Katie Ledecky Joining Florida Gators as Volunteer Swimming Coach

by | Sep 24, 2021 | Sports | 0 comments

Katie Ledecky – Photo Credit: Flickr

University of Florida announced that Katie Ledecky, one of the greatest female swimmers in history, will join the school as a volunteer swimming coach. The announcement is also informing about Ledecky’s future plans.

Besides helping out with Florida’s swimming and diving program, the 24-year old will train with Florida head coach Anthony Nesty for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Nesty was an assistant coach for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics over the summer.

“The knowledge and experience that Katie brings to the pool are unparalleled,” said Nesty. “In addition to her obvious excellence as a swimmer, Katie is an exceptional person who will make a great impact on the student-athletes here. Katie’s values are in total alignment with the Florida program, and we’re so excited to have her join the Gators as she continues to train for the 2024 Olympics.”

Ledecky had also trained at Stanford under coach Greg Meehan since her freshman season there in 2016. 

Ledecky is a 10-time Olympic medalist with seven golds. She won gold in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter freestyles in Tokyo as well as silver medals in the 400-meter and 4×200-meter freestyle events. Her six individual gold medals are more than any other female Team USA athlete won in any sport.

“Stanford has been my second home for the last five years,” she posted on Instagram. “It will always have a special place in my heart. Having completed my college degree this year, I am moving east to be closer to home and family,” Ledecky said in her post on her move to Gainesville. “I’ve decided to train at the University of Florida with Coach Anthony Nesty and the outstanding mid-distance and distance training group there. I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the next phase of my swimming career.”