Fort Lauderdale High School senior distance runner Michael Fiore announced his commitment to the University of Florida (UF) for the fall of 2021. He took the news to his Instagram account on October 5th.
“I’ve been a Gator my whole life, so when they reached out it was a special moment,” Fiore said. “Coach Josh and I spoke with the coach and thought it would be a perfect fit…The team culture at UF was exactly what I was looking for and a big reason why I chose UF.”
Head Coach Josh Fulton had a few remarks for Fiore’s decision.
“I’m truly happy for him. He had a lot of amazing choices to pick from, really great programs, but what Michael’s personal goals are, they just aligned perfectly,” Coach Fulton responded. “I trust Coach Solinsky and Coach Holloway; they have experience at the highest levels and they specialize in growing people, not just athletes. The transition will be seamless for him because it’s what we do here.”
Fiore’s parents are UF alumni and are pleased with his decision.
“[I’m] thrilled for Michael,” said Michael’s mother, Elaine Fiore. “His vision, work ethic and dedication have brought him where he wants to be. So proud of him!”
Fiore has one goal this upcoming season: winning a state title in track. “My main focus is to see the guys around me get better and thrive as well as reaching my personal goals,” Fiore said.
While he works toward accomplishing this, he also continues to be leader for the cross country and distance track teams. Being a leader requires responsibility and effort, and Fiore took to the off-track challenge naturally.
“Simply put, Michael has shifted our culture. He came in as a freshman and took the reigns of the program and became the leader we needed,” Coach Fulton explained. “He helped show any athlete that was here to witness his growth that you can trust the program that we built.”
We wish Fiore the best of luck in his conversion from a Flying L to a Gator this coming year.