall of Fame and the USA Volleyball Florida Region Hall of Fame.