Jim Heise, a retired high school baseball coach and school administrator, was known for his way with students. When they misbehaved, Heise knew just how to talk to them to keep them in line while maintaining their friendship, colleagues said.
"He was one of their advocates," said Bobby Marr, who worked with Heise at Winter Park High School.
Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith said Heise had a talent few administrators had.
"He had the ability to be tough with the kids but still have a good relationship with them, joking and having fun," said Smith, a former Winter Park principal.
Heise taught science and coached baseball at Boone High School for about 10 years and served as assistant principal at Winter Park for two decades. He retired in 2003.
Heise, of Orlando, died April 21 of complications from surgery. He was 80.