A veteran in the swimming world with more than 20 years of experience, Andy Robins joined the Georgia Tech swimming & diving staff as an assistant coach in May 2015. He coaches the sprinters.
A former Florida State assistant coach that spent 19 years with the Seminoles, Robins came to The Flats with an impressive resume of coaching some of the best sprinters in ACC history.
In a career that spans two decades, Robins has directed the training of 43 ACC champions, 47 NCAA qualifiers and 26 all-Americans. He began his career at FSU in 1995 and was promoted to associate head in 2002.
In 2016-17, sophomore Iris Wang picked up where she left off from her record setting freshman year in 2015-16, by rewriting the Tech record books in the 50, 100 and 200 free events, while senior Maddie Paschal closed out her career on The Flats by setting a new school record in the 100 back at the 2017 ACC Championships.
Wang set career best marks in all three sprint events in 2016-17, while Paschal set new personal-best times in the 50 free and both the 100 and 200 back events on the year. Junior transfer Kaitlin Kitchens made an immediate impact for the Jackets in her first year at Tech, turning in the second-fastest time in school history in the 50 free, as well as the fourth-best mark in Tech history in the 100 free.
Not to be outdone, Morgan Lyons set personal best marks in the 50 free and the 100 back on the season, while her 50 free time ranks as the sixth-fastest time in school history. Sara Gilbert posted the sixth-fastest time in GT history in the 100 back in 2016-17, while also turning in personal best times in the 100 free and both the 100 and 200 back events.
For the men, the Jackets’ Noah Harasz recorded the seventh-fastest time in Tech history in the 100 free, while Robert Borowicz posted the ninth-best time in school history in the 100 back in 2016-17. Harasz was also the final leg of the 400 medley relay along with Rodrigo Correia, Moises Loschi, and Ben Southern that recorded a third-place finish at the 2017 ACC Championships.
Returners Borowicz (100 back), Dan Cohen Solal (200 free, 100 fly) and Kevin Smith (50 free, 100 free) all set new personal record times in 2016-17, while a handful of freshmen newcomers in Aidan Pastel, Stefan Kranenburg, Quentin Talley and Oskar Zimowski all made huge strides throughout their first season at Georgia Tech.
In his first year at Tech in 2015-16, Wang set school records in both the 100 free (48.97) and the 200 free (1:46.94). Wang also set the second-best mark in Tech history with a time of 22.09 in the 50 free, while fellow teammates Lyons (23.29) and Alex Rieger (23.30) ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the top-10 times for the 50 free as well.
On the men’s side, Robins guided Youssef Hammoud all the way to the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships where he competed in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly events. Hammoud had a team-best 50 free time of 19.85 and a 100 free time of 42.92 on the season, the latter ranking second all-time in Tech history.
Robins also tutored freshman Rodrigo Corriea who etched his name in the top-five of Tech’s record books with the third-fastest times overall in both the 100 free (43.32) and the 200 free (1:34.85).
In Robins’ last season at Florida State, Paul Murray set a new ACC record in the 50 free of 19.04 while capturing gold in 2014. That same year, Tiffany Oliver became the first Seminole in history to defend her ACC sprinting titles. Murray went on to place seventh in the event to garner All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. Under Robins, Oliver became the first FSU female to break the 49-second mark in the 100 free as she turned in a time of 48.93 en route to an NCAA appearance.
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. His swimming accomplishments at William & Mary include setting the school record in the 1650 freestyle while also serving as co-captain.
His association with swimming in the Tallahassee-area began in 1985 when he took a position with the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club. Robins took over the head coaching duties for ATAC in 1993 and led the squad to a top-10 finish at the 1996 Junior National Championships.
He also served as the head coach at Leon High School in Tallahassee from 1986-91. After only his second year on the job he was named the High School Coach of the Year by the Tallahassee Democrat.
Robins and his wife Karen have three daughters and one son, Beth, Kurt, Jenna, and Annemarie.