M Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff
David Durden
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 7 Years

In nine seasons, head coach David Durden has transformed the Cal men’s swimming and diving program from a perennial top 10 finisher to the premier collegiate program in the country. During Durden’s tenure, the Golden Bears have finished no lower than fourth at the NCAA championships, and they have brought the NCAA team title back to Berkeley three of the last six years with national crowns in 2011, 2012 and 2014. For his efforts, Durden has been named NCAA Coach of the Year four of the last seven seasons (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014).

Durden’s squad captured back-to-back Pac-12 championships in 2013 and 2014, ending Stanford’s 31-year streak in 2013. He produced three Pac-12 Newcomers of the Year in four years – Josh Prenot in 2013, Ryan Murphy in 2014 and Andrew Seliskar in 2016 – and earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year for five consecutive years (2010-2014) before winning the award again in 2016. Murphy took those accolades a step further in 2015, earning both Pac-12 and NCAA Swimmer of the Year honors and repeated as CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year and Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year in 2016.

Since taking over the Cal program in the fall of 2007, Durden has now produced 22 individual NCAA champions and has seen 13 relays win national crowns. He has also guided Cal swimmers to 41 Pac-12 titles and 22 conference relay titles. In 2015-16, Murphy won both backstroke events for the third year in a row and senior Josh Prenot brought home a national title in the 400 IM. Cal placed second as a team at the 2016 NCAA Championships, extending a run of finishing either first or second that dates back to 2010.

Beyond the collegiate ranks, Cal has assembled one of the most decorated professional groups in the sport. All of the post-grads in Durden’s program swam for the Bears during their college years, which provides a unique connection and mentorship to the undergrad swimmers. Headlining this group are swimming legends-in-the-making Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin and Natalie Coughlin who account for 18 Olympic medals thus far in their careers.

Snapshot of Durden’s coaching accomplishments while at Cal (2007-present):

Collegiate Team:

  • 3 NCAA team championships (2011, 2012, 2014)
  • 4 NCAA runner up finishes (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • 4-time NCAA Coach of the Year (2010. 2011. 2012. 2014)
  • 5-time Pac-12 coach of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • 35 NCAA titles (22 individual, 13 relay)
  • 63 Pac-12 titles (41 Individual, 22 relay)
  • Produced 197 All-American swims (160 individual, 37 relay)

International:

  • Mentored swimmers to three Olympic medals in 2012, including Nathan Adrian’s individual Olympic gold in the 100-meter freestyle in London
  • Served as head coach of Team USA at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
  • United States assistant coach for 2009 Duel in the Pool, 2010 Pan Pacific Games, 2011 World Championships, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships
  • Personal coach for the 2012 Olympic Games

YEAR

NCAA FINISH

PAC-12 FINISH

2007-2008

4TH

2ND

2008-2009

4TH

2ND

2009-2010

2ND

2ND

2010-2011

1ST

2ND

2011-2012

1ST

2ND

2012-2013

2ND

1ST

2013-2014

1ST

1ST

2014-2015

2ND

3RD

2015-2016

2ND

3RD

Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Durden guided Maryland's men's and women's swimming and diving from 2005-07. 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 served as the head coach for the Panama team at the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2003 Pan American Games.

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).