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Head Coach Palencia/SAST Assistant Head Coach: Greg Burgess

We are excited to announce Greg Burgess as the new Head Coach for the St. Augustine Cyclones Palencia site! Greg Burgess comes to the team with a wealth of swimming successes and coaching experience. Coach Greg Burgess is an Olympic medalist and a former All American competitive swimmer. He swam for Bolles High School and later the University of Florida in Gainesville. While in college he set four American records: two in the 200-yard IM and two in the 400-yard IM and was a four-time NCAA champion in the same two events. He was the 1993 NCAA Male Swimmer of the Year. Coach Greg Burgess is also a two time Olympian representing the US in 1992 and 1996. He won a silver medal in the 200 IM in 1992. He swam on various USA Swimming Nationals Teams from 1986-1996.

Burgess joined the US Marine Corps in 1997 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.   Following 9/11,  he served two tours of duty in Iraq in 2005 and 2007. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2014, Greg has served as an assistant head coach for the Amberjax Episcopal Swim team. In 2013, Greg was the head coach for the West Carteret High School in North Carolina. He also coached the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment Swim Team. He is a member of the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and the University of Florida Hall of Fame (2016).