David Marsh

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David Marsh (born c. 1960 in Miami, Florida) was the men's and women's swimming and diving coach at Auburn University from 1990 to 2007, where he won twelve NCAA national championships and was named national coach of the year eight times. He is currently the the "Head Elite Coach" and CEO of the United States Olympic Committee Center of Excellence with Mecklenburg Aquatic Club.

Marsh grew up in South Florida where he attended Southwest High School and Indian River Community College. He came to Auburn in the 1970s as a business student and swimmer. He was a five-time All-American in the backstroke and completed his degree in business administration in 1981. He stayed on as an assistant coach oat Auburn, leaving in 1985 to coach the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1988 he became the head coach of the Las Vegas Gold Swim Team. He returned to Auburn as head coach in 1990.

His men's teams won seven NCAA national championships (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007) and the women's team won five national championships (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007). They finished in the top 10 every year since 1993 and won a combined 17 Southeastern Conference titles, the most of any school in the league. Auburn's 2003 championships were the first won by the same school in both men's and women's swimming in the same year. The teams repeated that feat in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Marsh's 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 has coached 22 Olympic swimmers while at Auburn. Five of them won medals. In the 2004 Athens games, three Auburn swimmers won a total of five medals (2 golds, 1 silver, and 2 bronze). Kirsty Coventry became the first Auburn woman to medal in the Olympics and the first Auburn swimmer to win a gold, silver, and bronze in a single games.

Marsh also serves on the boards of the American Swimming Coaches Association as well as the Championship Performance Advisory Board. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on June 3, 2007. Marsh and his wife Kristin have three children: Aaron, Alyssa and Maddie.


  • David Marsh. (2008, January 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:58, January 30, 2008.

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