When Gregg Troy announced his retirement from the University of Florida in April, the sport’s immediate focus was how it would impact the Gators. But the real ripple effect of Troy’s retirement could be seen in American swimming from now through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics—and it might even change the way professional swimming is approached in the United States.
“We’ll call it semi-retirement,” Troy said. “I just think it was the right time.
I have eight guys who have a great chance at making the Olympics, and it is going to take a lot of time. Collegiate coaching just takes a lot of time in itself—the commitment to meetings, school functions, recruiting.
To do all of those things well and get kids ready for the Olympics, I just didn’t see as feasible. I always ask that athletes give me the best they have, and I wasn’t sure if I could do the same as I had in the past.” But just because he will have fewer distractions with a college team doesn’t mean he will be relaxing—and he definitely doesn’t expect his swimmers to relax.
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