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William Stamper

Inducted 2009

The Oak Ridge High School girls track & field team is a perennial contender for the state championship, thanks to 30 years of Bill Stamper's hard work and dedication.

Stamper was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and moved to Orlando at age eight. After graduating from Boone High School in 1972, he received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Florida Technical University (now the University of Central Florida) and a master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

Stamper has coached the girls track & field program at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando since 1979. His girls track & field teams have amassed nine state championships and are five-time state runners-up, with 17 regional, 18 district and 14 conference titles. Stamper has coached 19 All-America athletes, 10 national champions, 20 state champions, 115 region champions and 187 district champions. His teams currently hold the state records in 800 and 1600 medley relays. Forty of his athletes have received college scholarships. During this time, he taught such varied subjects as biology, mathematics, physical education and driver's education.

In cross country, Stamper has coached the girls program since 1986. He also coached the boys cross country program from 1979-1996. Stamper has coached the girls team to a district championship and a conference championship, and the boys team to two region titles, one district title and three conference titles.

Stamper served as the Florida Athletic Coaches Association district track & field chair for 13 years, and was a member of the FHSAA Track & Field Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Metro Conference, FACA, Golden South Classic and Florida Track & Field Halls of Fame. Stamper was the 2006-07 Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year, and is a three-time finalist for NHSACA National Coach of the Year.