U.S. Olympic Trials: Dave Durden Named Coach of the Meet

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

The University of California- Berkeley’s head coach Dave Durden was named the “Coach of the Meet” in tonight’s closing ceremonies after placing six swimmers on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. His athletes are listed below:

  • Ryan Murphy (100, 200 backstroke)
  • Josh Prenot (200 breaststroke)
  • Nathan Adrian (50 free, 100 free, 4×100 free relay)
  • Anthony Ervin (50 free, 4×100 free relay) ***Ervin has been training with SwimMAC Carolina for a short while leading up to trials, but is still partially representing Cal Aquatics
  • Tom Shields (100, 200 butterfly)
  • Jacob Pebley (200 backstroke)

Today, Durden was also named one of the three assistant coaches on the Olympic men’s team. Bob Bowman of North Baltimore and Arizona State will be the men’s head coach, and Durden will join Mike Bottom of Michigan and Jack Bauerle of Georgia as the assistant coaches.

Durden has been the head coach of the Cal men for nine years. He was named the NCAA Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, having coached 22 individual and 13 relay champions. Cal has placed either first of second in every NCAA Championships since 2010.

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Jefferson
5 years ago

Job well done coach! Cal reppin’ USA mighty well

weirdo
5 years ago

And their assistants should all be acknowledged for great work too! Not enough recognition for the work of Yuri and all the work by each one of the assistants of these coaches. They would not have the success without the work of the people ‘behind the scenes.”

PMD
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

So true. Prenot mentioned Yuri immediately after his big win

calswimfan
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

I have no idea if this will work. There’s a really good video on Cal Men’s Swimming facebook page that I wanted to share that’s very relevant to this post.

If not, oh well.

calswimfan
Reply to  calswimfan
5 years ago

Yup, I tried embedding a facebook video but it didn’t work. But yes, a lot of hard work from all the staff should be celebrated 😀

CalBearFan
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

Those of us who follow the program closely know that Dave talks about the entire staff a lot. Here is his interview from two days ago…around the 4:15 mark he talks about how many people make this thing work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spG0HheuYDk

Porkchop2244
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

Yuri deserves the head UNC job. Have to think that will be sooner than later

irviner
5 years ago

Also props to Seth Stubblefield, he showed up big time! A heartbreak to miss the team by 0.04 but a fantastic performance.

swimdoc
Reply to  irviner
5 years ago

The Cal medley relay could win a gold medal at Rio.

Penguin
Reply to  swimdoc
5 years ago

52.26
59.76
51.20
47.72

3:30.94 would’ve beaten every other country at the last olympics.

Their B relay is incredible too!!!!
what would that be?? they just need a breaststroker..

this is obviously including post grads.

Penguin
Reply to  Penguin
5 years ago

And this is flat start! relay start and they break the world record.

Reid
Reply to  Penguin
5 years ago

Second breaststroker would probably be Damir Dugonjic.

Caeleb Dressel\'s Occupied Stall
Reply to  Penguin
5 years ago

Prenot was 59.60 in semis i believe

PMD
Reply to  Penguin
5 years ago

Connor hoppe 1:00

Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

And don’t forget Durden’s “Coaching Tree”: Stanford coach Greg Meehan who was Durden’s assistant until after the 2012 Olympics was also named a US asst Oly coach this weekend!

Go bears
5 years ago

He’s daddy

Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Very well deserved!
It’s not often that one coach is clearly the most successful at an Olympics trials level, but this is one of those.

completelyconquered
5 years ago

Durden is awesome. Completely deserving. And, Yuri totally deserves more recognition.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

Incredible Cal Team on this Usa team – very impressive . Well done for this overall Team of coaches .They will all do great things within one month .

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