David Durden Named Team USA Head Coach For 2020 Olympics
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David Durden Named Team USA Head Coach For 2020 Olympics

Cal Coach Will Helm Men’s Squad In Tokyo

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BERKELEY – As the swimming world continues its build-up towards the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, USA Swimming has turned to a Golden Bear to help lead its efforts with the announcement that Cal head coach David Durden will serve as head coach of the United States men's team.

USA Swimming National Team Managing Director Lindsay Mintenko made the announcement Monday on a conference call with national media. Durden, who is in his 12th season as head coach of the Golden Bears, served as an assistant for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Games and has coached athletes at the last four Olympic Games. 

"Through my conversations with Lindsay Mintenko and USA Swimming regarding this appointment, I found myself incredibly humbled in reviewing the list of coaching legends that have held this position," Durden said. "I am grateful to the swimmers I have worked with, the coaches I have stood shoulder to shoulder with, the Cal Aquatic community that has supported me, and to our Athletic Director Jim Knowlton and his leadership to help me be in this position.  Most importantly, I would like to thank my wife Cathy and our kids Jack and Mia that have allowed me to be who I am as a coach, and that have supported me every step of the way.  I am excited to continue to work with Greg Meehan, Lindsay Mintenko, and our greater USA Swimming coaching community as we prepare of our country's best athletes for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020."

After Cal swimmers made an unmistakable impact on Team USA's medal count at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Durden has continued to lead and maintain one of the world's most impactful training centers. In Rio, six Cal swimmers combined to earn 11 Olympic medals, including eight golds.

Ryan Murphy claimed three of those gold medals and set a world record in the 100-meter backstroke and he, along with Olympic medalists Nathan Adrian, Josh Prenot and Tom Shields, remains a member of Cal's postgrad group that trains daily with the current group of Golden Bears.

Thanks to that showing by Cal swimmers in Rio, Durden was named coach of the year by the American Swim Coaches Association in 2016. He is a four-time NCAA Coach of the Year and seven-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year and in 11 years with Durden at the helm, Cal swimmers have won 37 NCAA titles and 85 Pac-12 titles.

The Bears have finished in the top two as a team at NCAAs in each of the last nine seasons while earning three national team titles during that stretch. With his appointment as head coach of Team USA, Durden becomes the eighth Cal coach to be selected as Olympic head coach for the United States.

"Cal men's swimming stands as one of the most well-known entities in international swimming and a large part of that can be credited to the efforts of coach Durden to establish Cal as a training ground for the world's best athletes," said Cal Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton. "We are tremendously proud of Dave for his accomplishments, thankful for all he does for Cal as an institution and we look forward to seeing him lead Team USA in Tokyo. Any time a member of the Golden Bear family is named to such a prestigious position it is a cause for celebration."

Durden has a long history with USA Swimming, having last served as head coach of the Team USA men at both the 2017 and 2015 FINA World Championships. He was an assistant coach at the 2011 World Championships, 2010 Pan Pacific Championships and 2009 Duel in the Pool.
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