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.”
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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.
Being able to tout arguably the greatest female swimmer of all-time as a member of your coaching staff also helps substantially with recruiting. It also allows the athletics department to pay for their travel.
The 24-year-old Bethesda, Md., native completed her bachelor of arts degree in psychology at Stanford this year. She was an eight-time NCAA champion, competing for the Cardinal for two seasons before turning professional in March of 2018.
“I’m excited to be a part of the University of Florida’s world-class swimming and diving program and train for the 2024 Olympics with Coach Anthony Nesty, and the top-tier mid-distance and distance training group,” Ledecky said in a University of Florida press release.
“My years at Stanford, both academically and athletically, were nothing short of incredible and I’m looking forward to the opportunity and challenges that lie ahead in Gainesville.”