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Andy Robins
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: William & Mary (1983)
Experience: 19 Years

Entering his 19th season with Florida State, assistant coach Andy Robins continues to produce some of the top athletes in the ACC and the NCAA.

Since 2001 when Robins took over the sprint group, FSU has won 16 ACC titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle events and 13 gold medals in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

In 2014, Paul Murray set a new ACC record in the 50 free at 19.04 while capturing gold while Tiffany Oliver became the first Seminole in history to defend her ACC sprinting titles. Murray went on to place seventh in the event garnering All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. 

His group calimed 10 medals at the 2013 ACC Championships before moving on to grab three All-America honorable mention accolades. Oliver won gold in both the 50 and 100 free, while Kaitlyn Dressel won her first ACC bronze in the 100 free. Both Oliver and Dressel contributed to silvers in the 200 and 400 free relay in addition to setting new FSU records.

Oliver owns the 50 (22.17) and 100 (48.19) free records, while Dressel took down the 200 free (1:46.26) mark.

In the men’s events, Paul Murray, Trice Bailey, David Sanders and Mark Weber added more hardware to their shelves, as the four took gold in the 200 free relay at the ACC Championships, the four posted a mark of 1:16.76 at the Georgia Tech Invite, setting new school and ACC records en route to setting one of the fastest times in the country.

Weber and Murray went on to claim individual gold medals at ACC’s in the 50 and 100 free.

In 2012 , the men’s sprint relays highlighted the season by garnering a plethora of accolades during the post season. The team of Murray, Bailey, Sanders and Weber captured their first All-America honors in the 400 free relay with a seventh place finish.

Robins guided those same four at the 2012 ACC where they started the competition with a new meet, school and Christiansburg Aquatic Center record in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:17.73 en route to a first place finish. They would finish ninth in the event at the NCAA Championships, capturing All-America honorable mention honors. The same four added another ACC gold in the 400 free relay.

Under Robins, Oliver became the first FSU female to break the 49 second mark in the 100 free as she turned in a time of 48.93 en route to an NCAA appearance.

In 2009, Robins’ group earned Honorable Mention All-American status in the men’s 400 free relay at the 2009 NCAA Championships and Jarryd Botha ended his storied career as a Seminole with a pair of All-ACC honors in the 100 free and 100 fly.

Robins helped add a new chapter to FSU’s illustrious sprinting history in 2008. Under the coaching of Robins’ junior Scott Baker had a career year culminating with All-America honors in the 50 free at the NCAA Championships. Robins’ also helped lead senior Lauren Sparg to her first career individual honorable mention All-America honors with her 11th place finish in the 100 fly. Sparg was also the ACC Champion in the 100 fly and still holds the school record in the event.

In 2007, five Seminoles qualified for the NCAA Championships in sprint events.

While first taking over the spirnt group, Robins helped Christy Cech to back-to-back (2001-02) All-America awards in the 50 freestyle.

Prior to 2000, Robins worked primarily with the stroke disciplines and individual medley specialists. He most notably worked with Stephan Parry, an NCAA Finalist, as well as a 2004 Olympic bronze medalist. During that time Robins also coached Seminole All-Americans Anne Blachford, Keam Ang and Nelson Mora.

Even prior to his graduation from college, Robins had been actively involved in coaching and his involvement with local swimming and diving dates back more than 20 years. His association with swimming in the Big Bend began in 1985 when he took a position with the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club. Robins took over the head coaching duties for ATAC in 1993 and led the squad to a top ten finish at the 1996 Junior National Championships.

In conjunction with his work with ATAC, Robins served as the head coach at Leon High School in Tallahassee from 1986-91. After only his second year on the job he was named High School Coach of the Year by the Tallahassee Democrat.

Robins also served as head coach for the Florida All-Star Team in 1990 and 1991 after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach. Away from the pool Robins served on the Florida Swimming Board of Directors, the House of Delegates and the Technical Planning Committee from 1987-98.

A 1983 graduate of The College of William & Mary with a bachelor’s in psychology, he earned his master’s in science education from Florida State in 1987. While in college, Robins swam both the backstroke and distance freestyle events. His swimming accomplishments at William & Mary include setting the school record in the 1650 freestyle while also serving as co-captain.

Robins and his wife Karen have three daughters and one son, Beth, Kurt, Jenna, and Annemarie.


ROBINS' COACHING RESUME:
2002-present: Associate Head Coach, Florida State
1995-2001: Assistant Coach, Florida State
1993-97: Head Coach, ATAC
1990-91: Head Coach, Florida All-Stars
1989: Assistant Coach, Florida All-Stars
1986-91: Head Coach, Leon High School
1985-92: Assistant Coach, ATAC
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