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Lacy R. "Bill" Humphrey

Inducted 1995

Lacy R. “Bill” Humphrey, 65, retired in 1994 after more than 37 years of coaching football, track & field and swimming in Florida.

Humphrey was born and raised in Daytona Beach, attending Mainland High School, where he played football under Spike Welshinger who, in Humphrey’s opinion, was one of the greatest men ever associated with high school sports.

He began his long career at Mainland in 1957, and also taught and coached at Bunnell, Fort Meade, Lake Worth, Hernando (Brooksville), Titusville, Rockledge and Cocoa high schools.

Humphrey compiled a 145-58-7 record as a head football coach. He won six district championships in track & field and coached the 1964 Fort Meade boys track & field team to a state championship.

Humphrey’s teams won 20 conference championships – 10 in track, nine in football and one in swimming; 10 district championships – seven in track and three in football; and four regional championships – three in track and one in swimming.

He earned coach of the year honors six different years in both track and football, and distinguished himself in the classroom as well, earning teacher of the year honors on three occasions.

Humphrey married his wife, Teresa, in 1951. They have four sons, all of whom were outstanding athletes in football and track, and nine grandchildren.