Florida track coach Mike Holloway named South Region Women's Coach of the Year
Florida track and field coach Mike Holloway and senior multi-event standout Gray Horn have been named the South Region Women’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year and the South Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
It is the first regional coaching honor for his coaching of the women for Holloway, who led the Gator women’s track and field team to the 2012 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championship. Holloway said Monday the credit should go to his athletes and staff.
"What it means is I have a wonderful coaching staff and I'm blessed to have a lot of great athletes,'' Holloway said. "As I tell my athletes, it's been a long time since I crossed the finish line and I'm not going to cross one anytime soon. Those kind of awards are just a tribute to my staff, my athletes, my support staff, everybody that works at the University of Florida. Because without the support I have, I couldn't do the things we do.''
In 2011, he was named the USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year. He has also earned South Region Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year honors in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He was also the 2010 USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Outdoor Head Coach of the Year.
The Florida women have athletes ranked in the top three in the region in nine of 17 events. The Gators are ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 7 in the nation, with 19 athletes and relays ranked in the top 15 in the country.
The No. 7 Florida women took home the 2012 SEC Indoor Championship with 132 total points, despite only winning one event over the three-day meet. The Gators used depth to capture their second SEC Indoor Championship in three years, as nearly every athlete scored points on the women's side courtesy of 12 seasonal bests.
Horn was the SEC Champion in the heptathlon and is the nation’s second-ranked in the event, having scored 5,971 points in the Texas A&M Challenge in January, a performance that makes Horn the seventh-best heptathlete in the history of the NCAA. Horn also finished the season among the nation’s top 20 in the long jump, having leapt to 25-1¾ (7.66m). He won his second-consecutive SEC heptathlon crown and his fifth multi-event conference title (two SEC heptathlon titles, three SEC decathlon titles) in Lexington, and has already automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships.