In just five years Durden has brought the Cal program to the pinnacle of college swimming as he coached the Golden Bears to their first NCAA team title since 1980 in 2011, and then guided his squad to another national crown this past March in Federal Way, Wash.
In his spectacular fifth year at Cal, Durden led his 2011-12 team to the program's fourth NCAA title with a dominating 535.5 to 491 point victory over second place Texas at the national meet. Before his pair of national crowns, Durden led the Bears to an NCAA runner-up finish in 2010 and fourth-place finishes in 2008 and 2009. He now owns an overall dual meet record of 24-9 (.727).
In 2012, Durden's squad won national titles in the 200 free and 400 medley relays; and he helped produce four NCAA individual champions - junior Tom Shields in the 100 fly and 100 back, sophomore Marcin Tarczynski in the 200 IM and freshman Will Hamilton in the 200 fly.
Since his arrival to Berkeley in 2007, Durden's (along with head coach emeritus Nort Thornton) swimmers have established school records in 18 of 19 swimming events, including all the relays. He has guided Cal to 23 NCAA titles, including nine relay crowns and 33 Pac-12 individual and relay titles, in five seasons.
Beyond the collegiate ranks, Durden has helped develop some of the best swimmers on the world stage. Under his tutelage, Nathan Adrian has won three Olympic gold medals and Anthony Ervin has made a spectacular comeback, retiring from swimming in 2003 and then qualifying for the London Games in 2012. Adrian has earned an Olympic Games, World Championship and Pan Pacific Games Gold Medals, as well as five NCAA individual and seven NCAA relay titles. Durden has been on the USA National Team coaching staffs for the 2009 Duel in the Pool, the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships and the 2011 World Championships, as well.
Durden guided Maryland's men's and women's swimming and diving from 2005-07 before being hired to direct the Cal program in August 2007. A former assistant at powerhouse Auburn from 2002-05, Durden helped the Tiger men's and women's teams capture a total of six NCAA team championships - the men winning in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the women winning in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
At Auburn, Durden was the primary coach for a number of world-class/postgraduate swimmers who were preparing for the World Championships and the World University Games. He mentored multiple world and NCAA record holders, and in 2004 coached multiple athletes who competed at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Durden also served as the head coach for the Panama team at the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2003 Pan American Games.
"David is a perfect fit to carry on the legacy of athletic and academic excellence that has been so prevalent in the program built by Nort Thornton over the past three-plus decades," said Cal Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour. "Not only do I believe David will be a fabulous success, but I am thrilled that a person of such character and integrity will be providing leadership for the young men in our program."
Durden is a NCAA Division I Certified Coach, a member of U.S. Swimming and a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association. For five years, he was involved with the swim camps at Auburn, serving as the camp director in 2004 and 2005. Before coaching at Auburn, Durden served as an assistant for the highly regarded Irvine Novaquatics club team under current USC coach Dave Salo.
A 1998 graduate of UC Irvine, Durden earned a degree in electrical engineering. He competed on the Anteaters' swim team from 1994-97 and was the 1997 Big West Conference champion in the 200 butterfly. He and his wife, Cathy, reside in Concord with their son, Jack (born January 2009) and daughter, Mia (born March 2010).