Mike Pittman

Inducted 2017

Mike Pittman was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 after an unbelievable career spanning four-plus decades where he was one of the most successful football coaches in North Central Florida.

The Homestead, Florida, native became the first coach in Florida history to lead a school to four-consecutive football state championships. After graduating from Suwanee High School in 1969, Pittman led his Bulldogs to state titles in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990. In addition, the Valdosta State graduate captured eight district championships and made it to the regional finals two additional times. After finishing the previous 14 seasons under .500, Pittman finished his time at SHS with an overall record of 92-37 from 1985-96.

Pittman was an innovator on the gridiron, becoming one of the first coaches in the Sunshine State to place a heavy emphasis on strength training and the weight room. His staff were among the first to introduce a program called “Bigger, Faster, Stronger,” a training program which he credited for his quartet of state championships. The 2013 Suwanee High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductee used his BFS program to introduce a first-of-its-kind pro-style, two-back offense at the high school level.

On 1985, Pittman started a tradition by becoming the first coach in Florida to take it his out of town for a summer football camp. The locations included legendary Camp Blanding, where the team bonded in harsh conditions.

A coach and teacher for 36 years, Pittman also guided Hamilton County High School to three appearances in the FHSAA State Playoffs. He retired in July 2014.