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Terence Miller Oestreich

Contest Official
Inducted 2001

A high school official since 1968, Terence Miller Oestreich has worked contests in seven different sports –baseball, basketball, football, soccer, fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball and volleyball. During his career, Oestreich has officiated more than 2,000 varsity contests, including more than 1,000 basketball games, 450 football games and 200 baseball games. These contests have involved schools in more than 60 of the state’s 67 counties.

Oestreich, 62, has officiated FHSAA Finals state series contests in baseball, basketball, football, slow- and fast-pitch softball, and volleyball. He has been selected to work 10 FHSAA State Baseball Series contests, including two FHSAA Finals games; 49 FHSAA State Basketball Series contests, including seven FHSAA Finals games; and 41 FHSAA State Football Series contests, including five FHSAA Finals games.

A charter member of the National Federation Officials Association (NFOA), Oestreich has served as the NFOA baseball representative from Florida and participated in the 1986 filming of the National Federation baseball rules film, “Baseball The Right Way,” in Avon Park, Fla.

Oestreich's professional career has included teaching high school chemistry at Mainland High School (Daytona Beach) and Martin County High School (Stuart). He was a forensic chemist with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Sanford and joined the faculty at the Jensen Beach campus of the Florida Institute of Technology in 1977, where he rose to the rank of professor. In 1988 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of South Florida in Tampa and served as Assistant Chairman of the Department of Chemistry until he retired in 1996.

While on faculty at Florida Tech, Oestreich was the faculty representative to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He has officiated junior college men's basketball and baseball games, and NCAA women's basketball games up to and including Division I competition.

Oestreich was born in Fulton, Mo. He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., in 1964 and received a Doctorate Degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Florida in 1973. He remains active as an official in five sports.

Oestreich and his wife, Martha, reside in Jensen Beach.