Dave Durden Signs 3-Year Contract Extension to Remain at Cal

Cal men’s head swimming & diving coach Dave Durden has signed a 3-year contract extension to remain the head coach in Berkeley, California. The extension will silence rumors that he might return to Auburn, where he was a long-time assistant during the program’s glory days, as head coach. His current contract at Cal was due to expire on April 30th. The contract is reported to have come with a significant raise from the $157 thousand base salary that he received in 2017 (which came to around $215,000 with bonuses).

Durden has been the head coach at Cal for 11 season and led last year’s team to a runner-up finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships. That continues a run of 9 consecutive seasons where Cal has finished 1st or 2nd at that meet, including titles in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

Durden is a four-time NCAA Division I Coach of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014), a 6-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) and was the 2016 ASCA Coach of the Year. He also led Team USA at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships and was an assistant at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Games.

6 Cal swimmers he coached qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games where they won 11 medals, including 8 golds and a 100 back World Record from Ryan Murphy.

Prior to his arrival at Berkeley, Durden was the head coach at Maryland from 2005-2007 and an assistant at Auburn from 2002-2005, where the men’s and women’s teams combined for 6 NCAA team titles.

Durden will be looking for a new assistant coach this year to replace Yuri Suguiyama, who left to become the head coach at Wisconsin.

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NCAA FINISH

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2007-2008

4TH

2ND

2008-2009

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2009-2010

2ND

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2010-2011

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2ND

2011-2012

1ST

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2012-2013

2ND

1ST

2013-2014

1ST

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2014-2015

2ND

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2015-2016

2ND

3RD

2016-2017

2ND

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2017-2018

2ND

1ST

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Sean S
3 years ago

Good for him, great for Cal.

Swammer from Wakanda
3 years ago

So does this mean he’ll be leaving in 9 months?

Cynic
3 years ago

Looks like a Longhorns or Wolfpack sign he is making with his hand. Subliminal messaging here?

Becky D
Reply to  Cynic
3 years ago

Maybe he’s a fancy man, and that’s how he takes his tea.

Muddy Canary
3 years ago

Auburn: Hey Dave, can we talk about a job opening we think might interest you?

DD: New phone, who dis!?

please
Reply to  Muddy Canary
3 years ago

Does Auburn get a cut in that pay raise? One phone call to an AD.
Wat to go – you deserve this and much more

Swimming4silver
3 years ago

someone got a pay raise…

coacherik
Reply to  Swimming4silver
3 years ago

For $ure..

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Swimming4silver
3 years ago

no kiddin?

SwimGeek
3 years ago

All these big openings came at perfect time for DD — his contract was up, and I’m sure it helped his negotiation for a nice raise. Good for him.

Muddy Canary
3 years ago

Also surprising, Dave was making the same or a little less than the Big10 coaches if his salary base was really 157k….
In 2012 U of MN coach was on 125k total comp, and is now at more than 200k.
Mike Bottom is currently on more than 200k.
Ray Looze is “only” on 150k base salary
Ohio State guy is on around 130k (his salary is listed jointly with the diving coach at 235k)
Hell, even the Iowa (8th place in Big10) is paying their head coach 155k base.

What I want to know, is what the heck is going on with the AD’s at the teams who give coaches these bonkers contracts without… Read more »

NONA
Reply to  Muddy Canary
3 years ago

How about instead of asking why he makes so much at Iowa, asking why doesn’t everyone make more? Let’s side with the athletes and coaches rather than the monolith administrations.

It’s like when people complain about pro athletes being overpaid. If the money isn’t going to them it’s just going to the owners. I’d rather it goes to the players, they’re fun to watch at least.

Coach
Reply to  NONA
3 years ago

Absolutely. 150k is hardly “bonkers”. College coaches are grossly underpaid on the whole. Anything that drives the market up is a good thing. Assistant, especially top assistant positions, need to follow suit.

muddy canary
Reply to  Coach
3 years ago

I’m asking as a general question. It’s a pretty big disparity when it shouldn’t be. Those who win should be paid more, those who win less should be paid less. Or is this due to Conference money that’s available?

muddy canary
Reply to  Coach
3 years ago

Also, just to add on… 150k salary is in the top %10 of USA salaries… So, ya, I’d say that’s doing pretty darn well.

Prof
Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

Grossly underpaid? Wtf?

muddy canary
Reply to  NONA
3 years ago

Okay, so if they should all make more, where does it start? Where does it end?
I agree with you that there is plenty of money to go around, it’s just weird seeing how universities use their $$$!

Swimmmer
Reply to  NONA
3 years ago

Bc marc Long is terrible?

canary in the coal mine
Reply to  Muddy Canary
3 years ago

combined program aside, bauerle’s results speak for themself.

Becky D
Reply to  Muddy Canary
3 years ago

What is with all the armchair AD’s this week?

Over the course of a few decades, I’ve found a maxim that always seems to ring true, and it applies here, as well: There’s always a reason why something is the way that it is. But there isn’t necessarily a *good* reason.

muddy canary
Reply to  Becky D
3 years ago

I’m merely asking why the pay structure for coaches isn’t more linear?

Stan Crump
Reply to  muddy canary
3 years ago

Simply because the revenues for all schools aren’t linear.

SinkorSwim
Reply to  Muddy Canary
3 years ago

Your line of questioning is a poor attempt at providing any substance other than a personal disgust for professional coaches receiving a “bonker” contract. Based on your statement the only NCAA Coach that should receive a “bonker” contract is those that win. What is your definition of a winning coach?

muddy canary
Reply to  SinkorSwim
3 years ago

Yes, that is exactly what I’m saying. Why is an 8th place, or even the 4th place big10 coach making the same amount as a coach who has won multiple team NCAA’s?
A winning coach is exactly that, a coach who wins meets, invites, etc…

Stan Crump
Reply to  muddy canary
3 years ago

We just know the base salaries. Bonuses are a little more hidden.

Reply to  Muddy Canary
3 years ago

Bottom, Kremer and Looze are also head coaches for men’s and women’s programs. A lot more work and responsibility, but also a bigger paycheck.

Former
Reply to  Jared Anderson
3 years ago

It works just like and profession. It’s supply and demand and what it takes in order to attract top talent. It’s likely harder to recruit to Midwest schools than somewhere like Cal so the ADs are willing to pay more for top talent. Also depends on other revenue opportunities(camps) and benefits.

Jingle
Reply to  Muddy Canary
3 years ago

You have valid points but not a lot depth to your analysis.

Hmmm....
3 years ago

Trying his best to keep Dean Farris at bay….

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