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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Mac
2 years ago

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.

Schwimfanny
Reply to  Mac
2 years ago

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

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mac
2 years ago

And he’s had mixed results with pros.

MIKEFITZ
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Mixed results??? He put more swimmers on our 2016 Olympic team than any coach in our country! Are you serious? Furthermore, I live in Charlotte. I am well aware of the SWIMMAC situation. He did NOT leave them high and dry; he was forced out. He still had a bevy of Olympic caliber swimmers in his stable. What is he going to do, go hungry? He took a job where he thought he could do both but “perfect world” it doesn’t work that way. Like SWIMMAC he spent the bulk of his time working with his best swimmers. Would not you? Or for that matter ANY coach? The Olympics is the epitome of our sport; that is what swimmers strive… Read more »

purcellmer
Reply to  MIKEFITZ
2 years ago

Lochte trained at SwimMac and did terribly at Rio. Cullen Jones trained there and??? Cammile Adams wasn’t on her game – I thought SwimMac did a poor showing from what the potential was. And no, when you take a college position (SwimMac wasn’t college) you coach ALL the swimmers. If he wants to pay attention to only the best ones, stay in club swimming (or strictly pros) where they don’t seem to mind.

Captain Ahab
2 years ago

Why? Something will come out on this situation.

Retiredguy
2 years ago

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.

Snarky
Reply to  Retiredguy
2 years ago

He would have been fired in less than six months!

coachymccoachface
Reply to  Snarky
2 years ago

Probably would’ve quit

Snarky
2 years ago

Marsh never cared about UCSD. It was always about Team Elite.

Sam
Reply to  Snarky
2 years ago

you are so smart and so are your 64 likes. calm down San Diego and stay classy…

JP input is too short
2 years ago

Way to leave UCSD high and dry there right as they transition to D1!

Surprise?
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

It’ll be for the better if it happens now. Late in the process this year to find a head coach but honestly we all knew this was coming. UCSD was being used and that’s all there is to it. I hope the current student athletes transition well without many issues.

Smoove
2 years ago

Could UCSD not afford the 24/25 scholarships he got at Auburn??

BigCarotTop
Reply to  Smoove
2 years ago

Post of the year

Swimws
2 years ago

Well if he doesn’t want the job, I’ll take and won’t leave the team high and dry.

surprised?
2 years ago

is anyone really surprised at this? i’m impressed he lasted as long as he did there. he almost bankrupted swimmac and no one thought he’d give more than 10% of his time to the college team. funny he’s wondering why he didn’t get more “traction.” probably need some more staff meetings to communicate better.

Xman
Reply to  surprised?
2 years ago

About this bankrupting swim mac

Ervin
Reply to  Xman
2 years ago

yes, elaborate

Swammac
Reply to  Xman
2 years ago

Bought a home in Davidson, NC back in December, and Team Elite has always been a North Carolina team. He knew he was going to get canned, he isn’t a club team coach, he is a pro swimmer coach. He just needs someone to pay for it.

surprised?
Reply to  Xman
2 years ago

it’s well documented that prior to his “departure” that the membership was sent out an email saying the club was in financial difficulties, and this is nothing to say of the “fundraising” campaign for a pool they were going to build but never broke ground on but still took in 100k+ and money was just gone…

Knows From Experience
Reply to  surprised?
2 years ago

Can’t say much, but can say that Marsh did swimmac dirty when he left. Left them with a financial crisis that quite literally nearly forced them to close down.

TigerBait
Reply to  Knows From Experience
2 years ago

Ok so Marsh is a bad CEO, and a good swim coach. So what? Why does that make everyone so angry? Y’all are the ones that hired him and paid him a boatload of money to be CEO. I think by now we all know that on-deck coaching are his strengths. If you hire me as a doctor and I didn’t go to medical school, sure I’m still a bad doctor, but you’re the dope that hired me as a doctor.

Just The Facts
Reply to  TigerBait
2 years ago

What makes people angry is the fact that instead of sticking it out like a good leader, he ran out and left the team in the midst of a major crisis. It was unprofessional as a swim coach, a leader, AND a CEO.

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