Special report on the Florida Gators track program:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Fresh off three national championships this season, Florida track and field and cross country head coach Mike Holloway has agreed to a contract extension that keeps him at UF for the next 10 years, athletic director Scott Stricklin announced on Thursday.
The deal places him among the highest-paid coaches in the sport and pushes his contract through 2032. The Gators originally agreed to a 10-year extension with Holloway in 2018 and renewed their commitment to the 12-time national champion and 16-time Southeastern Conference champion coach with this newly-signed agreement.
“I would like to thank Scott and the entire UAA for the commitment to myself and the track and field and cross country programs,” Holloway said. “It is truly and honor and a blessing to be able to lead these programs here at my alma mater, and my family and I are eternally grateful for the opportunity to finish my career here in Gainesville.”
“Mouse’s leadership has pushed both Gators men’s and women’s track and field programs to unprecedented heights,” Stricklin said. “His unique talents – such as his focus, attention to detail, work ethic and ability to relate – make him a special coach, and we are excited that he will continue to be a part of the University of Florida for many years.”
In 2022, the Florida men and women swept the outdoor NCAA championships, becoming just the third school to accomplish the feat. The women also claimed the indoor NCAA championship in 2022, the program’s first indoor national title since 1992.
Holloway has earned national coach of the year honors 10 times throughout his career and in 2016 was inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame. Of the 38 men’s NCAA championships contested during Holloway’s tenure, the Gators have won 10 and finished in the top five 28 times. He has coached men’s and women’s student-athletes to 84 national championship event titles.
Holloway is one of six coaches in Division I history to win at least ten NCAA Track and Field Team Championships. He is also just one of four to win at least six since 1980 and is one of four in history to win at least four titles both indoors and outdoors. He has overseen the development of two recipients of The Bowerman since the award’s inception in 2009 (Marquis Dendy in 2015, Grant Holloway in 2019).
Along with his collegiate achievements, Holloway has enjoyed a great amount of success internationally. He most recently served as head coach of the 2020 US Men’s Track and Field Olympic Team, leading Gator Great Grant Holloway (silver – 110m hurdles) and senior Taylor Manson (bronze – 4×400 relays mixed) to their first Olympic medals.
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 4×400 relay squad win the silver medal and Justin Gatlin nab a bronze medal in the 100 meters.
Holloway has led the Florida men’s track and field program since the 2003 season and became head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams in 2008.
NCAA Championships under Holloway
Men’s Indoor: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2019
Women’s Indoor: 2022
Men’s Outdoor: 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2022
Women’s Outdoor: 2022
Holloway’s Coaching Awards
* USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame – inducted December 2016
* USTFCCCA Men’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2019
* USTFCCCA Women’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year – 2022
* USTFCCCA Men’s Outdoor Head Coach of the Year – 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2022
* USTFCCCA Women’s Outdoor Head Coach of the Year – 2022
* SEC Men’s Outdoor Head Coach of the Year – 2010, 2015, 2018
* SEC Women’s Outdoor Head Coach of the Year – 2009, 2018, 2022
* SEC Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year – 2004, 2011, 2015, 2019
* SEC Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year – 2010, 2012
This makes me so happy, love coach, love the way he conducts his business and represents the university.
Thanks for the column Andrew!