By Phillip Whitten
AUBURN, Alabama, April 20. AUBURN University’s head swim coach, David Marsh, is leaning toward remaining at Auburn and is negotiating a new contract with the university, according to stories this morning in The Huntsville Times and Birmingham News. According to both sources, he may sign as early as today.
Marsh reportedly had interviewed late last week for the head women’s coaching position at Stanford that opened up when long-time Stanford women’s coach Richard Quick, 62, resigned.
The most successful coach in Alabama history in any sport, Marsh has won eight national collegiate team championships – five men’s and three women’s. He met yesterday with newly appointed Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs, along with attorneys for both sides, to put the finishing touches on an agreement that would keep Marsh on The Plains for years to come.
Marsh, who makes a base salary of $128,000 plus bonuses, reportedly bringing the total to at least $160,000, is the highest paid swimming coach in the SEC, one of the two leading swimming conferences in the nation. The new contract reportedly will increase his base salary as well as bonuses, making him one of the highest paid college swimming coaches in the country.
According to several sources, Marsh is looking to have the University upgrade its swimming facilities, including building a new outdoor, 50-meter pool which, he says, is needed to attract top-flight athletes.
Jacobs told reporters he will do everything he can to keep Marsh at Auburn.