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Carlos "Skip" Sasse

Inducted 1992

Perhaps best known as the voice of state track in Florida, Carlos "Skip" Sasse has played all roles – from student-athlete to assistant superintendent – in his almost 40 years in public education.

Sasse was born in Dayton, Ky. and raised in Bellevue, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. While at Bellevue High School, he participated in several sports, earning letters in basketball, track, cross country, and tennis. Sasse majored in history with a minor in English at Centre College in Danville, Ky., where he also lettered in basketball two years and in track four years. He earned a master's degree in administration and supervision at Xavier University, and later earned a second master's degree in guidance and counseling at Florida Atlantic University.

Sasse planned to attend law school, but opted instead for a career in teaching and coaching. His first job was at his alma mater, Bellevue High School, where he taught American history and English, coached cross country and track, and was an assistant coach in football and basketball.

In August 1963, Sasse took a job as history teacher, cross country coach, and track coach at South Broward High School in Hollywood. He transferred in 1966 to Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, where he coached cross country and track, and eventually became Director of Guidance.

Sasse left coaching in 1970 after accepting a position as assistant principal at Piper High School in Sunrise. Sasse's coaching record: 211 meets won to only 14 lost, six undefeated seasons, five conference championships, six district championships, two regional championships, and two state decathlon championships. Additionally, Sasse was named Coach of the Year seven times during his career. Under his tutelage, 27 athletes won college scholarships.

Sasse was named principal at Miramar High School in June 1980. He served in that capacity until 1987 when Commissioner of Education Betty Castor selected him to fill a new position as Resident Principal in the Department of Education in Tallahassee. During his tenure at Miramar, Sasse served on the FHSAA Board of Directors for three years.

In 1989, Sasse became Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Leon County and served in that capacity until he retired in 1993. He returned to service in Broward County three times to assist in special assignments at the pleasure of the superintendent.

Sasse's move into administration did not diminish his love for athletics. He served as the public address announcer for the FHSAA Track & Field Finals for the past 24 years, and as the meet director for six years. Sasse also handled the announcing duties at the FHSAA Boys and Girls Basketball Finals for three years, and served as meet director for the Florida Sunshine State Games for four years and the Florida Special Olympics for three years.

Sasse has been honored as a recipient of the Jimmy Carnes Track & Field Lifetime Achievement Award and the Award of Excellence from the Louie Bing Athletic Scholarship Fund, and was inducted into the Florida/USA Track & Field Hall of Fame. In addition, the Miramar High School Track has been renamed the Skip Sasse Track in his honor.

Sasse's wife, Marge, is retired after serving as a principal and school adminstrator in Leon and Broward Counties. He has three children:Tami, Teri and Tab; two stepchildren: Matt and Marc; and five grandchildren: Cody, Marley, Hayden, Mason, and Jake.