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Florida track and field and cross country head coach Mike Holloway and the Gators agreed to a 10-year contract extension, UF Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and the University Athletic Association announced Wednesday.
Holloway, in his 16th season as men’s head coach and 11th season as women’s head coach, will now be under contract through June 30, 2028.
“This is where he wants to be, and when a guy like Mouse Holloway says he wants to finish his career here, you don’t have to be a very smart athletic director to go, ‘Well, let’s figure out a way to make that happen,’” Stricklin said in a UF release.
“I can’t tell you how good that makes me feel,” Holloway said in the UF release. “This time of year with jobs opening, there’s always people calling with interest. It’s nice to be courted, it’s nice to be wanted, I guess, but at the end of the day, the trigger for me was when Scott said to me, ‘I want to make you my track and field coach. I want you to be here as long as I’m here and as long as you want to be here.’ That was big for me.
“That squelches all the noise. There are people talking about me going to other schools. This puts it to bed. It’s important to me (the student-athletes) know I’m totally committed to them and this university. There’s a commitment on both sides here. Scott wants me here, I want to be here; we want to move forward and want to stop all the noise in the room, because it’s pretty loud. We want to quiet it down and get back to the business of what we do: performing at a high level at the championship meets.”
Holloway, has led the Gators to eight national titles and 14 Southeastern Conference championships, in addition to 60 individual national titles, 159 individual SEC titles and six collegiate records (three of which still stand today) during his tenure as head coach—which began in 2003 (men) and 2008 (women).
“We’ve spent a lot of time building this program,” Holloway said. “I just don’t know if I could ever walk away from this. I don’t know how I could. Anybody who knows me knows that I love this place. I’m just so thankful to everybody around me that’s worked so hard along with me to get us where we are.”
·NCAA Championships (men’s) – indoor: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018; outdoor: 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
·SEC Championships (men’s) – indoor: 2004, 2011, 2015; outdoor: 2010, 2015, 2018
·SEC Championships (women’s) – indoor: 2010, 2012, 2014; outdoor: 2009, 2018; cross country: 2009, 2010, 2012