Florida's Mike Holloway named National Coach of the Year
Florida head coach Mike Holloway today was named the 2013 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Outdoor Men’s Coach of the Year.
This is the secon straight season Holloway has received the outdoors award, the fifth time Holloway has been honored by the USTFCCCA. He won three consecutive indoors honors rom 2010-12.
In his 11th year as the Gators’ coach, Holloway guided Florida to its second straight NCAA outdoor track & field national team title. The Gators scored 53 points for the crown, tying Texas A&M for the title. Florida won the final event - the 4x400-meter relay - to help secure its first-place finish. The Gators had trailed the Aggies by nine points before the finale.
Florida is the first team since 1978 (UTEP, UCLA) to share an NCAA outdoor title and Saturday was just the fourth time in NCAA history a tie occurred.
The Gators won three individual NCAA titles: the men’s 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay and senior Omar Craddock won his third career NCAA title in the men’s triple jump and second straight outdoors. Craddock’s jump of 16.92m/55-6.25, a new personal best for him, is the third-best jump in the U.S. in 2013.
The final two days of the NCAA Outdoor Championships will air on Sunday, June 16 beginning at 4 p.m. on ESPNU. It will air directly following a replay of the 2013 NCAA Gymnastics Championship, which the Gators also won, at 2 p.m.