Swimming & Diving Coaches
The summer of 2012 brought major accomplishments to an already stellar resume for Gregg Troy. Troy served as the 2012 USA Men’s Olympic Swim Team head coach in London, England. Troy coached the nation’s top swimmers to Olympic success, as the U.S. men won 16 medals during the games. To go along with his success with the University of Florida swimming and diving team as well as his international coaching success, Troy was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Florida head coach Gregg Troy has brought the University of Florida swimming and diving program back to the national spotlight after winning the women’s program’s second NCAA Title in 2010, the first since the Gators won the inaugural NCAA Championship in 1982 in Gainesville. As a result of his latest success during the 2010 season, Troy was named the 2010 USA Swimming Coach of the Year, 2011 and 2010 ASCA Coach of the Year, 2010 NCAA Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year and 2010 SEC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year. A top-10 NCAA contender in his 14 years at the helm of the University of Florida men’s and women's swimming program, Troy has created an atmosphere of consistency and excellence around both the men’s and women’s Gator swimming and diving programs. The result has been the elevation of one of the most storied collegiate programs to even higher levels of success.
SEC team titles, All-Americans, and Coach of the Year honors are just some of the accomplishments Troy has accumulated during his tenure at Florida. In 14 seasons with the women’s squad and 13 years with the men’s team, Troy has guided the Gators to 27 national titles, 125 SEC event titles, more than 230 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections and more than 700 All-America honors.
And that’s just at Florida. With his first National Championship as the Gator head coach, Troy elevated to an elite status, having won a team national championship at the high school, club and collegiate levels. In his career, he’s tutored over 75 Olympians, over 240 All-America swimmers and has coached athletes to more than 155 U.S. and international records.
Last season the Gators continued their streak of consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. With their 12th consecutive top-10 finish, the Gator women took tenth at the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. They also brought home 27 All-America honors, senior Teresa Crippen led the team with six and finished eighth among the high point swimmers. Elizabeth Beisel won her first individual national championship when she finished first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.58.
The UF men also extended their streak of top-10 finishes to 13, as they placed eighth at the NCAA Championships. The orange and blue collected 27 more All-America titles, with Marcin Cieslak earning six to lead the men’s team. Cieslak finished second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 and 200 butterfly. The Gators were one of only two SEC teams in the top-10.
At the 2011-12 SEC Championships the Gators collected eight SEC Championships, including a sweep of the 200 and 400 IM events. Elizabeth Beisel and Marcin Ceislak each won three individual events and Brad deBorde and Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez won one title a piece. Beisel and Cieslak were named SEC Female and Male Swimmers of the Year. It was the first year since 2010 that a Gator has received the Female Swimmer of the Year and the third year in a row that a UF swimmer has won the Male Swimmer of the Year.
The 2010-11 season was another successful year for Troy, as the men’s team finished fifth and the women’s team placed seventh at the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The UF men’s top-five finish was the highest of any Southeastern Conference school at the meet, Florida’s fifth top-five finish in the last six years and UF’s eighth under head coach Gregg Troy. For the 12th consecutive season, the Orange and Blue finished in the top 10 nationally. Individually, 15 UF swimmers combined to bring back 19 All-America honors and two national championships (200-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle relay) to Gainesville.
For the 11th consecutive season, the Gator women placed in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships with 11 swimmers and one diver combining to earn 38 All-American honors, led by junior Shara Stafford's seven All-American honors. This year's SEC Female Freshman of the Year, Elizabeth Beisel, brought home five All-America honors, including top-three finishes in the 400-yard IM and 400-yard backstroke.
At the 2011 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, Troy coached 19 Gators to 56 All-SEC honors, including 13 SEC Championships, more than any other school in the conference. As a result of Troy’s guidance, UF took home the Male Swimmer of the Year Award and both Male and Freshman Swimmer of the Year Awards.
2010 was one for the record books as the Florida women brought in the school’s first National Championship in 28 years, led by five school records and national championship performances in the 200-yard free relay and 100-yard back by senior Gemma Spofforth. Like the Gators did on March 18-20, 1982, the 2010 squad pulled out a close victory over second-place finisher Stanford. Florida scored 382 points, edging out the Cardinal (279.5) in the second-closest NCAA competition ever. A total of 12 All-Americans tallied 36 All-America performances on the Purdue campus at the Boilermaker Aquatic center where the Lady Gators made UF history.
While the women’s team swam and dove its most complete Championship meet in recent history, the 2010 men’s swimming team rallied for its seventh top-five NCAA finish in Troy’s tenure at Florida, scoring the most points in Florida history to finish seventh at the NCAA meet on the Ohio State campus after tallying 364 points with leverage from three national titles and five top-eight relay finishes. Junior newcomer Conor Dwyer was named the men’s Division I National Men’s Swimmer of the Year after winning the 200 and 500 freestyle events, the first NCAA swimmer to do so since 2001. Additionally, senior Shaune Fraser recorded one first and two second-place finishes, earning seven All-America honors to rack up an all-time Florida mark of 27 All-America honors, the most for a single men’s swimmer or diver in school history. Ten other Gators collaborated with Fraser to collectively put on 38 All-America performances to highlight the 2010 campaign.
Both the 2010 Gator squads finished second at the 2010 SEC Championship meet, Florida’s tenth straight top-three finish on both the men’s and women’s side. The Gators tallied numerous accolades at the league championships in Athens, Ga., under Troy, including SEC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year, SEC Women’s Swimmer of the Year in Spofforth, SEC Men’s Swimmer of the Year in Dwyer, high point awards for Spofforth, Dwyer and S. Fraser, while the Gator divers cleaned up with SEC Women’s Diving Coach of the Year for Donnie Craine and SEC Women’s Diver of the Year for senior Kara Salamone.
In summer 2009, Spofforth captured the spotlight of the world when she shattered the World Record in the women’s 100-meter backstroke (58.12), winning her first World Championship for Great Britain at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy. But Spofforth’s World Title is just the tip of the iceberg. Under Troy, Spofforth defended her 100 & 200-yard backstroke races in 2009, becoming just the fourth NCAA swimmer to win the 200 back three consecutive years. Under Troy’s watch, Spofforth, the 2009 SEC Swimmer of the Year, shattered the NCAA record in the 200 back at the 2009 SEC meet, becoming only the second swimmer to ever break the 1:50.00 mark in the event when she swam to a 1:48.34. Spofforth also carried British Commonwealth Records in the 50, 100 and 200-meter backstroke races, as well as the 100-meter back European Record. The Gators stamped their 17th SEC Championship team title in 2009 in Auburn, Ala., with the help of Spofforth, a tribute to Troy’s talent and expectations of excellence at the head of the Gator program.
Additionally, Troy tutored 2009 NCAA Champions Bradley Ally and Shaune Fraser, who collectively won three individual national titles, the most since 2006 when Gator great Ryan Lochte picked up three, bringing Florida’s all-time national championship count to 35 titles. Collectively the men’s and women’s squads brought back 71 All-America honors home to Gainesville after the 2009 season.
Troy’s success is thriving at Florida, but it’s no different than the mark he made his first season. Troy came to Florida in 1998 as the women's head coach and promptly led the Gators to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships – an improvement of seven spots from the previous season. A year later, he became the third coach in UF history to take the reins of both teams when he was named the head coach of the men's squad.
In his inaugural season as men’s head coach, the Sarasota, Fla., native guided the Gators to a ninth-place showing at NCAAs and a runner-up finish at the SEC Championships. For his efforts, Troy was named the 2000 SEC Men's Coach of the Year.
Both teams made remarkable strides the following season, as the women jumped 11 places from 19th at NCAAs in 2000 to an eighth-place spot in 2001. The men also showed improvement, from ninth place the year before to eighth that season, at NCAAs.
The case was the same in 2001-02 as both teams made progress at the conference and national levels. The women's team captured the SEC Championship and finished seventh at NCAAs. The men placed second at SECs for the second-straight season, and, like the women, showed improvement at NCAAs with a fourth-place finish – the highest for the Gators since a third-place showing in 1991. In addition to taking home the high finishes, Troy captured the 2002 NCAA Men's Coach of the Year and SEC Men's Coach of the Year awards. He also received the Knoxville Sentinel's 2002 SEC Men’s and Women's Coach of the Year awards.
In 2002-03, both squads continued to make progress under the tutelage of Troy and his staff. The women improved yet again at the national level by placing fifth at NCAAs after a runner-up finish at the SEC Championships. The men took home second at the SEC meet for the third-consecutive season and followed that up with a sixth-place showing at NCAAs.
In 2003-04, Troy led the women's team to a fourth-place finish at NCAAs, the best finish during his tenure. The women's team finished third at SECs, marking the fifth-consecutive year UF had placed in the top three at the league championships, and the Florida women did not drop out of the top five of the College Swimming Coaches Association (CSCAA) national poll for the second-consecutive year. On the men's side, the Gators finished second at the SEC Championships, the fifth-straight top-three finish at SECs, and placed sixth at the NCAA Championships. One of the highlights of the season was Lochte winning the 26th NCAA title in UF history when he broke the U.S. Open, American and NCAA record in the 400-meter IM. At the end of the season, Troy was rewarded for the Gators’ success with his second NCAA Men’s Coach of the Year Award.
In 2004-05, Troy led both teams to top-five finishes at the NCAAs, as the women placed fourth and the men secured the fifth spot. For the women it was the 22nd time in Florida history that they finished in the top-five. Both teams also had success outside of the pool, claiming a combined 30 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections during the season.
Troy piloted the Gator men to a fifth-place finish for a second-consecutive season in 2005-06, while Lochte, one of Troy’s finest protégés, became the all-time Florida leader in individual NCAA Championships with seven titles. The women finished in the top-10 for a sixth-consecutive season under Troy’s direction.
The 2006-07 season was another banner campaign for both Troy and the Gators, as both squads finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships. The UF men earned 45 All-America honors en route to a fourth-place finish – their highest in five years – at the NCAA meet. Three Gator men’s swimmers also combined to win six individual SEC titles and Florida won the 800 FR at the conference meet for the sixth year in a row, garnering Troy SEC Men’s Coach of the Year honors.
Florida’s women were not left out of the title chase in 2006-07, as Troy guided freshman Gemma Spofforth to NCAA crown in the 200 back and Caroline Burckle to the conference championship in the 100 breast. Spofforth’s performance marked the first individual national championship for a member of the UF women’s team since 1995, and the squad’s first backstroke victory in 17 years.
Spofforth returned a year later and under Troy’s direction, became the first Gator woman since the 1993-94 season to win both the 100 and 200 backstroke events at the SEC and NCAA Championships in the same year. Burckle added to the trophy haul at the NCAA Championships, winning both the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Burckle also set a new NCAA record in the 500 free, eclipsing Janet Evans’ 20-year record.
Named the 2008 SEC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year, Troy oversaw the development of Burckle, who came away from her four year career with five school records. For her accomplishments in the water she was named the 2008 NCAA Swimmer of the year and collected the Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving. Burckle additionally rallied at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Omaha, swimming a lifetime best 200-meter free time to make her first-ever Olympic Games. In Beijing and under Troy’s watch, she swam one of the four 200-meter free legs in the women’s 800-meter free relay that claimed a bronze medal.
The Gator men countered in 2008 with five SEC titles of their own. Clark Burckle collected two of the five, winning the 400 IM and 200 breast while also setting the school record in the 100 breast. Shaune Fraser picked up his second straight SEC Championship in the 200 free, defending his title in pool record time. Bradley Ally picked up the win in the 200 IM in pool record time while Omar Pinzon led a Gator sweep in the 200 back with the fifth fastest time in school history. The men would go on to finish eighth at the NCAA Championships, picking up a total of 38 All-American honors.
Troy has also found success in international competition as the head coach of several teams, including his honor as an assistant coach of the men’s United States Olympic Team in Beijing. Troy additionally served as head coach of the Thailand Olympic team in the 1992 games in Barcelona, as well as the men’s United States 2010 Pan Pacific Swim Team. Active Gator Olympians that are presently under Troy’s tutelage include Sarah Bateman, Elizabeth Beisel, Melani Costa-Schmid, Evan Lehtonen, Jemma Lowe, Anna-Liisa Pold, Rodion Davelaar, Brett Fraser, Shaune Fraser, Balazs Gercsak, Sebastien Rousseau and Gemma Spofforth.
Under Troy’s watchful eye, Lochte has quickly developed into one of the top swimmers in the world. At the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, Troy coached Lochte to a meet-high six gold medals, giving Lochte Male Swimmer of the Meet honors at the year’s biggest international meet. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Lochte won two gold medals and two bronze medals. He broke fellow American Aaron Peirsol’s two-year winning streak in the 200-meter back with a world-record performance at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, winning his first individual world title in a long-course meters setting. He won five medals (three gold, one silver and one bronze) and set four world records at the 2006 FINA Short Course Championships in Beijing, China, just 10 days after competing at the NCAA Championships. In 2004, Lochte captured a gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in the 800 FR with an American-record time of 7:07.33, and won a silver medal in the 200-meter IM in a University of Florida-record time of 1:58.78, which ranks third-fastest all-time in the history of the event.
Troy was on deck in Melbourne as an assistant coach with the U.S. Men’s World Championships Team when Lochte claimed his world record. He has also served as the head coach for the U.S. Team at the World Championships in 2001; head coach of the U.S. Team for the Pan American Games in 1999; assistant coach for the 2004 U.S. Women’s FINA World Short Course Championships; assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the head coach for the U.S. Pan American Team in 1995. His accomplishments on the international level led him to being named the 1997 U.S. Olympic & United States Swimming Development Coach of the Year. The award is one of several that Troy has received from the U.S. Swimming Coaches' Achievement program.
Before Troy racked up success at the collegiate and international levels, he enjoyed a scintillating career at the prep level for The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. For 20 years, he led the school's program and its affiliated club program.
During his tenure, Bolles claimed several national high school team championships. At the state level, his teams won 15 boys' Florida State Championships (including 10 consecutive) and 11 girls' state titles (including nine consecutive).
Troy earned his bachelor's degree in history/government from Texas Christian University in 1972. In 1987, he earned his master's in history education from Jacksonville University. Troy and his wife, Kathleen, have three sons: Patrick (25), a former UF Track & Field athlete who earned his undergraduate degree in English from Florida in 2009; Geoffrey (23), a four-year football player at the Merchant Marine Academy who graduated last year and recently accepted a United States Marine Flight Commission; and Ryan (21), a current decathlete on the 2010-11 Gator Track & Field team.
- Birthdate: Dec. 19, 1950
- Hometown: Bellefonte, Pa.
- Education: Bachelor’s in History/Government, Texas Christian University, 1972; Master’s in History Education, Jacksonville University, 1987.
- Head Coach, The Bolles School, 1977-97
- Assistant Coach, Guam Olympic Team, 1988
- Head Coach, Thailand Olympic Team, 1992
- U.S. Pan American Team Head Coach, 1995
- Assistant Coach, Women's U.S. Olympic Team, 1996
- Head Coach, Women's U.S. World Championships Team, 1998
- Head Coach, U.S. Men's Team for the Pan American Games, 1999
- Head Coach, U.S. World Championships Team, 2001
- Assistant Coach, Men’s U.S. World Championships Team, 2007
- Assistant Coach, Men’s U.S. Olympic Team, 2008
- Head Coach, U.S. Pan-Pacific Games Team, 2010
- Head Coach, University of Florida women’s team, 1998-present
- Head Coach, University of Florida men’s team, 1999-present
- Head Coach, Men’s U.S. Olympic Team, 2012
- 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Head Coach
- 2011 U.S. Men’s Assistant Coach for FINA World Championships
- 2010 U.S Swimming Coach of the Year
- 2010 ASCA Coach of the Year
- 2010 NCAA Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year
- 2010 SEC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year
- 2010 Pan Pacific Games U.S. Head Coach
- 2008 Assistant U.S. Men’s Olympic Coach
- 2007 SEC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year
- 2004 U.S. Women’s Asst. Coach for FINA World Short Course Championships
- 2004 NCAA Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year
- 2002 NCAA Men's Swimming Coach of the Year
- 2002 SEC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year
- 2001 Men's Head Coach at World Championships
- 2000 SEC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year
- 1999 U.S. Men’s Head Coach for Pan American Games
- 1998 U.S. Women’s Head Coach for World Championships
- 1996 U.S. Women’s Olympic Assistant Coach
- 1995 U.S. Pan American Team Head Coach
- 1997 U.S. Olympic & United States Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year
- 1992 Thailand Olympic Head Coach
- Coached 91 Olympians
- 1980 Olympics - one athlete (while at The Bolles School)
- 1988 Olympics – three athletes (while at The Bolles School)
- 1992 Olympics – 10 athletes (while at The Bolles School)
- 1996 Olympics – 20 athletes (while at The Bolles School)
- 2000 Olympics – five athletes (while at Florida)
- 2004 Olympics – 10 athletes (while at Florida)
- 2008 Olympics – 19 athletes (while at Florida)
- 2012 Olympics – 23 athletes (while at Florida)
- Coached over 250 All-America swimmers
- Coached his athletes to over 155 National Records (U.S. and International)
- Won 15 boys’ Florida State Championships (last 10 consecutive)
- Won 11 girls’ Florida State Championships (last nine consecutive)
A look at how the Gator swimming program has steadily improved under Troy’s guidance
WOMEN (First season: 1998-99)
- 1996-97: 5th SECs; 20th NCAAs
- 1997-98:3rd SECs; 15th NCAAs
- 1998-99: 4th SECs; 8th NCAAs
- 1999-00: 3rd SECs; 19th NCAAs
- 2000-01: 3rd SECs; 8th NCAAs
- 2001-02: 1st SECs; 7th NCAAs
- 2002-03: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs
- 2003-04: 3rd SECs; 4th NCAAs
- 2004-05: 3rd SECs; 4th NCAAs
- 2005-06: 3rdSECs; 10th NCAAs
- 2006-07: 3rd SECs; 7th NCAAs
- 2007-08: 2nd SECs; 6th NCAAs
- 2008-09: 1st SECs; 7th NCAAs
- 2009-10: 2nd SECs; 1st NCAAs
- 2010-11: 2nd SECs; 7th NCAAs
- 2011-12: 3rd SECs; 10th NCAAs
MEN (First season: 1999-00)
- 1996-97: 5th SECs; 17th NCAAs
- 1997-98: 4th SECs; 26th NCAAs
- 1998-99: 4th SECs; 17th NCAAs
- 1999-00: 2nd SECs; 9th NCAAs
- 2000-01: 3rd SECs; 8th NCAAs
- 2001-02: 2nd SECs; 4th NCAAs
- 2002-03: 2nd SECs; 6th NCAAs
- 2003-04: 2nd SECs; 6th NCAAs
- 2004-05: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs
- 2005-06: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs
- 2006-07: 2nd SECs; 4th NCAAs
- 2007-08: 2nd SECs; 8th NCAAs
- 2008-09: 2ndSECs; 5th NCAAs
- 2009-10: 2nd SECs; 5thNCAAs
- 2010-11: 2nd SECs; 5thNCAAs
- 2011-12: 2nd SECs; 8th NCAAs
- Troy owns a perfect record against the following opponents at Florida:
- 159-0 against a combined 31 men's and women's programs, including five SEC rivals
WOMEN'S (19, 101-0)
- Alabama (8-0)
- Arkansas (5-0)
- Arizona State (2-0)
- Clemson (1-0)
- Florida Atlantic (15-0)
- Florida Gulf Coast (1-0)
- Illinois (1-0)
- Indian River State College (15-0)
- Kansas (1-0)
- Kentucky (3-0)
- LSU (7-0)
- Miami, Fla. (6-0)
- Michigan (10-0)
- Minnesota (2-0)
- Penn State (3-0)
- South Carolina (9-0)
- SMU (3-0)
- TCU (2-0)
- Virginia (7-0)
MEN'S (12, 58-0)
- Clemson (1-0)
- Florida Atlantic (13-0)
- Indian River State College (13-0)
- Kentucky (4-0)
- LSU (9-0)
- Miami, Fla. (3-0)
- Oakland (Mich.) (1-0)
- Penn State (3-0)
- Purdue (3-0)
- SMU (4-0)
- Texas A&M (1-0)
- TCU (3-0)
Academic All-Americans under Troy
- Teresa Crippen (3rd Team, 2010)
- Vipa Bernhardt (2nd Team, 2004)
- Jennifer Hommert (2nd Team, 1999)
- Clark Burckle (3rd Team, 2009)
- Luca De Matteis (3rd Team, 2007)
- Kevin Nead (3rd Team, 2007)
- Justin Zumsteg (3rd Team, 2005)
- Scott Schultz (1st Team, 2004)
- Zach Wilcox (1stTeam, 2003)
- Greg Reeves (1st Team, 2001)
- Greg Reeves (1st Team, 2000)
- Greg Reeves (2nd Team, 1999)
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Winners
- Kristen Connor (2004)
- Megan Melgaard (2002)
- Kevin Nead (2008)
- Kris Weibeck (2005)
- Justin Zumsteg (2005)
- Scott Schultz (2004)
- Eric Donnelly (2002)
- Mike Jansen (2002)
- Greg Reeves (2001)
Other Award Winners under Coach Troy
National Male Swimmer of the Year (3):
- Conor Dwyer (2010)
- Ryan Lochte (2006)
- Ryan Lochte (2005)
National Female Swimmer of the Year (1):
- Caroline Burckle (2008)
SEC Male Swimmer of the Year (5):
- Marcin Cieslak (2012)
- Conor Dwyer (2010, 2011)
- Ryan Lochte (2006)
- Ryan Lochte (2005)
- Ryan Lochte (2003)
- Adam Sioui (2002)
SEC Female Swimmer of the Year (2):
- Gemma Spofforth (2010)
- Gemma Spofforth (2009)
Knoxville News Sentinel SEC Male Swimmer of the Year (3):
- Ryan Lochte (2006)
- Ryan Lochte (2005)
- Ryan Lochte (2003)
SEC Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year (6):
- Marcin Cieslak (2011)
- Roland Rudolf (2007)
- Bradley Ally (2006)
- Bill Mrazek (2004)
- Ryan Lochte (2003)
- Adam Sioui (2002)
- Carlos Jayme (2001)
SEC Female Freshman Swimmer of Year (1):
- Elizabeth Beisel (2011)
- Caroline Burckle (2005)
Honda Sports Award Winner (1):
- Caroline Burckle (2008)