University of Florida Head Coach Gregg Troy Retires from Collegiate Coaching

After 20 years with the University of Florida, Head Coach Gregg Troy announced today that he is retiring from collegiate coaching. He will remain on staff of the Gator Swim Club as the high performance coach for athletes aiming to make the Olympics.

“I’ve been fortunate to spend 20 years here at the University of Florida, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to coach so many remarkable and talented Gator athletes,” Troy said. “I’ve experienced countless memorable moments here at Florida, and it’s now time for me to step away from collegiate swimming.”

In his time at Florida, Troy, 67, coached the team to eight Southeastern Conference titles, and coached 47 athletes to the Olympics. Those athletes totaled 23 medals, including 11 gold. Among his most prominent collegiate athletes were Caeleb DresselRyan Lochte, and Elizabeth Beisel.

Lochte recently returned to Florida to resume training with Troy. At the 2017 FINA World Championships, Dressel won seven gold medals to tie Michael Phelps for the most won at a World Championship meet, and at the 2018 NCAA Championships, he became the first man to break :18 in the 50 free, :40 in the 100 free, and :43 in the 100 fly. Beisel retired in 2017.

Additionally, under his guidance, University of Florida athletes won 43 individual national championships, 177 SEC titles and earned 1,145 All-America honors. In 2010, his women’s team won the NCAA national title. But in 2017, the women’s team went scoreless at the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history. The men’s team has won six consecutive SEC championships.

The school released a tribute to his career on Twitter:

Troy is the second SEC head coach to vacate his position this year, with Auburn’s Brett Hawke resigning in March. Notably, Troy signed a contract extension with the school through June 2020 in September of last year.

The table below outlines Troy’s successes with the program over the past two decades.

Year SEC Finish NCAA Finish
1998-99 Women – 4th Women – 8th
1999-2000 Women – 3rd
Men – 2nd
Women – 19th
Men – 9th
2000-01 Women – 3rd
Men – 3rd
Women – 8th
Men – 8th
2001-02 Women – 1st
Men – 2nd
Women – 7th
Men – 4th
2002-03 Women – 2nd
Men – 2nd
Women – 5th
Men – 6th
2003-04 Women – 3rd
Men – 2nd
Women – 4th
Men – 6th
2004-05 Women – 3rd
Men – 2nd
Women – 4th
Men – 5th
2005-06 Women – 3rd
Men – 2nd
Women – 10th
Men – 5th
2006-07 Women – 3rd
Men – 2nd
Women – 7th
Men – 4th
2007-08 Women – 2nd
Men – 2nd
Women – 6th
Men – 8th
2008-09 Women – 1st
Men – 2nd
Women – 7th
Men – 5th
2009-10 Women – 2nd
Men – 2nd
Women – 1st
Men – 5th
2010-11 Women – 2nd
Men – 2nd
Women – 7th
Men – 5th
2011-12 Women – 3rd
Men – 2nd
Women – 10th
Men – 8th
2012-13 Women – 3rd
Men – 1st
Women – 6th
Men – 6th
2013-14 Women – 3rd
Men – 1st
Women – 6th
Men – 3rd
2014-15 Women – 3rd
Men – 1st
Women – 9th
Men – 5th
2015-16 Women – 6th
Men – 1st
Women – 19th
Men – 3rd
2016-17 Women – 7th
Men – 1st
Women – N/A
Men – 3rd
2017-18 Women – 7th
Men – 1st
Women – 35th
Men – 5th

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Aquajosh
4 years ago
The Screaming Viking!
4 years ago

I heard Bob Bowman will be given the Head Coach position at Florida because they want to see if they can break the record for the most SwimSwam comments…

Kathy
4 years ago

This will get lost at the bottom of the comments and won’t get much traction. Didn’t USAS say they were hiring a technical director or something like that to help Lindsey with national team. Wonder if he’s doing that. If not, who is? Braden?

Karen
4 years ago

Wow. Congrats on a long and lengthy career. You are the best and will be missed.

Buona
4 years ago

He isn’t an outstanding coach. Except for Dressel, the rest are just mediocre under his charge. He is just stealing some limelight from Dressel ‘s good performance. He knows that next year Florida is screwed so he chose to retire now to avoid embarrassment.

Becky D
Reply to  Buona
4 years ago

Whoa! I have a nomination for “trolling comment of the week”

swimnc
Reply to  Buona
4 years ago

Troy has coached 47 Olympians, and had 43 national champions while he was at UF… those are some pretty incredible numbers for a coach you believe isn’t outstanding.

Oldswimmer
Reply to  Buona
4 years ago

Nice one Buona, you have no idea what your talking about.

Swimmer
Reply to  Buona
4 years ago

It’s only April but without a doubt will win Worst Comment Of the Year.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Buona
4 years ago

Lochte was just mediocre when he set that 200 IM WR that’s still around and won how many world and Olympic golds?…good to know

swimaugustine
4 years ago

Whoever the next coach is will have to develop strong ties with the state of Florida and be able to keep our best talent at home and recruit nationally and internationally. Troy did an extremely good job with this. He also was able develop some of the best sprint, middle distance and distance freestylers as well as world class imers. But will be an absolute mud the new coach need to continue to build the Gator swimming family tradition Troy established over his career. A hard step to follow.

Old Retired Guy
4 years ago

His is a wonderful legacy, fully earned and fully acknowledged.

ElvisVB
4 years ago

Never thought I’d live to see the day…

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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