John Fedena enters his second season with the Seminoles after effectively impacting the distance group, and the team as a whole, in 2001-02. Following a graduate assistantship with the University of Georgia's women's swimming team, which he helped lead to the 2001 National Championship, Fedena brought nearly seven years of coaching experience to the Tribe.
Fedena coaches the distance group, which consists of a collection of unproven talent. With the task of developing a competitive group of distance swimmers, Fedena was determined to tap into his group's undiscovered talent. The results at the end of the 2002 season exceeded expectations. Fedena showcased his ability to coach and developed another weapon for the Seminoles' assault on their competition.
Under Fedena's watch, the Lady Seminoles recorded three new marks in FSU's all-time top ten list for the 1,650-yard freestyle and two top-ten marks for the 500-free. It was the first new top ten times in the 1,650 since 2000 and the 500 since 1999. Fedena helped sophomore Angie Leach reach the third-fastest time in the 1,650 (16:56.43) and helped Amy Lo turn in the fourth-fastest time in the 500 (4:55.87). Leach's time not only won her the consolation final at the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, but it also qualified as a NCAA B-cut mark. At the 2002 ACC meet, the Lady Seminoles scored 20 points between the 500 and 1650 events, a vast improvement from the six points scored in 2001.
The Newcastle, Del., native began his coaching career in 1996 with the Delaware Club swim team. His tenure ended four years later with his move to Athens, Ga. At Georgia, Fedena not only assisted the University of Georgia, but also coached the Athens Bulldogs club swim team. Fedena's experience does not end there, as he has been an assistant and head coach the past five years at the Middle Atlantic (Delaware), Bulldog (University of Georgia) and Wolverine (University of Michigan) swimming camps.
Fedena remains active in swimming competition, as evident by his 2001 Southern Sectional Championship qualifying in the 50 and 100 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. In collegiate competition, Fedena was a two-year letterman at the University of Delaware, where he helped capture the 1997 men's team championship.