Aug. 10, 2010
California head men's swimming and diving coach David Durden has been named an assistant coach for the United States team that will compete at the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, August 18-23, in Irvine, Calif. versus athletes from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Brazil. Durden, who recently led the Golden Bears to a national runner-up finish at the 2010 NCAA championships, will work with a Team USA staff that includes head coach Gregg Troy (Florida) and fellow assistants Bob Bowman (former Michigan coach) and Dave Marsh (former Auburn coach).
Prior to working at Cal, Durden had been an assistant for Marsh at Auburn from 2002-05. One of Durden's Bear stars, Nathan Adrian, will be a key member of the USA National Team at the Pan Pacifics. Last week, Adrian again showed why he is one of the world's top sprinters as he captured both the 50 and 100-meter free at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships, held Aug. 3-7 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. He assured himself a spot on the United States' squad by winning the 50 free in a time of 21.70 and the 100 free in 48.41. Both his 50 and 100 free times were the second fastest times in the world this season.
Durden also coached several other Cal swimmers at the U.S. Nationals in Irvine, including current athletes Tom Shields, Josh Daniels and Robert Sullivan, and former standouts David Russell and Will Copeland, among others.
Last March, Durden led Cal to a second place finish at the 2010 NCAA meet, the best finish for the Bears since placing as the national runners-up in 1986 with Matt Biondi. He coached Cal athletes to three individual national crowns (Adrian in the 100 free, Damir Dugonjic in the 100 breast, Shields in the 100 fly) and four relay national titles (200 and 400 free relays, 200 and 400 medley relays), and was named the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Coach of the Meet. Cal placed higher than any other Pac-10 school at the NCAA meet, being edge only by Texas, 500-469.5.
"I am elated to be selected as one of the assistant coach for the Pan Pacific Championships," said Durden. "It is always an honor to represent Team USA and I will be working my tail off to help the national team do well. I though our Cal swimmers did a great job at the U.S. Nationals. I think all our guys made tremendous jumps in terms of the competing at the next level of swimming - from Will Copeland, to Nathan, to Tom Shields - and are in great position to be successful with the U.S. National Team."