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James Robert "Robby" Pruitt

Inducted 2000

James Robert "Robby" Pruitt, 38, who has won more state football championships than any other coach in Florida high school history, is the youngest individual to be inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame.

Pruitt has experienced unprecedented success in his young coaching career. In 16 years as a head coach, he has compiled a record of 156 wins and 28 losses. Pruitt coached University Christian School (Jacksonville) to four state championships in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1992 before moving to Union County High School (Lake Butler), where he led the Tigers to three consecutive state titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and a state record 52 consecutive victories.

Born in Gainesville, Florida, on October 27, 1961, Pruitt, a graduate of Southside Christian School (Gainesville) and Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), became the youngest coach in Florida high school history to win 100 games in 1997. In his time at University Christian, Pruitt, who also led the Mighty Christians to a state runner-up finish in 1990, accrued such accolades as Bold City Conference Coach of the Year (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990), Florida Athletic Coaches Association Class A Coach of the Year (1987, 1989), Florida Times-Union Coach of the Year (1987), and Jacksonville Quarterback Club Coach of the Year (1989).

Pruitt's tenure at Union County produced similar results, as his honors include Gainesville Sun Coach of the Year (1994, 1995, 1996), FACA Class 3A Coach of the Year (1994, 1996, 1997), Suwannee Conference Coach of the Year (1995, 1997), FACA Florida Coach of the Year (1996), NFICA National Coach of the Year (1996), and Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year (1998).

Pruitt's resume also includes serving as head coach for the Florida team in the 1998 Florida-Georgia All-Star Game, serving as the Offensive Coordinator for the Florida team in the 1997 Florida-Georgia All-Star Game, and serving as the head coach for the North team in the 1994 Florida North-South All-Star Game. Pruitt, whose 1997 Union County team was named Scholastic Sports Magazine's No. 1 small school football program in the nation, also holds the state record for most consecutive district championships with 12.

Pruitt and his wife, Jill, live in Lake Butler. They have three sons, Tyler, Tucker and Trenton.