Florida State Hires Auburn’s Ozzie Quevedo as Head Assistant Coach

New Florida State head coach Neal Studd has begun to fill out his coaching staff, with  Ozzie Quevedo being the first name added to the lineup.

Quevedo, who has been an assistant at his alma mater Auburn for the last 3 seasons, will join the Seminoles’ new staff as the head assistant coach.

“What I like about working with Neal (Studd) is the fact that he can produce fast swimming no matter what resources he has available and no matter where he goes,” Quevedo said, referencing Studd’s success at Florida Gulf Coast will a less-than-maximum scholarship offering. “His energy on deck and with recruiting along with his knowledge of the sport of swimming is incredible.

“FSU academically speaking is an amazing school, the support and vision of the athletic department is magnificent and the facilities are phenomenal. This will be a great challenge for me and the entire staff, but Neal has the leadership skills and knowledge to guide FSU to higher grounds.”

Quevedo worked with all training groups in his time at Auburn, including their post-graduate, professional group. He travelled with Auburn’s Renzo Tjon-a-Joe to the Rio Olympic Games as a part of the Suriname coaching staff. As an athlete, he was a multiple-time South American champion and a 2000 Olympian representing his native Venezuela. He was a part of the 1999 Auburn NCAA Championship team and as a senior swam on the 200 free relay that broke the U.S. Open and NCAA Records. Auburn head coach Brett Hawke was also on that Auburn team as well.

He joins a new-look staff that is reported to be finalizing its candidates this week. The staff will be entirely refreshed from the one under outgoing head coach Frank Bradley, whose contract was terminated a year early at the end of last season.

“I want to thank the Athletics Director at Auburn Jay Jacobs and the Associate Athletics Directors Meredith Jenkins and David Mines for the opportunity they gave me at Auburn University,” Quevedo concluded. “Go Noles!”

Florida State, who has lost several swimmers including their best male and females from last season, due to transfer and retirement, is in rebuilding mode. Both their men’s and women’s programs placed 9th at the 2016 ACC Championships


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Coming from a very reliable source, it’s very difficult to work with Brett Hawke. In fact, everyone pretty much hates him and wants out after about a year of working under him. Very much a tyrant. I’m so happy for Ozzie and his move. Best of luck!


You pretty much hit the nail on the head. 14 swimmers have transferred out of Auburn or quit the sport in the last two years. John Hargis left, now Ozzie Quevedo. To all high school swimmers looking at Auburn, ask yourself why you think this might be. Best of luck to both Hargis and Quevedo.


Happens far too often. Rachel Komisarz (Ohio University) is another coach that has established this reputation. In 2 years she’s had 3 (out of 4) assistants up and leave in less than a year of working with her. Its hard to build a program when the HC drives away staff quickly and regularly. It would be hard for Brett to get back to Auburn’s glory days even if he was not this way, but for sure impossible being difficult like that.


Another coach leaving Auburn? Wow. I love that he takes a dig at head coach Hawke without even mentioning his name by saying that Studd can produce fast swimming “no matter what resources he has available.” Auburn arguably has some of the best facilities and resources in college swimming.

He also noticabley doesn’t include him in his “thank you” at the bottom.


Here comes Sergio, maybe ?


There’s never a reason to thank Brett Hawke. It’s despicable how he treats the other coaches and the swimmers.


Congrats Coach Hawke. You have replaced winning SEC and NCAA Championships with replacing assistant coaches. 9 coaches in 7 years? At least you are winning at something.

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