Ricky Argro was on the ground floor of turning the Florida State track & field program into a national champion as a sprinter and jumper with the Seminoles. Now he will have the opportunity to do it again as a coach at his alma mater.
“I’m really excited to bring Rick back home,” Florida State head coach Bob Braman said, announcing Argro’s hiring. “His career culminated as captain of our first national championship team, but more importantly he was part of the building of that incredible team. During his time we went from ACC contender, to multiple-time ACC champions; from a Top 20 program to national champions.
“I think that makes him uniquely qualified to help us return to national contenders.”
Argro has been appointed assistant coach for sprints and relays, parlaying his experiences as a high school and private coach with elite athletes in the Central Florida area since graduating from Florida State in 2006.
“It’s a dream,” Argro said. “According to my mom, since I could talk I’ve been a fan of Florida State. To be a fan of the school, come here on a scholarship, be a part of the track team and help build it to what it has become…to now, being able to come back and coach, there’s nothing you can really compare it to.”
In addition to working side-by-side with Braman and Hon, Argro will be reunited with director of field events Dennis Nobles, who was his jumps coach with the Seminoles, as well as former FSU teammate Dorian Scott, who is the throws coach.
Argro, 32, has spent the past three years as head track & field coach at Orlando’s First Academy, leading the boy’s team to three consecutive 1A state runner-up finishes and the girls to back-to-back top eight finishes. In that narrow window he has produced 15 state champions, including 11 on the boys side and four for the girls.
Among the cast of stars Argro has helped develop are former Seminole sprinter Marvin Bracy, and his cousin Levonte Whitfield, who currently suits up for the FSU football team. Together they were the top-ranked 100-meter high school runners nationally from 2011-13. Argro currently guides First Academy graduate and Texas signee Teahna Daniels, who ranks No. 1 nationally among high schoolers from 55-100 meters.
“Rick has had amazing success on the high school level and privately, and has coached sprinters at the highest levels,” Braman said. “He’s also a fantastic mentor for our young sprinters and that’s a key part of our mission of developing the whole student-athlete.”
Outside the high school arena, Argro is currently working with Moushaumi Robinson and Simone Facey, two women whom between them have six NCAA Championship relay titles, one Olympic and two World Championship gold medals. And thanks to a wide network of connections, he has also had an opportunity to work with a cast of high school greats including FSU’s Trentavis Friday, Baylor star Trayvon Bromell and former Texas A&M standout Aldrich Bailey. This past winter he also worked alongside three-time world champion and American record-holder, Tyson Gay.
Agro’s passion for coaching has roots that run deep into his past as a standout out Lyman High School, where he was mentored by Fred Finke and Marcus O’Dell. That passion was nurtured during his four seasons with the Seminoles, where he helped qualify two All-American 4×100 relay teams to the NCAA Championship meet, while earning All-ACC honors under Harnden’s tutelage.