David Marsh Out At UCSD; Will Continue With Team Elite, Pros, Consulting

Rio Olympic head coach David Marsh will no longer be the head coach at the University of California – San Diego. Instead, he’ll focus on his work with Team Elite, his coaching of pros and new consulting jobs.

Marsh confirmed the news to SwimSwam in an interview, which you can view above. Marsh talks about his experience coaching at Auburn and wanting to give more detailed focus to professional and post-grad swimmers. He left Auburn to move to North Carolina, where he started Team Elite, a training hub for professional swimmers, while coaching for the SwimMAC club.

Marsh says he moved out to San Diego in order to take the next step in creating that professional hub. He says that while he’s seen the collegiate program improve at San Diego, balancing his work with professional swimmers with his college duties has been difficult.

“When I moved out here for the UC – San Diego job, I was very excited about the facilities and the setup,” Marsh says. “As it’s turned out, it hasn’t been exactly what I’d hoped for.

“We haven’t been able to get to an agreement. I haven’t made traction with the school on some of the areas of Team Elite intermixing with the [college] team, of running a club team – things that I understood I would get to do when I came.”

Marsh says he’ll be running most of his new coaching opportunities out of the long course Jewish Community Center facility. He’ll continue working with Team Elite and is also launching a consulting program called Coach Marsh Consulting.

Marsh was only with UC San Diego for a little over two years – he took the job in the summer of 2017. The school will begin transitioning from Division II to Division I of the NCAA in the 2020-2021 year, which will leave them ineligible for NCAA Championship participation. The men finished 10th and the women finished 6th at the 2019 NCAA Division II Championships in 2019. That was the men’s highest finish since the 2013-2014 season, while the women placed 3rd as recently as 4 years ago (and have placed in the top 10 in all but one season since NCAA swimming began in the 1981-1982 season).

His prior coaching jobs were as the head coach of SwimMAC Carolina in North Carolina, and before that he was the head coach at Auburn where he won 12 NCAA team titles. His athletes won 8 medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for Team USA.

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It’s been known for a while now that Marsh is a coach for pros, and if anyone truly thought he was going to UCSD to coach the swimmers on the team, they were kidding themselves. Not sure why he took the job in the first place. Likely for the salary and access to facilities? Anyways, hopefully UCSD gets a head coach that will put the team first.


I can assure you it wasn’t for the salary.

Ol' Longhorn

And he’s had mixed results with pros.

Captain Ahab

Why? Something will come out on this situation.


Wow, it’s really a shame that Stanford couldn’t figure out a way to hire him for their Men’s job. Would have loved to see him build that empire back.


He would have been fired in less than six months!


Probably would’ve quit

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