James Colzie

Inducted 2020

With an astounding career as a contest official, coach, and administrator, James Colzie was deservingly inducted in the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020.

The Miami, Florida native began his officiating career in basketball, softball, and volleyball. To present, Colzie has officiated over 4,000 FHSAA contests and has appeared on a crew in 290 District Championships, 270 Regional Championships, and 36 State Championship games. His commitment and perseverance led him to become the Greater Miami Athletic Conference Commissioner of Commissions, where he played an instrumental role in recruiting and retaining officials and became a member of the FHSAA Officials Advisory Committee (1990-95).

While officiating, Mr. Colzie simultaneously took on basketball and baseball coaching positions at Coral Gables Senior High School from 1969-71. There he led the junior varsity basketball team to win two Greater Miami Championships, while compiling a record of 49-1. Colzie went on to coach basketball and baseball at South Miami Senior for 43 years, where he would also serve as Athletic Director.  As a South Miami basketball coach, Colzie’s teams won a total 10 District Championships, two Regional Championships, and one GMAC Championship.  In 2011, he accepted a role as Miami Christian School Athletic Director, while teaching mathematics at South Miami Senior High School until 2014, where he remains today.

During his extensive tenure, James Colzie has served on numerous FHSAA committees including, Athletic Directors Advisory Committee (1985-90), Representative Assembly (1996-02), Sectional Appeals Committee (2002-08), and highest rank of FHSAA Board of Directors President (2009-14). He has also been an active member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association, and National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association.