Thursday February 16, 2012Men's Tennis Volunteer Assistant Hoctor Named to 2012 Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame
University of Florida men’s tennis volunteer assistant coach Mike Hoctor has been selected to the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2012, announced Thursday by the Florida High School Athletic Association office. Hoctor has coached tennis for over 40 years, including 33 years in the FHSAA, and is in his ninth season assisting the Gator men’s team.
Hoctor, 67, coached boys and girls tennis at Titusville High School for three years before taking the helm of the Astronaut High School boy’s tennis program for 30 years until his retirement in 2002. Under his tutelage, Astronaut earned the Cape Coast tennis championship 17 times and won 19 district titles. Hoctor directed Astronaut to three state championships along with four runner-up finishes, and 34 of his student-athletes won state team, individual or doubles titles. He completed his overall coaching career with a 440-100 record and went 351-81 during his tenure at Astronaut.
Hoctor was twice named Florida Tennis Association State Amateur Coach of the Year and in 1992, was selected as the Southeast Regional Tennis Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association. Two years later, he was inducted into Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Hall of Fame. Hoctor co-authored the United States Tennis Association’s nationally published book entitled “Coaching Tennis Successfully” in 1994, and served as the National Prince Tennis All-American endorser for six years.
Since 2003, he has worked as the volunteer assistant coach for the Florida men’s tennis team and is responsible for compiling home match statistics and an assessment of player progress and stroke mechanics while also connecting with Gator fans through a weekly e-mail newsletter.
In addition to Hoctor in the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2012 are: Gainesville girls volleyball head coach Cindy Boulware; trailblazer and longtime contest official Margaret Busbee; the late football head coach H. Edward Feely; Duval County administrator Jon Fox; Wakulla football head coach John David Jones; former Taylor and Bolles School baseball standout Larry “Chipper” Jones; the late Vero Beach football head coach William “Billy” Livings; Central Florida Officials Association member Prince Pollard; prominent peacemaker during the early days of integration Eddie Shannon; four-sport star Daniel Tharpe; and Naples girls basketball coach David Walker.
This is the 22nd group to be inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Founded during the 1990-91 school year, the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame keeps alive the tradition and spirit of high school athletics, and honors each year those persons who, through extraordinary achievement, have excelled in one or more high school programs sponsored by the Association and its member schools. This year’s 12 inductees bring the number of deserving individuals who have been enshrined in the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame to 156. They include student-athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials and other contributors, which can range from influential media personnel, trainers or volunteers to somebody such as 2012 inductee Eddie Shannon, who helped break the color barrier.
The 2012 Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.