Andy Coan

Inducted 2010

Not everyone can say they were recruited by Bear Bryant, especially swimmers, but Andy Coan was invited to the University of Alabama by the great coach himself after he defeated an NCAA champion as a junior in high school.

Coan was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. He showed his dominance as a swimmer at an early age, becoming an All-County, All-State, and All-American swimmer at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. He was a Florida state champion in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events as a sophomore, junior and senior. In his sophomore and junior years, Coan was a key member of the Pine Crest National Championship boys team. As a high school junior and senior, he set three world records in the men’s individual 100-meter freestyle, the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and the 4x100-meter medley relay. The 100-meter record had previously been held by Mark Spitz.

After graduation, Coan took his swimming skills to the University of Tennessee. During his time in Knoxville, he was a seven-time NCAA champion and was awarded numerous accolades, including University of Tennessee Athlete of the Year, SEC Athlete of the Year, and NCAA Swimmer of the Year. One of Coan’s most triumphant moments in college was when he became the 1980 NCAA 50-meter freestyle champion despite shattering both his wrists in a car accident in 1979.

After finishing his swimming career and graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1980, Coan focused on a career in business. More recently, he has been heavily involved in sales and sales management in the dental implant industry. Coan has conducted business in multiple countries, including the United States, Germany and Spain.

Due to his excellence in high school athletics, Pine Crest named an award after Coan in 1999. The award is given to the top boys swimmer of the year. During his high school years, Coan was awarded multiple Athlete of the Year awards from The Miami Herald and The Fort Lauderdale News/Sun-Sentinel. Along with his numerous other awards, he is a member of the Pine Crest Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame.