Although Harlis Meaders is in his first year as North Carolina’s head track and field coach, he is no rookie when it comes to sporting Tar Heel blue on the winner’s podium.
Twenty years ago, Meaders won back-to-back ACC outdoor titles for UNC in discus and an indoor title in weight throw. He also captained the 1992 team that won the ACC outdoor title.
This weekend, he’ll return to the ACC Indoor Championships at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House as UNC’s head coach.
“I don’t know if there’s a big difference between how I felt as an athlete and how I feel now as a coach,” Meaders said. “I don’t get a chance to wear a uniform, and I don’t get a chance to throw anything. But other than that, I’m just as excited as the kids are.”
Since Meaders arrived, he has focused on uniting his athletes by calling more team meetings and dinners. He said it’s team policy that athletes must sit with a teammate outside of their specialties.