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Charles A. "Chuck" Holland

Inducted 1999

Born in Waverly, N.Y., Charles A. "Chuck" Holland was the youngest of five children. During his high school career, he played football, basketball and baseball. After graduating in 1952, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. Holland enrolled at Ithaca College in 1956, where he had the fortune of playing, coaching and scouting for the legendary Dick Lyon and later earned his Master's degree. His first head coaching position was at Westfield Academy and Central School, where he won a league championship in just his second year. His immediate success continued at Caledonia-Mumford and Nanuet, N.Y., garnering Holland four Coach-of-the-Year honors over a 10-year span.

In 1970, Holland moved to Florida and, after one year as a teacher and coach at Brandon High School, was appointed Dean of Students at East Bay High School (Gibsonton), where he was later named Assistant Principal for Administration of Athletics and Student Activities. In 1974 he was selected for the administrator's preparation program sponsored by the State of Florida and added 37 graduate honors to his resume. In 1978 he transferred to Hillsborough High School (Tampa) as Assistant Principal for Administration. During his tenure as Principal, he led the charge to obtain the International Baccalaureate program for Hillsborough High School. He was named Principal of the Year (based on faculty evaluation) four times before retiring in 1993.

Holland was one of the founding members of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA), a group he has nurtured since its inception in 1978. He has also been quite active in the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), serving as co-chairman of the 1983 and 1996 National Conferences held in Orlando. Holland also served 10 years as competition coordinator for the Florida State Special Olympics as well as coordinator for the International Disabled Games. He served as president of the NIAAA Retired Athletic Directors, where he organized a program to mentor first-time attendees to the conferences. Holland served the FHSAA as a district, regional and state meet director in several sports, while also serving on its Board of Directors from 1990-92. He also played golf and volunteered for the J.C. Penney and GTE Classic Golf Tournaments, and worked in public relations at Visual Sports Network (VSN).

Holland died in October 2004.