Seven outstanding coaches were voted to the 40th Annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the annual FACA Summer Board of Directors Meeting in Daytona Beach at the end of June. The seven were nominated by their peers, reviewed by the FACA Awards Committee and voted on by the FACA Board of Directors.
Receiving FACA’s highest honor were: Mark Feely, Tallahassee-Leon (Football/AD); Greg Jones, Tallahassee-Chiles (Baseball); Jim Belin, Port St. Joe (Softball/Basketball); Bill Kramer, Naples (Football); Jeff McClean, Merritt Island (Football/AD); Rod Shafer, Lake Wales (Football) and Jeff Sommer (deceased), Ft. Myers-Estero (Track/XC/AD).
Jones coached Leon baseball to a 225-75 record and a 1985 state title. He later started Chiles’ baseball program and led the Timberwolves to the 2009 state title game, in addition to coaching golf. He is still a physical education instructor at the school, but is now an assistant coach at TCC.
Feely has been a head football and golf coach for Leon and served as the school’s athletic director for the last 10 years.
The HOF luncheon and induction will be held at the Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort on January 9, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. Anyone may attend. Tickets can be purchased through the FACA office at 850-727-8117 after November 1, 2015.
To be eligible for this award, a minimum of 20 years of service in the coaching profession (in Florida) and/or participation in FACA is required. Criteria for selection are based on coaching record, championships won, head coaching tenure, FACA service, and awards.
Additionally, Maclay School captured the Class 3A private school FACA Cary McDonald award for “Athletic Program of the Year.”
Two criteria are used in selecting the winner: Whole School Membership and the athletic program’s finish in the FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All Sports Award. A plaque will be presented to Maclay in August.
Post 13 American Legion success
In Panama City on Saturday at the North Florida Black Sox Invitational, Tallahassee Post 13 American Legion defeated the Alabama Outlaws, 7-2, as well as previously undefeated Ozark 19U, 5-2.
In Game 1, TCC pitcher Thomas Nicoll went the distance, striking out seven batters. Florida High alum Dennis Ratliff hit a run-scoring triple, while Rickards grad Kaycee Reece had an RBI double. In Game 2, Rickards grad Ryan Day picked up a complete-game win on the mound.
Madison County softball tournament
Madison County Parks & Recreation will be hosting a men’s 1-pitch softball tournament on Aug. 1, 2015.
The tournament allows unlimited home runs and will be “hit your own core .44/525 softball.” Entry fee is $150.00 and is limited to the first 10 teams that sign up. Deadline is July 27, 2015.
Contact Tommy Garner at (850) 464-7221 via call or text for more information.