WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - The accolades keep on coming in for Cal men's swimming and diving coach David Durden and freshman standout Ryan Murphy as the pair of Golden Bears were named Pac-12 Coach of the Year and Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, respectively, it was announced today (April 2) by the Pac-12 Conference.
Durden was named the conference's men’s swimming coach of the year for the fifth consecutive season after leading the Bears to both a Pac-12 and a NCAA Championship. The national title was Cal’s third in the past four years under Durden, following NCAA crowns in 2011 and 2012, and the fifth overall for the program's history. At the 2014 conference meet, Durden’s squad took home the league title for their second consecutive year after winning the meet in 2013 for their first time since 1981, snapping Stanford's streak of 31-straight conference team titles.
In addition, Durden's Bears have been undefeated in dual meets the past two years, compiling a 15-0 dual meet record.
Murphy, a native of Ponte Verde, Fla., capped his freshman season with two NCAA individual titles en route to the Golden Bears’ second consecutive NCAA Championship. The freshman took home the 100 and 200 backstroke titles while also swimming a leg of the champion 200 free relay, 400 medley relay and 200 medley relay teams. Murphy and the Bears also captured the Pac-12 title for the second year in the row, as the freshman won the 100 and 200 backstroke at the conference championships while also setting a school record in the 200 back.