- Steve Jungbluth
Swimming & Diving Coaches
Assistant coach Steve Jungbluth enters his fourth season with the Orange and Blue after helping lead UF’s sprinters to several notable marks, including Sarah Bateman’s school-record 21.89 in the women’s 50-yard freestyle. Additionally, Jungbluth was instrumental in helping Brett Fraser capture the 2011 NCAA title in the 200 free, while coaching Conor Dwyer to coming within .01 of the American record in the same event at the 2011 SEC Championships.
During the 2011-12 season, Jungbluth guided Brad deBorde to his first individual SEC title in the 50 freestyle where he also set a then school record of 19.25 in the event. Sarah Bateman, another sprint freestyler, bested her old school record time at the NCAA Championships in the 50 free when she finished in a time of 21.89. Under Jungbluth’s coaching, Hilda Luthersdottir also broke the UF record in the 100 breaststroke at NCAA Championships when she finished 13th in a time of 1:00.05.
The success continued into the 2012-13 campaign, as Jungbluth’s sprinter group dropped impressive times during the championship season. Freshman Natalie Hinds picked up seven All-American honors and was named SEC Female Freshman of the Year for her impressive conference meet performance, which included a championship in the 100 butterfly (51.70). Hinds set her best times in the 50 free (22.12) and 100 free (47.73) at NCAA’s. Junior Ellese Zalewski swam UF’s second fastest all-time 50 free of 22.04 and capped off her season with six NCAA All-American honors. On the men’s side, Brad deBorde picked up the silver in the 50 free with a Gator record swim of 19.12 and capped his year off with a fifth place swim in the same event at NCAA’s. Freshman Pawel Werner touched first in the 200 free (1:33.23) at the SEC Championships and picked up four NCAA All-America honors at the national meet.
Before his time in Gainesville, Jungbluth spent seven seasons directing Colgate 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 careers. Jungbluth will work primarily with the sprint crew and breaststrokers, but will coach other areas as well.
Under Jungbluth’s tutelage in 2009-10, five Colgate women’s swimmers and divers were named to All-Patriot League first team, while two Colgate men’s swimmers garnered conference honors as well. 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 captured titles in 14 of 18 swimming events; set 18 team records and 14 league and meet records. On the men's side, the Raiders gained ground on the Patriot League's top four and only finished four points out of fourth place. Four freshmen combined to shatter eight freshmen records. In the 2007-08 campaign, the Colgate women's team won the first Patriot League championship in program history. The Raiders placed a team-record 11 on the all-league teams, and six swimmers took home at least one gold medal as Colgate won five individual events and both medley relays.
During the 2005-06 season, Jungbluth led Colgate's women's team to sweep through its dual-meet schedule without a blemish against conference opponents, including beating Navy for the first time in school history, and upsetting four-time defending league champion Bucknell for the first time in 21 years. At the conference meet, the Raiders finished second to the Bison by the slimmest margin in league history. At the 2006 conference meet, the Raider women became the first team in the league to sweep all five relay events since Navy achieved the feat in 1995. Nine members of the women's team earned all-Patriot League honors after Colgate captured a meet-high 12 gold medals en route to its second runner-up finish in three years.
By the end of that season, the Raider women had broken all but four of Colgate's varsity swimming records. In his first season at Colgate, Jungbluth earned Patriot League Coach of the Year honors after leading the women's team to a second-place finish at the league championship and placing five athletes on the all-Patriot League team. It was the highest finish at a conference meet in the history of the Raider women's swimming and diving program.
That same year, the men's squad finished with a 9-5 record, the most wins in 20 seasons. The two teams combined for 180 lifetime-best performances over the course of the season.
Prior to taking over the Colgate program, Jungbluth served as assistant coach for three seasons at the Naval Academy. 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.
Before heading to Navy, Jungbluth served as an assistant coach and later interim head coach at Amherst (Mass.) College. As an assistant, he helped coach seven New England champions, 10 All-Americans and 13 honorable-mention All-Americans. In addition, the Jeffs broke 41 varsity and/or pool records, and the men's team posted a perfect 10-0 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, also from UMass, in 1997. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Minutemen, serving as co-captain during his senior season.
The Steve Jungbluth File
- Hometown: Westford, Massachusetts
- Education: B.S. in Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts, 1994
Masters in Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts, 1997
- Assistant Coach/Interim Head Coach, Amherst (Mass.) College, 1995-98
- Head Coach, Austin College, 1999-00
- Assistant Coach, US Naval Academy, 2000-03
- Head Coach, Colgate University, 2003-10
- Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2010-present