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Donald Suriano

Inducted 2014

Donald Suriano started the baseball programs at Ridgeview and Fleming Island high schools and was most successful at the Bolles School, where he won three state championships and enjoyed coaching fellow FHSAA Hall of Famer Chipper Jones. His head coaching record stands at 559-234 with three state titles over the course of 28 seasons, and he guided his teams to 17 district titles, 10 regional crowns, 10 Final Four appearances and a state runner-up finish.

Suriano is passionate about giving back to the game through time invested in youth clinics, coaching conventions and mentoring fellow coaches. In 793 games, he was never ejected once and has always made a point to impress upon his athletes the importance of sportsmanship.

Suriano is a five-time Florida Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year and has had 60 of his players move on to collegiate or professional baseball. Aside from the victories and the accolades, he is most remembered by his former players as a teacher – and he wouldn’t want it any other way.