Florida swimming coach Gregg Troy stands with the 2010 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving National Championship trophy at the O’Connell Center swimming pool. [File]

The sunsets will probably look a little more beautiful. The fishing off Cedar Key will be a little more productive.

Gregg Troy will have more time to enjoy the little things in his life.

The Florida swimming coach for 20 seasons has decided to retire from being an everyday college coach. He met with the UF teams on Wednesday afternoon and gave them the news.

“When I met with them, I told them we ask them to be totally committed,” Troy said. “I just didn’t know if I could give 60-something athletes the kind of energy level they deserved.
“I’ve been working on it for awhile now, trying to put things together in terms of what is best for the Gators and what’s best for me. There are mixed emotions, but I’m going to enjoy the sunsets and spend a little more time on that boat at Cedar Key.”

The coach rejuvenated a once-proud UF program that had fallen on hard times when he became the women’s coach in 1998 and added the men’s job a year later.

Troy, 67, coached 47 Olympians at UF. Those Olympians won 23 medals, 11 of them gold. Among the Olympic gold medal winners were two of the top swimmers in U.S. history, Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte.

“On behalf of the University of Florida and Gator Nation, I want to thank Gregg for the incredible job he has done here,” Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said. “Gregg has represented UF in a first-class manner, and his track record of accomplishments speaks for itself.

“He helped uphold the tradition of excellence in Florida swimming and diving, and some of the