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R.L. Landers

Contest Official
Inducted 1992

Dr. R.L. Landers is a dedicated servant of high school athletes in Florida, having served as a high school official in a number of sports for more than 40 years.

Landers was born and raised in Texas, and grew up during the Great Depression. He excelled in the athletic program at Bedias High School, lettering four years in football and basketball. He also was the co-captain of the football team and captain of the basketball team.

He was awarded college scholarships to both Texas A&M and Sam Houston State, but four months after his high school graduation, Landers enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served four years during World War II. While in the service, he played basketball and softball, and officiated basketball, softball and baseball.

At the end of the war, Landers returned to Texas and enrolled in Baylor University where he played basketball and baseball. He also played semi-pro baseball and volleyball. Landers graduated in three years with a degree in Business Administration with minors in Economics and History. He earned his Master's degree in 1958 and his Doctorate in 1976.

Landers moved his family to Florida in 1954. For nine years he was business manager and a teacher of Business Education at Fern Hall Private School. In 1963, he joined the Physical Education staff at Broward Community College where he remained until his retirement in 1990. For 10 years, Landers was HPRD Division Chairman. At various times he served as athletic director and coached basketball, baseball, softball, and mens and womens golf.

Landers first registered as an FHSAA basketball official in 1954 with 10 years experience. He registered as an FHSAA football official the following year. He also has registered as an official in baseball, softball and volleyball, and remains active in all those sports except baseball. He has worked a number of state playoff games in various sports, and has worked state tournaments in football, boys basketball and girls basketball.

Landers started the first football and basketball officials associations in Broward County and is a charter and life member of both. He also is co-founder of the Broward softball and volleyball officials associations. Landers presently serves as commissioner of the football and softball officials associations.

For 15 years, Landers has been a member of the Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Board. The R.L. Landers Softball Field was dedicated in 1985. He also is the Florida ASA and Southern Region Junior Olympic Softball commissioner, and serves on the ASA Softball Rules and Junior Olympic committees.

Landers and his wife, Helen, have been married for 46 years. They have two sons, Robert and James, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.