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Ed Repulski

Inducted 1999

Ed Repulski, a native Minnesotan, graduated in 1953 with degrees in physical education and history from St. Cloud State University, where he later earned his master's degree. Following a tour of duty with the U.S. Army, including the Korean Conflict in 1951-52, Repulski began his teaching and coaching career in Minnesota. After four years, he moved to Florida, where he taught at Venice, then transferred to the newly-established Riverview High School in Sarasota, where he taught for 38 years.

Repulski coached basketball, football and golf and served as athletic director for five years. He began the golf program at Riverview in 1959, where, in his 39-year tenure, he compiled a career record of 604-132-1. His teams won 12 district titles and captured state championships in 1986 and 1988, while also finishing runner-up twice. He served as FACA State Golf Chairman for 16 years and directed the FHSAA Golf Finals for 24 years. In 1986 Repulski was named the NHSACA National Golf Coach of the Year and directed the All-American Prep Tournament.

Repulski has been honored by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association with its Meritorious Service and Lifetime Membership Awards. In 1990 he was inducted into the FACA Hall of Fame. Repulski was selected three times as Florida Golf Coach of the Year and three times as District Golf Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA). After being named National Coach of the Year in 1986, he was recognized by the Board of Public Instruction in Sarasota. He also received an Honorary Life Membership to the Riverview High School Alumni Club.

In addition to his teaching and coaching duties, Repulski served as an FHSAA official. He officiated basketball for 22 years, including four state tournaments, and maintained a high rating for most of those years. He also served as Booking Commissioner of the Gulf Coast Basketball Officials Association for 15 years. Repulski also officiated football for six years and baseball for one year, all in Florida.

Repulski returned to full-time golf coaching at Riverview after three years of retirement. His win-loss record going into the 2004-05 school year is 660-140-1. He is also a substitute teacher for Sarasota County Schools.

Repulski resides in Sarasota with his wife Joyce. His daughter Jill lives in Miami Beach with her husband Frank Strafaci and sons, Trenton and Tyler. He continues to be active on the Board of the Sarasota Coastal Credit Union, which he has served for the last 34 years. Repulski is the chairman of the Board of Elders of Concordia Lutheran Church in Sarasota, and is the president of McClellan Park Neighborhood Association.