Carol Chalu

Coach/Administrator
Inducted 2011

As a pioneer in the world of women in athletics, Carol Chalu opened a door for many to follow in her footsteps while taking a small private school in Tampa and putting it on the map as a state power.

 

Chalu, an Ohio native who attended school in Illinois, served as the Tampa Preparatory School athletic director since 1978 until recently after taking a leave of absence. She also served as the head coach for volleyball, basketball, softball and bowling teams. Since coming to Tampa Prep as athletic director, the school has seen 21 FHSAA Team State Championships and 16 Individual State Championships. Twenty-six of her players have played collegiate sports, and half of them have coached or are currently coaching volleyball across America.

 

She received the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Lifetime Membership Award, inducted into the FACA Hall of Fame, eight-time state volleyball coach of the year, named one of 30 most influential women in Tampa-area sports, as well as Coach of the Year through the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 1989.

 

During her 21-year tenure as the girls volleyball coach at the school, Chalu compiled an amazing 602-100 record with an unprecedented 12 state championships and two runner-up finishes. She also won a state title with the girls basketball team.

 

Chalu's influence didn't stop with the school. She is credited with starting the first girls volleyball club in Florida. It was the first step that took high school volleyball in the state to another level.