Is Moving to Florida with Anthony Nesty Good for Katie Ledecky’s Career?

As reported earlier today, Katie Ledecky will be moving from her longtime home of Stanford under head coach Greg Meehan to the University of Florida, where she will train and volunteer coach under head coach Anthony Nesty. SwimSwam’s Braden Keith, Torrey Hart, and I discuss what this move means for Ledecky’s career, Nesty’s notoriety as a head coach, and the potential for Florida’s women’s program on the collegiate and post-grad side.

Reported by James Sutherland.

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky is headed east to train at the University of Florida, she announced on Instagram Wednesday morning.

Ledecky says she will train under Florida head coach Anthony Nesty and the “outstanding mid-distance and distance training group there” in preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Ledecky has been training at Stanford University under coach Greg Meehan since beginning her freshman season of college there in 2016.

Ledecky wrote the following on Instagram, adding that being closer to family was a factor in her decision:

“Stanford has been my second home for the last five years. It will always have a special place in my heart. Having completed my college degree this year, I am moving east to be closer to home and family.

I’ve decided to train at the University of Florida with Coach Anthony Nesty and the outstanding mid-distance and distance training group there. I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the next phase of my swimming career.

My years at Stanford have been nothing short of incredible. I’m so grateful for my coach Greg Meehan, as well as my teammates, professors, friends and everyone in the larger Palo Alto/Menlo Park area who have supported me through these years.”

 

Ledecky will also serve as a volunteer assistant coach with the program. It’s not uncommon for active Olympians to join coaching staffs as volunteer assistants, as this allows them greater latitude to travel and train with teams that would not necessarily be afforded to them as just a post-graduate trainee.

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Dam Straight
1 month ago

DAM STRAIGHT IT IS!

Togger
1 month ago

If there’s a swimmer I trust to have made a sound, well thought out decision it’s Ledecky.

If she think it’s right, it’s right.

Georgia Rambler
Reply to  Togger
1 month ago

After all, she does play chess…

MickeyMouse
1 month ago

That reaction time for a reaction vid posting on y’all’s part sheeesh, the devil works hard but Coleman works harder

Monteswim
Reply to  MickeyMouse
1 month ago

Give the man a raise!

John
Reply to  MickeyMouse
1 month ago

I honestly thought they would let that announcement breathe for at least 24 hours.

BSD
1 month ago

Yes

neffry
1 month ago

This seems like a great move in my opinion. If she can get a final kick like Finke, we could be looking at a whole new Katie. It does make me wonder whether she will continue to dip into the sprints like she has in the past. Still, a big win for Nesty and Ledecky both!

Georgia Rambler
Reply to  neffry
1 month ago

She really loves to swim the relay events – so I would think so.

SHARKSPEED
1 month ago

i think it´s a great move for sure.
to be even better would be going to train down there with boxall and titmus and kick some a** 😛

Last edited 1 month ago by SHARKSPEED
Daddy
Reply to  SHARKSPEED
1 month ago

This is being downvoted way too much…. Would actually be a killer move training wise. The only problem I see is personality – from what I’ve seen Dean can be very aggressive and emotional when he wants to push his swimmers, and Ledecky seems a bit more reserved.

Admin
Reply to  Daddy
1 month ago

Personally Katie doesn’t seem like the type to me who needs that aggressive, emotional push. She seems like she’s got plenty of internal drive. She seems more like she needs a coaching “partner,” who will have conversations with her, who will walk through things, who will analyze things and have a feedback loop.

Which is not a critique of Dean or his athletes, but is more about different athletes needing different things. Heck, different athletes even need different things at different points of their lives, I would argue. At 18 they might need someone to constantly push them, but by 24 they might know themselves better.

jablo
1 month ago

lmao what kind of clickbait is this. of course it is, if i was a premier distance swimmer with the choice between staying where i was or moving to the coach who just coached a swimmer to TWO gold medals in events that hadnt seen an american gold medal in years, id be packing my bags so quick

pablo
Reply to  jablo
1 month ago

I’m not sure you know what “clickbait” is…

PVSFree
Reply to  pablo
1 month ago

Clickbait would be “You won’t BELIEVE what Katie Ledecky JUST said about her teammates” on the announcement post. Just completely cheesy and doesn’t have anything to do with the actual content of the story

Greg Peter
1 month ago

Why wouldn’t it be?

Skeptical
Reply to  Greg Peter
1 month ago

NorCal to Gainesville. That’s why.

Apple
Reply to  Skeptical
1 month ago

As a student here this is true

Taa
Reply to  Skeptical
1 month ago

I’d like to know what she really thinks of Florida after she has been there a few months. I want the unfiltered version.

magic juice
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

You will never get the unfiltered version of anything from Ledecky. That’s why the Olympic sponsors love her and real swim fans are bored by her.

Dressel1234
Reply to  magic juice
1 month ago

Boring = nice 😀

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  magic juice
1 month ago

idk about you but watching someone lap other swimmers and race against the world record line makes up for a mild personality

Billy
Reply to  magic juice
1 month ago

She’s not boring. Whaddya expect, a stand up comedy routine?

Armchair
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

Aesthetically and culturally, Gainesville & Florida will be an eye-opener for her, after NoCal and Stanford…followed by an eye-closer.

Cynthia curran
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

Florida isn’t bad it just humidity DC/ Maryland where she grew up at also had humidity and snow. No Snow in Florida.

Cynthia curran
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

I think she did it because its closer to where her relatives live back east.

SwimFan
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

As a professional with what I presume is a healthy endorsement income she will at least enjoy Florida’s zero state income tax compared to California’s double digit marginal rates.

jackiswims
Reply to  Skeptical
1 month ago

NorCal doesn’t necessarily mean the best coaching

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Skeptical
1 month ago

It’s part of her endurance training. If she can stand to live in Gainesville, she can endure anything.

Cate
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

It’ll be easier for her to make a few Islanders games. Being closer to family especially after the Covid experience is pretty important, and she seems to be pretty close to them. I suspect a lot of things went into her decision making. She’s said she wants to do graduate work later on. Wondering she’ll end up at one of her dad’s Alma maters.

whever
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

She does have to endure many Trump supporters there. lol.

Aquajosh
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

Gainesville is largely democratic and progressive in many ways. They also have mask mandates. It’s the counties surrounding it that you have to worry about.

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