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Rick Rothman

Inducted 2006

In 23 years as the head cross country coach and girls track & field coach at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Rick Rothman has built an empire.

A former cross country and track & field athlete at Miami Coral Park High School, the Colorado native coached both sports in several schools in Florida and Georgia before coming to the new Spanish River High in 1983. Since then, his girls cross country teams have won seven state championships, and he has coached seven individual state champions in both cross country and track & field. The girls cross country teams have won nine regional championships and seven county titles, and won 15 consecutive district titles from 1989-2004. His teams have won more than 250 meets and have a 79.64 winning percentage.

Rothman has been a major player in developing the sports on the state and national level. He was the Florida Athletic Coaches Association cross country chairman from 1997-2006 and originated the FACA All-Star Cross Country Meet. A former member of the FHSAA advisory committees in both sports, Rothman is a popular clinic speaker. He was a USA Track & Field certified official at the master's level and assisted with processing for the U.S. Olympic team in 1992 and 1996. Rothman served as a member of the sports information staff for the Atlanta committee for the 1996 Olympic Games, and coached the U.S. men's team at the 2000 International Chiba Ekiden in Japan.

Rothman has won a total of 88 coach of the year awards, and is a member of the FACA Hall of Fame and the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. He teaches biology at Spanish River.