Why is Dave Salo an Assistant Coach at Orange Coast College?

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges, Garrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with legendary coach Dave Salo, who recently announced that he would be dawning the role of assistant coach at Orange Coast College. Salo explains that after so long of being a head coach, he’s excited to coach without all of the extra worries that come with heading a Power-5 Division I program. He also gets into the nitty-gritty of how he runs workouts, if he’s a “player’s coach”, and what he’s looking forward to at Orange Coast.


Music: Otis McDonald


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2 years ago

Simple answer! He wants pool time for NOVA the team that owns. SImple and good move.

2 years ago

Wow! That is a new look

Foreign Embassy
Reply to  seetheworldswim
2 years ago

Right? That stock photo looks a few years old 🙃

2 years ago

I was a volunteer assistant coach at a DI program when I was a professor and it rocked compared to the years I spent as the head coach of a large age group program. I’d take the volunteer assistant position any day! Dave Salo is a smart guy!

Coach Matt
2 years ago

Good listen. Thanks Garrett

2 years ago

Great to have the OG back in the interview chair!! #moreplease

2 years ago

Buried the lead! Garrett is back?!?!?


I knew he moved on from PSC, I am just happy to see him here!

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 years ago

Agreed. I was always a big fan of his work.

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 years ago

The prodigal son always returns home.

2 years ago

Shouldn’t this be titled something like “the reason behind Dave Salo coaching” this title is so aggressive😂

Reply to  ABd
2 years ago

Aggressive is good

Reply to  oldandretired
2 years ago

You are old and tired

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