Men's Swimming & Diving Headline
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming program will undergo an organizational restructuring in preparation of the 2012 Olympic year, head coach Gregg Troy announced Tuesday. Assistant head coaches Martyn Wilby and Anthony Nesty have each been promoted to the title of associate head coach, while assistant coach Steve Jungbluth has been named recruiting coordinator. Assistant coach Leah Martindale-Stancil will retain her duties on deck as well as her role as swim camp director, while Erva Gilliam has been elevated to the director of swimming operations.
“The restructuring of our program will provide us with an opportunity on deck to really focus in on the first-hand development of premier performances by our swimmers,” Troy said. “With the number of current and post-graduate swimmers here on our campus that are training towards the 2012 London Olympics, the delegation of administrative duties will allow us more time on deck to really work hand-in-hand with the training of each of our student-athletes, allowing them to compete for SEC, NCAA and Olympic Championships.”
Wilby and Nesty, the longest-tenured assistant coach duo in the SEC (1998-present), will see an expanded role in the administration and inner-workings of the program, and will partner together in maintaining the overall development and high-level coaching of current male and female student-athletes. Additional administrative duties have also been added to their responsibility.
“We are extremely fortunate to have the long-term commitment of Martyn and Anthony.” Troy said. “Their commitment to remain in Gainesville for an extended period of time is key to the success of the program, while their investment in this program for years to come will continue to provide the much-needed foundation for the continued development of our student-athletes, program and university.”
In addition to his current duties working with the sprinters, Jungbluth will be in charge of coordinating all recruiting efforts for the program. As a former head coach himself, Jungbluth has already excelled in this position, helping UF sprinters such as junior Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) and senior Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) develop their talents into some of the fastest times in the country. Jungbluth will oversee the evaluation of prospective student-athletes, official visits and daily recruiting efforts for the entire program.
Martindale-Stancil, a 12-time All-American at UF from 1998-2002, will maintain her duties on deck as an assistant coach. The two-time Olympian (Barbados) will continue to organize, develop and carry out the annual summer Gator Swim Camp, rated by swimming experts as one of the best training swim camps nationally for young children and future swimming stars.
Gilliam is now in charge of the day-to-day operations of the UF swimming and diving program. The new director of swimming operations is additionally responsible for the management and execution of home dual meets, championship events and compliance-related activities.
“We are enormously grateful to have an administration, that from top to bottom, understands and values championship-winning performances and coaches that are committed to those goals,” Troy said.