The inductees in the FIAAA Hall of Fame at the 40th Annual State Conference include two former Miami-Dade County athletic administrators who have distinguished themselves, locally, statewide and nationally. The inductees are:
Cheryl Golden, originally from Minnesota and a graduate of Saint Cloud State University (1980), started her career in Miami-Dade County in 1981 at Southwest Miami Senior High School as the first female Certified Athletic Trainer in Miami-Dade County. In 1989-90 Cheryl was promoted as the Athletic Director, the first female athletic director for the county, a position she held until 1997. She then assumed a position with the Division of Athletics and Activities for Miami-Dade County that she held until she was promoted as Executive Secretary of the Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC) in 2002 and held that position until her retirement in 2016. Golden was instrumental in developing a Title IX Plan, a Concussion Program and the Athletic Transfer Review Committee for the district. Cheryl served on the FIAAA Board of Directors for 6 years; as Treasurer from 1995 until 1998, at which time she was elected as President-Elect and then served as President in 1999-2000, followed by a year as the immediate Past President. She served on the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Handbook Revision Task Force in 2009. Ms. Golden was named FIAAA Athletic Administrator of the Year in 2002 and was awarded FIAAA Lifetime Membership in 2016.
Michael Colby, originally from Colorado and a graduate of Colorado State University, started his career in Miami-Dade County in 1973 at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he served as teacher, coach and athletic administrator for 35 years. From 1980 to 1986, he was head coach of the bowling and tennis teams. From 1986 to 1994, he was Athletic Business Manager and from 1994 to 2008, he was Athletic Director. Since 2008, he has served as Director of Eligibility for the FHSAA. Colby has served on the FIAAA Board of Directors for 25 years; 5 years as a District Director and the last 20 years as Treasurer. Mike has also served as Chairman of the FHSAA Athletic Directors Advisory Committee, Chairman of the FHSAA Representative Assembly and Chairman of the FHSAA Section 4 Appeals Committee. He has been recognized with the FIAAA Meritorious Service Award (2003), the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Citation (2003), FIAAA Lifetime Membership (2008), the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Distinguished Service Award (2008), FIAAA Athletic Administrator of the Year (2009), the NFHS Outstanding Service Award (2010), inducted in the FHSAA Athletic Hall of Fame (2011) and the NIAAA State Award of Merit (2014). Colby was the first athletic administrator in Florida to receive the designation of Certified Master Athletic Administrator in 2002 and he served as an NIAAA State Leadership Training Program Coordinator from 2000 to 2017. After 45 years in a secondary education based career, Colby plans to retire this coming June.
Information concerning the guidelines and a nomination packet can be obtained below.