To Gator (Country) Nation: I want to take this opportunity on behalf of my family to thank Gator fans everywhere for your awesome support of us, and our team, for the past six years. We have had the best time leading the Gators and have enjoyed every minute of it (well, except for any games we didn’t win). We wouldn’t trade any part of it and have truly enriched our lives by moving to Gainesville and becoming part of such a wonderful community.
The passion, excitement, competitiveness and love for these Gators, shown by the fans, is unmatched by any other place we have coached. I am so thankful for the many, many people I have had the opportunity to meet and for the close friendships I have developed through being part of Gator Nation.
Gainesville is a wonderful place to raise a family and our children have found success in going to school here, playing all kinds of sports, and being part of all their different groups/organizations. They have made so many friends, as have Urban and I, and we feel deeply ingrained in this community.
We will continue to support the many charity events we have been involved in and look forward to remaining a part of Gainesville for many years.
We will be cheering as hard as ever for our Gators — just from a different spot!
We have so many great memories that it’s hard to pick one favorite. We feel so blessed that we were able to hold up the crystal ball TWICE and it was so fun sharing it with all of you!
Thank you, thank you to so many of you who reached out personally to us with good wishes, gifts (I have the greatest Gator Embellished/Bedazzled Flip Flop collection EVER), and even advice for Urban on how to take care of himself, especially over the past year and a half. We felt the love from Gator Fans so many times and we so appreciate that.
So do it again! Get behind your new coach, as we are, and keep cheering on those Gator players as you always have. Don’t ever lose that passion and fight that make the fans here so special.
And always, always make sure the players and coaches feel your support in ALL KINDS OF WEATHER. You don’t know how much that helps them get through the rough times. You have a GREAT coaching staff in place to carry on the winning tradition established here.
Best wishes and blessings to you all and thank you a million times over. We are happy to be Gators, always!!!
Go Gators! Shelley Meyer