After more than three decades of excellence directing the Gulliver softball program, the Florida High School Athletic Association has chosen to induct Mark Schusterman among its 2017 Hall of Fame class.
Schusterman, who has served as Gulliver’s athletic director for the past nine seasons, has compiled a 675-195 record in 31 seasons coaching softball at the school — a run that has included six state titles, 11 state final-four appearances, 13 regional titles and 29 district championships.
This included leading Gulliver to four consecutive state titles from 2010-2013 — the longest such streak in Miami-Dade County history and second-longest statewide.
Schusterman also was influential in helping the state transition from slow-pitch to fast-pitch softball in the early 1990s. And in 2005 he helped prompt the FHSAA to become one of the first state governing bodies to move the pitching rubber back from 40 feet to 43 feet to mirror the college game.
Since 1994, Schusterman has helped organize the South Florida SlamFest tournament, one of the state’s largest and most competitive midseason events during the softball season.
Schusterman was named the ESPN Rise National Softball Coach of the Year in 2011 and the National High School Coaches Association Softball Coach of the Year the following season.
Also among the induction class is former American High football coach Bill Kramer. After his time at American, Kramer led Naples High to a pair of state titles and helped it become the first southwest Florida school to win a state title.
▪ Miami Killian junior outside hitter Jomar Mondestin was named Mr. Volleyball by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association. Mondestin recorded 284 kills, 211 digs, 43 blocks and 31 aces to help the Cougars win their first state championship.
Killian coach Clinton Reid was also named the state’s Coach of the Year. Reid, who retired after the season, compiled a 201-52 record in 13 years coaching the Cougars.
▪ Mourning tennis coach Todd Rubinstein was honored this past weekend after winning the 2017 United States Professional Tennis Association’s Florida High School Coach of the Year Award.
Rubinstein was honored at the annual USPTA Florida Division Convention in Naples this past Saturday.
“Thrilled and thankful is an understatement, and I’m flattered beyond belief,” Rubinstein said. “Everything I do is for the kids, and my overall goal is to teach them through tennis to not only be successful on the court, but more importantly, off of it.”