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Louise A. Crocco

Inducted 1998

Louise A. Crocco has come full circle at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, where she has become the winningest coach in Florida high school girls volleyball.

This August, Crocco, 50, will be starting her 30th year as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Cardinal Gibbons, her high school alma mater. Born in Albany, N.Y., Crocco moved to Florida in 1963 with her family and enrolled at Cardinal Gibbons in her junior year, where she was selected "Most Valuable Player" in volleyball, basketball and softball in both her junior and senior years. She also was chosen "Most Athletic" and "Best All-Around Athlete" as a senior. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969, Crocco returned to Cardinal Gibbons to re-establish the volleyball, basketball and softball teams – building each program into winners.

It, however, is the incredible success of the Lady Redskins' volleyball program that has brought Crocco the most notoriety. Her volleyball teams have won 16 state championships (second most in the nation), 16 sectional championships, 22 regional championships and 29 district championships, including 24 consecutive district titles. She has coached a team to the FHSAA Florida Finals state championship tournament 21 out the state series' 24 years. Crocco's overall career record as volleyball coach is 849 wins and only 86 defeats.

Crocco was named National High School Coach of the Year in 1988; National High School District Coach of the Year in 1980, 1983 and 1988; Women's Sports Foundation Coach of the Year in 1995; National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1996. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1990. Crocco also was inducted into the Broward Community College Hall of Fame in 1997. She was recognized in the Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" feature in 1988.

Crocco resides in Pompano Beach.