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Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Andy Robins Owner

Andy Robins was named as the head coach of the Florida Southern men's and women's swimming programs in August of 2018. Robins comes to Florida Southern with 23 years of college coaching experience, with stops at Florida State and Georgia Tech.

Robins spent the last three seasons as assistant coach at Georgia Tech with a focus on sprinters after more than 20 years at Florida State University where he was the Seminoles' associate head coach from 2001-13. In a career spanning two decades, Robins has directed the training of 32 swimmers who have won ACC individual championships (10 women and 22 men, many of whom won multiple titles), 38 All-Americans, and 53 NCAA Championship qualifiers. Among the most recent was Georgia Tech senior Iris Wang, who re-wrote the school record book as a sprinter over the last three seasons, and became the Yellow Jackets' first female swimmer in 10 years at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

On the men's side, Robins guided Youssef Hammoud all the way to the NCAA Championships in 2016 as a qualifier in three events while posting some of the best times in school history. One year later, several other men posted times that placed them among the all-time top-10 in Georgia Tech history, and last year saw the Yellow Jacket men's team finish the regular season ranked No. 25 in the country with four NCAA qualifiers.

Prior to his time in Atlanta, Robins helped Florida State All-American Paul Murray set a new ACC record in the 50-free after capturing a gold medal in 2014. That same year, another of his sprinters on the women's side, Tiffany Oliver, became the first Seminole to win back-to-back ACC sprint titles.

Robins' coaching experience has not been limited to the college ranks. He was head coach at Leon High School in Tallahassee from 1985-90, and served on the coaching staff at Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club from May 1985 to October 1997. He was promoted to head age group coach in 1987, and took over the head coaching duties for ATAC in 1993. While there, Robins was responsible for overseeing all aspects of a USA Swimming program of more than 200 swimmers, ranging from novice to Olympic level. He led the club to a top-10 finish at the 1996 Junior National Championships.

In addition to his coaching duties, Robins has been active with Florida Swimming, serving multiple terms in different capacities, including Administrative Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, and head coach of the Florida All-Star Team at the 1990 and '91 Southern Zone Championships. He is also a certified coach with USA Swimming.

Robins graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1983 with a degree in psychology and received a master's degree in science education from Florida State in 1987. While in college, Robins swam both the backstroke and distance freestyle events, and set the school record in the 1,650-freestyle while also serving as team captain.

Robins and his wife Karen have three daughters and one son, Beth, Kurt, Jenna, and Annemarie.

Kendal Casey Assistant Coach

Kendal Casey joined the Florida Southern coaching staff in October of 2018 as the Moccasins' assistant swimming coach following a year as a volunteer assistant at Florida Atlantic University. She was previously an All-American and All-SEC swimmer at the University of Kentucky.

A Florida native from Port Orange, Casey was a four-year letter winner at Kentucky where she qualified for three NCAA Division I National Championships. She began her college career by making the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2014 when she set a new school record in the 200-free and established the second-fastest time in the 1,000-free. She also picked up individual wins that year in the 500-free and 1,650-free, establishing herself as one of the Wildcats' top distance swimmers.

Casey qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time as a sophomore, earning a spot in the 500 and 1650 while putting herself number two on Kentucky's all-time list in both events. One year later as a junior, Casey was back at the national finals as an individual qualifier in the 200, 500, and 1650-freestyle events, and also earned honorable mention All-American honors as part of Kentucky's 800-freestyle relay team. She posted an anchor split of 1:46.59 to help the Wildcats set a new school record of 7:04.75.

Casey capped her career by making her first podium appearance at the SEC Championships as a senior, collecting a bronze medal in the 500-freestyle while finishing in the top-five of all three of her individual events. She earned Second Team All-SEC honors and returned to the national championships in the 200, 500, and 1650-free. Her performance at the national finals helped the Wildcats finish 14th at the Division I Championships, the highest finish in team history. She graduated number two on Kentucky's top times list in the 500, 1000 and 1650, and was number five in the 200-free.

An outstanding student as well as athlete, Casey was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years she was at Kentucky and was four-time CSCAA Scholar-Athlete award winner. She was a first-team member in each of her final three seasons.

In addition to her achievements at the University of Kentucky, Casey was an Olympic Trials qualifier in 2012 and 2016.

Casey graduated from the University of Kentucky in May of 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in economics from the Gatton College of Business and Economics. She earned her Masters of Science in economics in August of 2018.

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