The University of Florida has announced the hiring of Jack Szaranek to fill out its newly-recombined coaching staff.
Szaranek is a Gator alumnus from Glenrothes, Scotland. He swam at the University of Florida from 2015 through 2020, following in the footsteps of his older brother Mark – who was a 21-time All-American for the Gators.
After redshirting his true freshman season, Jack Szaranek was a member of four straight SEC Championship teams. His only appearance at the SEC Championship meet was in 2020, as a senior, where he raced the 50 free (20.10 – 36th place) and 100 free (44.53 – 48th place). Florida won their 8th-straight SEC Championship that year, which has now extended to 9 straight after winning the 2021 title too.
Szaranek served as a volunteer assistant during the 2020-2021 season.
“We are extremely excited to have Jack join our coaching staff,” said Nesty. “Jack is a former Gator swimmer and will make a positive impact on our program out of the gate. Our current athletes and staff respect him tremendously. We will certainly benefit from his passion and commitment. We are very fortunate to have him with us.”
“I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity to coach at my alma mater,” said Szaranek. “I am absolutely delighted to be working alongside such experienced and successful staff. Having swam here during my college career, and now getting the chance to coach the Gators is a huge honor.”
Szaranek was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in both 2018 and 2020.
As a teen in Scotland, Jack Szaranek was a member of the Scottish Youth Development Squad.
Szaranek joins fellow assistant and new hire Kristen Murslack, associate head coach Steve Jungbluth, and associate head coach Whitney Hite as members of the staff under head coach Anthony Nesty. Nesty was named the head coach of the men’s and women’s programs this offseason, adding the women’s staff to his duties after Jeff Poppel left to take over the combined program at South Carolina.
Combined-gender swim teams are allowed to have 2 extra paid swimming assistants as compared to two single-gender programs.