Virgil Valdez

Contest Official
Inducted 2005

Virgil Valdez may be a distinguished contest official in collegiate football and basketball, but his 20 years of service to the high school level speak of a love for the games and the youth of Florida.

Valdez, a Miami native, graduated from North Dade Junior-Senior High School in Opa Locka in 1962. He received a degree in elementary education from Florida A&M University in 1966 and became an elementary school teacher in the Miami area. In 1982, Valdez was named Teacher of the Year at James H. Bright Elementary School in Hialeah.

Valdez became a high school contest official in both basketball and football in 1970. Over his 20-year basketball career, he officiated 13 FHSAA Finals events. Valdez received FHSAA certificates of award for both sports.

Valdez currently officiates in both sports on the collegiate level. He is a football official for the Atlantic Coast Conference, and has officiated 13 bowl games, including the 2001 and 2002 Rose Bowls. Valdez also was a member of the officiating crews for the Florida State-Miami “Wide Right” games in 1991 and 1992, and for the “Punt Rooskie” game between Florida State and Clemson in 1988. In basketball, he officiates for the Atlantic Sun and Sunshine State Conferences, and has officiated 12 NCAA Division II conference basketball tournaments and 14 Florida Junior College state basketball tournaments.

Valdez is a member of the FAMU, Florida Community Colleges Basketball and Louis Bing Scholarship Fund Halls of Fame. He is a member of the FAMU National Rattler “F” Club and is a Distinguished Alumni in Athletics. Valdez received the FIAAA Special Service Award in 2002.