Neal Studd is leaving Florida Gulf Coast University to take over Florida State University in the wake of Frank Bradley’s departure.
Coach Studd comes to Tallahassee after an extremely impressive record with the FGCU Eagles. Five-time Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Coach of the Year, Coach Studd led the Green and Blue to six CCSA Championships (2009-13, 15) and a 28-1 CCSA all-time record since the program began in 2007.
Coach Studd also represented FGCU in the 2012 Olympic Games by coaching former Eagle Danielle Beaubrun and St. Lucia. The Olympics marked his second stint as head coach of St. Lucia after serving at the World Championships in Shanghai, China in 2011.
The Seminoles met as a swim team earlier today, where Coach Studd was announced as the new head coach. This news was well-received as the program had been in limbo while awaiting the coach announcement. Several swimmers expressed their excitement to Florida Swim Network after the meeting.
“I am thrilled to be the new head coach at FSU,” said Coach Studd. “It is an amazing opportunity for me professionally and for my family personally. To be in a position to lead the program at such a prestigious University that combines truly outstanding academics and athletics is really a dream come true for me.
“I cannot wait to meet and start working with the team and put my own brand and coaching style in place. When I look at the success of all the teams at FSU, I am so excited for what is possible with our swimming and diving teams. I know we can do great things here and do it the right way.”
Although originally from the United Kingdom, Coach Studd has a long history in Florida. He swam at Florida Atlantic University (1994-98), where he held several varsity records, served as the men’s captain and was a NIC champion and two-time Olympic Trials qualifier.
We look forward to seeing Coach Studd take the reins in Tallahassee and starting to bring the Seminoles back to national prominence.