David Marsh returns to college training
David Marsh travels to Berkeley to help head coach Dave Durden with Cal’s men’s collegiate team all the way to the NCAA championships. An official announcement with more details on his title and role is expected on Friday.
Marsh returns to college coaching two years after stepping down as UCSD head coach in 2019. Marsh spent two seasons in charge of the Tritons, who ended up finishing 10th (men) and 6th ( women) at the 2019 NCAA Division II Championships.
Marsh is currently the head coach of the Elite Aquatics team in San Diego, Calif., and the “Professional Advisor” to the Israel Swimming Association. Additionally, he coaches LA Current during the ISL season, which recently finished 4th at the 2021 ISL Finals.
Marsh developed Team Elite through his role at SwimMAC Carolina, a position he held for nearly a decade. As CEO and Director of Coaching for SwimMAC, he was able to develop an elite group of athletes that generated 14 Olympians for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Games.
In 2016, Marsh was given the role of head coach of the 2016 United States Olympic Women’s Swimming. swimming in the United States in 2016 than any program in the country. If Team Elite was a country, they would have placed 4th in the medal standings in Rio. Some of the most notable athletes in this group include Ryan Lochte, Katie Meili, Kathleen Boulanger, and Anthony Ervin.
Marsh is arguably best known for his time as head coach of Auburn, where he led the Tigers from 1990 to 2007. During his tenure, Auburn amassed a team record 12 league titles. NCAA, 7 for men and 5 for women.
Notably, Durden was a former assistant under Marsh at Auburn from 2002 to 2005. Durden was on the staff of six of the Tigers’ NCAA Tag Team Championships, the men winning in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the women winning in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Marsh will assist Dave Durden, Chase Kreitler and volunteer assistant Matt Martinez with the men’s team. Cal is currently ranked 2nd in the CSCAA Top 25 polls and has three Olympians on its college roster: Hugo Gonzalez (Spain), Robin Hanson (Sweden), Bryce Mefford (USA) and Bjorn Seeliger (Sweden).
Kreitler and his wife are expecting the birth of their child in February, which opens the door for Marsh to become an assistant under Durden.