Swimming World Presents “Q&A with University of Florida Head Coach Anthony Nesty”

Swimming World July 2019 - Q and A with Anthony Nesty

Q&A with University of Florida Head Coach Anthony Nesty

By Michael J. Stott

In his second year as University of Florida men’s head coach, Anthony Nesty was named SEC male coach of the year, extending Gator supremacy to seven straight conference titles.

Credentials:
• University of Florida, B.A., communication, 1994
• University of Florida men’s head coach, 2017-present; associate head coach, 2006-17; assistant coach, 1998-2006
• Assistant U.S. coach, World University Games, 2011
• Head coach, Suriname Olympic team, 2008 (flagbearer), 2012, 2016; assistant coach, 2004
• Assistant coach, Cayman Islands national team, 2009-10
• Coach, Swim Florida, 1996-98; Bolles School, 1994-98
• While at the University of Florida, Coach Nesty’s athletes have garnered 1,164 All-America honors and
have won 43 individual national championships.
• Inducted into ISHOF, 1998, and University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame, 2002

As a competitive swimmer, Anthony Nesty is the only Olympic medal winner from Suriname, winning the 100 meter butterfly in 1988 by 1-hundredth of a second over American favorite Matt Biondi, and placing third in 1992.

He also won gold medals in the same event at the 1987 and ’91 Pan Ams, 1989 Pan Pacs and 1991 World Championships. As a college swimmer at Florida from 1989-92, the now 51-year-old was a 16x NCAA All-American, 5x NCAA champion and 11x Southeastern Conference champion.

Q. SWIMMING WORLD: You have said, “I have a lot of mentors I can call on.” Were your father and Suriname coach Kenneth MacDonald
among them, and what did each contribute to your maturation as swimmer and coach?
A. COACH ANTHONY NESTY: Dad was with me throughout my swimming career. My journey started in 1976. My dad taught me to always treat people with respect. He also reminded me to never give up and to always do my utmost “best.” My coach taught me to work hard and encouraged me just to enjoy the sport. “Winning is beating your time,” he would say.

SW: Did river swimming competitions in
Suriname contribute to your strong aerobic
background?
AN: In Suriname, you swim the 50 all the way up to the 1500 year-in and year-out.

SW: What, if anything, from your years with Gregg Troy do you carry with you today?Gregg Troy do you carry with you today?
AN: The most important thing to me was remaining consistent in your attitude and training.

To read more of our interview with Coach Nesty,
check out the full July 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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026 DESTINED FOR GREATNESS
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010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: RATKO RUDIC
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014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: PREVIEW OF THE INTERNATIONAL SWIM COACHES ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME SUMMIT
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016 PLAN B: COLLEGE CLUB TEAM OPTION (Part 2)
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020 SPECIAL SETS: WORKOUTS OF A WORLD CHAMPION
by Michael J. Stott
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043 Q&A WITH COACH ANTHONY NESTY
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN ROBERT FINKE
by Michael J. Stott

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013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: EXERCISE EQUIPMENT SERIES—MULTI-EQUIPMENT PROGRAM FOR STRENGTH AND POWER
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046 UP & COMERS: RAQUEL MALDONADO
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

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008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

022 OFFICIAL WORD

025 DID YOU KNOW? MARK SPITZ & PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND

030 2019 AQUATIC DIRECTORY

042 DADS ON DECK

047 GUTTER TALK

048 PARTING SHOT