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Venice High School Coach Inducted into Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame

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Coach Faulkner - Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Induction

SARASOTA COUNTY, October 5, 2018 – Venice High School is proud to announce that its longtime baseball coach, Craig Faulkner, has been inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Hall of Fame. Coach Faulkner was recently honored along with seven other honorees at the organization’s induction ceremony in Gainesville. Coach Faulkner is the second coach from Venice High School to be inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame, the first being Coach Brian Wheatley.

The FHSAA Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 to recognize and preserve the heritage of high school athletics in Florida. The origination aims to keep the tradition and spirit of high school athletics alive, and honors those who have excelled in one or more high school athletic programs. Honorees include coaches, administrators, contest officials and sports writers, among others, who have raised the level of awareness of high school athletics through their dedication, efforts and achievements. In a recent announcement regarding the induction ceremony, FHSAA executive director, George Tomyn commented, “We are delighted to pay tribute to these eight extraordinary individuals. Their positive contributions to our Association and the students we serve truly exemplify the finest qualities of education-based athletics.”

“This achievement is well-deserved and we could not be more proud,” said James Slaton, director of athletics for Sarasota County Schools. “Coach Faulkner has an established history of excellence. He leads with integrity and has taken the Venice High School baseball program to great success. Coach Faulkner is a role model for his athletes, and for the culture of high school athletics in general. We look forward to seeing him lead the Indians to more achievements in the future.”

“I am very honored and humbled to receive this designation,” commented Craig Faulkner. “It is a privilege to coach and train such dedicated and focused athletes. I try to lead by example and help these kids reach their goals. Together we have built a solid team focused on character, discipline and camaraderie. The athletic victories are important achievements, but I am most proud of the diligence and heart I see our athletes exhibiting in the community – that is the real legacy of a program.”

Coach Faulkner is a five-time state championship baseball coach who has won more than 400 games, including 15 20-win seasons. Starting in 2012, he helped Venice High School 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 and is highly regarded by student athletes and the Venice High School administration and coaching staff.

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