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Mike Holloway
Mike Holloway

Head Coach

  • Head Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Coach
  • 14th season as Florida men’s head coach
  • Ninth season as Florida women’s head coach
  • 5-time NCAA Division I National Champion
  • 9-time SEC Champion
  • 18 Top-3 Finishes at 26 Men’s NCAA Championships

Florida head coach Mike Holloway, who was named the first head coach of the combined men’s and women’s track & field program on June 19, 2007, has directed clear course for the University of Florida’s success both on and off the track, molding it into one the nation’s elite for the past 20 seasons.

In addition to the five NCAA Championships that Holloway and the Florida men’s team has won since 2010—more than any other Division I program during that span—the Gators are just the second team in Division I history to finish third or higher at both the NCAA Indoor Championships and NCAA Outdoor Championships seven consecutive times. Moreover, their streak of seven straight top-three finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships is the third-longest run a Division I program has ever reeled off.

On the women’s side, with five individual national titles in the last two seasons, the Gators have become a consistent contender at the NCAA Championships, recording five top-four finishes during the Holloway era. Moreover, Florida’s women have finished fourth or higher at 14 of the 16 SEC Championships—winning four conference titles—with Holloway as head coach.

In the sprints (60m, 100m, 200m, 400m), hurdles (60mH, 110mH, 100mH, 400mH) and sprint relay events (4x100, 4x400)—all of which are Holloway’s primary focus—Florida has amassed some astonishing numbers going all the way back to his days as an assistant coach for the Gators:

  • 27 NCAA Championships in sprint, hurdle and sprint relay events since 1999
  • 18 NCAA Outdoor Championships in men’s sprint, hurdle and sprint relay events since 1996 – tied for the most by a Division I program in that time
  • Six men’s 4x100 relay titles since 2000 – most in Division I during that span
  • Tied for the most men’s 400m NCAA Division I Indoor National Champions (three) since 1996

Here’s a deeper breakdown of Florida’s championships and All-American honors earned on Holloway’s watch:

  • NCAA Men’s Division I Championships – i: 2010, 2011, 2012; o: 2012, 2013
  • SEC Men’s Championships – i: 2004, 2011, 2015; o: 2010, 2015
  • SEC Women’s Championships: i: 2010, 2012, 2014; o: 2009
  • NCAA Men’s East Regional Championships: 2003, 2004, 2009

 

Holloway’s Florida Head Coaching History (Men’s)
Year NCAA Finish

Indoor/Outdoor

SEC Finish

Indoor/Outdoor

Notables
2015 2nd/2nd 1st/1st 2 NCAA Outdoor Champions; 3 NCAA Indoor Champions
13 Outdoor All-Americans; 13 Indoor All-Americans
6 SEC Outdoor Champions; 5 SEC Indoor Champions
2014 3rd/2nd 2nd/3rd 4 NCAA Outdoor Champions
15 Outdoor All-Americans; 13 Indoor All-Americans
2 SEC Outdoor Champions; 2 SEC Indoor Champions
2013 2nd/1st 2nd/2nd 3 NCAA Outdoor Champions; 2 NCAA Indoor Champions
13 Outdoor All-Americans; 11 Indoor All-Americans
3 SEC Outdoor Champions; 4 SEC Indoor Champions
2012 1st/1st 2nd/4th 3 NCAA Outdoor Champions; 3 NCAA Indoor Champions;
6 SEC Outdoor Champions; 6 SEC Indoor Champions
2011 1st/3rd 1st/2nd 1 NCAA Outdoor Champion; 2 NCAA Indoor Champions
15 Outdoor All-Americans; 12 Indoor All-Americans
5 SEC Outdoor Champions; 8 SEC Indoor Champions
2010 1st/2nd 2nd/1st 3 NCAA Outdoor Champions; 2 NCAA Indoor Champions
9 Outdoor All-Americans; 11 Indoor All-Americans
4 SEC Outdoor Champions; 4 SEC Indoor Champions
2009 2nd/T-2nd 2nd/2nd 1 NCAA Outdoor Champion; 1 NCAA Indoor Champion
12 Outdoor All-Americans; 9 Indoor All-Americans
4 SEC Outdoor Champions; 3 SEC Indoor Champions
2008 8th/15th 4th/4th 5 Outdoor All-Americans; 7 Indoor All-Americans
2 SEC Indoor Champions
2007 T-51st/T-34th 3rd/5th 3 Outdoor All-Americans; 3 Indoor All-Americans
2 SEC Outdoor Champions; 3 SEC Indoor Champions
2006 9th/T-37th 3rd/3rd 3 Outdoor All-Americans; 6 Indoor All-Americans
4 SEC Outdoor Champions; 3 SEC Indoor Champions
2005 2nd/2nd 2nd/2nd 2 NCAA Outdoor Champions; 2 NCAA Indoor Champions
10 Outdoor All-Americans; 7 Indoor All-Americans
4 SEC Outdoor Champions; 3 SEC Indoor Champions
2004 T-2nd/2nd 1st/2nd 3 NCAA Outdoor Champions
11 Outdoor All-Americans; 9 Indoor All-Americans
5 SEC Outdoor Champions; 2 SEC Indoor Champions
2003 T-18th/6th 2nd/5th 7 Outdoor All-Americans; 5 Indoor All-Americans
1 SEC Outdoor Champion; 2 SEC Indoor Champions
13 Years 5 NCAA Championships 5 SEC Championships 18 Top-3 NCAA Championship Finishes
37 NCAA Champions
244 USTFCCCA All-Americans
93 SEC Champions

 

Holloway’s Florida Head Coaching History (Women’s)
Year NCAA Finish Indoor/Outdoor SEC Finish Indoor/Outdoor Notables
2015 4th/8th 2nd/5th 2 NCAA Outdoor Champions; 2 NCAA Indoor Champions
12 Outdoor All-Americans; 13 Indoor All-Americans
2 SEC Outdoor Champions; 1 SEC Indoor Champion
2014 3rd/4th 1st/2nd 1 NCAA Outdoor Champion
13 Outdoor All-Americans; 14 Indoor All-Americans
3 SEC Outdoor Champions; 4 SEC Indoor Champions
2013 13th/T-11th 4th/4th 14 Outdoor All-Americans; 7 Indoor All-Americans
2 SEC Outdoor Champions; 2 SEC Indoor Champions
2012 9th/T-12th 1st/2nd 10 Outdoor All-Americans; 10 Indoor All-Americans
6 SEC Outdoor Champions; 1 SEC Indoor Champion
2011 - /T-34th 5th/2nd 6 Outdoor All-Americans; 2 Indoor All-Americans
2 SEC Outdoor Champions; 2 SEC Indoor Champions
2010 4th/3rd 1st/2nd 3 NCAA Outdoor Champions; 2 NCAA Indoor Champions
4 Outdoor All-Americans; 6 Indoor All-Americans
5 SEC Outdoor Champions; 5 SEC Indoor Champions
2009 T-12th/9th 4th/1st 1 NCAA Outdoor Champion; 1 NCAA Indoor Champion
4 Outdoor All-Americans; 3 Indoor All-Americans
5 SEC Outdoor Champions; 2 SEC Indoor Champions
2008 T-8th/9th 4th/2nd 1 NCAA Indoor Champion
7 Outdoor All-Americans; 4 Indoor All-Americans
4 SEC Outdoor Champions; 1 SEC Indoor Champion
8 Years 5 Top-Four NCAA Finishes 4 SEC Championships 13 NCAA Champions
129 USTFCCCA All-Americans
47 SEC Champions

Notes: Relay teams count as one NCAA Championship, SEC Championship, and All-American honor; NCAA Regional titles only awarded through 2009.

Holloway’s Coaching Awards

  • USTFCCCA Men’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year – 2010, 2011, 2012
  • USTFCCCA Men’s Outdoor Head Coach of the Year – 2012, 2013
  • SEC Men’s Outdoor Head Coach of the Year – 2010, 2015
  • SEC Women’s Outdoor Head Coach of the Year – 2009
  • SEC Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year – 2004, 2011, 2015
  • SEC Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year – 2010, 2012

Holloway’s United States Track & Field Coaching Experience

Along with his collegiate achievements, Holloway has enjoyed a great amount of success internationally. As the men’s head coach of the United States’ 2013 World Championships Team, Americans claimed 14 medals—four gold, eight silver, two bronze. At the 2012 Olympics, Holloway coached Team USA’s sprinters and relay teams, helping the 4x400 relay squad win the silver medal and Justin Gatlin nab a bronze medal in the 100 meters.

  • 2013 IAAF World Championships Team – Head Coach
  • 2012 Olympic Team – Sprints and Relays Coach
  • 2004 NACAC U23 Championships Team – Head Coach

Olympic Medalists Coached By Holloway

Every United States Olympic team since 1992 has featured at least one athlete coached by Holloway, with five of them going on to combine for nine medals. Most recently, at the 2012 Olympics, former Gator Will Claye became the first man in 76 years to medal in both the long and triple jumps at the same Olympic Games.

  • Will Claye – Silver Medalist; Triple Jump, 2012 Olympics (London)
    • Bronze Medalist; Long Jump, 2012 Olympics (London)
  • Tony McQuay – Silver Medalist; 4x400 relay, 2012 Olympics (London)
  • Dennis Mitchell – Gold Medalist; 4x100 relay, 1992 Olympics (Barcelona)
    • Silver Medalist; 4x100 relay, 1996 Olympics (Atlanta)
    • Bronze Medalist; 100m, 1992 Olympics (Barcelona)
  • Christian Taylor – Gold Medalist; Triple Jump, 2012 Olympics (London)
  • Bernard Williams – Gold Medalist; 4x100 relay, 2000 Olympics (Sydney)
    • Silver Medalist; 200m, 2004 Olympics (Athens)

World Championships Gold Medalists Coached By Holloway

In addition to his head coaching experience at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, Holloway has had an athlete compete at every World Championships since 2001. Four of those athletes went on to become world champions. The most recent World Championships, held in 2015 in Beijing, featured nine former Gators.

  • John Capel – 2-time World Champion
    • 200m, 4x100 relay champion (2003)
  • Kerron Clement – 2-time World Champion
    • 400-meter hurdles champion (2007)
    • 4x400 relay champion (2007)
  • Dennis Mitchell – 2-time World Champion
    • 2-time 4x100 relay champion (1991, 1993)
  • Bernard Williams – 4x100 relay World Champion (2003)
Athlete Improvement Under Holloway
Athlete Event High School PR Florida PR Notable
John Capel 100m 10.40 10.03 No. 2 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Jeremy Hall 100m 10.44 10.08 No. 5 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Willie Perry 100m 10.52 10.12 No. 6 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Terrell Wilks 100m 10.48 10.15 No. 7 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Shayla Sanders 100m 11.32 11.20 No. 3 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
John Capel 200m 21.04 19.87 No. 3 Outdoor 200m in collegiate history; UF Outdoor Record
Dedric Dukes 200m 20.88 19.97 No. 9 Outdoor 200m in collegiate history; No. 2 on UF All-time Outdoor Top 10
Destinee Gause 200m 23.73 22.93 No. 6 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Kyra Jefferson 200m 23.81 22.24 No. 8 Outdoor 200m in collegiate history; UF Outdoor Record
Tony McQuay 200m 21.53 20.64 No. 6 on UF All-Time Indoor Top 10
Kerron Clement 400m DNR 44.57 Indoor World Record
Destinee Gause 400m 54.44 52.01 No. 8 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Rickey Harris 400m 46.21 44.84 No. 6 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Kyra Jefferson 400m DNR 51.50 No. 6 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Tony McQuay 400m 46.84 44.49 UF Outdoor Record
Robin Reynolds 400m 52.19 51.36 No. 4 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Chris Carswell 110mH 15.18 13.88  
Eddie Lovett 110mH 13.46 13.39 No. 2 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Josh Walker 110mH 14.19 13.32 UF Outdoor Record
Kerron Clement 400mH 49.77 47.24 No. 2 in USATF Outdoor Championships history; UF Outdoor Record
Eric Futch 400mH 50.24 49.45 No. 5 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Rickey Harris 400mH 50.07 48.16 No. 7 in Collegiate History;
No. 3 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10
Adrain Mann 400mH 52.83 49.38 No. 7 on UF All-Time Outdoor Top 10

 

Other Notable Accomplishments Under Holloway

  • Collegiate 400-meter hurdles record holder (Kerron Clement – 47.56)
  • No. 2-ranked collegiate weight thrower in history (Candice Scott – 79-3.75)
  • No. 3 & 7 all-time men’s collegiate 4x100 relays (38.29, 38.35)
  • No. 3 & 7 all-time men’s collegiate outdoor 4x400 relays (2:59.73, 3:00.02)
  • No. 3 all-time collegiate indoor and outdoor triple jumper (Marquis Dendy – 57-0/57-5)
  • No. 3 all-time collegian in the outdoor 800 meters (Mark Everett – 1:44.70)
  • No. 4 all-time collegiate indoor and outdoor triple jumper (Christian Taylor – 56-11.50/57-1)
  • No. 5 all-time collegiate indoor triple jumper (Will Claye – 56-10)
  • No. 5 all-time collegian in the indoor 200 meters (John Capel – 20.26)
  • No. 5 all-time collegian in the indoor 800 meters (Hazel Clark – 2:01.77)
  • No. 5, 7 and 8 all-time collegiate indoor men’s 4x400 relays (3:03.50, 3:03.51; 3:03.71)
  • No. 6 all-time collegiate 60-meter hurdler (Eddie Lovett – 7.50)
  • No. 7 all-time collegian in the indoor 400 meters (Tiandra Ponteen – 50.91)
  • No. 7 all-time collegiate outdoor triple jumper (Will Claye – 56-11.25)
  • No. 8 all-time collegian in the indoor 400 meters (Tony McQuay – 45.21)
  • No. 8 all-time collegiate 60-meter hurdler (Bridgette Owens – 7.88)

Coaching History

  • Florida – men’s & women’s head coach (2008-Present)
  • Florida – men’s head coach (2003-07)
  • Florida – men’s associate head coach (2000-2002)
  • Florida – men’s assistant coach (1996-1999)
  • Buchholz (Fla.) High School – head coach (1985-1995)
  • Florida – women’s graduate assistant coach (1986-1987)
  • Gainesville (Fla.) High School – assistant coach (1983-84)

Holloway, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is married to the former Angela Fitts. They have a daughter, Michele, a son, Michael II (MJ), and four grandchildren. Holloway earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida in 2000.

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