The University of Florida is combining its women’s and men’s swimming & diving programs into one, with Anthony Nesty to become the head coach for the combined program. This comes shortly after the announcement that the University of Florida women’s head coach Jeff Poppell would be leaving to take over as head coach of the University of South Carolina.
Nesty has spent the last three seasons as the Florida men’s head coach, and the Olympic champion and UF standout has been on the Florida staff for the last 23 years.
Florida was a combined program under longtime coach Gregg Troy, who retired from collegiate coaching in spring 2018 following the 2017-18 NCAA season. Following Troy’s departure, the program split, and former Florida associate head coaches Nesty and Poppell were tapped to lead the men’s and women’s programs as head coaches, respectively.
The Florida men and women each had several strong seasons since Troy’s departure.
Nesty helped the Florida men to a third-place finish at 2021 NCAAs, up from sixth in 2019 and fifth in 2018 (Caeleb Dressel‘s senior year). He’s continued the Florida men’s SEC dominance, extending their conference win streak through to 2021– no other team has won since 2013. The last couple of seasons, Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke have set American records, and the Gator men have been a national force, also excelling in sprints even after Dressel’s graduation.
Poppell, meanwhile, pushed the Florida women from a scoreless NCAAs in 2017, their first scoreless NCAAs in history, up to 17th place in 2021 with 84.5 points. Florida jumped from seventh at 2018 SECs, the season before Poppell took over the newly split women’s program, to SEC runners-up in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
With Florida becoming a combined program again, that leaves Texas A&M and Tennessee (unofficially, as Matt Kredich is the head coach of men and women but coaches dedicate their time mostly to either the men or women) as the only teams to split by gender in the SEC (Arkansas and Vanderbilt only have women’s teams.)
— Anthony Nesty (@Anthony_NestyUF) April 13, 2021