2014 Inductee

Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame
2014 Hall of Fame inductee David Saliba

David Saliba

Athletic Director David Saliba has spent the last three decades building two of the top baseball programs in Polk County, Winter Haven High School and Santa Fe Catholic. In his 33 years of coaching he has built a record of 622 wins and 308 losses, and he is one of only 16 coaches in the country to reach the 600-win plateau. David led Winter Haven to three Florida High School Athletic Association state semifinals appearances and two state runner-up finishes while winning 14 district championships.

David has had 32 former players drafted into professional baseball, including Jordan Schafer, Charlie Manning and Darryl Kennedy, and he has seen more than 160 of his players continue their playing careers in college.

Coach Saliba has served on the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Board of Directors, coached in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Baseball All Star Classic numerous times and served as the District Baseball Chairman in Polk County. David has been named District Baseball Coach of the Year 20 times and recognized as the Florida State Coach of the Year in 1995. The Florida Athletic Coaches Association conferred a lifetime membership to David in 2013 and awarded him the prestigious FACA Service award for his contribution to high school sports. In January of this year David was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.