Steve Jungbluth Out as Associate Head Coach at Florida After 12 Years with Gators

Steve Jungbluth is out as the associate head coach at the University of Florida after a dozen seasons with the Gators program.

“We have decided to part ways with Associate Head Coach Stephen Jungbluth,” Florida head coach Anthony Nesty said. “We wish him well on his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions to the program.”

Jungbluth arrived in Gainesville as an assistant in 2010, working his way up to associate head coach in 2018. As a sprint specialist, he notably coached Caeleb Dressel as he rose to become the best college swimmer in history. Dressel has continued to work with Jungbluth since leaving former coach Gregg Troy for Nesty’s group of Gators last November, specifically saying he would train with Nesty and Jungbluth. Jungbluth and Nesty helped Florida extend its SEC title streak to 10 years in a row at the conference championship meet this spring. 

Last spring, Jungbluth made SwimSwam’s short list of possible candidates to replace longtime Texas head coach Eddie Reese. A couple weeks later, the Gators combined their men’s and women’s programs following the departure of Florida women’s coach Jeff Poppell

Before taking the assistant coach position at Florida, Jungbluth spent seven seasons (2003-10) as the head coach at Colgate University, and before that, was an assistant coach for three seasons at the US Naval Academy. He got his collegiate start as an assistant and interim head coach at Amherst College, and swam collegiately for the University of Massachusetts.

SwimSwam reached out to Jungbluth for comment but has not yet received a response. 

With one meet already under their belt, the Gators’ next matchup is at Virginia on Oct. 22. Whitney Hite is currently the lone associate head coach on staff, supported by assistants Kristen Murslack and Jack Szaranek.

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Washed Up
1 month ago

I have no knowledge of this situation – but how much could this decision be related to Katie Ledecky joining Florida? I would imagine she would not want this type of behavior in a program she was a part of. Perhaps she expressed her concerns about this type of environment and Nesty had to remove him?

BostonLouie
Reply to  Washed Up
1 month ago

So, Ledecky got Dressel’s coach fired? C’mon.

Idaho Joe
1 month ago

Why still no story on Foltz being fired at UVA?

Becky D
1 month ago

I hear Central Iowa has an opening.

Old Bruin
1 month ago

I’ve been waiting for someone to come up with a conspiracy theory that Dressel isn’t coming back to Florida and so, therefore no reason to keep someone toxic around since maybe–just maybe–that’s why he was kept around in the first place. If Dressel wanted Jungbluth, Jungbluth stayed. And, so, maybe this firing is foreshadowing to bigger news?

Mr Piano
Reply to  Old Bruin
1 month ago

Dressel transfering to ASU confirmed?

dscott
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Oh, Sing us a song, Mr. Piano-man!

HeftyLegend(minus the Legend!)
1 month ago

Disappointing to see Nesty’s public statement wishing him well, if in fact, Jungbluth was fired for anger management etc issues. I think this is part of the problem—never speaking to the truth, a coach moves on and repeats behavior, and some 10 years down the road something bad happens and everyone placed blame on someone else when really it was institutional failure. I get that Nesty and UF want to follow HR rules…but if a guy was violent within your program, do you really need to wish him well??

Dan
Reply to  HeftyLegend(minus the Legend!)
1 month ago

Lawsuits? – defamation of character?

Even if what is said is true, there is always the chance of a lawsuit, so say as little as possible to protect yourself.

snarky
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Opinion and truth are absolute defense to slander and most lawyers don’t take such cases. We have the right to free speech in the US.

applesandoranges
Reply to  snarky
1 month ago

Sure, and you have the absolute right to suffer the consequences of your speech. Free speech isn’t always free. Remember that the 1A is specific to govt actions only.

dscott
Reply to  applesandoranges
1 month ago

Last I looked UofFla is a govt entity.

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  snarky
1 month ago

Someone didn’t understand the first amendment

Dmswim
Reply to  snarky
1 month ago

Snarky, as a lawyer who defends employers in circumstances very similar to this, the fact that truth is a defense doesn’t mean the former employee can’t sue. They absolutely will and will wrap you up in costly litigation for years to come. It’s not worth it when you can just say something neutral or positive instead to avoid that.

Swim3057
Reply to  Dmswim
1 month ago

Adding to Dmswim’s comments as an attorney there is undoubtedly a Non Disclosure Agreement that has been signed by both parties that likely waives the right for legal action as well as a non disparagement clause that would prevent either side from negative comments. Hence the issued statement from Anthony and Florida.

Swim3057
Reply to  Dmswim
1 month ago

Adding to Dmswims comments from the legal profession, there more than likely is an NDA that was agreed upon by both sides with non-disparagement language included that would prevent both legal action by both parties and might explain Florida’s/Anthony’s statement.

Mike
Reply to  HeftyLegend(minus the Legend!)
1 month ago

Despite what you seem to want, coaches are real people with real human emotions. Not ice cold automatons.

samuli
Reply to  HeftyLegend(minus the Legend!)
1 month ago

never rock the boat of coaching fraternity seems to be the choice usually. Then in the back channel if somebody asks the tell the truth but never air dirty laundry in public.

William Williamson
Reply to  HeftyLegend(minus the Legend!)
1 month ago

chicken butt

Old Swim Coach
1 month ago

That temper caught up to him. Can’t treat people like [email protected]$% without it catching up to you.

yardfan
Reply to  Old Swim Coach
1 month ago

yep.

FormerGator
Reply to  Old Swim Coach
1 month ago

For someone who swam for Gregg Troy and Steve, he is is nowhere near as bad Troy. Troy was 10 times worse. Troy just got away with bad things for a long time.

I knew Steve was passionate but never saw him overstep when I was there. I was pretty happy to see Nesty and Steve take over. Sad to see him overstep if it’s true.

Dan
Reply to  Old Swim Coach
1 month ago

If that’s the case then how is Hite still on staff?

Ghost
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Exactly!

Chip McGarvey
1 month ago

I know many of us will be upset, but this position will ultimately go to Jake from Liberty. I mean this position has his name all over it #gameover

Arthur Chubb
Reply to  Chip McGarvey
1 month ago

Based on the new U of Florida president, the employment of the Liberty coach would be a smart one

dscott
Reply to  Arthur Chubb
1 month ago

Since Ben Sasse is from Nebraska, maybe they’ll bring in Pablo Morales?

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Chip McGarvey
1 month ago

Might be more likely to grab Jake from State Farm.

Jimbob
1 month ago

Almost every college swimmer (virtually 100%) will ultimately make a living for something other than swimming. So I’ve never understood coaches who ignored the development of the swimmer as a person. Even the greatest college teams of all time only have 3 or 4 star swimmers at any given year. If you’re being paid by a university, it should go without saying that you’re in the business of developing young people.

Everyone is pointing out that this guy developed and currently coaches stars. That’s great. But what about the average guy on the team, or (gasp!) the guy who ends up underachieving for whatever reason. Some guys hit a mental block, others top or physically (plateau), some decide to major… Read more »

anon
Reply to  Jimbob
1 month ago

100%.

IMO there’s an even more pressing issue at the club level. Every LSC meet deck in the country is rife with gossip about problematic coaches. But 14 year olds don’t always have the language or experience to recognize that and hey they get kids into college right?

I went from being a decent (not great) zones / sectionals level swimmer to stalling and quitting a couple years later after a head coach change. Was there anything actively problematic or worthy of a headline to report? I don’t think so. He was just kind of a dick. Some (already promising) kids did well and some others quit too.

The issue is success is judged based on the swimmers… Read more »

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