May 22, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field team announced the hiring of two graduate assistants Wednesday, May 22. The Seminoles added former Florida High (Tallahassee, Fla.) head coach Gretchen Meyer and Columbia High (Lake City, Fla.) head coach David Halliday. The pair will replace departing graduate assistant Jamie Vaughn, who is leaving Florida State after completing his studies.
Halliday, 29, comes to Florida State with eight years of head coaching experience in track and cross country. His coaching accolades include 3A Boys Track Coach of the Year honors in 2002, two-time Gainesville Sun Cross Country Coach of the Year (2000, 2001), and was also named the Sun’s 2002 Boys’ Track Coach of the Year. Under his guidance, the Columbia boys’ track team won the state championship in 2002. He also guided the 2001 boys’ cross country team to the 3A state finals. Both finishes were the best in school history.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Florida, Halliday lettered three years for the Gators’ track team. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll twice (1992-93). In addition, Halliday is also certified by USA Track and Field as a Level 2 Coach in endurance.
Halliday is married to the former Kim Driskill. They have two children – Darlen (age 5), and Peyton (age 2).
Meyer, 23, joins the Seminoles after coaching at Florida High for the last four years. She joined Florida High in 1997 as an assistant coach and was promoted the following year to head coach for the girls’ track team and both cross country teams. She guided the Seminoles’ girls’ track team to city, district and regional championships en route to state runner-up status in 2000 and 2002. The success of the girls’ team earned Meyer Girls’ Track Big Bend Coach of the Year honors in both 2000 and 2002.
A 2001 graduate of Florida State, Meyer began her coaching career at Florida High while a sophomore at FSU. In high school competition, Meyer was a district champion in the 800m and was a member of the Florida High state qualifying and former school record-holding 4X800m relay team. She was also a state qualifier in the 800m and 1-mile events.