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Coaching Staff

Hean Women's Coach - Corrie Falcon

Corrie Falcon is in her sixth season as head coach of the University of California San Diego women's swimming and diving program in 2016-17, but will be absent from the pool deck while on maternity leave.

A two-time U.S. national champion and a two-year team captain at USC, Falcon was named the head coach of the Triton women on Aug. 25, 2011. She had been an assistant coach at UC San Diego for the previous four seasons since 2007.

Falcon has served as the recruiting coordinator for both the men and women's teams and as the director of UCSD swimming camps and clinics. She coached former Triton standout Alex Henley, who won three NCAA titles (400 IM in 2010, 200 butterfly in 2010 and 2011) and holds seven school records.

Since Falcon's arrival, Tritons have won 17 national crowns, broken two NCAA Division II and over 47 school records, produced 121 All-America performances and earned more than 77 conference titles.

In 2015-16 Falcon guided the Triton men and women each to an eighth consecutive Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference (PCSC) title.

In 2011-12, the Triton women posted a third-place NCAA finish for the fourth year in succession and 10th time in 12 appearances at the Division II event. The UCSD men also took a fourth PCSC crown in as many seasons before turning in a second straight national runner-up effort.

The Tritons sent their largest contingent to the NCAA Division II Championships for the second year in a row, at 31 after qualifying 30 student-athletes in 2011. Henley broke the UCSD record in the 200 IM (2:01.41, 2nd) and also contributed individual points in the 400 IM (4:19.29, 2nd), 200 back (1:57.58, 2nd) and 100 back (55.13, 4th). Anji Shakya swam to second-place finishes in the 200 free (1:48.45) and 500 free (4:51.14), the latter mark a new school standard.

An all-time high of eight Triton swimmers, including Henley, then competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., ahead of the 2012 London Games.

In her final turn as assistant coach in 2010-11, Falcon helped the Tritons put together one of their finest seasons. UCSD won its third consecutive PCSC title on both the men and women's sides and went on to post a tremendous showing at the NCAA Championships. The men were second, the team's highest finish to date at the Division II level, while the women took third.

The 2009-10 campaign also featured plenty of impressive performances from the UCSD squad. Henley and Daniel Perdew were crowned as NCAA champions twice each, with the men's squad finishing seventh for the third year in a row and the women placing third. UCSD sent a total of 28 student-athletes, 14 men and 14 women, to the national meet.

Prior to coming to UCSD, Falcon was the head coach at San Diego Mesa College in 2006-07. In 2005-06, she founded Falcon Swim Clinics in Perth, Australia. Falcon has coached with the Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club in England, as well as at her alma mater.

As a competitor on the national scene, Falcon won a pair of U.S. titles - one in the 400 IM (1996), the other in the 800 free relay (2000). She swam in two World University Games (1999, 2001) and was a multiple-event finalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials.

A 2002 graduate of USC, Falcon was named the Trojans' Most Valuable Swimmer in 1999-2000, and was runner-up in the 400 IM at the 2000 NCAA Division I Championships.

Falcon earned a degree in communication while minoring in psychology at USC.

Falcon enjoys surfing, open water swimming and yoga. She and her husband, Ian, welcomed their first child, son Kai, in July of 2014, and daughter Isla in September of 2016.

Head Coach - David Marsh

David Marsh, a top-level coach of elite swimmers for over 30 years who guided the 2016 U.S. Women's Olympic Team to 16 medals, was named the new head coach of the University of California San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving programs on June 27, 2017.

Marsh heads cross country to La Jolla from Charlotte, N.C., where he spent the past 10 years as the CEO and Director of Coaching of SwimMAC Carolina. Within that structure, Marsh established and coached Team Elite, which includes SwimMAC's impressive list of professional swimmers. SwimMAC generated 14 Olympians for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Games during Marsh's tenure, with that group compiling 11 gold, two silver and one bronze medal. All told, 38 USA Swimming national champions and 27 junior national champions came from SwimMAC the last decade.

Marsh led the women of Team USA to unprecedented success at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with a final medal haul of eight gold, four silver and four bronze. That contingent featured the likes of Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Maya DiRado and Lilly King. Team Elite placed more U.S. Olympians than any program in the country, six, with Kathleen Baker, co-captain Anthony Ervin, Jimmy Feigen, Ryan Lochte and Katie Meili all earning gold medals.

"I'm thrilled to join the UC San Diego family," said Marsh. "UC San Diego is an amazing academic institution with a rapidly-developing athletic program, an amazing aquatic facility and an unparalleled location, which tells me there's incredible potential.

"The swimming and diving teams have an outstanding history and the sport has a strong presence throughout the San Diego community. In meeting and talking with Director of Athletics Earl Edwards, members of the coaching staff and many of the current team members, I was struck by the pride and commitment. This is a department and university that is building momentum, and I look forward to contributing to the next steps of what I see as a bright future."

"Whenever you have the opportunity to add a coach of David Marsh's stature, you look at it seriously," added Edwards. "In David, we are getting a coach with a stellar record of success, who understands and embraces the culture of our program and the University.

"I feel he will bring with him a combination of experience, energy and creativity, that has the potential to help elevate not only the swimming and diving teams, but our entire program. We have an outstanding coaching staff in place at UC San Diego, and David Marsh will certainly fit in well."

Prior to his time in Charlotte, Marsh was the head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams at Auburn University from 1990-2007. He led the Tiger men to seven national titles, including five straight from 2003-07, and the women to five. Those five all came within a six-year span between 2002-07, with a runner-up showing in 2005. The men were also national runners-up three times under Marsh.

Additionally, Marsh's Auburn Tigers combined for 17 Southeastern Conference (SEC) crowns, highlighted by 11 consecutive men's championships from 1997-2007. He was a nine-time national and 13-time SEC Coach of the Year. Marsh coached countless All-Americans, 10 Academic All-Americans, and 49 Olympic athletes from 19 different countries.

For USA Swimming prior to 2016, Marsh was an assistant coach on the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Olympic staffs, and involved in numerous other competitions around the globe. He was named USA Swimming's developmental Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014 for his work with SwimMAC.

Marsh swam at Auburn from 1978-81 and graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. His wife, Kristin, swam at California and is also an accomplished sports educator, most recently as head coach at Pine Lake Preparatory. Of their three children, Aaron will be a junior at Charlotte's Queens University, Alyssa a sophomore swimmer at Duke, and Maddie a high school junior.


David Durden - Men's Swimming Head Coach, California
"I've known David for 17 years and he's a key figure in who I am as a coach. David is unique in his ability to make swimmers and coaches around him better. He's a very special person and he's going to be a huge asset to UCSD. There's also no doubt, he's going to have a positive impact on swimming in California."

Cullen Jones - Team Elite, Two-Time Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist
"David is an excellent coach, and I enjoyed swimming with him. I believe he has a unique ability to understand and develop collegiate swimmers, and he's going to thrive at UC Dan Diego."

Greg Meehan - Paul A. Violich Director of Women's Swimming, Stanford
"David is a great coach and will have an immediate impact on current UCSD swimmers and the San Diego region. I'm super excited to have another coach of David's caliber on the West Coast."

Diving Coach - Jon Real

Jon Real was named the diving coach of the University of California San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving programs in August of 2016.

Real was a member of the San Diego State Divers coaching staff from late 2011 to November of 2014. There, he mentored athletes of ages eight to 18, both in dryland settings and at the diving well. His accomplishments with SDSD included utilizing his background in gymnastics to successfully transition gymnasts into diving.

Athletes who Real coached were among the top high school divers in the San Diego region, with some going on to earn Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) All-America distinction. He went on to start La Jolla Dive Club, which is fully sanctioned by the AAU and USA Diving. Real is a certified Level 1 coach within both organizations.

Real was a standout collegiate performer under head coach Dennis Taylor at UCLA, qualifying for the NCAA Championships his senior season, with four varsity letters as the Bruins' four-time Most Valuable Diver from 1980-83. He later competed in 10-meter platform diving, coached by Glenn and Debbie McCormick, and has won USA Diving Senior Zones in that discipline while participating in numerous Senior Nationals.

Real's wife, Sharon Daly Real, is a past age-group national champion and dove for the now-retired and legendary Dr. Rick Schavone at Stanford. They reside in La Jolla, and have two children, with son Jonathan a senior at George Washington University, and daughter Jackie a sophomore diver at Cornell.

Real excelled in diving and gymnastics growing up in Santa Fe Springs, where he attended Santa Fe High School. He earned his UCLA degree in history in 1984

Assistant Coach - Marko Djordjevic

Marko Djordjevic is in his third season as the top assistant coach of the University of California San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2016-17, after being named to the post in July of 2014. He aided the Tritons in a volunteer capacity during the 2013-14 season.

Djordjevic has prior coaching experience at San Diego club programs North Coast Aquatics and Pacific Swim, as well as having held numerous posts at the international level, primarily for his native Serbia. He is a 2007 graduate of Serbia’s University of Novi Sad.


Assistant Coach - Emmett Walling

Emmett Walling, a former standout swimmer at USC, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach on the University of California San Diego swimming and diving staff in 2016-17.

In addition to his duties in La Jolla, Walling is a fourth-year head coach in the Coronado Navy Swim Association (CNSA) club program.

A native of Manasquan, N.J., Walling spent two seasons at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla., before swimming for the Trojans in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Specializing in sprint freestyle and breaststroke events, he served as a senior co-captain after placing 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.02) at the 2010 NCAA Championships as a junior.

Walling was part of Indian River's 34th and 35th straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) crowns in 2008 and 2009. He broke NJCAA records in 2009 in the 50 free (19.43) and the 100 breast (53.83), earning Swimmer of the Meet distinction.

Walling majored in human performance at USC, graduating in 2011. He previously spent 10 summers as an open water lifeguard, and is an avid surfer

Assistant Coach - Nicole Buffini

Nicole Buffini joined the University of California San Diego swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach in September of 2016.

Buffini most recently was an age group swim coach within the Dallas Mustangs club program in Dallas, Texas, from September of 2015 to May of 2016. She has served as a counselor at several summer camps at UC San Diego and California in the past.

Buffini (née Parmenter) is a product locally of North Coast Aquatics. While at San Marcos High School, she was the CIF San Diego Section Division II champion in the 100-yard backstroke and 100 butterfly from 2008-10. Buffini broke the CIFSDS record in the 100 back (54.55), and the CIFSDS Division II standard in the 100 fly (54.79). She was named the 2008 Valley League Swimmer of the Year, and the 2010 San Marcos Female Athlete of the Year.

Buffini was then a member of the 2010-11 national champion Cal Golden Bears, before completing her college career in Dallas at SMU, captaining the Mustangs as a senior. A double major in psychology and sociology, she completed her degree in 2015. Buffini was chosen to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2013, and garnered American Athletic Conference All-Academic honors in 2014.

A San Diego native, Buffini currently resides in Coronado.

 Joining the coaching staff will be highly experienced and accomplished members of the UCSD Varsity Swim Team.