In his 18th year, assistant coach Andy Robins talks about his life as a coach.
11 athletes took home awards from Saturday's banquet.
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Leading the Seminole sprint group into the post season, sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel and junior Tiffany Oliver rely on each other for success. - By Christa Salerno
Entering his 17th season with Florida State, associate head coach Andy Robins continues to produce some of the top athletes in the ACC and the NCAA.
Robins' sprinters produced a solid year in 2012 with five members of the group moving on to compete at the NCAA Championships. The men's sprint relays highlighted the season by garnering a plethora of accolades during the post season. The team of Paul Murray, Trice Bailey, David Sanders and Mark Weber earned All-American honors in the 400 free relay with a seventh place finish.
Robins guided those same four at the ACC meet as 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. Robins will look to improve those four during the 2012-13 season.
On the ladies side, sophomore Tiffany Oliver became the first FSU female to break the 49 second mark in the 100 free as she turned in a new school record 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. The Seminole sprint group now has more than 30 All-ACC honors with Robins at the helm. In all, the men's and women's sprint groups had a hand in five school records while almost every swimmer in the group earned a collegiate best time in at least one event.
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.
Five Seminoles qualified for the 2007 NCAA Championships in sprint events. Florida State sprinters have earned ten All-American honors during Robins' tenure. Most recently on the women's side, Christy Cech won back-to-back (2001-02) All-America awards in the 50 freestyle. The Seminoles have also brought home 17 All-America certificates in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Since 2001 when Robins took over the sprint group, FSU has won nine ACC titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle events and 12 gold medals in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. All told, more than 29 sprinters have collected All-ACC honors.
Prior to coach Harper's return, 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.
Florida State's team results during his tenure speak for themselves. The men's squad has scored points at the NCAA Championships in nine of his last 13 years. In 2012, the men's team placed 16th behind strong sprint relays. But the highest team finish in school history was a ninth-place showing in 1997. The women's 16th-place finish in 2006 was their best ever and part of 12 trips to the NCAA Championships since 1995.
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.
He 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.
The 52-year-old Robins and his wife Karen have four children, Beth (34), Kurt (33), Jenna (27) and Annemarie (16).
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