The sunsets will probably look a little more beautiful. The fishing off Cedar Key will be a little more productive.
Gregg Troy will have more time to enjoy the little things in his life.
The Florida swimming coach for 20 seasons has decided to retire from being an everyday college coach. He met with the UF teams on Wednesday afternoon and gave them the news.
“When I met with them, I told them we ask them to be totally committed,” Troy said. “I just didn’t know if I could give 60-something athletes the kind of energy level they deserved.
“I’ve been working on it for awhile now, trying to put things together in terms of what is best for the Gators and what’s best for me. There are mixed emotions, but I’m going to enjoy the sunsets and spend a little more time on that boat at Cedar Key.”
The coach rejuvenated a once-proud UF program that had fallen on hard times when he became the women’s coach in 1998 and added the men’s job a year later.
Troy, 67, coached 47 Olympians at UF. Those Olympians won 23 medals, 11 of them gold. Among the Olympic gold medal winners were two of the top swimmers in U.S. history, Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte.
“On behalf of the University of Florida and Gator Nation, I want to thank Gregg for the incredible job he has done here,” Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said. “Gregg has represented UF in a first-class manner, and his track record of accomplishments speaks for itself.
“He helped uphold the tradition of excellence in Florida swimming and diving, and some of the world’s best athletes came to Gainesville to learn under his direction.”
Troy coached Florida’s women to a national title in 2010 and won 10 SEC titles, eight with the men and two with the women.
“I’m going to miss the athletes, which makes it bittersweet,” Troy said. “And the coaches here at Florida. I’m a better coach because of the coaches here.”
Troy plans to focus on developing elite swimmers who are aiming toward the Olympics.
“We’re going to do what we can to make Gainesville a center of world class swimming,” Troy said.
Troy was named national coach of the year three times and SEC coach of the year 10 times.
He is one of nine coaches in UF history to have coached at the school for 20 years. Troy also excelled on the national stage. He served as head coach of Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and Team Thailand in 1992, with his other two Olympic stints being as an assistant coach (1996, 2008).
“We flirted with the men’s NCAA that’s one thing I would like to have gotten done,” Troy said. “I never want to leave a program worse than I found it and we have two great recruiting classes coming in. I think I’m leaving it in a great place.”
Stricklin will be conducting his third search for a head coach since starting on the job in November of 2016.
“Any time we have a coaching opening at the University of Florida, we feel like we have a lot to offer,” Stricklin said at Wednesday’s Florida-FSU softball game. “We’re going to keep all our options open. We’ve had a combined program, but we’re not opposed to splitting the two programs if that’s what’s best. A lot of people are doing that around the country.”
Before coming to Florida, Troy was a highly-acclaimed coach at The Bolles School in Jacksonville for 20 years.
“Maybe 20 years is my shelf life,” he said. “I have missed some time with my family and had some health issues so the time is right.”