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Joseph A. "Joe" Tatol

Inducted 1994

For 36 years, Joe Tatol directed interscholastic athletics in Dade County.

Tatol, was appointed Executive Secretary of the Gold Coast Conference in 1955 and held that position until 1966, when the GCC was disolved. Several days later the Greater Miami Athletic conference was formed, and Tatol was retained as its Executive Secretary. He held that position until his retirement in 1991.

Tatol’s most notable achievement during his tenure at the GMAC was bringing about the formation of the Greater Miami Athletic conference Officials Association – possibly the first officials association in the United States to be governed by a public school system.

But Total’s involvement in the interscholastic athletics was not limited to Dade County. Although never a member of the Florida High school Activities Association Board of Directors, Tatol missed fewer than five Board meetings in 25 years. He successfully lobbied the FHSAA to implement mandatory travel reimbursement and equal pay for contest officials, regardless of school size, which has helped to improve the scope and quality of high school officiating in Florida.

Born and raised in Shenandoah, Pa., Tatol played baseball, basketball and football in high school, winning All-County and All-State honors in football. His team won the final pre-World War II state football championship in 1940.

Following his service during the war, Tatol enrolled at the University of Miami in 1946 on an athletic scholarship. He lettered in baseball, but his collegiate football career was cut short by a knee injury.

Tatol began his career with the Dade County School System in 1949 as a teacher and coach.

Tatol and wife, Gloria, have been married for 43 years. They have three children – Julie, Jefferson and Joseph.