COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, today announced that Todd DeSorbo and Anthony Nesty will be the head coaches of the U.S. women’s and men’s swim teams, respectively, at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.
“I am thrilled Coaches DeSorbo and Nesty will be joining us in Paris and am looking forward to the experience and leadership they will bring to the Games,” said Lindsay Mintenko, Managing Director of the USA Swimming National Team.
Both Nesty and DeSorbo served as assistant coaches with the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, leading the team to 30 total medals. Together they served as head coaches for the U.S. team at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary where American swimmers earned 45 medals in the pool – good for the most medals ever awarded at a world championship, surpassing the previous U.S. record of 38.
Coach Anthony Nesty’s efforts in Tokyo helped lead his University of Florida swimmers Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith to three medals, including two gold. Nesty’s Florida collegiate and pro groups combined to send seven swimmers to the 2022 World Championships in Budapest, where they claimed 12 medals. The USA Swimming men’s squad tallied 20 total medals and sent two Americans to the podium in six individual events. Nesty also served as an assistant coach for the open water World Championships team in Budapest.
An accomplished Olympic athlete in his own right, Nesty was the first Black swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal in 1988 and was the first medalist for his native Suriname.
“I’m excited to be the men’s head Olympic coach in Paris,” said Nesty. “Todd and I look forward to coaching these athletes to the best of their abilities in Paris next summer.”
As an assistant coach at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Coach Todd DeSorbo led four of his then-University of Virginia swimmers to 18 total medals. At the 2022 World Championships in Budapest, DeSorbo was the head coach for the American women’s squad that won 23 medals, nine of which were claimed by his University of Virginia Cavaliers swimmers.
“I’m excited to be leading Team USA next summer in Paris,” DeSorbo said. “I’m looking forward to working with Anthony and the rest of the USA Swimming staff to help the athletes perform at the highest level in Paris.”
The Team USA pool roster for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be decided at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming, set for June 15 – 23, 2024 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. More information about the Trials can be found here.
To date, Katie Grimes (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada) is the only athlete to have secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for Paris with her bronze-medal finish in the 10k at the 2023 World Aquatics Open Water Championships earlier this summer in Japan. The U.S. will look to secure more open water quota spots at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships next February in Doha, Qatar. The open water coach for the Olympic team will be named after that meet.
The U.S. Olympic Swimming Team’s assistant coaches will be named at a later date.
A list of historical U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Head Coaches (1924-2020) can be found here.
The Paris Olympic Games pool competition will be held July 27 – August 4, 2024, while the open water swimming competition will take place August 8-9, 2024. More information about the Olympic Games schedule can be found here.
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