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Vernon Korhn

Inducted 2006

Vernon Korhn, the director of athletics for Hillsborough County, has spent a career of love and devotion in the service of students in the Tampa area.

Born in Ohio, Korhn attended Plant High School in Tampa. He graduated in 1968 from the University of Tampa, where he helped coach the football team. He began his teaching and coaching career as assistant football and basketball coach and head swimming coach at Plant, and also coached wrestling and track & field. Korhn moved over to Leto High School, where he coached football for six years before climbing the administrative ladder to dean of students in 1981 and then to assistant principal in 1983. He also served as assistant principal for Hillsborough High School for three years before moving to district level administration in 1988.

As a county administrator, Korhn directs 23 high school and 43 middle school athletic programs, managing budgets, supervising coaches, and coordinating scheduling and eligibility. He is responsible for the selection and purchase of all athletic equipment and supplies for Hillsborough County, and also develops and monitors the contracts for contest officials. Korhn has hosted and operated FHSAA Finals events in baseball, cross country, soccer, softball and tennis.

Korhn is a member of the Florida and National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Associations and was the 1994 FIAAA Administrator of the Year. He served as president of FIAAA in 1996 and 1997, and was a member of the board of directors for 17 years. Korhn is a member of the board of directors for the Tampa chapter of the National Football Foundation and was president from 1995-96.

Korhn received the Bill Wade Unsung Hero Award from the All-American Football Foundation in 2000 and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Leadership Award in 2003.