Florida to Combine Men’s and Women’s Programs Under Anthony Nesty

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.)

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Hswimmer
5 months ago

Awesome news

Tinky Winky
5 months ago

Gr8 Coach Gr8 MAN!

Swim3057
5 months ago

Tennessee is not split….Matt Kredich is Head Coach of men and women.

Swim mom
Reply to  Swim3057
5 months ago

it is really split Matt does not coach the men’s team. That might change since Coach Lance has resigned.

Bubbles
5 months ago

Men and women start trending upward and now you decide to combine? Sometimes taking a step backwards helps you recognize your mistakes.

The Florida men and women each had several strong seasons since Troy’s departure.”

Samuli Hirsi
Reply to  Bubbles
5 months ago

mistakes, cheeeeeez.

Lucas Caswell
Reply to  Samuli Hirsi
5 months ago

It’s not like they chose to lose their head coach on the women’s side. Plus Nesty Has a proven track record and probably already know the System they use.

Coach
Reply to  Lucas Caswell
5 months ago

What makes you so sure they didn’t choose to lose their women’s coach? He might have jumped, he might hade been pushed, he might have been told or seen the writing on the door himself they were going to combine.

Sheesh
5 months ago

Oh boy, should be fun😁

VFL
5 months ago

Asti has stepped down at Tennessee

JCO
Reply to  VFL
5 months ago

What head coaching jobs are open right now that he may be looking at?

Swimmer2
Reply to  JCO
5 months ago

TEXAS, lol

Top is too Rocky
Reply to  JCO
5 months ago

landscaping business

SwimFani
Reply to  Top is too Rocky
5 months ago

mowing lawns

wkkd
Reply to  JCO
5 months ago

landscape architecture

Fred Lewis
5 months ago

Did I hear that Anthony’s daughter committed to the Gators this morning????? Congrats Coach Nesty.

applesandoranges
Reply to  Fred Lewis
5 months ago

Isn’t she 14 years old?

William Wallace
Reply to  applesandoranges
5 months ago

Bro it’s a joke it’s not that deep.

applesandoranges
Reply to  William Wallace
5 months ago

Bro, I knew that. You fell for it.

William Wallace
Reply to  applesandoranges
5 months ago

Yo my bad bro

Aquajosh
5 months ago

Great choice. Great coach, even better person. Everybody loves Nesty.

I wonder who they’ll bring on as an assistant though. That spot would still need to be filled.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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