California men’s swimming & diving under the guidance of head coach Dave Durden has established themselves as one of the premier collegiate and post-graduate programs in the country throughout the past 16 years.
His Golden Bears reached the collegiate pinnacle in 2021-22 by hoisting the NCAA team trophy for the fifth time in his Cal tenure. This is in addition to finishing among the top two teams at the NCAA Championships each of the past 12 meets. Durden has been named NCAA Coach of the Year six times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019 and 2022).
For his efforts, Durden was charged with leading Team USA as the Head Men’s Coach for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The American men totaled 12 medals (8 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), including medals won by Cal greats Ryan Murphy and Tom Shields. In all, eight Cal swimmers reached the 2020 Tokyo Olympics while representing four different countries. Other Olympic medalists that Durden has coached prior to Tokyo are Anthony Ervin, Nathan Adrian, and Josh Prenot.