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John Conrad Hemmer

Inducted 2002

John Hemmer, 58, coached five state championship boys track & field teams at Orlando’s Oak Ridge High School. In his 29 years as head coach at the school, the Pioneers won 301 meets, including 159 major invitationals.

Hemmer has coached a total of 28 All-American athletes, 14 individual state champions and eight state champion relay teams. More than 120 athletes he has coached have earned athletic scholarships in track and/or football.

Hemmer was an assistant manager on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team that participated in the1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games. He is one of only two high school coaches to have served on an Olympic track & field staff. Hemmer also was head manager of the U.S. men’s team that outscored 140 other nations and won seven gold medals in the 1999 IAFF World Track & Field Championships in Seville, Spain.

In 1998, Hemmer was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Florida Track Hall of Fame and was named the National High School Coach of the Year in 1993. While at Oak Ridge, he also served as head football coach for four years and an assistant football coach for 14 years. Hemmer was also an assistant coach for the University of Central Florida football program in 1979, the first year UCF had a team.

Though Hemmer recently retired from coaching track, he is still teaching driver’s education and coaching Oak Ridge’s freshman football team. He also serves on the Coaches Advisory Board and Men’s Track & Field Committee for USA Track & Field.