Kara Hutchinson (Payne) (Class of 1986) – Multi-Sports. Kara Hutchinson was a three-time Most Outstanding Female Athlete for Maclay School who participated in track, basketball, and cross-county. She earned six varsity letters while earning six state titles in track. Kara was named Basketball Athlete of the Year, Track Athletes of the Year, and became Maclay’s all-time leading scorer in 1986 scoring 1346 points. Kara attended Florida State where she ran track and later transferred to Haring University where she played basketball and ran track.
Rusty Robbins (Class of 1987) Swimming – Rusty Robbins was the first Maclay athlete to be named as an individual All-American in swimming. He won four individual state championships and was part of three relay-team state championships. One of which broke a nine-year-old state record and finished as the third fastest prep 400 free relay team in the nation. Rusty was a three-time Swimmer of the Year and seven time All–American. As a senior, he was the forth fastest in the 50 freestyle and the fifth fastest in the 100 freestyle among national prep schools. Robbins went on to swim at Auburn University. Later, he was an assistant swimming coach under Coach Gargiulo for four years. During that time both the boys and girls team each won a district title. The 1991 boys team finished in the top ten at the state meet. Rusty still holds three all-time Marauder swim team records from 1986.
Over the last 20 years, Rusty worked at Maclay as a substitute and swim coach, as well as work in the Sales and Customer Service industries. He and his wife Shari relocated to Louisville, Kentucky in 2007 where is has worked at Humana Health Care in the Medicare Department for the last several years.
Rusty and Shari are a part of a church in Louisville that has a heart for community outreach and serving those less fortunate. They are involved in partnering together to help foster racial reconciliation in the city as well as hosting Free Medical Clinics, Clothes Closets and Food Pantries.
Hudson Swafford (Class of 2006) Boys Golf – Hudson Swafford was a three-time Golfer of the Year and named to the first team EA Sports All-American in 2005. He was named the Maclay boys golf team MVP four times and in 2004 won the Future Masters. Swafford went on to accept a golf scholarship at the University of Georgia where he was named SEC Freshman of the Year, twice earned SEC Player of the Week, and first team All-SEC. On September 21 of this year, Swafford was one of 50 PGA or web.com professionals who earned their PGA cards allowing him to return to the professional tour in 2015.
Kristen Gillespie (Class of 1994) Girls Basketball – Kristen Gillespie scored over 2,500 points in her career at Maclay. She named co-MVP of the state tournament in 1993 where she helped lead the Marauders to a state title. During her senior season, Gillespie was named to both the WBCA and Nike High School All-American Teams. She also was named the 1994 Gatorade High School Player of the Year in the state of Florida. Upon graduation, she was chosen to the United States Olympic Festival South Team and participated in the 1995 US Olympic Festival. She continued her career at North Carolina State University where she played for the legendary Kay Yow. Gillespie was the starting point guard for the Wolfpack’s 1998 Final Four team. She served as team captain for two years and was named to the Academic All-American team her senior year. Since graduating from Maclay, Kristen obtained both my undergraduate and master’s degree from North Carolina State University. She has coached at: University of Central Florida, UC Santa Barbara, Maclay, NC State, University of Illinois-Chicago and is currently the head coach at Benedictine University.one of three athletes to have her jersey retired at Maclay School. Kristen is one of three athletes to have her jersey retired.
Bobby Miles (Class of 1979) Boys Basketball – Bobby Miles played for the Maclay basketball program from 1976-1979. As a junior he was named All-Big Bend and All-State his senior season as well as a McDonald’s All-American honorable mention. He led the Marauders to the district, regional, and state championship titles. He averaged over 20 points per game as a junior and a senior. He is one of three players who has his jersey retired at Maclay. Known as the “gentle giant,” Miles accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of Georgia and later transferred back to FSU where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degree in accounting at FSU. From there, he obtained his CPA license and went into public accounting and later a corporate finance role in healthcare. In late 2013, Bobby tragically lost his wife of 25 years, Janie Foster Miles. Janie and Bobby have two children, Bobby who is a 16 year old junior in high school and Merritt who recently graduated from Reed College and is currently teaching English to French-speaking high school students in Avallon, France. Boby continues to serve on numerous boards related to Florida State University and the Central Florida community. He is currently the president of Bags, Inc., and international hospitality service company. After hanging up his basketball shoes about ten years ago, Bobby now enjoys golf, tennis, and photography.
Tucker Barr (Class of 1993) Baseball – Tucker Barr was a six-time letter winner for the Maclay Marauder baseball team where he helped lead the squad to two state titles (’91 and ’93) and a state tournament appearance in ’92 during his prep career. The prep All-American was a pitcher, catcher, and third baseman. Following his outstanding success at Maclay, Tucker was drafted in the 3rd round of the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics, but decided to accept a full scholarship to Georgia Tech where he played for three seasons for the Yellow Jackets. In 1996, he was drafted in the 5th round by the Houston Astros where he played four season in the minor league. Tucker is now a licensing and trademark attorney in Atlanta where he also represents clients in the sports and entertainment industry.
Les Grant (Lundberg) – After a stand-out prep career that included being a nine-time letter winner in volleyball, basketball, and softball and Prep All-American, Les Grant Lundberg is a rare athlete/coach with a wide span of accolades. She was a member of the 1975-76 girls’ volleyball and basketball state championship teams as well as the 1978 basketball state title team. Les returned to her alma mater to coach volleyball where she was named Coach of the Year for the Big Bend in 1993 and 1996. She was also named the 1A FHSAA Coach of the Year in 1993 and the 2A honoree in 1995. In her six years as a coach, Les coached the Lady Marauder squads to two state championship titles and a total of four tournament appearances. Les has been a Spanish teacher at Maclay for the last 25 years.
1979 Men’s Basketball Team – In 1979, Maclay was in its 11th year and about to graduate its seventh senior class. A group of young men and outstanding student-athletes went up against the county’s biggest high schools. Led by Coach Tom Carlson, the team had significant size and even bigger heart which took them all the way to the 1979 FHSAA boys’ state basketball tournament title. It was a time at Maclay that is referred to as a “turning point” in the athletic program for the new school on Meridian Road. Members of the team included Bobby Bourgeois, Steve Brown, Russell Cotton, Steve Lucas, Hank McGrotha, Billy McHugh, Sam McMillan, Bobby Miles, David Rash, Pat Woodward, and Sten Sliger and managers David Lindsey and the late Will Douglass.