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David Durden
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 7 Years
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In seven highly successful seasons David Durden has firmly established the Cal men’s swimming and diving program as a collegiate powerhouse, most recently guiding the Golden Bears to NCAA team titles three of the last four years with national crowns in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

In addition, Durden’s squad has captured back-to-back Pac-12 championships and 15 straight dual meets while also producing the past two Pac-12 Newcomers of the Year, Josh Prenot in 2013 and Ryan Murphy in 2014. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Meet four seasons in a row and Pac-12 Coach of the Year five consecutive years.

Since his first year in 2007-08, Durden has now produced 18 individual national champions and has seen 12 relays win NCAA crowns. He has also guided Cal swimmers to 32 Pac-12 titles and 17 conference relay titles. This past 2013-14 campaign, freshman Murphy was the national champion in the 100 and 200 back, and the Bears’ 200 free and 200 and 400 medley relays won gold at the NCAA meet in Austin, Texas.

It took Durden just five years to bring the Cal program to the pinnacle of college swimming when he coached the Bears to their first NCAA team title since 1980 in 2011. He then guided his squad to another national crown in 2012 for the school’s first back-to-back titles since 1979-80. Durden’s squad snapped Stanford’s streak of 31 conference championships in 2013, and has now produced back-to-back league titles for the first time since 1980-81.

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 Olympic, World Championship and Pan Pacific 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.

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 served as the head coach for the Panama team at the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2003 Pan American Games.

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).

Cal Bears Men's Swimming & Diving


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