Graduated: 1962
Inducted: 2023

Don Soldinger was a two-year starter for the Eagles football team, but it was his coaching career that brought him fame. After graduating from Memphis State, he started coaching as an assistant at Coral Park and Killian before taking over as head coach at Southridge in 1977. In two stints heading up the Spartans program, Don was 104-35-1, winning two state championships in four appearances, and twice being selected Coach of the Year. His teams set a Miami-Dade County record for most consecutive victories with 29. He also had two stints as an assistant at the University of Miami, first under Jimmy Johnson, then on the staffs of Butch Davis and Larry Coker. Among the players he coached at The U are linebackers Micheal Barrow and Winston Moss along with running backs Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis, James Jackson, Frank Gore, Najeh Davenport and Jarrett Payton. In Don's 16 seasons as an assistant at Miami, the Canes won 158 games, claiming 1987 and 2001 National Championships, and playing in 14 post-season bowl games. He is also a member of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
Don Soldinger imparting some wisdom to Frank Gore