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Rich DeSelm

Assistant Swimming Coach

Rich DeSelm enters his fifth season as an assistant coach of the men and women's swimming teams at the University of Florida. He joined the UF staff on Aug. 1, 2000 and serves as the recruiting coordinator in addition to his on-deck duties.

Since DeSelm's arrival, Florida has signed some of the nation's top classes, including the 2004-05 signing class, which featured 11 state champions who accounted for more than 25 individual state titles. DeSelm has helped coach UF swimmers to 258 All-America honors since the 2000-01 season.

Prior to Florida, DeSelm led the swimming and diving programs at Davidson College for the previous seven seasons. The Davidson women's team claimed the Southern States Championships four consecutive seasons from 1997-2000, while the men's team captured the title in three of his last six years. He was honored as the Southern States Men's Coach of the Year in 1995, 1997 and 1998. He also was the Women's Coach of the Year from 1997-2000.

Prior to taking over at Davidson in 1993, DeSelm was assistant head coach for the University of North Carolina men and women's swimming teams for 15 seasons. While in Chapel Hill, he coached Yaun deFabrique, the French National Champion in the 400-meter free, who finished 14th in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. DeSelm coached three other UNC swimmers who earned national team berths during his time there.

DeSelm has been named to several national and international positions and served as the U.S. Team's Assistant Manager for the 2004 FINA Short Course World Championships as well as for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He was the head manager for the U.S. teams at the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships in Sydney, the 1997 U.S. Pan Pacific Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina. In addition, DeSelm was the manager of the South team at both the 1986 and 1990 Olympic Festivals in Houston and Minneapolis, respectively.

DeSelm was a four-year letterwinner and co-captain his senior season for the University of North Carolina and earned All-America honors in 1976 as a member of the Tar Heels' 800 FR team. He graduated from UNC in 1978 with a degree in business administration and earned a master of arts in liberal studies from Duke University in 1988.

He and his wife, Tracy, are the parents of two children, Grant (8) and Claire (6).


Birthdate: September 28, 1956
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
Education: Bachelor's in Business Administration, University of North Carolina, 1978; Master's in Liberal Studies, Duke University, 1988

Coaching Career:
Assistant Head Coach, University of North Carolina, 1977-93
Head Coach, Davidson College, 1993-2000
Assistant Coach, Mecklenburg Aquatic Club, 1994-98
Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2000-present

Career Highlights:

  • Asst. Team Manager U.S. Teams at 2004 FINA World Short Course Championships
  • 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Manager
  • Head Manager of U.S. Teams at 1999, 1997 Pan Pacific Championships, and 1995 Pan American Games
  • 1997-2000 Southern States Women's Coach of the Year
  • 1995, 1997-98 Southern States Men's Coach of the Year
  • 1995, 1997-98 Southern States Men's Coach of the Year
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