Ernie Modugno

Inducted 2019

Ernie Modugno was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 thanks to an incredible 30-year career as athletic director at Naples High School.

Born in Nuremburg, Germany, Modugno arrived at NHS as the head soccer coach in 1981. Over the next seven years, the University of South Florida graduate coached soccer, tennis and football, before being named the athletic director for the Golden Eagles in 1988. Since the beginning of his tenure, his athletic programs have won two national titles, 44 state championships, 55 regional championships and 139 district titles.

ESPN has consistently ranked Modugno’s school as one of the Top-20 high school athletic programs in the United States and in 2009 named NHS the best among private and public schools in Florida. As a result of the program’s success, more than 300 Golden Eagle student-athletes have gone on to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

In a leadership role, the Ft. Myers High School graduate helped create the Collier County Athletic Conference (CCAC) in 2004, uniting the seven public schools in the county while also serving as the chairman at one point. Modugno also served on the Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors (2006-09) as well as the FHSAA Soccer Advisory Committee (1992-95). In addition, he is still an active member in the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.