Gregg Troy retires from coaching Florida swimming and diving
Gregg Troy, Florida swimming and diving's head coach, announced today that his 20th season was his last in orange and blue.
Troy built an impressive resume over the year's with an NCAA Championship, 43 individual titles and 47 Gators turned Olympians.
“For me the first couple years here, the first women’s team and the first men’s team where they were combined, those two years will always be special because they set the base for the future and set the priorities for everyone else,” said Troy.
His success extends beyond the college level. He's trained more than 75 Olympians and coached in the Olympics.
Troy's first Olympics was in 1988, when he was an assistant coach for Guam's team. He's coached for multiple countries, and it wasn't until 1996 that he had one of his favorite Olympic experiences... becoming a part of Team USA as the Women's U.S. Team assistant coach.
"Just to be on an Olympic staff is a tremendous opportunity," said Troy. "But, to do it in your home country is tremendous. To be 15 feet from Muhammad Ali when he took the torch up in Turner Stadium was a tremendous opportunity. Then, in 2012 I had the chance to be the head coach in London and it was a tremendous opportunity, a wonderful experience. Had a chance to be a part of that whole U.S. delegation, there’s not words to describe it.”
One of the bigger difficulties that arise in collegiate swimming is when students have to make a choice between leaving school early to become an Olympic swimmer, or finishing out their college careers.
"There’s not a tremendous number of swimmers that can make a gigantic amount of funding, but it’s enough that it’s pretty significant," Troy said. "The year we won the NCAA meet, we came back the next year and had three girls who all had opportunities outside of the NCAA environment. They all had eligibility left and all three chose to take advantage of those opportunities which left us a little shy team-wise, but we were very happy for them to have those opportunities.
"It’s a matter of trying to take the individual's goals, being conscious of where they are in life, what skill set they have and what available to them, and trying to give them advice to help them do the best they can. A guy like Caleb Dressel and even Ryan Lochte, I think it was their benefit to stay in another year. They were doing so well that that experience and what they do successfully senior year will be building blocks for the next level.”