Dave Salo

Dave Salo

David Clark "Dave" Salo is a swimming coach based in Southern California, USA. Currently, he is the head coach of the University of Southern California men's and women's swimming team, as well as USC's club team: Trojan Swim Club. Prior to his becoming the USC coach, he was the head coach of Irvine Novaquatics;[1] a position he held since the Fall of 1990. He currently remains Novaquatics' General Manager.

He was hired as head coach of Novaquatics after a previous appointment with the University of Southern California where he served as Assistant Men's Coach under head coach Peter Daland. While at USC, Salo assisted with the sprint group while also serving as recruiting coordinator during his final two years at the university. During Salo's tenure the Trojans earned NCAA top five honours, taking second in 1986 and 1987.

While head coach of the Irvine Novaquatics, Salo led his team to a number of age group championships (BC and Junior Olympic) as well as several Junior National Team Championships and the USA National Championships (Men, Women, Combined, Combined Under 18).

Along with team championships, Salo coached five swimmers - Amanda Beard, Aaron Peirsol, Jason Lezak, Gabrielle Rose, and Staciana Stitts - that represented the USA at the 2000 Olympic Games, winning five medals.

In 2004, Salo coached Jason Lezak, Colleen Lanne', Gabe Woodward and Lenny Krayzelburg to the USA Olympic Team. He also served as Assistant Coach for the USA's men's team.

Salo has also served as assistant coach for the USA Women's team in the 1999 Pan American Games as well as the 2000 Olympic Games and headed the Men's Team at the Goodwill Games in 2001 and the 2005 World Championship Team.

Salo is a graduate of Long Beach State (B.A. and M.A.) and the University of Southern California (Ph.D.)[2]


  • Australian freestyler Ian Thorpe trained with Salo in Summer 2006.


  1. ^ Dave Denniston (Jan 5, 2003). "What Dr. Dave Salo Does". Go Swim. http://www.goswim.tv/entries/874/what-dr-dave-salo-does.html. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  2. ^ Player Bio: Dave Salo :: Men's Swimming

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