Jay Rader

Administrator
Inducted 2007

Jay Rader’s career of more than 35 years has been one of dedication and service to the student-athletes, coaches and administrators of Florida.

As a student at Lake Worth High School in the early 1960s, Rader was a sports reporter for the school newspaper. He went on to the University of Florida and obtained a degree in English education in 1968, and earned his master’s degree in administration and supervision from Florida Atlantic University in 1973. Rader began his coaching career as an assistant baseball coach at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach in 1968, and would be the head coach for 11 years. He was also the head coach at Santaluces High School for three years before making a permanent home at Palm Beach Gardens High School, where he served as athletic director for 21 years until his retirement in 2006.

At Palm Beach Gardens, Rader implemented a sportsmanship award program, a scholar-athlete recognition program, and an all-conference awards banquet. The sportsmanship program eventually led to Palm Beach Gardens being named the state FHSAA Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award winner for Class 6A in 2000 and the Class 6A Region 4 winner in 2002. Rader facilitated the organization of an All-Sports Booster Club to help attain financial stability for the athletic department, and instituted financial policies to make individual sports self-sufficient and fiscally solvent.

Rader also made an impact on the state and national level. He has been an active member of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association since 1985 and has served as its secretary since 1997. Rader is also a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association; he has attended the last 19 national conferences and received the NIAAA Award of Merit in 2000. He taught coaching certification and leadership training classes and participated in filming the ASEP Coaching Principles Course. Rader also represented Palm Beach County as a member of the FHSAA’s Athletic Director Advisory Committee, Section IV Appeals Committee, and Representative Assembly.

In addition to his administrative activities, he has also dedicated the last 21 years to umpiring baseball and is still active. Rader received the FHSAA superior baseball official ranking and a meritorious achivement award.

Rader is a member of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and continues to live in Palm Beach Gardens.