Coach Ozzie Quevedo Returns to the Sunshine State
Florida State’s new head coach Neal Studd has started naming assistant coaches and Ozzie Quevedo is top on his list. He’ll be starting with the Seminoles at the end of this month. FSU also added Tiffany Clay and Dan Carrington. Read more about them here.
“I am so incredibly excited to have secured such an all-star staff,” Studd said. “These are three individuals that have huge of levels of experience. I am honored that they decided to start this journey with me at FSU. Their experience includes time in both the SEC as coaches and athletes, the ACC and two of them have been head coaches before. I recruited with the culture of the program in mind and could not be happier with how this has worked out. All three can coach anything, are hard-working and excellent recruiters. I think this is a staff that is going to get a lot of work done and have a great time doing it.”
Graduating from Auburn in 2000, Ozzie was an outstanding butterflier and freestyler and a member of the 1999 National Championship team. During his senior year, Ozzie helped set the U.S. Open and NCAA record at the time, a record that stood for four years.
Ozzie also represented his home country of Venezuela and went to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, competing in the 400 Free Relay and 100 Fly. He also was the 2000 South American Champion in the 50 and 100 Fly and is currently the Masters Long Course World Record Holder in the 50 Fly. He also has several Pan American Games medals in his trophy case.
Here in Florida, Ozzie was the head coach of Montverde Academy and at the National Training Center Aquatics in Clermont. While coaching for NTCA, he developed multiple senior and junior national qualifiers and also produced numerous swimmers who were ranked nationally in Age Group Swimming. He then returned to his alma mater to coach. Ozzie has spent the last 3 years coaching at Auburn.
“This will be a great challenge for me and the entire staff” Quevedo said. “FSU, academically speaking is an amazing school. The support and vision of the athletic department is magnificent and the facilities are phenomenal. Neal has the leadership skills and knowledge to guide FSU to higher grounds. He can produce fast swimming no matter what resources he has available and no matter where he goes. His energy on deck and with recruiting along with his knowledge of the sport of swimming, is incredible.”
While Ozzie was coach at NTCA, we got a chance to sit down and ask him some questions in our Coach’s Corner – take a look!
Welcome back to the Sunshine State, Ozzie! (And you can tweet a congrats to Ozzie at @ozziequevedo.)