GAINESVILLE, FL (4/30/18) – The Florida High School Athletic Association is proud to announce the eight-member FHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
The 28th class to be inducted, the FHSAA Hall of Fame celebrates nearly 100 years of interscholastic competition featuring some of the most accomplished student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and contributors from the state of Florida.
“We are delighted to pay tribute to these eight extraordinary individuals,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said. “In every way imaginable, their positive contributions to our Association and the students we serve truly exemplify the finest qualities of education-based athletics.”
A special induction ceremony will take place at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville on Sunday night, September 23. Tickets to the induction ceremony are $50 each and can be purchased this summer at FHSAA.org.
The newest class of FHSAA Hall of Fame inductees is (in alphabetical order):
• Donna Blumer, an administrator who has served as the Athletic Director at Dixie Hollins High School for nearly three decades. The first female FIAAA President chaired the FHSAA Public Liaison Advisory Committee for 15 years, while also serving on the FHSAA Athletic Director Advisory Committee and FHSAA Academic All-State Selection Committee. The 2000 FIAAA Athletic Administrator of the Year also received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1998.
• Horace Cannady, a basketball and football official who has worked 2,600-plus contests the last five decades in Florida. A member of the Central Florida Officials Association Hall of Fame, Cannady was named the FHSAA Official of the Year in 2010. He has worked six Florida High School Basketball State Championship Games in his career.
• John Crumbley, the winningest baseball coach in Hillsborough County who has won 700-plus games and four state championships. The three-time Florida Dairy Farmers’ Baseball Coach of the Year led Jesuit in Tampa to the 1997 High School National Championship in a vote by the writers at Baseball America. In 2007, Crumbley was also inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
• Gary Droze, one of the most successful track & field and cross country coaches in FHSAA history. Droze has won a combined 30 cross country and track & field team state championships and was runner-up an additional 16 times. Individually, he has coached his student-athletes to 57 individual and relay state championships.
• Kelsi Dunne, a dominant softball pitcher who was a two-time First Team High School All-American and the 2007 EA Sports National Softball Player of the Year. The first-ever two-time Miss Softball in Florida finished with a career record of 94-14, while leading her team to the 2006 State Championship. Dunne broke the state record for strikeouts in a game (38) and season (461) and finished her prep career with 1,248 strikeouts, leading to 20 career no-hitters.
• Craig Faulkner, a four-time state championship coach in baseball who has won more than 400 games, including 15 20-win seasons. Starting in 2012, he helped Venice become the first FHSAA public school in 60 years to make five consecutive trips to the State Final Four. In 23 years of coaching, he has never been ejected from a game.
• Mitchell Mick, a contributor who founded the High School Football Game of the Week in Tampa, a legendary weekly radio broadcast that went from 1960 until the late 1990s. The Tampa native was the first to have an exclusive broadcasting contract with the FHSAA for its state championship events, including the first-ever FHSAA Football Championship Game in 1963. Mick was named ASA National Broadcaster of the Year four times.
• Matt Morris, a legendary coach and athletic director who has been part of more than 100 FHSAA State Championships at both The Bolles School and Nease High School. As a wrestling coach, he has led 13 student-athletes to state championships and earned more than 300 career dual-meet victories. Morris has also guided Bolles to 14 Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All-Sports Awards.
About The FHSAA
The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic and athletic achievement among current and former student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.