Mike Holloway oversees both the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs. This will be his first season at the helm of the cross country team. He has held the title of head the men’s track coach for the past six seasons and as of last year, also took on the position of women’s head coach. Holloway became the first person in school history to assume the title of head men’s and women’s track and field coach before the start of the 2007-08 season.
Holloway coaches a Florida men’s track and field program that boasts nearly 400 All-America honors, 31 NCAA titles and 26 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 33 top-10 NCAA Outdoor finishes. He took the reins of the storied women’s program that won the 1992 national indoor title and has also posted a combined 28 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The UF women have also captured nine Southeastern Conference crowns in their 35-year history.
In his five seasons as head men’s coach, Holloway oversaw seven individual and relay NCAA titles, four runner-up finishes at NCAA Championships and two NCAA East Regional titles. Those figures don’t even take into account his seven seasons as one of the top sprint and hurdle assistant coaches in the country. In his 13 seasons at Florida, Holloway has guided athletes to the following accomplishments:
* Indoor 400m world record holder (Kerron Clement – 44.57)
* Collegiate 400m hurdles record holder (Kerron Clement – 47.56)
* Collegiate indoor 4x400m relay record holders (3:03.51)
* No. 2 all-time American 4x100m relay (38.35)
* No. 2 all-time 200m indoor and No. 3 outdoor collegian (John Capel – 20.26, 19.87)
* No. 3 all-time 100m American collegian (Bernard Williams – 9.99)
* No. 4 all-time collegiate shuttle hurdle relay (54.76)
* No. 5 all-time collegian 110m hurdler (Josh Walker – 13.32)
* No. 5 all-time collegian 400m hurdler (Rickey Harris – 48.16)
Holloway, who was named Florida's men's track and field head coach in 2002 after serving as an assistant at UF since 1995, is one of the premier sprint coaches in today's track and field world. He has developed the Florida men into one of the top collegiate sprint programs in America. He has coached athletes to 12 NCAA titles in the last 13 years and 14 school records in the 12 indoor and outdoor events 400 meters and below have been set under his watch.
Holloway reached a coaching milestone after Josh Walker's sixth-place finish in the 110m hurdles at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships, as he tutored an All-American in every sprint and hurdle event. In 2004, Walker and Kerron Clement became the first tandem from the same school ever to sweep the NCAA 110m hurdle and 400m hurdle titles in the same season. They repeated the feat in 2005.
The list of accolades and accomplishments his athletes have earned at both the professional and collegiate levels is staggering and continues to grow with each successive year. In 2008, four athletes who were coached under Holloway will compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Junior Gator Calvin Smith is a current Florida athlete who will compete in the 400m.
Holloway was in Osaka, Japan, with former Gator Clement for the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships when the latter won gold in the 400mH, claiming just the second individual world track championship by an athlete with UF men’s track ties. In 2005, he guided Clement, then a 19-year-old phenom, to a world record in the indoor 400m (44.57), breaking Michael Johnson's 10-year-old record. Later in the year, Clement won the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships title in the 400m hurdles with the fastest time run in the event since 1998 (47.24). He then claimed his second-straight U.S. 400m hurdle title in 2006. In 2004, four current or former Holloway-coached athletes competed in the Olympics, with former Gator Bernard Williams earning a silver medal in the 200m. In addition, Clement set a record in the 400m hurdles at the 2004 World Junior Championships.
After being named head coach of the Gator men's track & field program following the 2002 season, Holloway quickly set out to instill the rest of the athletes with the same philosophy and work ethic that has made his sprinters so successful. As a result, the Florida men won the 2003 NCAA East Regional team title, finished second at the 2003 SEC Indoor Championships and were sixth at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships. For his efforts at the East Regional meet, Holloway was named the East Region Coach of the Year.
In 2004, Holloway coached UF to second-place finishes at all five championship meets (NCAA indoor and outdoor, SEC indoor and outdoor and the NCAA East Regional), while his athletes claimed six SEC titles, three NCAA titles and earned 31 All-America honors. In 2005, the Gators duplicated their efforts from the previous season by taking second at all five championship meets. Florida racked up 27 All-America honors, four NCAA titles and seven SEC crowns along the way. In 2006, Holloway mentored a pair of Gator freshmen, guiding them to monumental achievements, as Jeremy Hall became the first freshman in more than 30 years to claim the SEC 60m title and Calvin Smith earned indoor All-America honors in the 400m before going on to achieve the same feat outdoors. The latter also became the second athlete in school history to win the SEC outdoor 400m crown as a freshman.
In 2007, Holloway coached nine All-Americans, including the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year in Mike Morrison. The conference’s Freshman Runner of the Year went to Smith, while Morrison, Smith and two other Gators earned SEC individual event championships, including Wes Stockbarger collecting one indoor and one outdoor accolade. The men finished third at the SEC Indoor Championships and took fifth at the outdoor finale. Holloway coached two NCAA East Regional Champions, including the 1,600m relay team.
In the first year of the men’s and women’s combined program, the two teams placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in Florida history. The women’s team also finished in the top 10 at both the indoor and outdoor championships for the 10th time in program history. Mike Morrison became the first UF athlete to earn multi-event All-America honors while Rebecca Lowe was named SEC Outdoor Freshman Track Athlete of the Year. Twenty-three athletes (14 men, nine women) earned 37 All-America honors (23 men, 14 women). Nine men were named to the All-SEC team (11 honors), while 11 women earned 13 honors. For the 12th consecutive year, the men earned at least nine All-America honors. The men took fourth at both indoor and outdoor conference championships and the women claimed the second spot at the SEC Outdoor Championships and took home five individual titles. They placed fourth at the indoor conference finale. Holloway coached the men to a second-place finish at the NCAA East Regionals and the women to the third spot.
Holloway’s tenure as an assistant coach was no less decorated than his time as the head track and field program. He began setting the foundation for the Gators' emergence on the national sprint scene from his first year during the 1996 season. Since then, sprinters have earned 177 of the 242 All-America honors bestowed on the Florida track and field team, including an award in every sprint event - indoors and out.
He added the first individual national title to his list of accomplishments in 1999, and by the end of the 2000 season he had added two more national championships in events Florida had never been able to win before: the 100m and the 4x100m relay. In 2001, Florida was one of only two schools to have at least one athlete qualified for the NCAA Championship meet in every event 800m and lower. This all came just months after freshman Rickey Harris ran a then-school-record 45.78 to win the NCAA Indoor 400m championship. Harris's time was the third-fastest in the world during the season and claimed Florida's first indoor individual national title since 1990. In 2002, Harris won the 400m hurdles championship at the NCAA outdoor meet, giving UF its first title in the event and becoming the first double NCAA champion under Holloway. Harris set a then-school record in the process and his time of 48.16 ranked as the third-fastest final time in meet history. He then went on to finish second in the 400m dash, becoming the second male athlete in NCAA history to earn All-America honors in both events in the same year and the first to do so since 1963.
At the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships Holloway’s athletes won two national titles and scored a school-record 42 points by themselves. The Gators' 4x100m squad cruised to the fastest time ever by a collegiate squad that included a lineup comprised solely of American citizens, and earned the school's first national championship in the event. Bernard Williams capped an astounding first season at the NCAA Division I level with Florida's first 100m national title. Earlier in the year at the 2000 NCAA indoor meet, sophomore John Capel equaled the American and collegiate record of 20.26 in the 200m. He was the only collegian to break the 20-second barrier that year and finished with the second-fastest time in the world before eventually making the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team. Capel also won the gold medal in the 200m and was the leadoff leg of the gold-medal winning 4x100m relay team that also included former-Gator Williams at the 2003 World Championships in Paris.
At the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, Holloway-coached prodigies won both semifinal heats of the 200m before Capel grabbed the victory in one of the most anticipated track match-ups in the preceding four years. Capel defeated world record holder Michael Johnson and Maurice Greene, "the fastest man in the world," not only in the finals but also in the preceding semis to earn the top 200m spot on America's team for the Sydney Olympic Games.
Florida alumnus Dennis Mitchell was working under Holloway's direction when he captured the 100m title at the 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, giving Holloway a Trials Champion in three of the last four Olympiads. During the summer of 1997, Florida alumnus Mark Everett posted the second-fastest all-time 800m performance by an American when he clocked a 1:43.20 at a meet in Line, Austria, while working under Holloway.
Also boasting international experience, Holloway served as the head coach of the U.S. team at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in 2004, where American athletes guided by Holloway combined to win 27 of the 40 events.
Having served as the girls’ and boys’ head coach at Buchholz High School from 1985 to 1995, Holloway was no stranger to the tradition-rich Gainesville track & field community prior to being named a Florida assistant. During his 11-year tenure, Holloway guided the Bobcats' programs to a total of 19 county, 17 district, 14 regional and eight state titles, (including cross country). In all, 18 of 20 boys' school records and 14 of 19 girls' records were broken during the Holloway Era. Among the long list of accomplishments Holloway contributed to the Buchholz program, the school's 1995 milestones could arguably be his most lasting achievements. Holloway led both the boys' and girls' teams to state titles in 1995, marking the first time such a feat had been accomplished by one coach.
At the beginning of his coaching career at Buchholz, Holloway worked as a graduate assistant for two years (1986‑87) under then-Florida women's head track & field coach Lyle Knudson. During this time, Holloway coached UF's 4x800m foursome of Sandra and Sonja Braasch, Chris Crowther and Susan Nash to a world-record time of 8:29.35 and a U.S. National indoor title.
Holloway is married to the former Angela Fitts. They have a daughter, Michele, a son, Michael II (MJ), and granddaughter, Alana, who was born in August 2006.
The Mike Holloway File
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Florida, 2000
Coaching Career: 1983-84, Assistant Coach, Gainesville High School; 1986-87, Graduate Assistant Women’s Coach, Florida; 1985-94, Head Coach, Buchholz High School; 1995-2002, Associate Head Men’s Coach, Florida; 2002-2007, Head Men’s Coach, Florida; 2007-Present, Head Men’s and Women’s Coach, Florida.
Team Accomplishments: Florida - 2004, 2003 NCAA East Regional Championship; 2004 SEC Indoor Championship; Buchholz High School- eight Florida state team championships; 1995 back-to-back boys and girls team state championships; 14 regional, 19 county and 17 district titles.
Career Totals (head coach): UF: 12 National Champions; 47 All-Americans; 141 All-America Honors; Buchholz: 50 All-State individuals; 25 cross country individual All-State runners; 10 athletes went on to compete in collegiate track and field.
1996 Olympic Qualifiers: 1 (two competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials)
2000 Olympic Qualifiers: 1 (seven competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials)
2004 Olympic Qualifiers: 4 (10 competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials)
2008 Olympic Qualifiers: 1 (four competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials)