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Pat McQuaid

Inducted 2010

If baseball is a metaphor for life, Pat McQuaid has been wildly successful.

The Virginia native attended Nova High School in Davie, Fla. While in high school, McQuaid played football and baseball for four years, and was also a member of the track and basketball teams for two years. When he graduated from Nova in 1968, he attended Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., where he continued playing baseball and football for an additional four years. McQuaid received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Catawba in 1972. After that, he attended Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., where he received a master’s degree in physical education and a doctoral degree in administration.

McQuaid has been coaching baseball at his alma mater, Nova, since 1974. His record at the end of the 2008-09 season was 750-278-2, with two state championships in 2004 and 2005, and a national championship in 2005. More than 100 former student-athletes have played at the collegiate level, and five former student-athletes reached the major leagues.

He also has coached the cross country team to more than 100 wins, and the team has reached the state finals on two occasions. McQuaid has served as the athletic director at Nova since 2001.

McQuaid is the baseball chairman for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and a member of the FHSAA Baseball Advisory Committee. He was named the Florida Baseball Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2006, and was inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.