AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 34: UF’s Troy Re-Works Staff; Gators Associate Head Coach Wilby Visits Coral Springs

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 34: UF’s Troy Re-Works Staff; Gators Associate Head Coach Wilby Visits Coral Springs


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 18, 2011

University of Florida coach Gregg Troy spread the coaching wealth on his staff to allow him more time to plan as U.S. Olympic men’s head coach beginning with this summer’s World Championships in Shanghai, China.

The veteran coach named Martyn Wilby and Anthony Nesty associate head coaches while removing the men’s and women’s titles because they have always worked with both genders.

The pair have also been given some of Troy’s administrative responsibilities.

“The timing of the whole issue is something we needed for the whole program,” Troy said. “It allows me as Olympic head coach a little more time to plan. It gives me more time to be on deck with the athletes personally and cover new things that will come up as part of being the Olympic head coach.”

Wilby was in South Florida this past week visiting swim clubs and coaching staffs including a stop at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Troy said “we’re fortunately blessed with maybe the best staff in the country.”

Steve Jungbluth, former head coach at Colgate, was added to the staff last year. While the entire staff is still involved with recruiting, Jungbluth will do all the logistical work for recruiting, which is one of his strengths.

Nesty was recently named assistant coach for Team USA at the Aug. 12-23 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. It is Nesty’s first selection on a staff for a U.S. international team. The swimming events are set for Aug. 14-19.

High schools

The Florida High School Activities Association, the state’s governing body for high school sports, is cracking down on club sports connections. One of the biggest problems the FHSAA has is when an athlete transfers after competing in a club sport. Any student-athlete who plays a club sport and then switches schools to join the school coach that also coached their club will be ineligible at the new high school for 365 days. An FHSAA proposal on the table for a June vote would require coaches to confirm they have made athletes they work with on clubs aware of the policy.

Miscellaneous

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski left Wednesday to train in Canada for the World University Games. The Arizona State sophomore born in Montreal, Canada will represent Canada in the swimming events Aug. 14-19 in Shenzhen, China. She will probably bump into Michael Phelps who plans to compete in both the Montreal Open and Canada Cup….San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, a 13-year NBA pro, was recently inducted into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame in Winston-Salem, N.C. Before Duncan was a basketball player, he was a butterfly swimmer in St. Croix and worked with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at the Malo Institute in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where he was born. His sister Tricia, a backstroker, was a member of the Virgin Islands Olympic team. Lohberg coached the national team. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo decimated the island including the swim club’s pool. A year later, Duncan turned to basketball and never returned to swimming. What a shame for swimming. At 6-foot-10, his wingspan is 7-3 and he would have been compared to West Germany’s “The Albatross”, 6-6 Michael Gross who had a 7-4 5/8 wing span and for ten years dominated the sport as a world record holder and Olympic gold medalist….Also in Duncan’s induction class was Olympian and Florida triathlete Hunter Kemper. Kemper, a three-time Olympian and USA Triathlon National team member, was just named the USOC’s April Male Athlete of the Month following a victory at the Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup….Former Canadian Olympic champion swimmer Alex Baumann is being treated for prostate cancer. The 47-year-old underwent recent surgery in Montreal. Baumann won two gold medals and set two world records at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Baumann oversees Canada’s elite athletes in international sport…Miami’s Special Olympics swimmer Andy Miyares, well-known at local  swim meets, is featured swimming butterfly on a Coca-Cola display in Greece grocery stores to publicize the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens June 25-July 4. He has been swimming competitively in USA Swimming and Special Olympics events since age 6.

Water polo

Stanford won the women’s water polo national title at the NCAA Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The No. 1 ranked Cardinals (28-1) defeated No. 2 California (26-5), 9-5, in the final. Stanford has 30 consecutive victories against Cal since 2000. It was Stanford’s second national title. In the semifinals, University of Southern California lost to Stanford 8-4 and UCLA Bruins lost to California, 7-4. The Bruins battled to a 4-4 tie near the end of the third quarter but the Golden Bears came up with a buzzer-beater to change the momentum. UC-Irvine won its consolation game, 15-4 over Iona College.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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