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Kevin Fagan

Inducted 2015

The name Kevin Fagan is familiar to a lot of folks involved in Florida high school sports after he led the Dunnellon Tigers softball team to back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010.  In just six seasons as the Tigers head coach, he had an impressive 122-19 record.  However, it was 25 years prior to this success, that Kevin really made a name for himself in sports.

Kevin Fagan is a 1981 graduate of John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres where he competed in football and track and field.  After graduation, Fagan attended the University of Miami and was deemed one of the toughest defensive players to ever come out of Coral Gables.  Fagan lettered from 1983-1985 with the Hurricanes, and in his first season as a starter, won a NCAA national championship.  During the 1983 Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska, Fagan had two quarterback sacks while recording nine tackles.  In both 1984 and 1985, Fagan led the Hurricanes in tackles for loss and sacks, which helped propel the team to back-to-back New Year’s Day bowl games.

In 1986, Fagan was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.  He played eight seasons with the 49ers as a defensive end and won back-to-back Super Bowls with the team prior to his retirement in 1993.  In Super Bowl XXIII, Fagan was given the game ball for his six tackles and one sack.  In Super Bowl XXIV Fagan was credited with the key play of the game.  He made a tackle at midfield, which forced a fumble the 49ers recovered, and resulted in the Broncos being routed by the 49ers, 55-10. To date, this remains the largest margin of defeat in Super Bowl history.  During Fagan’s NFL career, he earned NFL All-Pro honors and a spot on the All-Madden Team.

Fagan currently is the head softball coach at the College of Central Florida, where in his first season he led the Lady Patriots to a NJCAA No. 2 overall finish.  In his free time, he continues to do charity work for the Boys and Girls Club of Dunnellon and assists in coaching various youth football, soccer and softball teams within the community.

Fagan is also a member of the Palm Beach County Hall of Fame (1997) and the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame (2003).