Andy Coan

Andrew B. Coan (March 4, 1958 – March 20, 2017) was an American freestyle swimmer.

Andy Coan
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's Swimming
World Aquatics Championships
1975 Cali100 m freestyle
1975 Cali4 × 100 m freestyle relay
1975 Cali4 × 100 m medley relay
Summer Universiade
1977 Sofia 4×100 m freestyle
1977 Sofia 100 m freestyle


In 1975, at 17 years of age, while representing Pine Crest High School at an Amateur Athletic Union swimming meet, Coan broke Jim Montgomery's 12-day-old 100 metre freestyle world record.[1]

Later that year, under the coaching of Jack Nelson, Coan won three gold medals at the 1975 FINA World Championships in Cali, Colombia. He won two as part of the United States 4 x 100 metre freestyle and 4 x 100 metre medley relay teams and won the third in the 100 metre individual freestyle event.[2]

He continued his winning run at the 1975 United States National Swimming Championships, where he won a gold medal in the 100 yards freestyle event.

After graduating from Pine Crest in 1976, Coan attended the University of Tennessee on a swimming scholarship. Here, his dominance in freestyle swimming continued, as he won seven NCAA National Championships, winning the 50 and the 100 freestyle twice. He was also a member of four University of Tennessee 4 x 100 freestyle relay NCAA Championship teams, and won the 200 freestyle. Coan broke four American records while at University of Tennessee - the 50, 100, 200 and the 4x50 freestyle relay. In 1978, his sophomore year, he led the Tennessee Volunteers to the NCAA Championship and was named the university's Athlete of the Year. Coan later coached Pine Crest high school's rival team, Saint Andrews of Boca Raton working with Coach Sid Cassidy.

Coan did not participate in the 1980 Summer Olympics due to the boycott by United States to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Coan was inducted into Pine Crest High School's Athletic Hall of Fame.[3]

Current athlete nephews of Andy are Matthew and Kyle Coan, both raised in Fort Lauderdale and coached by Jack Nelson while combining for 8 state championships while attending the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. After upper school each respectively received athletic scholarship offers to attend the University of Florida receiving Letterman awards while training for distance freestyles.

Coan was temporarily paralyzed by Guillain–Barré syndrome in 2014–2015, and died from liver cancer on March 20, 2017, in Boca Raton, Florida.[4]

See also


  1. "Coan betters world swim mark". The New York Times. Associated Press. 1975-08-05. p. 18.
  2. "World Swimming Championships Results". Archived from the original on April 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  3. "Pine Crest Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees" (PDF). Pine Crest School. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  4. Cohen, Howard (March 20, 2017). "At 17 he swam faster than Mark Spitz for a world record. Andy Coan dies at 59". Miami Herald. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
Preceded by
Jim Montgomery
Men's 100 metre freestyle world record holder (long course)
August 3, 1975 August 23, 1975
Succeeded by
Jim Montgomery
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