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Guy Garrett

Inducted 2010

Reginald "Guy" Garrett might have two state championships to his credit, but his true legacies are the admiration and love still felt for him by his players after more than 40 years.

Garrett was born in Winter Haven, Fla., and attended Winter Haven High School. After graduating in 1943, he received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in administration at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.

His coaching career started at Sebring High School, where he was the head coach of the baseball team for two years. At the end of the second season, Garrett moved on to be a teacher and coach at Avon Park High School from 1952-1964. At Avon Park, he was an assistant football coach and a head coach for baseball for 12 consecutive seasons. As a baseball coach at Avon Park, Garrett held a winning percentage of over 85 percent, and an overall record of 210 wins and 35 losses. His teams appeared in six state championships, and came out victors in two of them. In 1955 and 1956, his teams won 48 consecutive games, which set a state record.

After the 1964 season, Garrett became assistant principal at Avon Park. He held that position for eight years before returning to athletics as the athletic director at Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla. During those eight years as an athletic director, Garrett also was a teacher-coach at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Throughout his career as a coach, teacher, and school and county administrator, he assisted numerous student-athletes in receiving college scholarships.

Garrett has since passed away, but he is remembered for coaching his teams to dominance, no matter the size of the opponent. He taught his players the essentials of not only the game, but also life. He was a mentor to his players, his students and his peers.