Gators coach Mike Holloway earns Coach of the Year honors
Florida track and field coach Mike Holloway has been named the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Outdoor Men's Coach of the Year on Monday.
Also, Gators junior sprinter Dedric Dukes has been named the South Re Men's Athlete of the Year.
Holloway, who was also the 2014 Indoor Women’s South Region Coach of the Year in March, has tutored a contingent of 25 Gators - including 13 men - to the 2014 NCAA Championships. That is the second-most in school history.
This week, the Gators this week will vie for their seventh and eighth national championships in program history - including a third straight in men’s outdoor action. The NCAA Championships will be held June 11-14 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Dukes owns the fastest 200m in the world this year (19.97) from the Florida Relays, the ninth-best performance in college history after becoming one of 12 collegians ever to break the 20-second barrier with a wind-legal mark. Dukes scored 11 individual points for the Gators at the SEC Championships with his third-place finish in the 200m and fourth-place 100m race and contributed another 14 points in relays. Dukes clocked a PR in SEC Championships prelims of the 100m (10.24), and was a member of UF’s American Collegiate Record 4x1 (38.29) at the Texas
Relays and the No. 2 all-time collegiate 4x4 that clocked a 2:59.73 at the Florida Relays.
Holloway and Dukes led the Gators to a top-three SEC Outdoors finish for fifth time in the last six years in Lexington three weeks ago.