BERKELEY - Cal's men's swimming and diving coach David Durden was recently feature by Michael Watkins of usaswimming.org, talking about his coaching career and his successful mentoring of the Golden Bears. Durden Feature
Durden was named the Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row in 2012-13 after a season in which Cal was undefeated in dual meets (7-0), claimed its first conference title since 1981 - upending Stanford's streak of 31 straight conference crowns - and finished second at the NCAA championships.
Durden, who led Cal to NCAA team titles in 2011 and 2012, sent a league-high 16 swimmers to Indianapolis for the NCAA meet in 2013. His squad entered the NCAA Championships with a No. 2 national ranking, and Cal swimmers claimed two individual national titles (100 and 200 fly by Tom Shields) and three runner-up finishes at the national meet. The Bears have finished either first or second at the NCAA championships in four of Durden's past six seasons at the helm.