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SwimMAC’s David Marsh named head U.S. women’s Olympic coach

SwimMAC head coach David Marsh was named head coach of the U.S. women’s Olympic swim team.
SwimMAC head coach David Marsh was named head coach of the U.S. women’s Olympic swim team. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

David Marsh, head coach of SwimMAC Carolina, will be head coach of the U.S. women's swimming team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, USA Swimming announced Wednesday.

Bob Bowman of Arizona State University, formerly with North Baltimore Aquatic Club, was selected as the head coach of the men’s team.

Marsh expressed gratitude in being named to the post, and in a news conference thanked his family and all the swimmers he’s coached over the past 34 years. That includes his current roster of Charlotte professionals and Olympic hopefuls with noted former Olympians such as Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones.

Top female Olympic prospects include Cammile Adams and Micah Lawrence, as well as Charlotte’s Kathleen Baker.

Marsh became emotional when he closed by thanking his mother. “She thought I was the greatest coach when I had just started, and I hope I continue to make her proud,” he said.

The Rio Games will be Coach Marsh's first as a head coach, although he served as a men's team assistant in the 1996, 2000, and 2012 Olympic Games.

March came to SwimMAC after 17 years as the head coach at Auburn University, where he amassed an unprecedented 12 NCAA Championships.

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