Caeleb Dressel Announces Move To Train Under Anthony Nesty At Florida

Caeleb Dressel announced that he is making the move to train under coaches Anthony Nesty and Steve Jungbluth at the University of Florida on Tuesday, meaning he will no longer be under the tutelage of longtime head coach Gregg Troy.

Dressel made the announcement on Instagram:

 

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“I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to be in this training environment with this very special, talented, and driven team,” Dressel wrote.

Dressel also acknowledged that he will still receive guidance from Troy as a “mentor, friend, and most importantly a role model forever in my life.”

“This man has taught me more than he will ever know in and out of the water.”

The move is a surprising one for Dressel given the fact that he’s coming off an immensely successful Tokyo Olympic campaign that saw him win five gold medals, including sweeping his individual races in the men’s 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Dressel has been under the tutelage of Troy dating back to the fall of 2014 when he began his freshman year at the University of Florida.

Dressel won the NCAA title as a freshman in the 50 free in 2015, and would go on to have one of the most successful collegiate careers in recent memory, winning nine individual national titles and leading the Gators to a relay victory in 2018.

In the long course pool, Troy helped land Dressel on his first Olympic team in 2016, where he would win a pair of relay gold medals in the men’s 4×100 free and 4×100 medley.

Dressel subsequently exploded at the 2017 World Championships, winning seven gold medals, and then he added another six gold and two bronze at the 2019 Worlds, also breaking the world record in the men’s 100 butterfly.

After Dressel graduated from college in the Spring of 2018, Troy retired from coaching the college team at Florida and would turn his focus to exclusively training a group of pros that included Dressel.

As for Nesty, he is now the head coach of arguably the two most dominant swimmers on the planet. Seven-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky announced that she was making the move from Stanford University to train under Nesty in Gainesville in late September.

Ledecky’s move came after she was somewhat stagnant in her progress of getting faster in recent years, though she still won two gold medals and a pair of silvers in Tokyo.

As for Dressel, given the success he’s had under Troy, this move likely indicates the 70-year-old is eyeing retirement.

Nesty was named the head coach of the University of Florida men’s team following Troy’s departure in 2018, and beginning this season, also coaches the women’s team after the programs were combined in April.

The 1988 Olympic gold medalist in the men’s 100 butterfly, Nesty made noise this summer as he led University of Florida swimmer Bobby Finke to double gold in the men’s 800 and 1500 freestyle events at the Tokyo Olympics. Nesty also coached fellow Gator Kieran Smith to a bronze medal performance in the men’s 400 free, a sixth-place finish in the 200 free, and a 1:44.74 lead-off on the men’s 800 free relay that made Smith the third-fastest American of all-time.

Jungbluth is currently in his 11th season as a member of the Gator coaching staff, including working as the sprint coach for eight years where he did work a lot of work with Dressel. Jungbluth was promoted to associate men’s head coach in July of 2018.

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Big mac #1
21 days ago

Nestey will almost definitely be named head coach for the coming Olympics, probably men over women though

21 Savage
Reply to  Big mac #1
21 days ago

Hot take Mr.Right Now

Ghost
Reply to  Big mac #1
21 days ago

Agree and DeSorbo for women?

MCH
Reply to  Big mac #1
21 days ago

Always been against having the coach with the most-best-fastest swimmers be the head coach. They already have the most to do. Named “Head” should be somebody else who can oversee broadly, worry about everybody, and make relay decisions without an agenda or being clouded. This is especially true with no true National Team Director/Coach.

John
Reply to  MCH
21 days ago

Dave Salo mentioned on the Brett Hawke podcast how he is looking forward to being head coach for short course worlds with no athletes that he is directly responsible for. He mentioned it’s much easier to remain impartial and likely a few other postitives.

Ghost
Reply to  MCH
20 days ago

I thought that was the role of the National Team Director….Pursley, Schubert, Busch, etc.

Erik
Reply to  Ghost
20 days ago

Schubert and “no agenda” are never in the same county

Hmmm
21 days ago

I remember hearing Steve mainly worked with Dressel in college. Maybe he wanted to go back to that sprint group.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Hmmm
21 days ago

Channel his 17.63 into long course?

Wow
21 days ago

Nesty now is training the current best male swimmer in the world and the greatest female swimmer in history.
I presume Dressel will work mainly with Jungbluth, but still.

oops
21 days ago

Will Natalie Hinds also train under Coach Nesty? based on her comment on Caeleb’s post??

caeleb’s leg sleeve tat
Reply to  oops
20 days ago

seems like she’s heading back to florida to train

Wow
Reply to  oops
20 days ago

Could be that or a reference to seeing Caeleb in the ISL soon (same team).

Working swim mom
Reply to  oops
20 days ago

She did swim undergrad at Florida…

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Working swim mom
20 days ago

And her BFF Smoliga moved toArizona.

Xman
21 days ago

Wonder if this is move is an due to Troy further transitioning out of full time coaching.

Or is it Caeleb wanting to train with the swimmers in Nesty’s squad.

DP Spellman
Reply to  Xman
21 days ago

Agree. Troy has already told many people he is stepping back a bit from the pool deck.

Mark Usher
Reply to  DP Spellman
21 days ago

Troy told me recently that he had wanted to retire earlier, but that Caeleb had asked him to stay through the Olympics. He seems excited about retirement.

I win, you lose
21 days ago

Every American individual gold medalist from Tokyo except for Jacoby and Kalisz are now training together🤯

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  I win, you lose
21 days ago

More details please – curious… Thanks

DMSWIM
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
21 days ago

Individual gold medalists for US in Tokyo: Jacoby, Ledecky, Dressel, Finke, Kalisz
Swimmers training together at Florida: Ledecky, Dressel, Finke

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  DMSWIM
20 days ago

Thank you

DMSWIM
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
21 days ago

U.S. Gold Medalists from Tokyo: Jacoby, Kalisz, Finke, Ledecky, Dressel
Swimmers training at Florida: Finke, Ledecky, Dressel

ClubCoach
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
20 days ago

Dressel (3 individual Golds), Ledecky (2 individual Golds) and Finke (2 individual Golds) all training with Nesty

Bobby G
21 days ago

Finally going back to Jungbluth, man built him to the 17.63. Not overshadowing or forgetting anything Troy has done because Troy built him into a potential aerobic beast but now being back with Jungbluth those record will go down no doubt. 21.8 this summer?

PVK
Reply to  Bobby G
20 days ago

He can probably go 21.8 in a brief off the blocks😂. Just messing around, I know you meant 20.8

Anonymoose
Reply to  PVK
20 days ago

he meant 50fly lcm 😉

Coach Mike 1952
21 days ago

Some thoughts:

  1. Definitely conceivable that Gregg Troy is transitioning out of coaching. Any idea what would become of the Florida pro group if / when he departs?
  2. GT is famous for the monstrous yardage (meter-age for those in non-yards countries, i.e. most of the world outside USA, LOL) so how would training under Coaches Nesty & Jungbluth affect that? It is arguable that GT’s training contributed – perhaps in a highly significant way – to CD’s phenomenally-endurant performance at both 2017 & 2019 Worlds as well as Tokyo. However, he almost got caught in two races in Tokyo – 100 free & 100 fly as we all saw. And yes, his turn & his finish in that fly race
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Last edited 21 days ago by Coach Mike 1952
Tony
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
20 days ago

Milak coming close at Tokyo in the 100m fly was a bit of a fluke; it was his personal best by a half second.

Troyy
Reply to  Tony
20 days ago

So the WR holder in the 200 fly having a fast 100 fly is a fluke …

So I guess in 2017 when Dressel improved his PB by 1 second at Worlds you thought that was a fluke too?

Last edited 20 days ago by Troyy
96Swim
Reply to  Troyy
20 days ago

Given how fast Milak’s 100 fly was, and the fact that his 200 wasn’t that fast, I kind of assumed that he focused on the 100 to give himself a chance of beating Dressel knowing that he was so far ahead of everyone else in the 200. If he continues to focus on the 100, he’ll keep giving Dressel a race, though Dressel still has plenty of time to drop since his turn was off in that race.

Michael
Reply to  96Swim
19 days ago

Dressel and milak will lower wr again next summer. To stay it will have drop another half second. And so tired of ciel records. So enhanced…

Jamesabc
Reply to  Tony
19 days ago

When Regan Smith broke the 100 back record it was a PB by 0.88. I guess that was an even bigger fluke then?

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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