Emmett Walling, a former standout swimmer at USC, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach on the University of California San Diego swimming and diving staff in 2016-17.
In addition to his duties in La Jolla, Walling is a fourth-year head coach in the Coronado Navy Swim Association (CNSA) club program.
A native of Manasquan, N.J., Walling spent two seasons at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla., before swimming for the Trojans in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Specializing in sprint freestyle and breaststroke events, he served as a senior co-captain after placing 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.02) at the 2010 NCAA Championships as a junior.
Walling was part of Indian River's 34th and 35th straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) crowns in 2008 and 2009. He broke NJCAA records in 2009 in the 50 free (19.43) and the 100 breast (53.83), earning Swimmer of the Meet distinction.
Walling majored in human performance at USC, graduating in 2011. He previously spent 10 summers as an open water lifeguard, and is an avid surfer.