Neil Versfeld, who represented his native country of South Africa at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, joined the Georgia Tech swimming & diving coaching staff as an assistant coach in July 2015. He works primarily with the team’s distance swimmers and also serves as the program’s academic liaison.
A former University of Georgia swimmer, Versfeld is an NCAA Champion, an NCAA record-holder in the 200 breast, and a two-time SEC champion.
In his three years with the Jackets, Versfeld has had a number of Tech swimmers set new school records in Colt Williamson (200 back, 500 free – twice), Christian Ferraro (200 fly), Ben Southern (100 fly, 200 fly), Moises Loschi (200 breast), Emily Ilgenfritz (500 free), Chiara Ruiu (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM) and Kira de Bruyn (400 IM).
He has also sent a Jacket swimmer to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in each of his three years on The Flats – Moises Loschi (2016, 2017 & 2018), Ben Southern (2017) and Christian Ferraro (2018).
Versfeld has also had a number of swimmers set personal best marks in the pool under his tutelage in each of the last three seasons on The Flats as well.
Out of the water and in the classroom, the Yellow Jackets have had a total of 46 swimmers and divers receive CSCAA scholar all-American recognition over the last three years since Versfeld joined the program, headlined by Iris Wang and Brad Homza’s first-team selections in 2017-18 and 2015-16, respectively.
Georgia Tech has also had 12 Jackets earn all-academic conference honors over the last three seasons, while in 2016-17, Robert Borowicz was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) academic all-America men’s at large third team and all-district team.
Coming to Georgia Tech from Swim Atlanta, Versfeld served as the program’s head age-group and masters coach for two years from 2013-15 for the program. Prior to that, he spent one year in Durban, South Africa as an assistant coach for the Seals Swimming Club.
Versfeld represented his native country of South Africa at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games where he was a semifinalist in the 200 meter breaststroke event. His international career was also highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the 2010 World Championships in Dubai, and semifinalist showings at both the 2009 World Championships in Rome and the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UGA, graduating in 2010 after a standout swimming career. Versfeld was a three-time member of the CSCAA academic all-American honor roll and the SEC honor roll.