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.
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.
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