FGCU Head Coach Dave Rollins Suffers “Minor Cardiac Event” At CCSAs

Florida Gulf Coast head swimming and diving coach Dave Rollins revealed that he suffered a “minor cardiac event” in between sessions while coaching the Eagles at the 2022 CCSA Championships in Lynchburg, Va.

Rollins posted the news on social media, recounting that he was in his hotel room between prelims and finals on Thursday when he felt a sharp pain in his chest, numbness, tingling and shortness of breath. After calling 911, Rollins said the next he remembers is waking up at the hospital in Lynchburg.

Rollins, who is in his sixth season as the head coach at FGCU, said he’s now doing fine and following the doctor’s advice to take things easy.

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The past 24 hours have been a bit of a blur. But, to all who know, I’m doing just fine. For those wondering, what is he talking about, well…I was in my hotel room between sessions yesterday when I felt a sharp pain in my chest, numbness, tingling and shortness of breath, i called 911, and remember waking up in the hospital here in Lynchburg.

A minor cardiac event is what they are calling it.

While I’m not sure what brought it on, I’m definitely sure that I’m taking the doctors advice and being as relaxed as I can.

Not that easy when we are at our conference championships.

I’m extremely thankful for Taylor and Matt for being there for me, thankful to all who have reached out and thankful for our team who’ve been beyond incredible.

My family mean everything to me, and I cannot imagine the anguish they have been through recently.

While I will be working on changes to help improve my health, one thing that’s definitely not changing, my commitment and passion for these women and this program. God is good and without Him, I wouldn’t be here. Thank you all for the well wishes, now put that energy into these Eagles as we finish CCSAs strong.


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Following the conclusion of Thursday night’s finals, the FGCU women sat second at the CCSA Championships with 797 points, trailing Liberty (968). The meet will conclude on Saturday night.

Rollins led the Eagles to the conference title last season, the 10th in program history.

Prior to joining FGCU in 2016, Rollins spent time as an assistant coach at Ohio State and was also previously the head coach of the Cincinnati Marlins.

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Mr Loy
11 months ago

Take time to take care of yourself Dave, that wonderful family you have needs you! Wishing you a speedy recovery and long term health. Blessings.

11 months ago

Speedy recovery Dave – you are in our thoughts and prayers.

11 months ago

Get well soon Dave.

Coach Nico
11 months ago

Speedy recovery, Dave!

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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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