HALL OF FAME

The inductees in the FIAAA Hall of Fame at the 39th Annual State Conference include three of the association's past presidents that have distinguished themselves, locally, statewide and nationally.  The inductees are:

  • Ron Balazs served as assistant football coach and head wrestling coach at Coral Park Senior High School from 1968 until 1977.  He was named FHSAA Coach of the Year in 1973.  From 1977 until his retirement in 2004 he served as athletic director at Coral Park and Felix Varela Senior High Schools.  Balazs has also served on the Greater Miami Athletic Conference Executive Committee, the FHSAA Athletic Directors Advisory Committee, the FHSAA Board of Directors and the NIAAA Board of Directors.  Ron service to the FIAAA includes serving as a District Director, President in 1989-90, as NIAAA Liaison since 1991 and is currently the FIAAA Executive Director.  His honors include the FIAAA Outstanding Athletic Administrator in 1998, the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1994, the NIAAA Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence in 2001 and an NFHS Citation in 2003.  Balazs has previously been inducted into the NIAAA Hall of Fame in 2015 and the FHSAA Hall of Fame in 201
  • Patricia “Trish” Highland started her career as a teacher and a coach at Ocoee Junior High School and became the Athletic Director at West Orange High School in 1984. Trish became the Assistant County Athletic Director for Orange County Public School in 1988 and would be later named the Director of Athletics for Orange County Public School.  Highland’s service to the FIAAA include Secretary, Committee Chair and culminating as President in 2003-04.  She has also served on the FHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Athletic Directors Advisory Committee.  Her honors include the FIAAA Meritorious Service award in 2005, FIAAA Outstanding Athletic Administrator in 2006, the FACA Meritorious Service Award in 1989 and the NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service in 2014.  Trish has previously been inducted into the Orange County Metro Conference Hall of Fame in 1999, the FHSAA Hall of Fame and the Special Olympics of Florida Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • George Phelan, a University of Miami graduate, devoted his life to education as a teacher, counselor, coach, and athletic director over 41 years.  Phelan served as athletic director of Miami Sunset High School for 25 years until his retirement in 2009.  George served on both the Greater Miami Athletic Conference Board of Directors and the Greater Miami Athletic Conference Officials Association Board of Directors.  He also served on the FHSAA Public Liaison Committee and the FHSAA Representative Assembly.  Phelan’s service to the FIAAA includes serving as a District Director, Chair of the Higher Education Committee and President in 1993-94. His honors include the FIAAA Outstanding Athletic Administrator in 2007, the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1995, the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and an NFHS Citation in 2008.  George is also a recipient of the Miami Herald “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

 Information concerning the guidelines and a nomination packet can be obtained below.

Hall of Fame Guidelines

Hall of Fame Nomination Form