The 2018 American Swimming Coaches Association Board of Directors Election.
Each year, 5 members of the ASCA Board of Directors have their terms of service expire. (terms are three years in length.) Board members may serve two consecutive terms but then must take one year off before re-running for office.
The current list of Candidates who have agreed to stand for election as of this time (June, 2018) are below:
Coach Matt Kredich – Head Coach Men and Women, University of Tennessee.
Entering 2017-18, Matt Kredich is in his 13th season as head coach at the University of Tennessee and his sixth year as coach of the combined men’s and women’s swimming and diving program.
In 2015-16, the Tennessee men finished seventh at the NCAA championships, the best finish for the program since 2001 and the first top-10 finish since 2009. The women’s team took second at SECs — tied with the best finish in program history — and 13th at the NCAA meet. The UT women have placed in the top 15 at NCAAs for the last 11 years.
Three swimmers with UT ties qualified for the 2016 Olympic games: rising senior Kira Toussaint (Netherlands, 100 backstroke), 2015 UT graduate and member of Tennessee Aquatics Molly Hannis (USA, 200 breaststroke) and 2011 graduate Martina Moravcikova (Czech Republic, 200 breaststroke).
During Kredich’s tenure at Tennessee, the team has produced 63 swimming and diving All-Americans who have achieved a comprehensive total of 378 All-American certificates. In 2017, Tennessee earned a total of q3 All-America honors between the men’s and women’s teams with six swimmers earning All-America honors for the first time.
Among the numerous success stories include 100-meter butterfly American record holder Christine Magnuson, who was a double silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games and finished her college career as a 23-time All-American, four-time SEC champion and Swimmer of the Year, NCAA champion, and Olympic Trials champion.
Kredich accepted the head coaching position of the Tennessee women’s swimming and diving program on April 30, 2005. He joined UT after spending four seasons at Richmond from 2001-02 through 2004-05, when he led the Spiders to the NCAA Championships and won the Colonial Athletic Association championship in all four years. He previously served as the head coach of a combined program at Brown University for nine seasons (1993-2001).
Coach Mike Koleber –
Navigating the waters of USA Swimming, Mike began coaching with Swim Atlanta in the late 90s. A corporate move to Texas in ’99 allowed him a part time coaching opportunity with a board run program of 70 kids. Within 18 months, it became a full time endeavor, renting a country club pool in 2001, growing the club to 370 athletes and three rented pools by 2005. Creating Nitro Swimming in 2006 and moving into thier own Coach owned, Coach run 50 meter indoor facility in 2007. Four years later doing it again with their 2nd indoor 50 meter facility in 2011 and today a team enrollment of over 1,800 current athletes, and an award winning Learn to Swim program that currently serves more than 3,000 kids each week, Mike has a lot of knowledge to bring to the table and offer the American Swimming Coaches Association. Mike currently serves on the Finance Committee for ASCA.
Head Coach Mike Koleber swam competitively in Michigan from age group through his college years at Oakland University where he was team Captain, 11 time NCAA All-American, and Senior National qualifier. Mike started teaching swim lessons at the age of 13, helping out his Dad on Saturday mornings, which allowed Mike the opportunity to learn from the best, his Dad.
Mike has a true love of coaching and teaching, and does a tremendous job making new kids feel welcomed on the Nitro pool deck. His drive to lead Nitro to ultimately become the #1 program in the country is infectious, and the staff works together as one unit with one goal: Make each swimmer a little better EVERY day.
One of Mike’s favorite lines is his response to this question from a parent who would see Mike every day after dropping off his daughter for practice…
Parent: “What’s it like having the best job in the world?”
Mike: “It’s not a job.”
That is how Mike feels about being given the opportunity to positively impact as many kids as possible each and every day, and he does what he can to help make them better PEOPLE in the process.
Mike is married to Tracy Koleber, who handles the background work behind the scenes. This would include payroll, all bill paying, taxes, capital improvements, insurance regulations, and about a million other tasks in addition to being Mom of their two kids Kalan and Kembree. They are members of Gateway Community Church and contribute in a variety of ways to local charities.
Coach David Marsh – UC San Diego And Team Elite Swimming, 2016 Head Olympic Coach.
David Marsh is the Head Coach of Team Elite Aquatics, the top professional swimming training group in the United States. In 2016, Team Elite placed more athletes on the U.S. Olympic team than any other program. If Team Elite were a country, they would have placed 3rd in the 2016 Rio Olympics medal standings. Marsh was the Head U.S. Olympic Women’s Swim Coach in Rio, leading Team USA to the most medals in USA Swimming’s already storied modern history. Coach Marsh proudly represents Speedo USA exclusively.
Prior to founding Team Elite, Marsh was the men’s and women’s swimming coach at Auburn University. After becoming head coach in 1990, Marsh led the men’s team to seven NCAA national championships (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007) and the women’s team to five national championships (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007). Marsh is the most successful Auburn coach regardless of sport and he is arguably the most successful in the state of Alabama and the SEC. Marsh’s 12 NCAA titles surpass the six won by football coach Bear Bryant at Alabama. Marsh has won 17 SEC titles (13 men and 4 women), by far the most of any Auburn coach or team. In 2003 he led both the men’s and women’s teams to a sweep of the NCAA titles, a first in collegiate Swimming and Diving. Marsh and the Tigers went on to repeat this accomplishment three more times (2004, 2006, and 2007).
He finished his coaching career at Auburn at the conclusion of the 2007 season after the teams again won both the Mens and Women’s NCAA team titles, after which he became the Head Elite Coach and CEO of the United States Olympic Committee Center of Excellence with SwimMAC Carolina. Marsh has led SwimMAC to three consecutive USA club excellence championships, a first for any programs, out distancing the second-place finisher by 12,000 points (see www.usaswimming.org).
Marsh has coached 49 Olympians from 19 different countries. His swimmers have combined to win 89 individual NCAA titles and 277 individual SEC titles. Auburn swimmers have also brought home 90 medals from international competitions such as the World Championships, Goodwill Games, Pan-American Games, and the Olympics.
Marsh is originally from Miami, Florida and received his degree in Business Administration from Auburn in 1981. Marsh was a five-time All-American backstroker at Auburn. His wife Kristin is an acclaimed coach in her own right, recently being named All-Divisions Coach of the Year award for North Carolina. David and Kristin have three children in the: Aaron, a Junior at Queens University of Charlotte, Alyssa – Sophomore Swimmer at Duke University, and Maddie a Junior in high school at Pine Lake Prep.
Coach Chad Onken – YMCA of the Triangle (YOTA Swim Team) –
Statement of Purpose from Coach Onken: The American Swimming Coaches Association exists for the betterment of the coaching profession and leadership in our great sport. To that end, it would be an enormous honor and a privilege to be elected to the ASCA Board of Directors.
United States Swimming has led the world as a perennial powerhouse in our sport for decades. I would like to do everything in my power (given the opportunity to do so) to lead, educate, and certify coaches throughout the United States so that our country continues to break world records and bring home gold medals as THE best swimming country in the world.
Additionally, YMCA swimming teams throughout the country are continuing to have a greater and more involved presence throughout USA Swimming. YMCA athletes are earning spots on the US National Junior Team and the US National Team like never before. The YMCA and ASCA have a great relationship, but can always continue to learn, improve, and grow from each other. With that being said, the American Swimming Coaches Association could benefit greatly from a YMCA presence and voice on its Board of Directors. I’d like to give back to the sport that has given so much to me.
Utilizing my extensive coaching experiences and knowledge, I’m passionate about exploring the myriad of pathways that ASCA can increase its impact with relation to:
- Continued diversity and inclusion throughout our sport
- Eradication of the epidemic of drowning in youth across America (and the world)
- Continued growth and development of Para-swimming
- Grassroots expansion of our sport throughout the United States
I would love the opportunity to make an impact on the American Swimming Coaches Association and serve on its Board of Directors.
Bio from Coach Onken:
Chad is in his 12th year with the YMCA of the Triangle Area (YOTA) Swim Team and 10th as the Head Coach/Senior Director of Competitive Swimming. He joined the YOTA Swim Team after helping the Auburn Tigers win men’s and women’s team titles at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
Primarily known for the discovery and development of world record holder, NCAA Champion, and 2008/2012 US Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones, Chad has almost 20 years of successful championship coaching experience throughout age group, high school, YMCA, and NCAA championship swimming. In addition to being a Level 5 certified coach by the American Swimming Coaches Association, Chad is also a six-time recipient of the ASCA “Award for Coaching Excellence.”
The YMCA of the Triangle Area Swim Team has had multiple athletes qualify for the 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2014-2015 USA National Junior Teams. YOTA athletes have broken several North Carolina state records, recorded numerous USA Swimming Junior and Senior National time standards, broken 100+ YOTA team records, won dozens of YMCA National individual and relay titles, set a number of YMCA National records, and have broken 3 National Age Group records. Additionally, the YOTA Swim Team has been crowned the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Men’s YMCA National Champions and 2014 Women’s YMCA National Champions under Coach Onken’s leadership. YOTA has had a significant presence at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials, too.
Chad graduated from Florida State University in 1999, where he helped the Seminoles to a number of top 15 finishes at the NCAA Championships. He moved to Raleigh in 2000 as the Head Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at NC State University. While at N.C. State, Chad was the primary coach responsible for developing one USA Swimming National “B” Team Member, six US Olympic Trial qualifiers, six NCAA All-Americans, six ACC Champions, 10 school record holders, and five top 100 FINA World Ranked athletes.
After five years at N.C. State, Coach Onken became the Assistant Swimming Coach at national powerhouse Auburn University. During his stint with the Tigers, Onken helped the team capture both the men’s and women’s 2006 NCAA team championship titles. In addition to various administrative and recruiting duties, Chad helped coach seven NCAA Champions, 34 NCAA All-Americans, 13 SEC Champions and 13 Auburn school record-holders.
Coach David Salo, Head Coach Men and Women, University of Southern California.
David Clark “Dave” Salo is a swimming coach based in Southern California, United States. Currently, he is the head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming team at University of Southern California, as well as USC’s club team: Trojan Swim Club. Prior to his becoming the USC coach in 2007, he was the head coach of Irvine Novaquatics, a position he held since the Fall of 1990, and was head coach of Soka University of America‘s men’s and women’s swimming teams from 2003 to 2006. He currently remains Novaquatics’ General Manager.
He was hired as head coach of Novaquatics after a previous appointment with the University of Southern California where he served as Men’s Assistant Coach under head coach Peter Daland. While at USC, Salo assisted with the sprint group while also serving as recruiting coordinator during his final two years at the university. During Salo’s tenure the Trojans earned NCAA top five honours, taking second in 1986 and 1987.
While head coach of the Irvine Novaquatics, Salo led his team to a number of age group championships (BC and Junior Olympic) as well as several Junior National Team Championships and the United States Swimming National Championships (Men, Women, Combined, Combined Under 18).
Along with team championships, Salo coached five swimmers – Amanda Beard, Aaron Peirsol, Jason Lezak, Gabrielle Rose, and Staciana Stitts – that represented the United States at the 2000 Olympic Games, winning five medals.
In 2003, Salo was Director of Aquatics and head coach at Soka University of America.
In 2012, Salo coached Jessica Hardy, Rebecca Soni, Ricky Berens, Eric Shanteau, and Haley Anderson to the USA Olympic Team, along with Katinka Hosszú to the Hungarian Team and Oussama Mellouli to the Tunisia Team. He was one of the assistant coaches. His relationship with Hosszú has been controversial; according to her, when she looked for advice during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Salo replied that she should worry because she “can always open a beauty salon”; after the incident, Hosszú left Salo and began training with Shane Tusup.
Salo has also served as assistant coach for the USA Women’s team in the 1999 Pan American Games as well as the 2000 Olympic Games and headed the Men’s Team at the Goodwill Games in 2001 and the 2005 World Championship Team.