David Marsh Takes Head Coaching Position at UC-San Diego

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

David Marsh, the head coach of the U.S. women’s Olympic swim team last summer in Rio, has accepted a position as head coach of the University of California-San Diego (Division II).

Pretty exciting news. I talked to the athletic director Earl Edwards last night, and I agreed to accept the head men’s and women’s coaching job at UC-San Diego,” Marsh said. “They have arguably one of the best training facilities in the world, two 50-meter pools side-by-side and a great weight room.”

Marsh has spent the last decade coaching in Charlotte, first with SwimMAC Carolina, and since he officially split with SwimMAC this year, as coach of Team Elite Aquatics. Team Elite will remain in Charlotte, while Marsh plans to start another professional group on the west coach in San Diego.

“I’m very thrilled about joining the Tritons and getting started July 15,” Marsh said. “College swimming, the ability to start a Team Elite West and the ability to collaborate with a city that I think I can have a great impact on in terms of overall swimming, those three things are real drivers for me.”

Marsh is currently in Indianapolis, where his group of swimmers aiming for spots on the World Champs team includes Olympic medalists Kathleen Baker and Katie Meili.

Hear from Marsh in his own words, as he spoke with Swimming World Tuesday morning in Indianapolis:

Read the full press release from Marsh by clicking here.


  1. Oline Stehr

    Wow what a lucky Div ll program!!

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  2. Gary Kinkead

    Division II just got a WHOLE LOT TOUGHER!!! Good for you, Dave…all the best…you will enjoy DII!

    • Pamela Glynn

      Yeah, but can they travel to NCAA champs??

  3. Donald P. Spellman

    Have fun in San Deigo! Tune into Channel 4 for more details!