Holly Kelly-Thompson

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2013

Holly Kelly-Thompson attended Miami Palmetto High School as a standout track and field athlete and cross country runner. As a student athlete, Holly was a state champion in the high jump in 1986 and 1987, never losing a competition her junior or senior year. She held the FHSAA state record of six feet for 17 years until it was broken in 2003.

Her time in high school was marked by numerous accomplishments including being a member of the World Junior Championship Team in Athens, Greece in 1986 where she finished fifth and also named the Gatorade Girls Track National Athlete of the Year in 1987. When Holly wasn’t on the track, she was helping kids across the state of Florida. She was a chairperson for the “Florida Say No To Drugs” program and spoke to student athletes across the state. Holly is also known as a statewide spokeswoman for the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Her successful athletic career continued into college, attending Florida State University in Tallahassee. She is currently the record holder for the high jump, was a six time All-American in the high jump, a Florida Relays and FSU Relays Champion from 1987-1991, and a Texas Relays and Mt. Sac Relays Champion from 1988-1991.

After college, Holly participated in the US Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, and 1996 and also competed for five years internationally on the Grand Prix Circuit in Europe where she was Top 10 in the US for over eight years.

Once competition concluded for Holly, she decided she wanted to work with children. She served as an assistant track coach at the University of Miami from 1991-1995 while also serving as the head cheerleading coach, assistant Athletic Director and teacher at Coral Gables High School from 1992-1997.

Currently, Holly is the Southeastern Sales Manager at MF Athletic Company/Perform Better where she has authored numerous articles, books and DVDs on high jump training, plyometric training, pre-season conditioning, and strength and conditioning training.

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