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Michael Colby

Inducted 2011

Mike Colby, a 1973 graduate of Colorado State University, had a choice to go to Nebraska or Florida to begin his teaching career. Lucky for us, he chose Florida.


Colby, a mathematics teacher by trade, served as the tennis and bowling head coach at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School before accepting the role of business manager and athletic director. He is a lifetime member of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, as well as the FIAAA 2009 Athletic Administrator of the Year. Currently, he serves as the Director of Eligibility for the FHSAA.


Colby has left a lasting impression on everything he’s touched. As a Key Club advisor, he showed that students were more than just athletes. As an athletic director, he refused to favor one sport in funding over the other, even while other schools in Miami-Dade County simply cut programs. Also, he has served as a mentor to his co-workers and helped them strive to be the best educators possible.


He has served in almost every facet of the FHSAA governance structure, including terms on the Athletic Directors Advisory Committee, the Section Appeals Committee, the Representative Assembly, and the Handbook Revision Task Force. Colby's knowledge of FHSAA rules and policies have helped numerous schools improve their understanding of state procedures, which in turn has provided countless opportunities for student-athletes that may not have been known previously.


Always paying it forward, Colby continues to teach FIAAA leadership courses and proctors the Certified Athletic Administrator's test so future generations of high school coaches and ADs can provide better opportunities for their student-athletes.