Mark. V. Orlando

Mark Orlando
Mark V. Orlando
b. 1953

Year Inducted
Mark V. Orlando was born March 20, 1953 in Westfield, NY. He graduated from Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk, NY in 1971. He earned a B.S. degree from Florida State in1975 and a M.S. degree from Florida A&M in 1983.

Orlando attended Westfield Academy Central Schools through his junior year of high school, then transferred to Cardinal Mindszenty for his senior year. He played football, basketball and baseball at Mindszenty, earning First Team All-Catholic All-Star recognition as a quarterback.

Mark received a full grant-in aid scholarship to Florida State University to play football. He was a quarterback for the Seminoles from 1971-1974, including being the starter during the ‘73 season.

Following graduation, he was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, FL for 2 years before securing his first college coaching assignment at Florida A&M from 1978-1983. Initially he was the running backs coach, then the quarterbacks and receivers coach and finally the passing game coordinator. FAMU won the NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship in ‘78.

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