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Michael Hoctor

Inducted 2012

Michael Hoctor is regarded as a tennis guru and that recognition is on full display in the United States Tennis Association’s nationally published book entitled “Coaching Tennis Successfully,” which he co-authored in 1994. 


Hoctor coached boys and girls tennis at Titusville for three years before taking the helm of the Astronaut boys tennis program for 30 years until his 2002 retirement. Under his tutelage, Astronaut earned the Cape Coast tennis championship 17 times and won 19 district titles. Hoctor led the War Eagles to three state championships along with four runner-up finishes, and 34 of his student-athletes won state team, individual or doubles titles. He completed his overall coaching career with a 440-100 record and went 351-81 during his tenure at Astronaut.


 Hoctor was twice named Florida Tennis Association State Amateur Coach of the Year and in 1992, was chosen Southeast Regional Tennis Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association. Two years later he was inducted into FACA’s Hall of Fame. Hoctor served as the National Prince Tennis All-American endorser for six years. 


Since 2003 he has worked as the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Florida men’s tennis team and is responsible for compiling home match statistics and an assessment of player progress and stroke mechanics while also connecting with Gator fans through a weekly e-mail newsletter.