In his 38 years as a member of the program (four as an athlete, two as a graduate assistant,and 32 as a coach), University of Georgia Associate Head Coach Harvey Humphries has seen it all, coaching NCAA and World record setters, mentoring student-athletes, and traveling with Team USA on numerous World University Games and National Junior Team trips. Humphries takes on a ton of responsibilities with both the men’s and women’s teams at Georgia, serving as a main recruiter for the program, with his primary coaching focus being on the distance group.
From a coaching perspective, the results with Humphries as a part of the program speak for themselves. The distance events have undoubtedly been Georgia’s forte for the last 20 years, including 17 individual NCAA titles in the 500, 1650, and 500 IM. Those numbers include big names like Allison Schmitt, Amber McDermott, Martin Grodzki, Wendy Trott, Sebastien Rouault, and Troy Prinsloo.
In his time on camera with us, Humphries spent a few minutes talking about what practices are like at Georgia, how hard it can be to readjust your focus as an athlete after an Olympic year, replacing the graduation of Megan Romano and Allison Schmitt, and coaching open water stud Andrew Gemmell.
He’s also one of the nicer people we’ve ever had the pleasure of talking with. That should count for something, too.
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