TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State track and field head coach Bob Braman has announced the addition of assistant coach Harlis Meaders to his staff. Braman has also named Ricky Argro the Associate Head Coach of Men’s Track and Field and Matt Kane the Associate Head Coach of Women’s Track and Field.
“I’m really excited about the recent changes in our staff. Harlis and I worked hand-in-hand in building the track and field dynasty of the early 2000s, so I’m a huge fan of his coaching and really excited to welcome him,” Braman said. “Coach Argro and Coach Kane have been instrumental in our program’s resurgence over the last several years. They’ve achieved great success in tough times and both of their squads are poised to make some noise on the national level this spring. Their promotions as Associate Head Coaches to the men’s and women’s programs are well-deserved.”
Meaders returns to Florida State for the second time in his 28-year coaching career. Meaders spent 18 seasons in Tallahassee and was a part of the most successful seasons in program history. Meaders was an assistant coach for the 2006 and 2008 men’s national championship teams and coached Seminole great Garrett Johnson who was a two-time national champion in the shot put. He also coached two-time Olympian Dorian Scott.
In 18 years with the Seminoles, his throwers’ group earned 22 ACC titles and 22 All-America honors. In 2011, Meaders helped the Seminoles win the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men’s Program of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Meaders was also named the 2005 East Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
After his stint with the Seminoles, Meaders returned to his alma mater to become the North Carolina head track and field coach for the next seven seasons. Following his stint in Chapel Hill, Meaders has spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Colgate track and field program. Meaders was also the 2019 USATF World University Games Throws Coach. In total, Meaders has coached 57 All-Americans, 49 ACC individual champions, three national champions, one Olympian and one Rhodes Scholar.
“I am excited to be back in Garnet and Gold. Coach Braman has done an excellent job of keeping this program relevant on the national scene, and I am excited to accept his invitation to rejoin the team. I am joining an amazing staff of other assistant coaches. I am eager to learn from all of them and to share some of my experiences while at FSU and other universities,” Meaders said.
Argro and Kane have been staples to the Seminoles’ recent success. In the 2022 season, Argro coached Jo’Vaughn Martin and DaeQwan Butler to ACC titles and also helped Martin pick up his second-straight First Team All-America honor. Primarily working with the men’s sprinters, Argro guided both the 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
“I want to thank Coach Braman and the administration for this great opportunity. This program means the world to me, and I look to continue to represent the tradition and values of Florida State to the best of my ability,” Argro said. “I am truly blessed to work with an amazing staff who help me continue to grow as a coach as well as the phenomenal athletes we work with. Most importantly, thank you to my family. Their continued support of me can’t be described.”
Coach Kane has made an immediate impact in three seasons for the Seminoles. This past season, Kane guided Trey Cunningham to one of the most successful hurdle seasons in collegiate history. Cunningham won national titles in the 60m hurdles and the 110m hurdles and was also second in the 110m hurdles at the World Championships. Last season alone, Kane coached eight ACC individual champions and seven All-Americans and guided the women’s 4x100m relay to an ACC record time of 42.78.
“It’s an honor that Coach Braman has faith in myself and Coach Argro to help grow the program. I believe we are building something special here at Florida State, and I know that Florida State will be a premier sport for collegiate women competing in track and field,” Coach Kane said.
Braman has now completed his staff with the additions of Meaders and assistant coach Baylee Mires who is heading the women’s distance crew. Mires has already had great success in Tallahassee leading the women’s cross country team to 24th in the USTFCCCA poll and second in the South Region.
“I feel like we’ve got one of best all-around coaching staffs in the country. It’s my honor to guide them in their journey in shaping our student athletes’ lives on and off the track,” Braman said.
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