- Steve Jungbluth
Swimming & Diving Coaches
Steve Jungbluth enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Gators in 2015-16. Jungbluthworks with the sprinters.
This past season, Jungbluth coached Caeleb Dressel to UF’s first-ever 50-yard freestyle (18.67) NCAA Championship, which he achieved on day one of the NCAA meet. Dressel became the ninth Gator swimmer under Jungbluth and Head Coach Gregg Troy’s tutelage to win SEC Male Freshman of the Year. At the conference meet, Dressel won the 100-yard butterfly title in an outstanding time of 45.28 seconds. That mark not only ranked him second all-time in school history but it was the second-quickest in the U.S. 17-18 year old age group.
During the 2014-15 season, the Florida men set seven of a possible 18 school records.
In 2013-14, Jungbluth helped the Gators break eight UF sprint records in four individual events and four relays. Individually, Natalie Hinds’ set the new standard in the 50-yard (21.66) and 100-yard freestyle (47.40) races. Meanwhile Brad deBorde broke the same two records on the men’s side with times of 18.86 and 42.18 seconds, respectively. At the 2014 NCAA Championships, Jungbluth tutored deBorde to a third-place finish in the 50-yard free at NCAA’s following his victory in the same event at the SEC Championships a weeks earlier. His sprinters helped lead the men’s team to its second consecutive SEC Championship and 35th overall, as well as a third-place team finish at the national meet. The women placed third at SEC’s and six at NCAA’s.
In 2012-13, Jungbluth guided Hinds to seven All-America honors and three SEC titles. For her efforts, Hinds was named the SEC Female Freshman of the Year. In addition on the women’s squad, Jungbluth coached Ellese Zalewski to swim UF’s second fastest time in the 50-yard free (22.04) at the 2013 NCAA Championships. On the men’s side, deBorde finished runner-up in the 50-yard free (19.12) at the 2013 SEC Championships and fifth in the same event at NCAA’s. Also, Pawel Werner won the 200-yard free (1:33.23) at SEC’s and earned four All-America honors at the national meet.
Combining the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Jungbluth tutored one national champion, three All-Americans and one SEC champion.
Before his time in Gainesville, Jungbluth spent seven seasons (2003-10) as the head coach at Colgate, where he led the Raiders to the top of the Patriot League. His women's squads won the league title in two of his last three seasons in Hamilton, N.Y, while every swimmer he recruited into the program achieved at least one personal-best time during the course of their career.
In the 2008-09 season, his women's team cruised to its second consecutive conference crown and the second-highest point total ever generated in the three-day event. At that meet, Colgate won titles of 14 of 18 swimming events; set 18 team records and 14 meet records. In the 2007-08 campaign, the Raiders’ women's team won its first Patriot League championship in program history. Colgate had 11 individuals earn All-Conference honors and six take home take individual championships.
During the 2005-06 campaign, Jungbluth led Colgate's women's team to a perfect record through its dual-meet schedule, which included wins over the Naval Academy and four-time defending league champion Bucknell. Colgate defeated Navy for the first time in school history while it beat the Bison for the first time in 21 years. In his first season at Colgate (2003-04), Jungbluth earned Patriot League Coach of the Year honors after leading the women's team to a second-place finish at the conference championships. At the time, it was the highest finish at a conference meet in the history of the women’s program. In addition, the men's squad finished with a 9-5 record in 2004, which was Colgate’s highest number of victories in 20 seasons.
Prior to taking over at Colgate, Jungbluth served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Navy. During his time there, he produced nine Patriot League champions, six Patriot League record-setting performances, two Patriot League Championship Swimmers of the Meet and one team championship.
Jungbluth began his coaching career as an assistant coach and later interim head coach at NCAA Division III Amherst College (Mass.). As an assistant at Amherst, he helped coach seven New England champions, 10 All-Americans and 13 honorable-mention All-Americans. In addition, the Jeffs broke 41 varsity and pool records during his tenure. The men's team posted a perfect 10-0 dual meet record during the 1995-96 season.
Jungbluth earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1994 and a master's degree in exercise science from UMass, in 1997. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Minutemen, serving as a co-captain during his senior season.
The Steve Jungbluth File
Hometown: Westford, Mass.
- B.S. in Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts, 1994
- Master’s in Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts, 1997
- Assistant Coach/Interim Head Coach, Amherst (Mass.) College, 1995-98
- Head Coach, Austin College, 1999-2000
- Assistant Coach, US Naval Academy, 2000-03
- Head Coach, Colgate University, 2003-10
- Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2010-present