Marko Djordjevic Named Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Head Coach
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Marko Djordjevic has been named the head coach of the University of California San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, according to Director of Athletics Earl Edwards. Djordjevic becomes the fourth head coach to lead both the men’s and women’s teams during the Division II era, replacing David Marsh, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.
“I am extremely confident that Marko will excel in his role of head coach of the UC San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams,” said Edwards. “Marko has been crucial in promoting a culture of academic and athletic excellence during his past six years with the swimming and diving program. He helped successfully guide the program from the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference (PCSC) to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) last season, and we know he will continue to raise the bar as UC San Diego approaches the move to Division I.”
Djordjevic is coming off of his sixth season with the UC San Diego swimming and diving program. He began his time with the Tritons in 2013-14, when he served in a volunteer capacity. The following year, Djordjevic was named an assistant coach. In June of 2018, Djordjevic was elevated to the role of associate head coach and was tabbed the teams’ recruiting coordinator.
Since Djordjevic began working with the Tritons in 2013, UC San Diego recorded six top-seven team finishes at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. Additionally, the Tritons won five-consecutive PCSC championships during that period. In the 2018-19 season, UC San Diego took part in its first season in the MPSF, facing NCAA Division I competition.
“I am extremely thankful and humbled to become the head coach of the UC San Diego swimming and diving program,” said Djordjevic. “Moving into my seventh year with the program, I am excited to continue the trajectory of success that has been planned together with Coach Marsh. We will continue to make a successful transition from Division II to Division I and create another distinctive collegiate swimming and diving program in San Diego.
“I want to thank the wonderful staff with the UC San Diego athletics department, Athletics Director Earl Edwards, and, especially, members of the team for being gracious and steady in this coaching transition. The student-athletes are ready to take all the positives and use them as catalysts to propel the team forward in the coming years.”
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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