May 14, 2014
We are happy to announce that Greg Burgess has been named the new assistant head coach for the Episcopal Amberjax of Jacksoville. Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the program along with a strong work ethic that will help in the Senior and Age Group programs.
Greg attended the University of Florida, where he swam collegiately from 1991 to 1994. While in college, he set four American records: two in the 200-meter individual medley and two in the 400-meter individual medley, and was a four-time NCAA champion in the same two events in 1993 and 1994. Greg received 17 All American honors, was a two-time SEC Swimmer of the Year recipient, along with being named the 1993 NCAA Swimmer of the Year. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Greg is a two-time Olympian, representing the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. He won a silver medal for his second-place performance in the 200 individual medley at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He was also the silver medalist in the 200 individual medley at the 1994 World Championships in Rome, Italy. Greg had success winning multiple gold and silver medals at the Pan Pacific Championships, Pan American Games, and World University Games.
Greg was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 1997 and after many years of service he retired this year. In 2010, Greg was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame. Greg has served two tours of duty in Iraq, and as the Chief of Mission for the U.S. military team at the international military games (CISM) for swimming in 2009 (Canada) and 2010 (Germany). He was one of a select few American Olympians to volunteer for military service.
Greg has had an exemplary military career where he served his country in many roles. Most recently, he served as an Executive Officer for the Marine Air Support Squadron where he oversaw the staffing of the squadron during two rotations of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was the military police commander for the Marine Aircraft Wing during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Greg also served as an executive officer of the Company C Marine Security Guard Battalion with the United States Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2013, Greg was the head coach for the West Carteret High School in North Carolina. He coached the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment Swim Team in 2012. Greg has also conducted many clinics and speaking engagements to various swimming teams throughout the country.
Greg is married to his wife, Erika, and their family includes two dogs.
On behalf of everyone here at Episcopal, we want to welcome Greg to the team and looking forward to having him on the pool deck in the next few weeks.