Florida’s Holloways win SEC awards

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Florida track and field coach Mike Holloway. [Courtesy of UAA]

The season of firsts just became bigger for Florida track and field coach Mike Holloway on Tuesday when he was named SEC Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year, becoming the first person to win both league awards in one season.

The SEC also announced that Florida sophomore hurdler, jumper and sprinter Grant Holloway, no relations to the coach, was named the Outdoor Men’s Runner of the Year.

Holloway is receiving the SEC men’s coach honor for the third time in his career, with his previous hardware coming in 2010 and 2015 — both years in which Florida won the SEC Outdoor Championships. He is receiving it for the second time on the women’s side, previously winning in 2009, the year of Florida’s last SEC Outdoor crown.

Now in his 16th season as head coach of the men and 11th as head coach of the women, Holloway joins Texas A&M’s Pat Henry as the only other coach since the awards’ inception in 1990 to win multiple SEC Outdoor Coach of the Year honors with both men’s and women’s teams.

Earlier this month, Holloway engineered Florida’s first sweep of the SEC Outdoor Championships. It was also just the fourth sweep at the meet since 1991.

Grant Holloway was crucial in the sweep, scoring 23 points, tied with Georgia’s Denzel Comenentia for the highest individual total at this year’s meet.

Holloway is the fifth man to win the SEC Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Runner of the Year awards in the same season since they were first distributed in 2004. The Chesapeake, Va., native is the first to do it since Alabama’s Kirani James (2011), and joins Kerron Clement (2005) as the only other Gator to accomplish the feat. Holloway is the third Gator to win the outdoor award, joining Clement and Calvin Smith (2009).

Holloway is the fourth man to win the SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year award as an underclassman, joining Clement, Ole Miss’ Barnabus Kirui (2007), and LSU’s Xavier Carter (2006). Only Clement, Carter, and Holloway collected both the indoor and outdoor awards as underclassmen.

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    • No kidding, David. For the folks whose interest in sports seems limited to the almighty pigskin, the AD’s job is exclusively to win football championships. The fact that we now have enduring traditions of success in virtually all sports (c’mon, Women’s Basketball!) is thanks to the hard work of Foley. Maintaining the best athletic program at the conference’s second best academic school is just amazing.