Head Coach David Marsh Selected to U.S. Coaching Staff for FINA World Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Head Coach David Marsh of the University of California San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams has been selected to the United States coaching staff for the upcoming FINA World Championships.
Marsh, a decorated coach whose accomplishments include coaching the U.S. women at the 2016 Olympics, will once again coach on the international stage for the championships. Marsh will be joined by seven other top coaches, including U.S. Head Coaches Dave Durden, who coaches the Cal men’s swimming program, and Greg Meehan, who is at the helm of the Stanford women’s swimming program.
In addition to serving as the Tritons’ head coach, Marsh coaches top professional swimming training group Team Elite Aquatics. Team Elite’s San Diego swimmers Kathleen Baker, Jacob Pebley, and Lia Neal will be joining Marsh at the FINA World Championships, as will fellow Team Elite swimmer and Triton Volunteer Assistant Coach Michael Chadwick. Marsh’s Team Elite will also be represented at the FINA World Championships with swimmers competing for Japan, Mexico, Russia, Israel, and Belarus.
“It’s always an honor to be selected to the coaching staff of Team USA,” said Marsh. “USA Swimming has been the number one team in the world since 1954, so we have quite the reputation to uphold. The World Championship is the biggest event on the global calendar for this year so we will need to have our American swimmers ready to race.”
In their 18th year, the 2019 FINA World Championships will take place in Gwangju, South Korea. The competition will last from July 21-28.
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