Matt Macedo Continues Tour of California as UC Davis Head Coach

Matt Macedo
Photo Courtesy: UC Santa Barbara Athletics

UC Davis has hired Matt Macedo as its he women’s swimming and diving coach, continuing Macedo’s travels through the state’s swimming realm.

Macedo spent seven season at UC Santa Barbara after six at UC San Diego. He graduated from the University of California in 2003.

Macedo replaces Barbara Jahn, who announced her retirement in December for the end of her 46th season at UC Davis.

“I am both honored and humbled to follow coach Barbara Jahn to lead the Aggies’ swimming and diving program,” Macedo said in a university statement. “UC Davis has a rich tradition of academic and athletic excellence, it was clear to me throughout this process that the department is committed to its staff and student-athletes. Having competed against UC Davis in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation the past seven years, I am focused on continuing the program’s quest for conference championships and success in the NCAA postseason.”

Macedo is familiar with the league, having spent five seasons as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara after two years as an associate head coach. He was named the MPSF coach of the year in 2016-17 and 2017-18, leading a group of Gauchos that included 11 qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Macedo was hired by UC San Diego in 2008 as an assistant. He was elevated to head coach in 2011, leading the Division II power to 16 national titles in three seasons.

Macedo’s club experiences includes working for The Race Club in Florida as an assistant to Mike Bottom in the lead up to the 2008 Olympics. He was the head coach for Trinidad and Tobago, led by Race Club swimmer George Bovell, at the 2008 Games. He was the head coach of North Coast Aquatics from 2004-07.

“We are excited to welcome a coach with Matt’s experience and philosophy to the UC Davis family,” UC Davis director of athletics Rocko DeLuca said. “His record of success at UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego speaks for itself, and we have no doubt he will continue the tradition of excellence with our swimming and diving program. I would like to thank Anissa Nachman, the recruitment advisory committee and our senior staff for guiding a competitive search. I know our alumni and fans will enjoy getting to know Matt and his family as we welcome them to the Davis and Aggie community.”

Macedo is a native of San Jose, Calif., and attended Leland High School. He was a 20-time All-American at Cal, qualifying for the NCAA Championships all four years and winning NCAA titles in the 400 free relay in 2001 and 2002. A U.S. National teamer, he finaled in the 100 free at the 2000 Olympic Trials.

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