Davidson Hired As University of Southern California Assistant Swim Coach

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 24. PAUL Davidson, who has more than 20 years of experience coaching at the collegiate and club levels, was named an assistant swimming coach at USC, head coach Dave Salo announced on Monday.

Davidson comes to USC after serving as an assistant coach at UNLV in 2006, where he coached the distance groups and handled women's recruiting. Prior to that, he helped as an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran from 2003-05, helping to build the program from scratch.

Davidson’s other collegiate coaching experience came at Michigan with a three-year stint from 1994 to 1996. While working in Ann Arbor, he also served as an assistant coach for Club Wolverine. During his stint in Michigan, the women’s team finished second at the 1995 NCAA Championships and Club Wolverine won a title at the U.S. Summer Nationals that same year.

From 1996 to 2005, Davidson served at the helm of Conejo Simi Aquatics in Simi Valley, Calif. Under his tutelage, the club produced several U.S. Olympic Trials and National Championships qualifiers, grew in membership and won the Coastal section championship in 2000.

Davidson began his coaching career with the SoCal Aquatics Association in Tustin, Calif., where he served as senior coach and assistant national coach from 1985-1994 before moving on to Michigan.

He played on the UC Irvine water polo team from 1980-85 and helped UCI to the 1982 NCAA Championship. He graduated from UCI in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree in film studies and comparative literature.