Over the past two years, the Florida State distance swimmers have greatly benefited from working with assistant coach John Fedena. As he begins his third season with the Seminoles, Fedena has raised the bar for the distance swimmers and made the group an intricate part of Florida State's success.
Since his arrival in Tallahassee for the 2001-02 season, the Seminoles have recorded nine of the top distance times in school history. On the women's side, Loren Hansen and Lisa How posted the second and third best times in the 500 freestyle at the ACC championships, while Alan Ribeiro added his name to the men's top ten in the same event. Hansen became FSU's first distance swimmer to earn All- ACC honors since Helen Jepson in 1995. In addition, the women's 800 free relay set the school record as it won the conference title.
In only his second season, the distance program made tremendous strides with several personal-best times that ranked among the school's best. All told, five different top ten times were recorded in 2001-02, the most since the 1990 squad had six entries.
During Fedena's two seasons at Florida State, three Seminoles have made NCAA "B" cuts in the 500 free. The first was Angie Leach in 2001-02 followed by Hansen and How last year.
Prior to accepting the position with the Seminoles, Fedena spent two years as a graduate assistant for the women's program at the University of Georgia. During his second season with the Bulldogs, the squad reached the peak of collegiate swimming with a national championships. While in Athens, Ga., the Bulldogs won ten national championships with 19 swimmers earning All-America honors.
The New Castle, Del., native began his coaching career in 1996 with the Delaware Club swim team. His tenure ended four years later when he excepted the position in Athens, Ga. Besides his duties with Georgia, Fedena also coached the Athens Bulldogs club team. In addition, he has been a top instructor at numerous swim camps, including Georgia, the University of Michigan and Delaware.
The 28-year-old Fedena graduated from Delaware in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. He added a master's degree in sports administration from Georgia in 2001.