Special Olympics Florida announced that Pete Meyer, director of athletics for Florida Southern College, has joined the Special Olympics Florida Board of Directors.
“Pete’s successes as a collegiate athlete, coach, and athletic director bring tremendous value to our organization,” said President and CEO of Special Olympics Florida, Sherry Wheelock. “We look forward to his input and participation as we grow our sports, health, and leadership programs across the state, and especially welcome his expertise to help expand our Special Olympics College Clubs.”
“I am excited to be a part of this amazing organization as a member of the board, with all of the tremendous staff and volunteers, working toward the mission of Special Olympics Florida,” Meyer said. “It is my hope that I can assist the organization in a way that can give even more opportunities for athletes to participate.”
Meyer joined the staff of Florida Southern in 1998 and has held several positions at the college including assistant baseball coach, head baseball coach, recruiting coordinator, assistant athletics director, and dean of wellness. He first served as director of athletics in 2008.
Under Meyer’s leadership, Florida Southern’s athletic program has grown to be one of the most successful Division II programs in the nation. He oversees 20 NCAA-sponsored sports, intercollegiate waterski and equestrian, campus intramurals, and the operation of the Hollis Wellness Center. During his tenure as athletic director, Florida Southern has won three NCAA national titles and numerous Sunshine State Conference titles and postseason appearances.
Meyer graduated from the College of Wooster in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication. He earned his master’s degree in physical education from Valdosta State University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in Education Leadership at Florida Southern. Meyer and his wife, Julie, live in Lakeland and have three children.
Additionally, Meyer will attend the Special Olympics Florida – Polk County Summer Games, taking place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at All Saints Academy, 5001 FL-540, Winter Haven, FL.