Gary Droze, one of the most widely known names in Tallahassee's vast running community, is entering his second season as head coach of the Tallahassee Community College cross country program.
Droze was announced as the Eagles' first-ever cross country coach on April 18, 2016, and led the women's team onto the trials in 2016. When Tallahassee announced the addition of the men's team for Fall 2017, Droze's role expanded to include both rosters.
While he is in the building stage for the Eagles, Droze has already blazed a decorated career at Tallahassee's Maclay School, where he currently teaches and also coaches the Marauders' cross country and track teams since 1993.
Droze has coached Maclay's boys and girls cross country and track teams to a combined 20 FHSAA state titles - boys cross country (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002), girls cross country (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005), boys track (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 20100 and girls track (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2013) - and 16 additional runners-up finishes.
In 2014, Droze was named the Florida Athletic Coaches’ Association Girls Track Coach of the Year and, in 2015, was the Tallahassee Democrat Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year following Maclay’s runners-up finish at the Class 1A State Cross Country Meet.
Droze ran collegiately at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was the team’s most valuable player in 1982 and earned a bachelor’s degree in academics in 1983. He earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Florida State University in 1996.