LA JOLLA, California, August 27. UC San Diego Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards has announced the promotion of assistant coaches Matt Macedo and Corrie Falcon to head coaches of the Triton swimming and diving program.
Macedo will lead the men, while Falcon will take the helm of the women's team, marking the first time in school history that the program will boast two head coaches.
The duo takes over for Scott McGihon, who retired in mid-June after 13 years of shaping the Triton contingent into one of the premier programs at both the NCAA Division II and Division III levels.
"I am excited to have Corrie and Matt continue their dedication to UCSD as head coaches," said Edwards. "The significant contributions they have made over the last couple of years as assistants in making us one of the top Division II programs in the country will be enhanced by their new roles."
Macedo, a former U.S. National Team member and 20-time All-American at Cal, joined the Triton staff as an assistant in October of 2008.
"I am honored and excited to be named the head coach of the men's swimming and diving team at UCSD," said Macedo. "Continuing the University's excellence in academics and athletics is a challenge I welcome. I thank Coach McGihon for bringing me into the Triton family three years ago and know that great things are in store as we build on recent successes."
Already at UCSD, Macedo has designed and implemented swimming, dryland and weight training programs with an emphasis on the sprinters. He was the primary coach of Triton standout Daniel Perdew, who won three NCAA titles and holds eight school records. Since Macedo came to UCSD, Triton swimmers have broken 32 school records, earned 51 conference and 11 national titles and set two NCAA Division II records.
Macedo has also been the head coach of Trinidad and Tobago's 2008 Olympic squad and led George Bovell III to an 11th-place finish in the 50 freestyle.
While an assistant with The Race Club, Macedo helped prepare 13 athletes for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Nathan Adrian won gold in the 400 free relay while Milorad Cavic took silver in the 100 butterfly.
From 2004-2007, Macedo was the head age group coach at North Coast Aquatics. He has also served as the head coach of the UC San Diego club program.
As a student-athlete at Cal, Macedo won NCAA championships in the 400 free relay (2001 and 2002). He was an Olympic Trials finalist in 2000 and competed in the 2001 World University Games. In 1999, he was ranked top-20 in the 50 free and top-50 in the 100 free worldwide.
Macedo graduated from Cal in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in American studies.
A two-time U.S. national champion and a two-year team captain at USC, Falcon has been with the Tritons since August of 2007.
"I am tremendously honored to lead and build upon this already successful program," said Falcon. "I believe UC San Diego has all the necessary parts to be one of the top collegiate swimming and diving programs in California."
At UCSD, Falcon coached eight-time school record holder Alex Henley to three NCAA titles (400 IM in 2010, 200 butterfly in 2010 and 2011). She also served as the recruiting coordinator for both the men and women's teams and was the director of UCSD swim camps and clinics.
Prior to coming to La Jolla, Falcon was the head coach at San Diego Mesa College in 2006-07. In 2005-06, she founded Falcon Swim Clinics in Perth, Australia. Falcon has also coached with the Bristol Penguins Olympic Swimming Squad in England as well as at her alma mater.
As a competitor on the national scene, Falcon won a pair of U.S. titles – one in the 400 IM (1996), the other in the 800 free relay (2000). She swam in two World University Games (1999, 2001) and was a multiple event finalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials.
A 2002 graduate of USC, Falcon was named the Trojans' Most Valuable Swimmer in 1999-2000 and was runner-up in the 400 IM at the 2000 NCAA Division I Championships.
Falcon earned a degree in communications while minoring in psychology at USC.
UCSD put together one of its finest seasons to date in 2010-11. The Tritons won their third consecutive PCSC title on both the men and women's sides and went on to post a tremendous showing at the NCAA Division II Championships. The men placed second, the team's highest finish at the Division II level, while the women took third for the ninth time in 11 seasons in D-II competition. This summer, four Tritons recorded qualifying times for the 2012 Olympic Trials.
The Tritons kick off their 2011-12 campaign Oct. 29 against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Canyonview Pool.
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