Lee County athletic director David LaRosa among five finalists for FHSAA’s top job

Fort Myers News-Press | By Dan DeLuca | April 21, 2022

David LaRosa, a fixture in the Lee County School District for more than three decades, is one of five finalists to be the next executive director of the Florida High School Athletic Association.

The FHSAA’s board of directors with interview LaRosa, 60, and the other four candidates Saturday and will make their selection the same day.

LaRosa declined to comment about his interest in the position.

The other four finalists are:

  • Craig Damon, FHSAA associate executive director
  • Lanness Robinson, Hillsborough County’s director of athletics
  • Scott Bass, Indian River County’s deputy superintendent
  • Jamie Rohrer, FHSAA associate executive director

LaRosa who started working in the Lee County school system in 1986, has been the district’s director of athletics and activities since 2018. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as the principal at Fort Myers High School.

Former Fort Myers High School Principal David LaRosa addressing the Class of 2013.
Former Ft. Myers High School Principal David LaRosa addressing the class of 2013. Crystal Schupp/Special To The News-Press

In 2008, another former Fort Myers High principal was a finalist for the FHSAA’s executive director position. James Browder, who at the time was the Lee County School District Superintendent, ultimately withdrew from consideration for the position. Months later, following a new search, the organization selected then-Manatee County Superintendent Roger Dearing as its new leader.

George Tomyn, who replaced Dearing as FHSAA executive director in 2017, announced in September he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year.

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