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Sunshine State Athletic Conference

The Sunshine State Athletic Conference (SSAC) is a high school athletic organization made up of schools located throughout Florida. The SSAC offers multiple sports focused on promoting good sportsmanship and fair play for participants, while maintaining high standards, a level playing field and the opportunity for success for all its members and student-athletes! The SSAC originally started as a single sport in 2008. Since our humble beginnings, the SSAC has grown to now offer Varsity Football(11-man & 8-man), Baseball, Softball, Golf, Cross Country, Indoor Volleyball, Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball, Girls Beach Volleyball, Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer and E-Sports. 


Even with the phenomenal growth across all sports, our members continue to enjoy unmatched opportunities, great experiences, quality competition and unrivaled parity, while receiving personalized customer service and assistance. The SSAC proudly services 150+ member schools across Florida.


2023 Volleyball Invitational

The Palm Beach Post

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SSAC Welcomes New Partner NGU Lighting

The SSAC is honored to welcome NGU Sports Lighting as our Platinum Level Solid State Sports Lighting Solutions provider. NGU Sports Lighting is also the preferred partner of the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS)  NGU Sports Lighting provides lighting solutions to clients in all markets in Florida including private recreational, municipal, high school, collegiate, minor league and professional with indoor and outdoor applications.

As a VAP (Value Added Partner) of Signify/Philips/Cooper Lighting, NGU Sports Lighting will work closely with the SSAC members to develop a custom roadmap, Evaluate the requirements, Develop the solution,  Implement the solution and then validating the installed system is all and more than what the customer expected.  NGU provides the following services: Project Solution Implementation, Full turnkey demolition of old system, Implementation of new system, new poles, cross-arms, with both wired or wireless control systems.

SSAC looks forward to supporting our newest Platinum Sponsor, NGU Sports Lighting, LLC.


Mark Marsala Joins The SSAC

The Sunshine State Athletic Conference (SSAC) is excited to announce the addition of Mark Marsala as the NEW Director of Athletic Operations for the organization. Mark comes to the SSAC with over 32 years of athletic coaching and administration experience at the high school level in Florida. 

Mark recently retired as the Athletic Director at the Seacrest Country Day School in Naples Florida, but also served in that role at St. John Neumann High School and South Fort Myers High School over the past 26 years. Along with his experience as an Athletic Director, he brings extensive experience in the high school athletic association area. Mark served with the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) as President of the Board of Directors (2015-2017), as well as, the Chairman of Operations for the Board of Directors, a Board of Directors Member, a Section Appeals Committee Member, a Representative Assembly Member and a Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Member. 

Mark also has served with the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA) and as the President of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. 

“With focus and integrity, I have worked diligently over the past 32 years, to ensure that high school sports are safe, fair, and most importantly a positive experience for our school communities,” Said Mark Marsala. “I look forward to leading an organization that shares my values and goals.”

Mark graduated from Kean University with a Bachelors in Management Science and from Nova Southeastern with a Masters in Physical Education. He is married to his wife Jennifer and has 3 children, Mark, Meghan and Marissa, as well as grandson, Lorenzo.  

“The SSAC could not get a more experienced and principled person to lead this organization forward,” stated Stuart Weiss, President of the SSAC. “With our expansion of sport offerings and significant growth in membership, Mark is the perfect person to ensure the high standards and fair play that has made the SSAC so successful!”

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Sunshine State Athletic Conference | P.O Box 1881, Valrico, Florida 33595 | 813-444-9984