Pete MeyerDirector of Athletics & Dean of Wellness
Alma Mater: College of Wooster, '87
Office Phone: 863-680-4264
Through four years as Director of Athletics at Florida Southern College, Pete Meyer has seen his program grow to 19 NCAA-sponsored sports and continue to be one of the most successful in the country in Division II. In 2011-12, the women's golf team finished second at the Division II Championship. The men’s swimming team finished third, capturing three individual event national championships, while the women’s team placed 10th. Twelve of FSC’s programs participated in NCAA postseason competition. FSC won Sunshine State Conference titles in men's basketball (postseason tournament) and women’s basketball (regular season), won a share of the SSC men’s Mayors’ Cup Award and placed fourth in the women’s Mayors’ Cup.
That success combined to give the Moccasins a 14th-place finish, tops among SSC schools for the second straight year, in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings and their 11th top 25 finish in the program's history. It is FSC’s best finish since the 2006-07 school year, when the Moccasins were 10th.
After also coaching the baseball team the past two seasons, Meyer now is out of the coaching profession, working strictly as director of athletics. In two stints as baseball coach (2002-08 and 2011-12) covering eight years, Meyer’s FSC teams went 308-139-1 and won the 2005 Division II Championship. His overall record as a head coach was 347-169-1. Forty-five Moccasin baseball players have been drafted or signed professional contracts during Meyer's tenure at Florida Southern.
In 2010-11, Meyer directed a program that produced a third-place national finish in women’s golf, as well as four national event wins and top 10 national finishes by both swimming teams. Moccasin teams claimed SSC championships in women’s basketball and men’s cross country. FSC won the women’s Mayors’ Cup Award, tied for second in the men’s competition and was 19th in the Division II Directors’ Cup standings.
In 2009-10, FSC won its 12th NCAA men’s golf title, its 27th national title overall and produced its first national champion in swimming (Jeb Halfacre – 200-yard backstroke). Eleven programs were represented in NCAA postseason competition, with men’s golf, basketball and cross country teams capturing SSC titles.
In Meyer's first year as AD (2008-09), Moccasin teams produced three SSC championships (men's cross country, men's basketball, softball) and a fifth-place national finish in women's golf. Eleven FSC teams went to NCAA postseason competition.
Named to the AD position Feb. 21, 2008, he officially assumed his duties July 1, 2008, when Lois Webb retired.
In the fall of 2008, Meyer was given the additional title of Dean of Wellness, putting the operation of the Hollis Wellness Center, as well as the water ski program and campus intramurals under his direction.
A member of the Florida Southern staff since 1998, Meyer also served as assistant athletics director for Webb from February of 2006 until his AD appointment.
Before officially assuming the reigns of head baseball coach in June of 2002, Meyer had served for over three years as Florida Southern's top assistant coach under Chuck Anderson. He also was the program's recruiting coordinator.
Prior to joining the FSC coaching staff, Meyer spent five seasons at Valdosta State, working under legendary head baseball coach Tommy Thomas. Before his stint at Valdosta State, Meyer was head baseball coach at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, where he coordinated the start of the school's Division III program in 1991. His Oglethorpe teams won Eastern Division titles in the SCAC in each of his two seasons (1992-93) as head coach.
He served as a graduate assistant at Valdosta State from 1988-90, while earning his master’s degree in physical education. A four-year baseball letterman at the College of Wooster in Ohio, Meyer graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication.
Meyer is married to the former Julie Newnum. The couple has three children - Ross, 24, Mitchell, 22, a senior at Florida Southern, and Megan, 21, a junior at Trinity University in Texas.