Mark Schusterman

Inducted 2017

Mark Schusterman was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 after a remarkable career spanning three-plus decades where he was a pioneer for fastpitch softball in the state of Florida.

The Atlantic City, New Jersey, native has coached the Gulliver Preparatory School softball team for the past 32 seasons, compiling a 701-202 record with 30 district championships, 13 regional titles, 11 Final Four appearances and six state championships. His most impressive stretch on the diamond came from 2010-13, when he led the Raiders to four-consecutive state championships. Schusterman was named the ESPN Rise National Softball Coach of the Year in 2011 and the National High School Coaches Association Softball Coach of the Year the following season.

Off the field, the Florida International University graduate has been instrumental in FHSAA policy change. In 1992, Schusterman successfully helped the state transition from slowpitch to fastpitch, creating more opportunities for competitive education-based athletics. Thirteen years later in 2005, he helped make the FHSAA one of the first governing bodies in the country to move the pitching rubber from 40 feet to 43 feet. Both rule changes have exponentially increased opportunities for Florida student-athletes to continue their softball careers at the collegiate level.

For the past 16 years, Schusterman has served on the FHSAA Softball Coaches Advisory Committee, including nine years as the committee’s chair. Since 2007, the six-time Florida Softball Coach of the Year has also held the title of Florida Athletic Coaches Association State Chairman for Softball. In his spare time, the Miami-Dade Special Olympics Softball Committee member runs the South Florida Slamfest Softball Tournament, which he founded in 1994 as the state’s largest, longest-running high school softball tournament.

A member of the Gulliver Preparatory School Athletic Hall of Fame and the FACA Hall of Fame, Schusterman is currently in his 10th year as the athletic director at Gulliver Prep. Prior to that, he served as assistant athletic director for 13 years.