Recruiting Advice from one of the Greatest Recruiters Ever

  10 Garrett McCaffrey | October 10th, 2012 | College, College Recruiting, Featured, News

It seems like everyday another high school senior is making his or her commitment to a college program. How does a kid know what the right decision is? How does a parent know which school and swimming program will be the best fit? How do kids get the attention of a college program? And how do foreigners fit into this game?

No one has coached more NCAA D1 championship swim teams than David Marsh. Winning 12 team titles takes talent. While Auburn, David always seemed to find the hidden gems in the recruiting game and then turn them into super stars. He knows how the game is played and in this interview with Garrett McCaffrey he lets you in on some of the secrets.

David Marsh Interview Part 1, Professional Swimming

David Marsh Interview Part 2, The 2012 US Olympic Team

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4 years 16 days ago

Great advice from Marsh. Look for the hidden gems, they are out there.

4 years 16 days ago

No disrespect is meant to Coach Marsh, who’s record of excellence is without equal at the Div 1 and elite level, but Jim Steen of Kenyon takes the title is one going to say “No one has coached more NCAA championship swim teams” with 50(29 men, 21 women), more than any other coach, in any sport, in any division.

4 years 15 days ago

I’ll throw us in as well..Liberty program starting our third year this fall.

4 years 15 days ago

50 Titles is amazing.

4 years 15 days ago

These pieces on recruiting are very helpful and Coach Marsh, given his experience as both a college coach and now a club coach is invaluable. However, there is way to much emphasis here on Div 1 swimming. ….Div 3 is where THE future of college swimming is to be found for men. Programs are expanding….Title IX is pretty much a non-issue….academics are excellent….a combination of academic aid and need-based aid makes many of these schools very affordable. How about some stories about how non-athletic aid at a very selective academic institution can make it more affordable than many big public universities where funding all too often subject to the winds of state financing. Look at that numbers….big time Div 1 swimming is not where its at, especially for young men….that train has left the station. Your journalistic blind spot is obvious given the slip, since acknowledged with grace, re “most NCAA titles”….re-think your coverage re advice to young people looking at college. Developing Olympic swimmers cannot be the priority

4 years 15 days ago

Similar to Gardner-Webb as mentioned, what are other small schools with strong coaching?

4 years 15 days ago

There are tons…in no particular order.besides Kenyon and Gardner Webb….Williams (Kuster), Davidson (Young), Emory (Howell), Denison, (Parini)……to name a few….check out the various websites for dual meet rankings and you can search for coaching bios….you’ll find some strong coaching backgrounds at Div 3 (and Div 2) schools….

4 years 14 days ago

David did a great job sharing his perspective on college recruiting, but he was never at the D-II or D-III level. When you coach at a program like Auburn you are only focused on the teams ahead of you or the teams who are just behind you.
We have helped a lot of swimmers get connected with D-II, D-III and NAIA schools. Some of our top coaches are at the D-II, D-III, NAIA and at least a couple at the Junior College level. If you ranked all of the college teams nearly 20% of them would be at the D-II, D-III and NAIA level…….and yes, D-III schools are affordable.

Our policy is to stay with the families until the swimmers finish college so occasionally we will help one of our kids transfer schools. Rarely do we ever have swimmers wanting to transfer from D-II, D-III and NAIA schools.


About Garrett McCaffrey

No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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