OAKLAND - Cal head men's swimming and diving coach David Durden and his 2014 National Champion Golden Bears were honored by the Oakland A's and their manager Bob Melvin Tuesday night (April 22) as Durden threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the A’s game versus the Texas Rangers at O.co Coliseum.
"If the A's are looking for an out-of-shape swim coach with a below average speed and only one pitch, I'm their man," said Durden, the 2014 NCAA Coach of the Meet and Pac-12 Coach of the Year. "It was great that Bob Melvin took the time to come over and congratulate our team, and (A's pitcher) Sonny Gray did a great job of framing my pitch. We were honored to be part of a great tradition."
Durden's squad won its third NCAA team title in the last four years and have won 15 consecutive dual meets over the past two seasons, as well as winning back-to-back Pac-12 team titles. Bob Melvin was a catcher on Cal's 1980 baseball team that placed third at the College World Series.