UF track and field coach wins national honor

Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 at 1:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 19, 2010 at 1:03 p.m.

Florida track and field coach Mike Holloway has been named the 2010 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Men's Indoor Head Coach of the Year, the New Orleans-based organization announced Friday.

Holloway is in his eighth season as Florida's head men's coach and his third directing the combined men's and women's program. Holloway led the Gator men's track and field team to its first NCAA Indoor Championship in school history. Florida also posted a second-place finish at the 2010 SEC Indoor Championships.

Holloway's men recorded 14 All-America honors, which tied for the national lead this year. That included NCAA individual championships by freshman sprinter Jeff Demps in the men's 60-meter dash and sophomore jumper Christian Taylor in the men's triple jump.

Demps, who is directly coached by Holloway, broke Florida's school record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.56 in the preliminaries at the NCAA Indoor Championships before winning the national crown by clocking a time of 6.57 in the finals of the event.

Holloway also directed senior sprinter Calvin Smith to a then-nation-leading time in the 200-meter dash at 20.67 earlier this year and three All-America honors. Under Holloway's direction, Smith has earned more All-America honors than any other athlete in school history (16).

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