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Chuck Fessler Jr.

Contest Official
Inducted 2019

Chuck Fessler Jr. was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 after spending nearly half a century excelling as a contest official in the Sunshine State.

Fessler Jr. has spent 46 years as a softball and baseball umpire (3,800 contests), 46 years as a football official (1,850), 44 years as a basketball official (2,100) and 15 years as a flag football official (400). Overall, the Lima, Ohio native has officiated more than 8,000 contests in his illustrious career.

A former two-sport all-state athlete at Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fessler Jr. worked 11 different Florida High School Championship events in five different sports. He also appeared in more than 100 regional championship games.

A pillar of the North Florida Officials Association, Fessler Jr. worked as the assistant commissioner for the association for a quarter of a century, coordinating state tournament assignments with the FHSAA. The former University of Florida student-athlete was also an elected member of the FHSAA Football Advisory Committee and served as the lead clinician at football, baseball and softball clinics across the state.

Away from sports, Fessler Jr. taught high school in Duval County for 37 years and currently contributes three scholarships a year to the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance.