Anthony Nesty becomes the First Black U.S. Head Swimming Coach at the Olympics; Leading the Charge in Paris

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In a groundbreaking move, Anthony Nesty is set to make history as he takes the helm of the U.S. men’s swimming team in Paris, marking a significant milestone as the first Black head coach for the powerhouse American squad at the Olympics.

Trailblazing Announcement by USA Swimming

The momentous decision to appoint Nesty was proudly declared by USA Swimming, who also bestowed the honor upon Todd DeSorbo to lead the women’s squad in the upcoming summer spectacle.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 21: Anthony Nesty speaks after receiving the Coach of the Year award during the 2022 Golden Goggle Awards at the Marriott Marquis on November 21, 2022 in New York, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Nesty’s Impressive Pedigree at the University of Florida

Hailing from the University of Florida, Nesty, known for guiding top American swimmers like Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel, and Bobby Finke, is geared up for the challenge. His selection adds a dynamic touch to the coaching lineup.

Nesty’s Enthusiastic Response

Expressing his excitement, Nesty shared his anticipation in a statement released by USA Swimming, stating, “I’m thrilled to be the men’s head Olympic coach in Paris. Todd and I eagerly await the opportunity to coach these athletes to the best of their abilities in Paris next summer.”

A Legacy of Achievement

Nesty, who made history as the first Black male swimmer to clinch an Olympic gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Games while representing Suriname, continues to break barriers. In 2022, he became the inaugural Black coach to lead a U.S. team at the world championships.

Reprising Their Roles from Budapest

Nesty and DeSorbo, the University of Virginia coach, are set to reprise their roles from the Budapest worlds, where Nesty steered the men’s team and DeSorbo led the women’s group.

Anticipation from U.S. National Team Managing Director

Lindsay Mintenko, managing director of the U.S. national team, expressed her excitement, saying, “I am thrilled coaches DeSorbo and Nesty will be joining us in Paris and am looking forward to the experience and leadership they will bring to the games.”

Tokyo Olympics: A Prelude to Success

Having previously served as assistant coaches with the U.S. team at the Tokyo Olympics, Nesty and DeSorbo contributed to the impressive haul of 30 medals for the Americans. Nesty’s swimmers, including Finke with two golds and Kieran Smith with a bronze, showcased their prowess on the world stage.

(Lead Photo by Simon Bruty/Getty Images)

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