Andy Coan - Biography


In 1975, at 17 years of age, while representing Pine Crest High School at an Amateur Athletic Union swimming meet, he broke Jim Montgomery's 12-day old 100 metre freestyle world record.

Later that year, under the coaching of Jack Nelson, Coan won three gold medals at the 1975 FINA World Championships in Cali, Colombia. He won two part of the United States 4 x 100 metre freestyle and 4 x 100 metre medley relay teams and won his the third in 100 metre freestyle event.

He continued his winning run at the 1975 United States National Swimming Championships, where he won a gold medal in the 100 yards freestyle event.

After graduation from Pine Crest in 1976, Coan attended the University of Tennessee on a swimming scholarship. Here, his dominance of freestyle swimming continued, as he won seven NCAA National Championships, winning the 50 and the 100 freestyle twice. He was also a member of four University of Tennessee 4 x 100 freestyle relay NCAA Championship teams, and won the 200 freestyle. Coan broke four American records while at University of Tennessee - the 50, 100, 200 and the 4x50 freestyle relay. In 1978, his sophomore year, he led the Tennessee Volunteers to the NCAA Championship and was named the university's Athlete of the Year. Andy is now a coach at Pine Crest's rival team, Saint Andrews of Boca Raton working with Coach Sid Cassidy.

Coan was inducted into Pine Crest High School's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Current athlete nephews of Andy are Matthew and Kyle Coan, both raised in Fort Lauderdale and coached by Jack Nelson while combining for 8 state championships while attending the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. After upper school each respectively received athletic scholarship offers to attend the University of Florida receiving Letterman awards while training distance freestyles.

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