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With SwimMAC’s David Marsh, 2016 Olympics will have even more Carolinas flavor

David Marsh – CEO/Director of Coaching at SwimMAC Carolina – was announced Wednesday as the women’s head coach of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Team. Here Marsh talks with some of his Team Elite swimmers earlier this summer.
David Marsh – CEO/Director of Coaching at SwimMAC Carolina – was announced Wednesday as the women’s head coach of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Team. Here Marsh talks with some of his Team Elite swimmers earlier this summer. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

David Marsh’s selection as the women’s head coach for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team further cements his place in the sport and gives Charlotte and North Carolina yet another connection to the next Summer Games in Brazil.

Since 2007, Marsh has worked as the CEO/Director of Coaching at SwimMAC Carolina. A pied piper in the sport since his days winning multiple collegiate national titles as Auburn’s head coach, Marsh has attracted elite swimmers from all over the country to the Queen City.

Marsh coaches 12 members (six women, six men) of the 2015-16 USA Swimming National Team. Those include Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones and Tyler Clary as well as 2015 FINA World Championship silver medalists Cammile Adams and Micah Lawrence.

Marsh’s selection is well-deserved. He, along with Michael Phelps’ longtime coach Bob Bowman, are the two best coaches in swimming. Bowman will lead the U.S. Olympic men’s team in 2016.

▪  Marsh won’t be the only person making a splash from Charlotte in the 2016 Olympics. In the swimming world, it stands to reason several of the SwimMAC elite swimmers will make the squad – in 2012, there were five who did. Lochte is a sure thing and there are several others either from Charlotte or currently training at SwimMAC who are very likely to earn a trip to Brazil next summer at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.

▪  The highest-profile athlete from Charlotte at the 2016 Summer Games, however, will almost certainly be Steph Curry. The reigning NBA MVP, who grew up in Charlotte, may be asked to play more shooting guard than point guard for a U.S. Olympic team that will have a whole lot of everything in Brazil. No matter – as we all know, and fans of Davidson know in particular, Curry is equally adept at doing both.

▪  Don’t forget Mike Krzyzewski, either. Coach K keeps coming back for one more Olympics, and why not? His teams have won gold medals in both 2008 and 2012, the NBA players seem to love him and he gets to coach guys like Curry and 11 other of the best basketball players in the world. So the 2016 Olympics – which begin in less than a year – are already shaping up to have a distinctly Carolina flavor.

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