David Marsh Named Head Coach of ISL’s Los Angeles Current

The LA Current of the International Swimming League (ISL) have announced David Marsh as the team’s head coach for the inaugural 2019 season. He will be supported by assistant coaches Brett Hawke and Jack Roach.

Marsh is currently the head coach of Team Elite – a professional swimming squad based out of San Diego, California, along with a newly-formed corresponding age group program. Marsh’s athletes are spread out around the league, though among his trainees on the Current roster are Kathleen Baker, Michael Chadwick, and Kendyl Stewart.

This staff will be a reuniting of Marsh and Brett Hawke. When the two worked together at Auburn, first with Hawke as an athlete and then in 2006 as an assistant coach, the program was arguably the best in the nation. Hawke eventually rose to head coach at Auburn himself in 2009, but resigned in 2018. He now works as the development director for swim clinics and camps at Fitter & Faster Swim Tours, and coaches a small group out of Florida that includes 2019 World silver medalist in the 50 free Bruno Fratus (who has opted out of the ISL).

Jack Roach, meanwhile, is the Director of Coaching and Athlete Development at Tide Swimming: a position he has held since 2017. He has a long history in the sport, including 10 years as an assistant for the women’s team at the University of Texas that saw them win 2 NCAA titles, as a coach of the Mexican National Team from 2008-2008, as the National Junior Team Director at USA Swimming, and as a support coach for the US Olympic Team at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games.

“I am thrilled to be able to bring together such an accomplished and respected coaching staff to LA Current,” said LA Current general manager Lenny Krayzelburg.  “With David, Brett and Jack we have the best of the best who have achieved continued success at the highest level of our sport. ISL’s vision is to have best athletes in the world competing in a team-centric concept. Our coaching staff thrives in maximizing potential of world class athletes, in addition to having tremendous success, experience and knowledge of team competitions. I am looking forward having this coaching group lead LA Current to league championship this season.”

The LA Current will open their 2019 season as part o the Group B meet in Lewisville, Texas from October 19th-20th before heading on to Budapest from October 26th-27th and the Derby meet from November 16th-17th in Washington DC to conclude their regular season.

2019 LA Current Roster:

Nathan Adrian Kathleen Baker
Dylan Carter Amy Bilquist
Michael Chadwick
Jhennifer Conceição
Jack Conger Ella Eastin
Matt Grevers Béryl Gastaldello
Ryan Held Margo Geer
Chase Kalisz Annie Lazor
Will Licon Katie McLaughlin
Felipe Lima Andi Murez
Ryan Murphy Farida Osman
Blake Pieroni Leah Smith
Josh Prenot Kendyl Stewart
Andrew Seliskar Aly Tetzloff
Tom Shields

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1 year ago

I wonder if this opportunity had anything to do with him stepping down from his collegiate coaching job.

Reply to  Thomas
1 year ago

I doubt it. He stepped down from his collegiate job because he had a dispute with the athletic department over his use of the pool for the pro team. Other active college coaches are coaching in the league.

Reply to  Thomas
1 year ago

No, and he didn’t “step down”, his contract was not renewed.

OG Prodigy
1 year ago

Has interview where he says he was too distracted and didn’t have the summer he wanted. Now this…interesting moves.

Becky D
Reply to  OG Prodigy
1 year ago

Next thing you know, he’ll be wearing shorts over yoga pants.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

These coaches for the ISL are about as important for the actual events as the coaches for the NBA All-Star Game. It’s becoming a farce.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Becoming? This farce is about controlling sports betting on swimming in Europe and using the athletes and “coaches” for legitimacy.

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