Monday May 20, 2013Anthony Nesty and Martyn Wilby Named Assistant Coaches of the Year
Florida swimming and diving Associate Head Coaches Martyn Wilby and Anthony Nesty have both been named Assistant Coach-of-the-Year by CollegeSwimming.com. This is the first time that Wilby has been recognized and the second time for Nesty.
“We are extremely lucky to have both of these guys here at Florida,” said Head Coach Gregg Troy. “Few teams in the country really have assistants who have all the credentials, abilities and work ethic to be head coaches. They are very deserving candidates and I not only congratulate them for this award, but thank them for all they do for the program.”
Both coaches have had a tremendous impact on the Florida swimming and diving program as they have been working with the swimming and diving program for a combined 31 years.
Wilby joined the Gators’ staff in 1998 and was recently promoted to associate head coach in 2006, where he works closely with the women’s team. Under his tutelage the Florida women finished sixth at the 2013 NCAA Championships while setting three school records during the meet. UF also tallied 35 All-America honors between 11 swimmers. Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) won the second NCAA title of her career after touching the wall first in the 400 IM.
He also helped cultivate a solid freshman class during the 2012-13 season. Five of the 12 women that competed at the NCAA meet this season were freshmen, two of which led the team with seven All-America honors. Both Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) and Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario) collected the maximum number of honors at the national meet. Wilby coached Beisel to her second consecutive SEC Commissioner’s Trophy after winning two SEC titles and Hinds was named SEC Female Freshman of the Year for her performance at the SEC Championships.
“Not only is Martyn a tremendous source of swimming knowledge as a coach but he also has that unique ability to really communicate with the athlete,” Troy remarked. “He has been instrumental in all that we do here at Florida.”
On the men’s side, Nesty has been coaching at Florida for 16 seasons and is in his eighth year as associate head coach. A former Florida swimmer, Nesty helped lead the Gators to their 34th SEC Championship in program history this season. The Gators had not won a conference championship in 20 seasons and broke Auburn’s streak of 16-straight. This season he guided the Gators to four school records, career-best performances, numerous All-American honors and a NCAA relay title.
Nesty saw junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) earn seven All-America honors, finishing second in all three individual events at the 2013 NCAA Championship. Cieslak set two school records in the 100 and 200 fly during the meet and joined freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland), junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) in the 800 free relay that won the NCAA title with a school record time of 6:13.27.
“There are not many who have had the same success as both and athlete and as a coach,” Troy said. “Not only is Anthony a Gator Great as an athlete but he excels as a coach also. His expertise, knowledge of the sport and work ethic are key in our success here at Florida.”
The Assistant Coach-of-the-Year winners were selected by a panel of coaches. Each is nominated by the program’s head coach as well as a student-athlete. You can see the full nominations for Wilby and Nesty here.