#30MostSwimfluential: David Marsh

Jul 13, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Swimming coach David Marsh talks with Ryan Lochte during the Sunday finals of the Bulldog Grand Slam at Gabrielsen Natatorium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Courtesy: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Who is David Marsh?

  • Five-time All-American backstroker at Auburn.
  • Earned a degree in business administration in 1981.
  • Coached 17 years at Auburn University (1990-2007.)
  • Coached seven men’s and four women’s national championship teams at Auburn.
  • A member of the Olympic Team coaching staff in 1996, 2000 and 2012.
  • Coached 47 Olympians from 19 different countries.
  • 3-time NCAA Women’s coach of the year.
  • 5-time NCAA Men’s coach of the year.
  • 7-time National Team Coach

How has he influenced the swimming community?

David Marsh was the head coach of his alma mater of Auburn for 17 seasons and turned them into a household name in the world of college swimming. He led the Auburn Tigers to a total of 11 national championships between the men and women. Marsh currently is the CEO and director of coaching for SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. He introduced “Team Elite” to SwimMAC in order to cater to the needs of professional swimmers as well as selected college and high school athletes. Marsh also oversees the age group program in Charlotte where he has structured a system he believes will keep young athletes in the sport and get more kids into swimming.

*USA Swimming and Speedo invited the swimming community to help celebrate their 30 years of partnership by voting for the “30 Most Influential People in Swimming Over the Past 30 Years.” Votes were cast through social media with the hashtag #30MostSwimfluential and the final vote came from a panel of 10 judges selected by USA Swimming and Speedo. All 30 nominees have had a powerful impact on the swimming community. Many are recognizable names, but some have remained unsung heroes of the sport. Swimming World will profile each swimfluential person over the course of the week.

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