Steve Jungbluth Out as University of Florida Associate Head Coach

Steve Jungbluth -- Photo Courtesy: NCAA Media

Steve Jungbluth Fired as University of Florida Associate Head Coach

A longtime member of the swim coaching staff at the University of Florida is no longer with the program. Sources told Swimming World that Steve Jungbluth, who spent 12 full seasons as part of the Gators coaching staff, has departed from the program. As of Thursday evening, Jungbluth’s name was no longer listed among Florida’s coaching staff, and on Friday morning, Florida confirmed the move.

A representative for the university provided a statement on behalf of head coach Anthony Nesty: “We have decided to part ways with Associate Head Coach Stephen Jungbluth. We wish him well on his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions to the program.”

Jungbluth first joined the Florida coaching staff in 2010 after a seven-season stint as head coach at Colgate University. Jungbluth was an assistant coach on Gregg Troy’s staff for eight seasons, and then he was elevated to men’s associate head coach in 2018 when Troy retired and Nesty became head coach of the men’s team. In 2021, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs were combined when women’s coach Jeff Poppell left Gainesville to become head coach at the University of South Carolina, and Jungbluth and Whitney Hite became associate head coaches for both programs under Nesty.

During his time at Florida, Jungbluth worked primarily with the sprint groups, which included multi-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel during Dressel’s college days and again over the last year. Florida’s men have been consistently successful at the NCAA level, and the Gators were third at the 2022 men’s championships after posting a victory in the 200 medley relay to open the meet.