Morris Middleton

Inducted 2020

After dedicating more than six decades to officiating, Morris Middleton was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020.

Born in Conecuk County, Alabama, Middleton began working with the Montgomery Alabama Officials Association in 1956. Two years later, he moved to Auburn and was asked to be the assigning officer in the Auburn area. There he gained experience in calling freshman basketball and non-conference collegiate baseball games.

In 1961, the Alabama native moved to Florida and joined the Central Florida Officials Association where he would officiate for football and basketball, and then be named the assigning officer for both sports in 1965. Middleton took a brief hiatus in 1974 to complete an advanced degree at the University of Tennessee before returning to his duties the following year. During his time with the CFOA, he worked three FHSAA Football State Championships and four FHSAA Basketball State Championships. He has served as a board member for the Association and spent inestimable hours assigning over 14,000 football games and more than 18,000 basketball games.

Middleton did not stop at the high school level. He experienced calling games for the Atlantic Coast Professional League and Continental Football League, as well as the Southeastern, Metro, and Sunshine State Conferences. Middleton has been a mentor to many young officials and an instrumental leader in his efforts of assigning officials, diffusing conflicts, and accommodating schools.