Katie Gardocki enters her second season as an assistant coach for the FSU swimming and diving teams. An all-around coach, Gardocki mainly helps coaching the distance group while heading up the women's team recruiting.
A standout distance swimmer and four-time NCAA qualifier for Auburn from 2009-2013, Gardocki spent three of those seasons under the instruction of current FSU head coach Frank Bradley.
During her career, she was a five-time All-American and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier and produced her best times at the 2013 SEC Championships, placing sixth in the 1650 with a time of 16:01.86 after taking 10th in the 500 free with a mark of 4:38.75.
Following her graduation in December of 2013, Gardocki joined the FSU staff in January, just in time for championship season. As one of Bradley's most hardworking, knowledgeable and tenacious athletes he's ever coached, he knew that her experiences mixed with her patience, carefree and easy-going personality would make her the perfect piece to complete his coaching staff.
In just a short amount of time, Gardocki made an immediate impact on both squads, especially the distance group. She helped Madison Jacobi achieve a pair of bronze medals at the 2014 ACC Championships before she went on to take ninth place in the mile at the NCAA Championships with a time of 16:01.09.
Prior to Auburn, Gardocki was a three-time U.S. Junior Team member while swimming for the Aquabears Swim Club. She also holds Connecticut State Records and attended Suffield High School.
Gardocki is a native of Suffield, Conn. and is the daughter of Peter and Lynda Gardocki. Her sister, Sara swam for the College of Charleston. She majored in hotel and restaurant management at Auburn.