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Robert Lee "Bob" Hosack

Inducted 2003

Bob Hosack has invested 40 years in Pinellas County athletics as a coach, athletic director and activities director. He will retire in June 2003, leaving a 19-year career as director of extracurricular student activities at the county level.

Hosack's involvement in high school athletics began with his own career as an athlete. A graduate of Miami Edison High School, he was a member of its state championship football squad in 1958. He went on to become a three-year letterman at offensive guard at the University of Florida.

Upon his graduation from UF in 1963, Hosack began coaching at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport. He coached junior varsity football and varsity baseball, and later took on the responsibilities of a swimming coach and athletic director. Hosack led teams in all three sports to conference and district titles. In 1976, he moved to the newly-opening Pinellas Park High School in Largo to take on the athletic director's position. He remained at Pinellas Park for the next six years, taking a position as assistant athletics director for Pinellas County, and became the director in 1984. In this position, he began the Coach of the Year and Athlete of the Year Awards programs, began academic competition among school sports teams, and organized girls flag football as a varsity sport.

Hosack is a charter member of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrator's Association, and was named Athletic Administrator of the Year in 1990. He received the State Award of Merit from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator's Association in 1992. He is a member of the Boca Ciega High School and Springtime City Kiwanis Club Halls of Fame. Hosack has served on the organizing committees for the Sunshine State Games, Toyota Coach of the Year Clinic, and Palms/Pinellas All-Star Football Classic.