Florida Tech’s Justin Andrade Wins Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year

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Led FIT to program's first national title

Justin Andrade, center, with his National Champions. While at the NCAAs, the 200 Freestyle Relay team of Nir Barnea, Victor Rocha Furtado, Matthew Gallene and Filip Dujmic secured the program’s first national title. (FIT image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – After leading Florida Tech to its best season, and first national title in program history, Florida Tech head coach Justin Andrade has been voted the Sunshine State Conference’s Coach of the Year for men’s swimming, announced by the SSC office on Thursday.

With the Coach of the Year nod, Andrade becomes the first Panther to garner an individual award in men’s or women’s swimming.

It took just three years for Andrade to lead the Panthers to new heights. He guided the men’s squad to a fourth place finish at the SSC Swimming Championship this season with 603 total points.

The team then took 13th among 32 teams at the NCAA Division II Championship with 127 points, its best result at nationals in program history.

ABOVE VIDEO: It took just three years for Andrade to lead the Panthers to new heights. He guided the men’s squad to a fourth place finish at the SSC Swimming Championship this season with 603 total points.

While at the NCAAs, the 200 Freestyle Relay team of Nir Barnea, Victor Rocha Furtado, Matthew Gallene and Filip Dujmic secured the program’s first national title.

Touching the wall first with a school record time of 1:19.46, the title was just the fourth NCAA Championship in Florida Tech history.

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Mike Blum of Florida Southern joins Andrade as Men’s Co-Coach of the Year after leading the Moccasins to a runner-up finish at the conference championship and a fourth place finish at the national championship.

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With the Coach of the Year nod, Andrade becomes the first Panther to garner an individual award in men’s or women’s swimming


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