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The University of Florida Track & Field Alumni Association




Created by Hugo R. Miller

President / Co-Founder of The University of Florida Track & Field Alumni Association

Under the direction of University of Florida

Head Track & Field Coach Michael “ Mouse “ Holloway

Advisor: John Ferguson co-founder of Delta Timing

Estimated Cost: $30 - $50K


The Jimmy J. Carnes Media Center is a gift from The University of Florida Track & Field Alumni Association and its Sponsor (s) to The University of Florida Track & Field Department under the head coach leadership of Michael “Mouse” Holloway of The University of Florida Athletic Department. The Jimmy j. Carnes Media Center is dedicated to the memory of University of Florida and Olympic Track & Field Coach James Jerome “Jimmy” Carnes.


Estimated Dedication at

2012 University of Florida Track & Field Alumni Association Reunion / The 2012 Pepsi Florida Relays Weekend

Saturday April 7, 2012

Coach Jimmy Carnes

Humanitarian & University of Florida Track & Field Coaching Legend.

From the Wikipedia entry: The On-Line Encyclopedia

James Jerome "Jimmy" Carnes (November 29, 1934 – March 5, 2011) was an American track and field athlete, coach and administrator. A successful coach at the high school, college and international levels, Carnes compiled a 161–11 career dual meet record, highlighted by four college conference championships and six state high school championships. Carnes was the head coach of the U.S. Olympic track & field team and the Florida Gators track and field team, the founder of the Florida Track Club, and a member of the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame. Early years

Jimmy Carnes was born in Eatonton, Georgia. He attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia from 1952 to 1956, where he played for the Mercer Bears basketball team and was a javelin thrower and high jumper for the Bears track and field team.

Coaching career

High school

Carnes graduated from Mercer in 1956, and accepted his first job as a physical education teacher and assistant coach for the football, basketball and track teams at Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County, Georgia. In his second year at Druid Hills, he was named head coach of the track team. From 1957 to 1962, Carnes' Druid Hills track teams were a perfect 52–0 in dual meets and captured six Georgia high school state championships, and he was recognized as the Georgia coach of the year six times.


In 1962, Carnes became the head cross country and track and field coach at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. His Furman track and field teams were 16–3 in dual meets, and won both the Southern Conference indoor and outdoor track and field championships in his two seasons there. After the 1964 track season, Carnes accepted the head coaching position at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.[3] From 1965 to 1976, Carnes' Florida Gators track and field teams finished in the top three in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) fifteen times, won two SEC indoor track championships, and compiled a 93–3 overall record in dual meets. Among his many Gators track and field athletes were sixty-five SEC individual champions, four NCAA individual champions and twenty-four All-Americans.

In 1965, Carnes founded the Florida Track Club in Gainesville, an amateur track and field organization that helped to train high school athletes, college-level transfer students, future Olympians and other post-graduate competitors. Over the following decade, the Florida Track club became a magnet for serious track and field athletes training for international competitions, including Jack Bacheler, Jeff Galloway, Marty Liquori and Frank Shorter. Carnes recruited fifty-five graduate student-athletes for the Florida Track Club by offering several of them assistant coaching positions and helping many of them obtain graduate assistantships within the university to help them continue their graduate studies.


Carnes served as the assistant coach of the U.S. men's track and field team for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He was named the head coach of the U.S. men's track and field team that was forced to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow as a result of the Soviet Union's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.

Business ventures

In 1973, Carnes and Liquori co-founded Athletic Attic, one of the nation's first sports equipment chain stores, with an emphasis on running shoes for training and competition. At the peak of the running craze, Athletic Attic had over 165 stores in the United States, Canada, Japan and New Zealand with over $40 million in annual revenue. Carnes resigned as the Gators track coach in September 1976 to focus on his Athletic Attic business interests and his Olympic coaching.

Sports administration

As chairman of the Governor's Council on Sports and Physical Fitness, Carnes was the founder of the Sunshine State Games, Florida's annual Olympic-style multi-sport festival. The first games were held in 1980, and have been held every year since then.

Carnes became the chairman of the track division of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in 1977, and helped heal a decades-long institutional rift between the AAU and the NCAA. From 1980 to 1984, he served as the first president of the The Athletics Congress/USA (now known as USA Track & Field), after it was spun off from the AAU. He was also involved in the formation of TACTRUST, the first step toward open track competition, and worked to guide the sport from amateur to open competition rules.

Carnes served a total of twenty-one years as a member of the board of directors of the International Special Olympics.


Carnes was inducted as a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998, and the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2008. He was also inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as an "honorary letter winner" in 1983. The Gainesville Sports Commission has sponsored an annual championship called the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Track and Field Meet since 2008.


Carnes was married to Nanette Carnes, and they were the parents of three sons and a daughter. He died in Gainesville in 2011, after a three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer; he was 76 years old. Carnes was survived by his wife and their children…..Coach Jimmy Carnes has touched the lives of many throughout his life, till this day. He is truly a great Humanitarian.

What is The Jimmy J.Carnes Media Center and the purpose ?

The Jimmy J. Carnes Media Center is the upgrading and improvement of the old University of Florida Track & Field Press Box. This upgrading shall make the press box wireless and capable of storing and sending more information/data internationally. This shall lessen the probability of error and/or lost data. This shall make the Jimmy J. Carnes Media Center a conducive modern environment (ie..air conditioning, lighting etc…)

What is the solution and cost?

Advisory Description by John Ferguson (co-founder of Delta Timing)

Refurbishing what you got.

a. "Dress up" the press box areas. Specifically the media area. Redo the walls, put in nice comfortable chairs, beef up the internet connection so reporters can have access to their home base to report. A HVAC units (air conditioning) for comfort. A refrigerator for drinks, etc…

b. Fiber the field. Run fiber optics from press box to key locations on the field to support timing cameras and scoreboards. (62.5 micron multi-mode connectors: SC or ST)

c. Install a high gain antennae on roof of press box to support information flow from field events so they can be displayed on scoreboards at the event. The fans will love you! This wireless commutation can also be used at clerks area for instant changes in heat lineups.

d. Scoreboards for each field event along with either netbooks or tablets to run them and send each jump and throw back to data manager in press box. Along with that have a display for the announcer (with live field events and running events) so that he watch and alert the crowd to exceptional performances.

e. Enhanced communication - Install a Clear or CoachCom system. Put a headset on timer, clerk, starter or starters aid and head coach. The flow of the meet will be more efficient. Increasing efficiency will lead to smoother meets that fans will enjoy.


(highlights indicates mandatory)

1. Fiber optics – 2000 feet installed $15,000

2. Daktronics Galaxy boards - $40,000 

3. HVAC 4 units - $7,000

4. Netbooks to push field event results - $5,000 

 5. Wireless equipment/Antennae - $1,000 

 6. Communications package - $7,000

7. Rack mounted switch - $1,000

8. Revamping of plugmold - $3,000

9. Refurbish press & timing areas - $15,000


1 - 3 WEEKS


*Awaiting University of Florida Athletic Association (UAA) Approval*

#2 UF Coach "Mouse" Holloway WISH LIST


Company: UCS Spirit

Advisor: Frank Caraway

UF Head Track Coach Michael “Mouse Holloway”s


ESTIMATED TOTAL: $47,482.00 

These are the needed equipment that the UF Track & Field Department needs to function better. The following are equipment in which the UFTFAA (University of Florida Track & Field Alumni Association) shall donate as an ACCEPTABLE GIFT to the UF Track & Field Department .

It shall be obtain through our donations and fundraising drives.


1) Grand Prix Pole Vault Standards  $14,000.00

2) High Junp Pit (24’4” x 12’28”)    $8,505.00

3) Weather Cover for HJ Pit Model 1360    $737.00

4) Pole Vault Base Protection Pads (1 pair)… $1,240.00

5) NCAA Discus Cage with Ground Sleeves - complete with Net (16’10”in height)…. $3,500.00

6) UCS NCAA Hammer Cage with Ground Sleeves     $19,500.00

SHIPPING COST …$1, 150.00

ESTIMATED TOTAL: $47, 482.00