Eleven former standout Florida student-athletes to be inducted into FHSAA Hall of Fame

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida High School Athletic Association is proud to announce the 11 newest members of the FHSAA Hall of Fame.

The 2015 class is a special one as it is the 25th anniversary for the Association. In celebrating over 90 years of interscholastic competition featuring some of the most accomplished young adults from the state of Florida, all 11 inductees are former student-athletes.

All of the inductees were not only prominent student-athletes within the state, but went on to very successful collegiate and professional careers. Some of these same individuals have returned to Florida in the name of education and charitable work.

“We are thrilled to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the FHSAA’s Hall of Fame by honoring some of the most accomplished and recognizable student-athletes raised in the Sunshine State across eight sports,” said FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing. “These 11 individuals are not only tremendous in their respective athletic pursuits, but are also serve as examples of the highest standard of leadership and class.”

A special induction ceremony will take place in Gainesville on Sunday, April 26. The newest class of FHSAA Hall of Fame inductees is (in alphabetical order):

• Andy Bean, an 11-time PGA TOUR victor and two-time Ryder Cup member, he was one of the most accomplished golfers in the state coming out of Lakeland High School and then a national champion with the Florida Gators.

• Derrick Brooks, one of the most dominant linebackers in the history of the National Football League. He was a national scholar athlete of the year award recipient at Washington High School in Pensacola before starring with Florida State University and in the NFL, where was inducted into its Hall of Fame.

• Daunte Culpepper, a multi-sport talent from Ocala's Vanguard High School that put the football team at the University of Central Florida on the map before becoming an All-Pro in the NFL.

• Kevin Fagan, a bruising defensive player out of John I. Leonard High School that won a national title at the University of Miami and Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, is now known for his coaching prowess … in softball.

• Danielle Fotopoulos, a central Florida soccer phenom that also lettered in five other sports at Lyman High School. She won three state titles in high school and an NCAA title as a member of the Florida Gators.

• Nicole Haislett, a swimmer with no equal during her time at Lakewood High School. She won four team state titles, six individual state titles, was a 15-time U.S. Open national champion, and a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

• Tammy Jackson, one of the best girls basketball players ever to come out of the state of Florida. She starred at Buchholz High School before resetting multiple records at the University of Florida and then playing on four WBA championship squads with the Houston Comets.

• Tino Martinez, best known as one of all-time greatest New York Yankees, was a standout first baseman at Tampa Catholic and Jefferson High School before becoming an NCAA Division II National Player of the Year.

• Wayne Peace, was one of the first players that made Lakeland High School the power football program that it is, leading the school to its first-ever state semifinal appearance as its quarterback. He went on to be one of the most productive quarterbacks in University of Florida history, once gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated after a victory over the in-state rival Miami Hurricanes.

• Sanya Richards-Ross, a four-time team champion and nine-time individual champion in track & field at St. Thomas Aquinas. She was the Gatorade National High School Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year before garnering 13 international competition medals, including four Olympic gold medals.

• Dot Richardson, known as the hero of the first Olympics to feature the sport of softball, attended Colonial High School in Orlando and became one of most outstanding and accomplished softball players of all time.