Posted: 2:06 pm Friday, June 27th, 2014
By Jodie Wagner
Longtime Benjamin football coach and former athletic director Ron Ream was one of six coaches voted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame this month.
Ream joins Ricky Bell of Leon County Schools (football/athletic director); Chuck Gannon of Port St. Joe High School (football/baseball); David Halladay of Flagler Palm Coast High School (track); Terry Offner of Winter Park High School (soccer); and Kevin Sullivan of Jacksonville-Atlantic Coast High School (football) in earning FACA’s highest honor.
To be eligible for the award, nominees must have a minimum of 20 years of service in the coaching profession in Florida and or/participation in FACA. Criteria are based on coaching record, championships won, head coaching tenure, FACA service and awards.
Ream, who will be entering his 34th season as the Bucs’ head football coach this fall, also was the school’s athletic director for 30 years and a 14-time district champion baseball coach. He coached baseball for 26 years at the school.
Ream came to Benjamin in 1975 from Palm Beach Gardens High School, where he coached football and baseball.
“I’m humbled by this honor,” said Ream, who will be inducted into the FACA Hall of Fame Jan. 10 in Daytona Beach. “Benjamin is not a big 8A school and it’s not the collegiate level. It’s a little private school.
“But the true rewards are having the kids come back and tell me they appreciate being part of the program. I’m proud of all the staff that I’ve had, all the kids that have played for me and the accomplishments I’ve been able to garnish.”