Five-time national champion Daniel Perdew is in his second season as an assistant coach at UC San Diego in 2012-13, having joined the Triton swimming and diving staff in September of 2011.
In his first year coaching at his alma mater, Perdew helped guide UCSD to a runner-up finish on the men's side and a third-place showing on the women's at the 2012 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships in Mansfield, Texas.
One of the top NCAA Division II sprinters in history, Perdew competed for the Tritons from 2006-10. As a senior, he won national titles in the 50 free and 100 free, marking the third time he took the crown in the 100. Perdew was also victorious in the 50 free at the 2008 national meet. He still holds individual school marks in both events, and is a part of two other relay records.
The former team captain served on the Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) Executive Board from 2007-09. In 2009 and 2010, he coached at UCSD's summer swim camps, and was a member of the Triton strength and conditioning staff after graduation.
Away from UCSD, Perdew is a technical recruiter, responsible for screening and processing candidates in the information technology (IT) field. He has also spent time as a personal trainer, providing client-specific instruction and diet recommendations.
Perdew earned a pair of bachelor's degrees from UCSD in 2010, with one in management science and the other in psychology.