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David Marsh is the Head Coach of Team Elite Aquatics, the top professional swimming training group in the United States. In 2016, Team Elite placed more athletes on the U.S. Olympic team than any other program. If Team Elite were a country, they would have placed 3rd in the 2016 Rio Olympics medal standings. Marsh was the Head U.S. Olympic Women's Swim Coach in Rio, leading Team USA to the most medals in USA Swimming's already storied modern history. Coach Marsh proudly represents Speedo USA exclusively.

Prior to founding Team Elite, Marsh was the men's and women's swimming coach at Auburn University. After becoming head coach in 1990, Marsh led the men's team to seven NCAA national championships (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007) and the women's team to five national championships (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007). Marsh is the most successful Auburn coach regardless of sport and he is arguably the most successful in the state of Alabama and the SEC. Marsh's 12 NCAA titles surpass the six won by football coach Bear Bryant at Alabama. Marsh has won 17 SEC titles (13 men and 4 women), by far the most of any Auburn coach or team. In 2003 he led both the men's and women's teams to a sweep of the NCAA titles, a first in collegiate Swimming and Diving. Marsh and the Tigers went on to repeat this accomplishment three more times (2004, 2006, and 2007).

He finished his coaching career at Auburn at the conclusion of the 2007 season after the teams again won both the Mens and Women's NCAA team titles, after which he became the Head Elite Coach and CEO of the United States Olympic Committee Center of Excellence with SwimMAC Carolina. Marsh has led SwimMAC to three consecutive USA club excellence championships, a first for any programs, out distancing the second-place finisher by 12,000 points (see www.usaswimming.org).

Marsh has coached 49 Olympians from 19 different countries. His swimmers have combined to win 89 individual NCAA titles and 277 individual SEC titles. Auburn swimmers have also brought home 90 medals from international competitions such as the World Championships, Goodwill Games, Pan-American Games, and the Olympics.

Marsh is originally from Miami, Florida and received his degree in Business Administration from Auburn in 1981. Marsh was a five-time All-American backstroker at Auburn. His wife Kristin is an acclaimed coach in her own right, recently being named All-Divisions Coach of the Year award for North Carolina. David and Kristin have three children in the: Aaron, a Junior at Queens University of Charlotte, Alyssa - Sophomore Swimmer at Duke University, and Maddie a Junior in high school at Pine Lake Prep.

Coaching Honors

  • 2016 USA Women's Olympic Team Head Coach
  • 2016 inducted into the NC Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • 2014 USA Women's Team Assistant Pan Pac Championships, Australia
  • 2012 USA Men's Olympic Team Assistant
  • 2010 USA Men's Duel in the Pool Head Coach
  • 2005 USA World Championships Assistant Men's Assistant Coach
  • 2003 USA World Championships Head Coach
  • 2005, 2003 USA Men's Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Head Coach
  • 2003 & 2000 National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy
  • 2003 Board Member of the Greater Lee County Boys and Girls Club
  • 2000 USA Men's Olympic Team Assistant Coach
  • 1999 USA Men's Pan-Pacific Team Assistant Coach
  • NCAA Women's Coach of the Year: `01, `02, `03
  • NCAA Men's Coach of the Year: `94, `97 `99, `03, `04
  • SEC Men's Coach of the Year: `92, `93, `97, `98, `99, `01, `03, `04, `05
  • SEC Women's Coach of the Year: `93, `02, `03
  • Knoxville News-Sentinel Men's Coach of the Year: `93, `95, `98, `99, `01, `03, `04
  • Knoxville News-Sentinel Women's Coach of the Year: `92, `93, `03
  • Inside the Auburn Tigers Coach of the Year: `93, `96, `97, `03, `04
  • 1996 USA Men's Olympic Team Assistant Coach
  • 1995 USA Men's Pan-Pacific Team Head Coach
  • 1994 USA Women's Assistant Coach-World Championship Team
  • Honored on the "Tiger Trail" of Auburn which commemorates athletic achievements by coaches and athletes. 2015 Auburn Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • Marsh also serves on the boards of the American Swimming Coaches Association as well as the Championship Performance Advisory Board. 

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