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Jay Seider

Inducted 2009

Royal Palm Beach High School girls track & field coach Jay Seider has spent his 35-year career preparing his student-athletes for success on the track and in life.

Born in Springville, N.Y., Seider received a bachelor's and master's degree in physical education from Indiana State University. He began his coaching career at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla., serving as head track & field coach for 28 years, as well as head football coach and head basketball coach for five years each. Seider also was the athletic director from 1988-2002. He moved to Royal Palm Beach in 2003 and served as athletic director for three years. At Glades Central, his girls track & field team won 10 state championships, five heptathlon state championships, and 18 regional championships.

Seider started the Raider Booster Club at Glades Central in 1988 to help in funding the school's athletic programs. He was responsible for upgrading the six-lane track to an eight-lane track, enabling the school to host regional track & field meets.

He is a past president of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, and has served as a contest official at state track & field meets and the state heptathlon championship. From 1988-92, Seider was selected as the National High School Coaches Association Region 3 Track & Field Coach of the Year, and in 1992 was named the National High School Girls Track Coach of the Year. He is a member of the Golden South Track Classic, Florida Track & Field and FACA Halls of Fame.