Pete Meyer
Pete Meyer
Title: Director of Athletics & Dean of Wellness
Phone: 863-680-4264
Alma Mater: College of Wooster, 1987

Pete Meyer has been the Director of Athletics & Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College since 2008 after serving as an assistant athletic director, head baseball coach, and assistant baseball coach for the Moccasins. Under his direction, Florida Southern Athletics has grown to include 20 NCAA sponsored sports, as well as a nationally-ranked water ski team, an IHSA equestrian team, and an eSports team. Meyer has also been instrumental in some of the biggest facility enhancements in Florida Southern history by securing funding for facilities such as the brand-new Barnett Athletic Complex, the Judy and Joe P. Ruthven Beach Volleyball Courts, the Wynee Warden Tennis Center, and aiding in the procurement of historic Henley Field. He has also overseen the remodel of Jenkins Field House and the addition of the Jenkins Clubhouse at Henley Field.

Florida Southern has captured four NCAA National Championships during Meyer's tenure as Director of Athletics. The Moccasins have earned the following team national titles in the past decade:

  • Men's Basketball (2014-15)
  • Men's Golf (2010, 2017)
  • Women's Lacrosse (2016)

In addition, the Moccasins have captured 12 individual national championships since 2008 including:

  • Men's Golf
    • Tim Crouch (2013, 2014)
    • John VanDerLaan (2018)
  • Men's Swimming
    • Jeb Halfacre (2010, 2011, 2012 - 200-yd backstroke)
    • Matthew Holmes (2018 - 400-yd individual medley)
  • Women's Swimming
    • Mary O'Sullivan (2011 - 200-yd backstroke & 200-yd freestyle)
    • Ali Crenshaw (2013 - 1,000-yd & 1,650-yd freestyle; 1,000-yd freestyle)

Not only has Florida Southern captured numerous team and individual national titles under Meyer's direction, but Florida Southern has also finished as the national runner-up six times in four different sports since 2008. FSC athletic teams have combined to make 97 NCAA postseason appearances in the past 10 years.

The Moccasins have also dominated the Sunshine State Conference by winning 33 conference titles (24 regular-season, nine tournament) in nine different sports during his tenure. Florida Southern has captured the SSC Mayor's Cup four times on the men's side and twice on the women's since Meyer took the helm of the athletic department. The Mocs captured both Mayor's Cup titles in 2017-18 to complete their first sweep of the awards since the 2000-01 academic year.

Florida Southern has also finished in the top 25 of the Learfield Director's Cup seven times since 2008 including a fifth-place showing this past year, the school's best since taking fourth in back-to-back years in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.  Individually, eight different Moccasins have earned the SSC Athlete of the Year award during Meyer's tenure.

Meyer has also overseen unprecedented success in the classroom since beginning his role as the Director of Athletics. Florida Southern has captured three SSC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors and has had seven different student-athletes earn the prestigious NCAA Elite 90 Award, given annually to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the finals site of each of the NCAA's 90 National Championship events. The Mocs captured three NCAA Elite 90 Awards during 2017-18 alone, marking just the second time in NCAA Division II history that three student-athletes from the same institution earned the Elite 90 Award in the same year.

As of the end of the 2017-18 academic year, Florida Southern student-athletes maintained a department-wide cumulative career GPA of 3.42, with each team eclipsing a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.14 and 12 posting a cumulative grade-point average above a 3.5. A total of 38 student-athletes have earned CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic all-America honors since Meyer began his time as the head of the department.

Prior to his appointment as Director of Athletics, Meyer served as the head coach of the storied Moccasin baseball program from 2001-08, and again from 2010-12. Under his guidance, the Moccasins won the 2005 NCAA National Championship, the ninth in program history, and advanced to six NCAA Tournaments. Meyer finished his tenure as Florida Southern's baseball coach with a record of 308-139-1, and won at least 40 games in three different seasons.

During his time as the head baseball coach, Meyer was named as the National, Regional, SSC and Florida Diamond Club Coach of the Year (2005), coached eight all-Americans, more than 20 all-South Region selections, and more than 40 all-Sunshine State Conference honorees. Florida Southern had 43 different players drafted during Meyer's time as head coach. Prior to his tenure as head coach, Meyer was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under legendary Moccasin head coach Chuck Anderson. Meyer also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Valdosta State following a two-year stint as the head coach at Division III Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

Meyer has also served the athletic profession and his community in a number of different ways. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Florida, is a member of the NCAA Division II Baseball South Region Committee, and has been the chair of the Sunshine State Conference Athletic Director's Committee. Meyer's commitment to his community also extends to Florida Southern's student-athletes and coaches, who regularly participate in thousands of hours of community engagement and service initiatives each year, including Night to Shine, the First Tee of Lakeland, Habitat for Humanity, and many others.

A 1987 graduate of the College of Wooster, Meyer was a four-year baseball letterwinner for the Fighting Scots and holds a bachelors degree in speech communication from Wooster as well as a master's in physical education from Valdosta State. He and his wife, Julie, have three children; Ross, Mitchell, and Megan. Meyer will complete his doctoral studies in educational leadership at Florida Southern in 2019.