Dr. Gregg Phifer’s role as a distinguished professor and supporter of Seminole athletics for more than a half century has been unmatched. Phifer, who is professor emeritus after many years of service in communications, has officiated track and field meets during the tenure of every FSU head coach.
A native of Cincinnati, Phifer ran track at the University of Pacific after successfully campaigning for a program as a student writer at the Pacific Weekly school newspaper. From Pacific, he moved on to the University of Iowa where he received his doctorate in 1949. Dr. Phifer joined the faculty at Florida State that same year and taught speech while also starting a debate program. He also began a nearly life-long effort of helping with the FSU track program, as both a meet official and photographer, shortly after his arrival in Tallahassee.
In addition to officiating FSU’s home track meets, Phifer has officiated at the Junior Pan American Games and Junior Nationals. He is an accredited master official by USA Track and Field Association and is a member of the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Governor’s Sunshine State Foundation. Since 1951, Phifer has officiated more than 250 meets.