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.