Horace Cannady

Horace Cannady
Contest Official
Inducted 2018

Horace L. Cannady graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1962. That same year he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served military duty for five years. After receiving an honorable discharge, Cannady worked for Kennedy Space Center as a security guard for seven years. In 1974, he then began his work as a big ticket salesman for Sears, Inc, where he worked for 29 years.

Also in 1974, Cannady joined the Central Florida Officials Association, where he officiated football and basketball. During the 44 years as an official, Cannady was very active. The Orlando native has officiated more than 2,600 contests in his illustrious career, including 200-plus Pop Warner, City League, Youth League and Boy’s Club games.

Cannady was assigned and worked six Florida High School State Basketball Championship Games and two Football Title Games. He was also elected as vice-president of the Central Florida Officials Association in charge of basketball and training. He held that office for more than 10 years.

In 2004, Cannady was chosen as the trainer and assignor for the Southeast Football Semi-Pro League. He held the position for four years. In 2008, he was also selected to the Central Florida Officials Associations Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was named the FHSAA Official of the Year.

Cannady was asked by the FHSAA to help develop an evaluation program that would determine the best and most qualified officials in the state. This program helped assign referees for the Florida High School Basketball State Championships in Lakeland.

In 2009, Cannady was approved by CFOA to attend the 27th Sports Officials Summit in Tucson, Arizona. It was at this summit that he collected and obtained training and education material that was used to help officials in Florida become better officials.

He also spent 10 years serving as a mentor and substitute teacher at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando for the ESE Special Education Students.