Ozzie Quevedo is in his first season as an assistant coach at Florida State.
Quevedo comes to FSU after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Auburn for three seasons (2013-16) where he played a big part in international recruiting. He worked with all groups, including the professionals who competed in the 2016 Olympic Games where he was a coach for Suriname.
Prior to Auburn, Quevedo coached on the club and high school levels and was the head coach of the National Training Center Aquatics in Clermont, Fla. where he produced senior and junior national swimmers. In addition to NTCA, he coached both the boys and girls teams at the Montverde Academy.
While an athlete at Auburn, Quevedo specialized in fly and free and was a vital part of bringing home the Tigers second NCAA title in school history in 1999. That season, he was a part of the squad that set the U.S. Open and NCAA Record in the 200 free relay that stood for four years.
Quevedo was also an international competitor for Venezuela, including the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney in the 100 fly and 400 free relay. He was the national champion in the 50m and 100m fly events in 2000 and is the current masters long-course world record-holder for the 50m fly (24.15), which he set in 2009. He also is a two-time Pan-American Games medalist.
“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.”