LA JOLLA, Calif. - Daniel Perdew, arguably the greatest sprinter in UC San Diego men’s swimming history, has been promoted to full-time assistant coach with the Tritons. The announcement was made Friday by co-head coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo.
Perdew, who swam for the Tritons for four standout seasons from 2006-10, has served as an assistant on Falcon and Macedo’s staff their first two years in charge since returning to his alma mater in September of 2011.
“I am extremely excited and honored to take on a bigger role with this program,” said Perdew. “I am very thankful that Matt and Corrie have given me this opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with them even more. I am eager to not only continue the unprecedented success we have had over the last couple of years, but also to keep pushing this team to new heights. Obviously, this program has a special place in my heart, and I am very fortunate to be able to spend more time working with the amazing student-athletes that this program has.”
As a team captain for the Tritons, Perdew was a five-time NCAA champion, sweeping the sprint freestyle events as a sophomore in 2008 and again as a senior in 2010, around a title in the 100 free in 2009. He has the most national crowns by a UCSD male during the NCAA Division II era since 2001.
“Daniel Perdew brings passion for the sport as well as a deep understanding of our student-athletes here,” remarked Falcon. “He will continue to be a big piece of the puzzle for us, as well as taking on a huge role in recruiting new Triton student-athletes.”
“We are incredibly fortunate and excited to have Daniel joining us in a full-time role,” added Macedo. “Daniel is one of the most successful athletes in the history of our program, and as a UCSD graduate, he knows the school like the back of his hand. I have no doubt that he will continue to grow into a phenomenal coach and enhance our dryland program, strength training and recruiting among many other assets.”
Perdew still holds individual school records in the 50 (19.69) and 100 (43.30), and remains a part of existing program standards in the 200 free relay (1:20.02) and 400 free relay (2:58.49) as the anchor leg of both. He earned a pair of bachelor’s degrees from UCSD in 2010, in management science and psychology.
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