Neal Studd became the eighth head coach of Florida State swimming and diving on July 20, 2016.
The six-time Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Coach of the Year brings a wealth of experience to Tallahassee after building Florida Gulf Coast University from the scratch into one of the best mid-major programs in the country in his nine years at the helm.
In his first season with the Seminoles his teams posted dual meet records of 5-2 (Women) and 4-2 (Men) including Florida State's first ACC dual meet victory since 2013 for the women and 2014 for the men. At the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships the women scored 170 points more than the previous year and moved from 9th as a team in 2016 to 8th. The men made the single largest improvement at the ACC Championships in school history moving from 9th in 2016 to 5th in 2017. The women qualified for the NCAA Championships with 25 Provisional (B) standards and one Automatic (A) standard and had three individuals invited along with three relays to the meet. The men qualified with 48 B standards and had four individuals invited along with four relays. The previous year two individual women and one individual for the men were invited to the meet with no relays representing the Seminoles.
Prior to FSU, Studd captured seven CCSA Championships in eight years, guiding the Eagles to a 32-1 conference dual record since the program’s 2007-08 inception, when FGCU became a Division I institution.
His program celebrated its finest season in 2014-15, finishing 26th at the NCAA Championships with 37.5 points behind three individual scoring performances and the school’s first All-American relay finish. For his efforts, he received Coach of the Meet honorable mention accolades.
Last season the Eagles posted wins over three ACC teams (FSU, Notre Dame, Miami) while 2016 CCSA Swimmer of the Year, Elise Haan, took home three conference titles and earned All-America honorable mention with a 16th place finish in the 100 back.
Studd coached several standouts during his nine seasons, but none were more decorated than Emma Svensson, who finished her career with four NCAA appearances which included a pair All-America honorable mention accolades in the 50 free, finishing 12th at both the 2014 and 2015 Championships. Svensson also captured the Elite 89 honor at the 2013 meet, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA. She was also selected as the 2015 CCSA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Among a plethora of honors, Svensson was inducted into the FGCU Hall of Fame following the 2014-15 season.
Kira Toussaint brought home the program’s first All-American performance in 2014, finishing seventh in the 100 back at the NCAA Championships and later earned the 2014 CCSA Swimmer of the Year accolades. She followed her rookie campaign with an eighth-place showing in the 100 back and 12th place finish in the 200 back in 2015.
FGCU established its dominance of the CCSA at the 2009 championships; the first of five consecutive titles. During that stretch, the Eagles captured seven Most Outstanding Swimmers of the Meet and Most Outstanding Freshman honors, in addition to three Swimmer of the Year accolades.
Prior to FGCU, Studd spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Florida Atlantic. He returned to FAU after spending one year with the Wall Street firm of Morgan Stanley following his graduation in 1998.
Once Studd returned to swimming, he was tasked with working with the sprinters. Under his instruction, the group established the majority of the school records which he had previously held. His group also posted Sun Belt Conference records in addition to several National Independent Conference and Sun Belt titles.
Studd coached St. Lucia at the 2012 Olympic Games as well as the 2011 FINA World Championships. He then moved on to coach Barbados at the 2013 World Championships.
A native of Ipswich, United Kingdom, Studd was the national junior champion, team captain and record-holder in the 200m free. He competed at FAU from 1994-98 where he was the men’s team captain and Olympic Trials qualifier.
He graduated from FAU in 1998 with a B.S. in finance before earning his MBA from FAU in 2002. Studd and his wife Leah have two children, Sophia (4) and Henry (2).
Dan Carrington enters his first season as an assistant coach at Florida State.
Carrington comes to FSU after serving as an assistant coach for Miami (Ohio) University for two seasons, following his second stint at Duke.
While at Duke, Carrington helped 12 swimmers achieve All-ACC status from 2011-2014, in addition to qualifying athletes for the NCAA Championships.
Carrington also served as the head coach at Southwestern University from 2009-11 in Georgetown Texas, where he helped produce the first SCAC champion in two seasons and first NCAA automatic qualifier and All-American in school history.
In 2011, Carrington earned the ASCA Award of Excellence, which is an honor that recognizes those coaches who coach a swimmer to a top-eight finish at one or several USA national championships.
His first stint at Duke came in 2007-08 season, which was his first collegiate job.
In addition, Carrington served as a the Site Director and coach at the Durham YMCA, was an assistant and age group coach for Delaware Community Schools and an assistant for Yorktown High School.
Carrington earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ball State in 2002. In addition to his coaching experience he served as an Associate at Biogen Idec from 2013-2014 and was a QC Chemist for Eisai from 2011-2013.
“I'm very excited to bring my energy and expertise to a program with coaches that share it,” Carrington said. “This is a very dynamic coaching staff with a great leader in Coach Studd. It's going to be fun how this puzzle comes together in order to create an environment of success and pride in Florida State Swimming and Diving.”
Florida State swimming and diving head coach Neal Studd has announced the promotion of Emma Svensson to assistant coach on Thursday. Svensson previously served the past two seasons as a graduate assistant and will take on assisting with all groups, day-to-day operations and recruiting.
“I am very excited to be part of the Seminole family and help our student-athletes develop in this new role,” Svensson said. “Florida State has fantastic academic standards and an athletic department with all of the resources to help our team succeed at the highest level.”
“I am extremely excited Emma is joining our staff,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “She has an outstanding knowledge of the sport. She understands what is required to be successful at the very top level. As one of my former swimmers and as a graduate assistant for the past two years, she has a unique perspective of what I want and expect from an assistant coach.”
Svensson was a Hall of Fame swimmer at Florida Gulf Coast under Studd from 2011-15. She was a four-time NCAA qualifier, scoring the Eagles' first points at the national level behind a 12th place showing in the 50 free in 2014. She matched that performance in 2015, while helping the Eagles qualify for their first ever NCAA championship final, finishing eighth in the 200 free relay.
As a three-time Coastal Collegiate Sports Association and FGCU record holder, Svensson was the two-time (2013,2015) CCSA Women's Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet in addition to the 2013 CCSA Swimmer of the Year. She also helped the Eagles to four-straight CCSA titles.
Academically, she was selected as the NCAA Elite 89 award winner in 2013, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. Svensson was tabbed as the CCSA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015 along with the Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award.
“Her intelligence and personality is sure to have a massive impact on our program,” Studd said. “I could not be prouder and more excited to add such an incredible talent and person to our exceptional staff here at Florida State.”
“It was great to see a turnaround last season with the leadership of Coach Studd,” Svensson said. “Having had him for a coach at FGCU, he has taught me more in life than anyone else. I believe in the program he's building and I am ready to assist in any way that I can to help us move forward.”
A native of Uppsala, Sweden, Svensson graduated from FGCU in 2015 where she majored in business economics and completed her master's degree in the spring of 2017 at Florida State in financial mathematics.