David Marsh

David Marsh
CEO/Director of Coaching, Board Member

Phone: 704-766-1520 ext. 3110
Email: dmarsh@swimmaccarolina.org

Coach David Marsh knew there had to be a better way for children to join the world of competitive swimming after enrolling his three children into a junior swim team.
Marsh had plenty of experience with getting fast swimmers to go faster having been a two-time Olympic coach, seven-time National Team Coach, nine-time NCAA National Coach of the Year and a 13-time SEC Coach of the Year, but he was intrigued by the way youth swimmers were introduced to the sport.
When one of Marsh’s former student-athletes, Rowdy Gaines, was introducing his daughter to swimming, she was asked to do a set with no explanation or training. To Marsh, this just didn’t seem like the correct way to introduce a child to swimming. This experience started Marsh’s to re-think how youth swimming programs were organized.
The opportunity to shape the way youth swimming happens came to Marsh in 2007 when SwimMAC Carolina invited him to be the program’s CEO and Director of Coaching.
Marsh accepted the role and left an incredibly successful 17-year career at Auburn University. For SwimMAC, they were getting a world-class coach and for Marsh, he was able to do two things, create a system that develops fast swimmers and good people, and start a center of excellence for elite athletes.

While at Auburn, Marsh’s swimmers excelled at the national and international levels of competition athletically, and most importantly, in the classroom. According to Marsh, success in the pool is success out of the pool.

In the pool, accomplishments included numerous NCAA Team Championships, seven men’s (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and five women’s (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007). It is an unprecedented achievement that four of these Men’s and Women’s NCAA Championships were earned in the same season. His teams took home a combined 1,312 All-America honors by 276 athletes, along with 45 NCAA individual titles and 30 NCAA relay crowns.

At the conference level his athletes won 17 consecutive SEC Team titles, 13 men’s (10 of these consecutive) and 4 women’s. His coaching prowess produced 178 SEC individual titles and 52 relay conference victories. Internationally 52 Auburn athletes have won medals in 90 events including 27 during the summer of 2003. While at AU, Marsh developed 22 Olympians who won seven medals.

Out of the pool, 200+ swimmers were chosen to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and 45 were named Academic All-Americans. In addition, 25 combined men and women’s teams have been named CSCAA Academic All-American. He also coached four Leah Rawls Atkins and eight Cliff Hare Award winners. These awards are the highest awards an Auburn student-athlete can receive.

It is obvious that Marsh’s coaching philosophy encourages athletes to give an honest and complete effort to reach their God-given potential in their sport and in their studies. He believes in establishing patterns of success not only at the top levels of swimming, but also as a professional, a family member and a quality citizen.

Prior to becoming the head coach at Auburn, Marsh helmed Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Ga., and Las Vegas Gold Swim Team in Las Vegas, Neva.

At SwimMAC, it is important to Marsh, and the entire club, to develop leaders in life through excellence in swimming. It is our mission and the premise behind the entire organization's structure and coaching/teaching philosophy. 

One of the more prominent changes Marsh brought to SwimMAC was the addition of Team Elite. This program focuses solely on the unique training and professional needs of post collegiate athletes, as well as selected high school and college athletes, preparing to achieve national and international swimming success. Statistics tell us that the majority of Olympians come from programs with Olympians.

The mission of SwimMAC Carolina's Team Elite is to assist the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming to maintain its position as the world's preeminent swimming power at international and Olympic competitions. 

With the addition of Team Elite, a group that produced three Gold Medals in the 2008 Olympics, the younger swimmers of SwimMAC can visualize what success looks like and are given numerous opportunities to work and train with the elite athletes.

The mission of Team Elite came full circle in 2012 as SwimMAC placed five swimmers on the 2012 USA Olymic Swim Team. Making the team were Cullen Jones, Davis Tarwater, Micah Lawrence, Kara Lynn Joyce and Nick Thoman. The group brought home six medals, three gold and three silver.

Before even making the Olympic team, SwimMAC was represented by the nations largest group of Olympic Trials qualifiers. When the 2016 Olympic Trial qualifying times were announced in 2014, SwimMAC already had 26 swimmers eligible to compete - tied for the most of any club in the nation.

Having coached more than 30 Olympic athletes, been a National Team Coach seven times, and led the US in numerous international meets, Marsh has one of the most well known and well respected coaches in the country. 

Marsh was a five-time All-American backstroker at Auburn and the 1980 SEC backstroke champion, ranked sixth in the world at the time. He earned a degree in business administration in 1981 and he remained at Auburn as an assistant coach until 1985 when he left for Dynamo.

A native of Miami, Florida, Marsh is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society and the “Tiger Trail” of Auburn. He has also been inducted into the Southwest High School and Indian River Community College Halls of Fame and serves on the boards of the American Swimming Coaches Association of America as well as the Championship Performance Advisory Board. He is a highly regarded speaker, having delivered addresses at both local and national events, including the ASCA national convention. He has also authored articles for publications such as Swimming Technique and has provided commentary on a series of swimming technique videos.

Marsh is married to the former Kristin Burke who was a swimmer at California-Berkeley. She earned her masters degree in English Education at Auburn in March of 1995. Marsh and Kristin have three children; son Aaron and daughters Alyssa and Maddie.

David Marsh’s Accomplishments

2014 USA Swimming Co-Developmental Coach of the Year
2014 Golden Goggle Nominee for Coach of the Year
2013 SwimSwam Swammy Award US Coach of the Year
President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Health (2009-2012)
NCAA Women's Coach of the Year: '01, '02, '03
NCAA Men's Coach of the Year: '94, '97, '99, '03, '03, '04
SEC Men's Coach of the Year:
'92, '93, '97 (co-coach), '98, '99, '01, '03, '04 , '05, '06
SEC Women's Coach of the Year: '93 (co-coach), '02, '03
Knoxville News-Sentinel Men's Coach of the Year:
'93, '95, '98, '99, '01, '03, '04 , '05
Knoxville News-Sentinel Women's Coach of the Year: '92, '93, '03
"Inside the Auburn Tigers" Coach of the Year: '93, '96, '97, '03, '04
2006 United States Sports Academy Distinguished Service Award recipient
2005 Walter Gilbert Award recipient
2003 & 1999 National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy

Coaching Experience:
2015 FINA Long Course World Championships Men's Assistant Coach - Kazan, Russia
2014 FINA Short Course World Championships Men's Head Coach - Doha, Qatar
2014 USA Women’s Pan Pacific Assistant Team Coach - Australia
2012 USA Men’s Olympic Assistant Team Coach
2011 USA Men's Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Head Coach
2005 USA World Championships Assistant Men's Coach
2003 & 2005 USA Men's Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Head Coach
2003 USA World Championship Head Coach
2000 USA Men's Olympic Team Assistant Coach
1999 USA Men's Pan-Pacific Team Assistant Coach
1996 USA Men's Olympic Team Assistant Coach
1995 USA Men's Pan-Pacific Team Head Coach
1994 USA World Championships Assistant Women's Coach

Club Accomplishments:
2012 USA Swimming Junior National Long Course Champions
2011 USA Swimming Club Excellence 1st place
2011 USA Swimming Short Course Men’s National Champions
2011 31 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans (Country-Leading)
2010 27 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans (Country-Leading)
2009 USA Swimming Short Course Men’s National Champions
2009 Club Team-Combined National Champions
2009 Club Team- Men National Champions
2009 26 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans (Country-Leading)
2008 29 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans (Country-Leading)

Collegiate Highlights:
Coached 1,312 All-Americans
Coached 40 NCAA Individual Titles
Coached 25 NCAA Relay Titles
Coached 178 Individual SEC Champions
Coached 52 SEC Relay Champions Internationally
Coached 52 athletes that won medals in 90 events

Olympic Athletes and Coaches Coached (Nation/Where Coached)
Ricky Berens, ’08 Gold (USA/SwimMAC)
Romain Barnier, ’00, ’04 (France/Auburn)
Fred Bousquet, ’00, ’04, ’08* Silver (France/Auburn)
George Bovell, ’00, ’04 Bronze, ’08* (Trinidad & Tobago/Auburn)
Kim Brackin, Head Coach ’04 (Zimbabwe/Auburn)
Yoav Bruck, ’92, ’96, ’00 (Israel/Auburn)
Pat Calhoun, ’00 (USA/Auburn)
Ellen Coparropa, ’00, ’04 (Panama/Auburn)
Kristen Coventry, ’00, ’04 Gold, Silver, Bronze, ’08 Gold, Three Silver (Zimbabwe/Auburn)
Dave Durden, Head Coach ’04 (Panama/Auburn)
Rowdy Gaines, ’80, ’84 Three Gold (USA/Auburn)
Mark Gangloff, ’04 Gold, ’08 Gold (USA/SwimMAC)
Cesar Garcia, ’04 (USA/Auburn)
John Hargis, ’96 Gold (USA/Auburn)
Brett Hawke, ’00, ’04 (Australia/Auburn)
Margaret Hoelzer, ’04, ’08 Two Silver, One Bronze (USA/Auburn)
Raymond (Bryce) Hunt, ’04 (USA/Auburn)
Cullen Jones, ’08 Gold, ’12 Gold and Two Silver  (USA/SwimMAC)
Kara Lynn Joyce, ’12 (USA/SwimMAC)
Matt Kidd, ’00, ’04 (Great Britain/Auburn)
Jeremy Knowles, ’00, ’04, ’08 (Bahamas/Auburn)
Jana Kolukanova, ’00, ’04 (Estonia/Auburn)
Micah Lawrence, ’12 (USA/SwimMAC)
Rada Owen, ’00 (USA/Auburn)
Oswaldo Quevedo, ’00 (Venezuela/Auburn)
Nick Shackell, ’96, ’00 (Great Britain/Auburn)
Jeff Shaffer, Assistant Coach ’04 (USA/Auburn)
Davis Tarwater, ’12 Gold (USA/SwimMAC)
Nick Thoman, ’12 Gold, Silver (USA/SwimMAC)
Scott Tucker, ’96 Gold, ’00 Silver, (USA/Auburn)
Scott Talbot, ’00 (New Zealand/Auburn)
Eithan Urback, ’96, ’00 (Israel/Auburn)
*Marsh did not coach athlete during this time, but had coached leading up to the 2008 games

National Team Athletes:
81 Total National Team Members
52 National Team Members prior to 2007
29 Since joining SwimMAC

Nick Brunelli (10-11, 11-12)
Eugene Godsoe (11-12, 12-13)
Cullen Jones (08-09, 09-10, 10-11, 12-13)
Kara Lynn Joyce (11-12, 12-13)
Madison Kennedy (11-12, 12-13)
Micah Lawrence (11-12, 12-13)
Justine Mueller (09-10)
Tim Phillips (11-12, 12-13)
Josh Schneider (10-11, 12-13)
Nick Thoman (10-11, 11-12, 12-13)
Davis Tarwater (11-12, 12-13)
Kevin Swander (11-12)
Mark Gangloff (07-08, 08-09)
Tim Liebold (08-09)


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