Anne Blachford enters her second year as an assistant coach at Florida State in 2002-2003. Blachford joined the Seminole swimming staff after an impressive All-America career at FSU under head coach Neil Harper.
At practice, Blachford assists in the training and coaching of the stroke group. Two swimmers from Blachford's practice group qualified and competed at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Junior Justin Betts and sophomore Emma Dutton each swam in an impressive three events. Betts' top finish was 24th in the 100-yard breaststroke and placed 34th in the 200-breast and 40th in the 200-IM. Dutton came in 31st place in the 100-breast while placing 56th in the 100-free and 200-IM.
At the 2002 Women's ACC meet, nine of Blachford's pupils competed in the championship finals and six finished with NCAA-cut marks. Blachford helped the men record six finishes in championship finals at the men's ACC meet, while Betts swam a NCAA A-cut mark in the 100-breast.
Blachford's duties when she is not on deck include, recruiting, marketing and promotions of the team, team contact with boosters and alumni, events and awards coordinator, coordinating travel plans and itineraries, as well as developing workout programs.
In 2000, Blachford received her bachelor's degree in sport management. A four-year letter winner for the Lady Seminoles' swim team, Blachford earned All-America honorable mention honors in 1997 for her performance in the 200-IM and again in 2000 for the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. Blachford still owns the school record in the 200-IM at 2:01.60, which she set in 1997.