Andy Robins is in his second season as Florida Southern’s head swimming coach and has 24 years of collegiate coaching experience on his resume. Robins was hired in August of 2018 as the fifth head coach in program history after three seasons as assistant coach at Georgia Tech, and more than 20 at Florida State University.
In his first year at Florida Southern, Robins led the Moccasins to a third-place finish in the Sunshine State Conference Championships on both the men’s and women’s side and had 16 of his swimmers (10 men and six women) earn spots at the NCAA Division II National Finals. Altogether, 14 of them earned at least one All-American certificate, led by senior Matthew Holmes, who was the individual national champion in the 400-IM and runner-up in the 200-IM. The men’s team finished 14th at the finals and women were 30th.
At the conference level, Robins coached two of his women’s swimmers to SSC individual championships with Katie Moore winning the 200-freestyle and Haley DeGrace taking the 200-breaststroke, and three different men, Holmes, Brandon Dyck, and Luka Planinc, won gold medals. Holmes collected four gold medals and became just the second men’s swimmer in SSC history to accomplish that, earning him the SSC Men’s Swimmer-of-the-Meet award. Planinc was right behind him with 75 points, giving Florida Southern a 1-2 finish in the individual scoring. The Moccasins ended up with eight All-SSC swimmers in Robins’ first season, with Holmes voted the SSC Men’s Swimmer-of-the-Year.
The Moccasins also excelled academically under Robins, with the women and men recognized by the CSCAA as Scholar All-America Teams. A total of 13 Moccasins had perfect 4.0 GPAs during the spring semester, and four members of each team had a 4.0 for the entire year.
Before coming to Florida Southern, Robins had spent the three previous seasons as assistant coach at Georgia Tech with a focus on sprinters. While there, in 2018 he helped senior Iris Wang become the Yellow Jackets’ first female swimmer in 10 years to reach the Division I National Championships as she re-wrote the school record book. 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 in 2018, the Yellow Jacket men’s team finished the regular season ranked No. 25 in the country with four NCAA qualifiers.
Prior to his time in Atlanta, as the associate head coach at Florida State, Robins helped 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. Altogether in his 23 years at the Division I level, Robins directed the training of 32 swimmers who won ACC individual championships (10 women and 22 men, many of whom won multiple titles), 38 All-Americans, and 53 NCAA Championship qualifiers.
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.