2010 ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee

CEO & Director of Coaching, SwimMAC

Three time Olympic coach, 9-time NCAA National Coach of the Year, 13 Time SEC Coach of the Year and countless times as a USA National Team Coach, CEO and Director of Coaching David Marsh continues to hone his skills through the entire spectrum of coaching from age group to Elite and Olympic hopefuls at SwimMAC Carolina. Marsh has firmly cemented SwimMAC Carolina as arguably one of the best clubs in the entire country as three time winners of the USA Club Excellence program. The philosophy Marsh teaches and coaches by is one to swim with an honest and complete effort to reach your God-given potential in your sport and in your studies. He believes in establishing patterns of success not only at the top levels of swimming, but also as a professional, a family member and a quality citizen.

Marsh was a five-time All-American backstroker at Auburn and the 1980 SEC backstroke champion, ranked sixth in the world at the time. He earned a degree in business administration in 1981 and he remained at Auburn as an assistant coach until 1985 when he left for Dynamo.

Marsh had a successful 17-year career at Auburn University winning 17 consecutive SEC titles & 12 NCAA National Championships. At the conference level his athletes won 17 consecutive SEC Team titles, 13 men’s (10 of these consecutive) and 4 women’s. His coaching prowess produced 178 SEC individual titles and 52 relay conference victories. Internationally 52 Auburn athletes have won medals in 90 events including 27 during the summer of 2003. While at AU, Marsh developed 22 Olympians who won seven medals. Prior to becoming the head coach at Auburn, Marsh helmed Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Ga., and Las Vegas Gold Swim Team in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Upon accepting the roll of CEO & Director of Coaching at SwimMAC Carolina, Marsh created Team Elite which has a mission to assist the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming to maintain its position as the world’s preeminent swimming power at international and Olympic competitions. With the addition of Team Elite, a group that produced three Gold Medals in the 2008 Olympics, the younger swimmers of SwimMAC can visualize what success looks like and are given numerous opportunities to work and train with the elite athletes. This mission of Team Elite came full circle in 2012 as SwimMAC placed five swimmers (Cullen Jones, Davis Tarwater, Micah Lawrence, Kara Lynn Joyce, and Nick Thoman) on the 2012 USA Olympic Swim Team. The group brought home six medals, three gold and three silver. Marsh currently trains 10 Olympians with a combined 26 Olympic medals in Charlotte as they pursue their Rio Olympic goals.

A native of Miami, Florida, Marsh is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society and the “Tiger Trail” of Auburn. He has also been inducted into the Southwest High School and Indian River Community College Halls of Fame and serves on the boards of the American Swimming Coaches Association of America as well as the Championship Performance Advisory Board. He is a highly regarded speaker, having delivered addresses at both local and national events, including the ASCA national convention. He has also authored articles for publications such as Swimming Technique and has provided commentary on a series of swimming technique videos.

Coaching Experience:

  • 2015 FINA Long Course World Championships Men’s Assistant Coach – Kazan, Russia
  • 2014 FINA Short Course World Championships Men’s Head Coach – Doha, Qatar
  • 2014 USA Women’s Pan Pacific Assistant Team Coach – Australia
  • 2012 USA Men’s Olympic Assistant Team Coach
  • 2011 USA Men’s Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Head Coach
  • 2005 USA World Championships Assistant Men’s Coach
  • 2003 & 2005 USA Men’s Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Head Coach
  • 2003 USA World Championship Head Coach
  • 2000 USA Men’s Olympic Team Assistant Coach
  • 1999 USA Men’s Pan-Pacific Team Assistant Coach
  • 1996 USA Men’s Olympic Team Assistant Coach
  • 1995 USA Men’s Pan-Pacific Team Head Coach
  • 1994 USA World Championships Assistant Women’s Coach

Club Accomplishments:

    • 2012 USA Swimming Junior National Long Course Champions
    • 2011 USA Swimming Club Excellence 1st place
    • 2011 USA Swimming Short Course Men’s National Champions
    • 2011 31 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans (Country-Leading)
    • 2010 27 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans (Country-Leading)
    • 2009 USA Swimming Short Course Men’s National Champions
    • 2009 Club Team-Combined National Champions
    • 2009 Club Team- Men National Champions
    • 2009 26 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans (Country-Leading)
    • 2008 29 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans (Country-Leading)

Collegiate Highlights:

      • Coached 1,312 All-Americans from 276 athletes
      • Coached 40 NCAA Individual Titles
      • Coached 25 NCAA Relay Titles
      • Coached 178 Individual SEC Champions
      • Coached 52 SEC Relay Champions Internationally
      • Coached 52 athletes that won medals in 90 events

Olympic Athletes and Coaches Coached (Nation/Where Coached):

    • Ricky Berens, ’08 Gold (USA/SwimMAC)
    • Romain Barnier, ’00, ’04 (France/Auburn)
    • Fred Bousquet, ’00, ’04, ’08* Silver (France/Auburn)
    • George Bovell, ’00, ’04 Bronze, ’08* (Trinidad & Tobago/Auburn)
    • Kim Brackin, Head Coach ’04 (Zimbabwe/Auburn)
    • Yoav Bruck, ’92, ’96, ’00 (Israel/Auburn)
  • Pat Calhoun, ’00 (USA/Auburn)
  • Ellen Coparropa, ’00, ’04 (Panama/Auburn)
  • Kristen Coventry, ’00, ’04 Gold, Silver, Bronze, ’08 Gold, Three Silver (Zimbabwe/Auburn)
  • Dave Durden, Head Coach ’04 (Panama/Auburn)
  • Rowdy Gaines, ’80, ’84 Three Gold (USA/Auburn)
  • Mark Gangloff, ’04 Gold, ’08 Gold (USA/SwimMAC)
  • Cesar Garcia, ’04 (USA/Auburn)
  • John Hargis, ’96 Gold (USA/Auburn)
  • Brett Hawke, ’00, ’04 (Australia/Auburn)
  • Margaret Hoelzer, ’04, ’08 Two Silver, One Bronze (USA/Auburn)
  • Raymond (Bryce) Hunt, ’04 (USA/Auburn)
  • Cullen Jones, ’08 Gold, ’12 Gold and Two Silver (USA/SwimMAC)
  • Kara Lynn Joyce, ’12 (USA/SwimMAC)
  • Matt Kidd, ’00, ’04 (Great Britain/Auburn)
  • Jeremy Knowles, ’00, ’04, ’08 (Bahamas/Auburn)
  • Jana Kolukanova, ’00, ’04 (Estonia/Auburn)
  • Micah Lawrence, ’12 (USA/SwimMAC)
  • Rada Owen, ’00 (USA/Auburn)
  • Oswaldo Quevedo, ’00 (Venezuela/Auburn)
  • Nick Shackell, ’96, ’00 (Great Britain/Auburn)
  • Jeff Shaffer, Assistant Coach ’04 (USA/Auburn)
  • Davis Tarwater, ’12 Gold (USA/SwimMAC)
  • Nick Thoman, ’12 Gold, Silver (USA/SwimMAC)
  • Scott Tucker, ’96 Gold, ’00 Silver, (USA/Auburn)
  • Scott Talbot, ’00 (New Zealand/Auburn)
  • Eithan Urback, ’96, ’00 (Israel/Auburn)

*Marsh did not coach athlete during this time, but had coached leading up to the 2008 games


  • 2014 USA Swimming Co-Developmental Coach of the Year
  • 2014 Golden Goggle Nominee for Coach of the Year
  • President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Health (2009-2012)
  • NCAA Women’s Coach of the Year: ’01, ’02, ’03
  • NCAA Men’s Coach of the Year: ’94, ’97, ’99, ’03, ’03, ’04
  • SEC Men’s Coach of the Year:’92, ’93, ’97 (co-coach), ’98, ’99, ’01, ’03, ’04 , ’05, ’06
  • SEC Women’s Coach of the Year: ’93 (co-coach), ’02, ’03
  • 2006 United States Sports Academy Distinguished Service Award recipient
  • 2005 Walter Gilbert Award recipient
  • 2003 & 1999 National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy

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