Since 20-year University of Florida head swimming & diving coach Gregg Troy announced his retirement from collegiate coaching in late April, a cacophony of rumors have grown that the program would be split, with one head men’s coach and one head women’s coach. Most people we spoke to believed that those selections had already been made – explaining the predisposed notion that Troy would be allowed to remain on deck to coach his pro group.
A lot of that was turned on its head late last week when the University Athletic Association (the corporate name for Florida’s athletics department) posted a job listing on the NCAA Market Place and their own website seeking “a head coach.”
At the risk of reading too far into a single posting, the late timing of May 4th, 10 days after Troy’s departure was announced, and the listing for “a Head Coach for University of Florida’s Swimming program” could both be read together to mean that there was a plan in place, and that plan changed. Or, the rumors could have been wrong altogether, but the 10-day gap before posting the job seems ominous when many of the country’s top candidates are already taking other jobs.
Sources close to the program tell us that Florida is “keeping its options open” in terms of splitting the programs or not, depending on the candidates that apply for the job.
The posting closes on May 18th, meaning that we’re at least two weeks away from learning who will take over this generational-type position. The posting requires a coach to have at least 2 years of experience at the collegiate level, and prefers a Master’s degree and “successful experience coaching elite athletes in a highly competitive swim program.”