Florida State will appoint Neal Studd as their new head swimming coach for the 2016-2017 season after terminating former head coach Frank Bradley 6 weeks ago.
Studd has served as the only head coach in Florida Gulf Coast history, where he started the program in 2007 and has won 7 CCSA Conference Championships, a 28-1 all-time dual meet record, and 5 CCSA Coach of the Year honors.
“I am going to miss FGCU for sure. It has been a wonderful place to work with and they’ve been great people to work for,” Studd said. “I’m going to miss my team who I have great relationships with and respect for.
“I am excited that at Florida State we have every opportunity to take the program to the very highest levels. It’s an outstanding place with great resources and I can’t wait to coach men again, too.”
Florida Gulf Coast, despite having a less-than-full scholarship load and no men’s program, has developed into one of the most successful mid-major programs in the country. That includes a 220.5-132.5 victory in a two-day dual meet in November – the team’s second-straight win in the head-to-head series.
The Eagles were the high-scoring mid-major team at the 2015 NCAA Championships with 37.5 points for 26th place. That was only 2 spots lower than Florida State placed that year.
Studd’s appointment was announced to the Florida State team on Wednesday.
Hailing from the UK, Studd is a former varsity captain at Florida Atlantic University, where he also served on the coaching staff for 8 season. Studd also spent some time outside of swimming working with Morgan Stanley.