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Anthony Nesti Award: Best Swimming Coach in America

Nesty is the coach of the Florida Gators

Last Thursday, swimming coach Anthony Nesti received the George Hines Award for being named America’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the 2021/2022 season.

George Haynes Coach of the YearThe award has been in place since 1961 and is presented annually to the person who has made the greatest contribution to the global excellence of USA swimming.

Nesty was one of six finalists who coached athletes to gold medals at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last June. He coached four gold medalists in Budapest who together won eight gold medals.

“Anthony is one of the most respected coaches in college swimming and one of the few who is considered both a great athlete and a great coach,” said Greg Troy, who won the award last year.

“He has a great work ethic and tremendous ability to get results. His Olympic experience as an athlete is essential in his ability to relate to our current athletes. His reputation for getting the most out of them speaks for itself,” Troy said.

nesty, Born in Port of Spain But grew up in Suriname and won gold for Suriname at the 1988 Olympics. He became the first black swimmer in the world to win Olympic gold in the 100m butterfly with a time of 53.00 seconds. Nesty dominated the world swimming rankings in this area from 1988 to 1992.

Anthony Nesti in recognition of his well-deserved Olympic gold in 1988 and his selfless commitment to the development of swimming in Suriname. Honored with bronze head ‘De Tolfijn’ at his home swimming club in Suriname.

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Even appeared in 2020 A memoir About his national and international achievements.

In 2022, the United States Swimming Federation announced the name of Anthony Nesti Head Coach of the USA Swimming Team For men only. As a result, Nesty became the first black head coach of the US World Cup swim team. wrote American media.