Harlis Meaders

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Harlis Meaders - Track and Field/Cross Country - Florida State Seminoles
Position
Assistant Coach (Throws)

Harlis Meaders returns to the Seminoles for his second stint with Florida State University as an assistant coach who will work primarily with the throwers. During his 28-year collegiate coaching career, Meaders has coached 57 NCAA All-Americans, three NCAA Individual Champions, and an Olympian.

Meaders is a 1992 graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned a degree in speech communications while competing in the discus, shot put, and 35-pound weight throw. He won three ACC titles during his time at UNC as he was the back-to-back discus champion in 1991 and 1992 and also secured the indoor weight throw crown in 1992. The Monroe, North Carolina native held the UNC record in the discus (56.95m) for 23 years which now stands second in the all-time UNC rankings.

Meaders kicked off his coaching career at Western Carolina, where he spent three years as an assistant coach and earned a master’s degree in physical education.

After his stint at Western Carolina, Meaders would spend the next 18 years at Florida State where he cultivated one of the most successful throws programs in collegiate track and field. Meaders contributed to Florida State winning the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s NCAA Division I Men’s Program of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. FSU throwers captured 22 All-America honors and 22 ACC titles while setting numerous school records under Meaders. He notably coached two-time NCAA shot put champion Garrett Johnson and two-time Olympian Dorian Scott.

In 2012, Meaders left the Seminoles for his alma mater, UNC, where he would spend the next seven years as the head track and field coach. During his time with the Tar Heels, his student-athletes achieved 29 All-America selections and established a strong academic reputation, showcasing excellence both on and off the oval.

Meaders spent the last two seasons as Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at Colgate University where he made great strides in building the Raiders’ track and field program. In the 2020-21 season, Meaders guided the women’s track and field team to their best finish at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships in six years.