Concord, Calif. – Carondelet High School announced today the hiring of Dan Cottam as its new head swimming and diving coach. Cottam's leadership of the program will begin immediately, and he will begin working with Carondelet student-athletes when the new Carondelet Athletic Complex opens early next year.
"Dan has been coaching swimming at the youth level for a number of years and brings a wealth of experience to the pool deck," said Director of Athletics, Caitlin Main '05. "We're thrilled to hire someone with Dan's coaching background. With his reputation and success in the East Bay swimming community, he's a perfect fit to lead Carondelet's swimming program."
Cottam has nearly 20 years of coaching experience at the USS Club, recreational and high school levels. He is currently the Senior Development Group Coach and the Assistant Senior Group Coach for the Terrapins Swim Team, and he was the co-founder/head coach for the Crow Canyon Sharks (2005-15) and the Diablo Aquatics Devil Rays (2015).
"I am honored to lead the Carondelet swimming program into the future. It's an exciting, historic time for the school's athletic programs," said Cottam. "I am committed and look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence previously established at the school. Go Cougars!"
Cottam was the Athletic/Aquatics Director for the Crow Canyon Country Club (2004-15) and served as the head coach for the boys and girls swim teams at Acalanes High School (2005-07), where he helped the Dons to top-10 finishes in the CIF North Coast Section all three years.
Additionally, Cottam has coached at two Olympic Trials (2008 and 2012) and had a semi-finalist in each trial. He guided his teams to top-five finishes at the 2011 and 2012 Short Course Junior Nationals, had multiple individual junior national champions and coached the Junior National record-breaking 400-meter medley relay team.
A 1996 graduate of Clayton Valley High School, Cottam earned a swimming scholarship to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a four-year member of the Gauchos swim team. He was the Big West Conference champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle as a freshman and was the team's Most Inspirational Swimmer in 2001.
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