Jeff Poppell Explains Move to Head Coach at South Carolina

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We sat down with Jeff Poppell, the recently announced new head coach of the University of South Carolina. Poppell explains why he chose to leave his post at Florida, where he’d been having success over the last 3 seasons as head coach of the women’s team. Poppell wanted to stay in the SEC, but the opportunity to coach men and women was enticing and he wasn’t worried about making a “lateral move” in terms of his career.

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Kurt W Miami
1 year ago

Great interview. Jeff has a vision and has been successful everywhere he’s been. I look forward to watching him and S Carolina climb up the SEC ladder. Best of luck to Jeff, his family, and to the S Carolina swimming community.

Applesandoranges
Reply to  Kurt W Miami
1 year ago

Just had to put your real name, Kurt W.

Dan Flack
1 year ago

Great interview

wkkd
1 year ago

Jeff Popell, more like Jeff Popcorn! LOL! (Disclaimer: I was actually offered the USC job but declined because the age groupers I’m working with show so much promise)

Harold Smith
Reply to  wkkd
1 year ago

Seems like an absolute hack, this guy!! Get out of the comment section, this is for real fans of Jeff “Popcorn”

wkkd
Reply to  Harold Smith
1 year ago
  • I’ll fight you in the parking lot of the Cincinatti Age Group Swimming Championships, just email me!! (Mid day session I coach the 8 and unders so no finals for moi)
samulih
Reply to  wkkd
1 year ago

sir, this is adults section, baby stuff is other side of the store.

Greg
Reply to  wkkd
1 year ago

Three “n’s”, one “t”. Maybe one too many fights in the parking lot 🤷‍♂️

wkkd
Reply to  Greg
1 year ago

Cenicnatitti

ReneDescartes
Reply to  wkkd
1 year ago

That’s cap.

Oop
1 year ago

He’s got his work cut out for him but he’s definitely the person for the job. Wishing him the best of luck and excited to see a new team come up in the rankings over the next few years!

Ghost
1 year ago

Good interview! I hope the assistants he hire are well paid also and have a similar bonus structure! Easiest way to “climb” is to recruit Internationals!

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