Dan Carrington returned to the Blue Devil coaching staff at the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign as an assistant coach after previously serving as an assistant during the 2007-08 season.
The past three seasons have seen the Duke men and women demonstrate consistent improvement at the ACC Championships. Under Carrington’s watch, Blue Devil swimmers have turned in 12 All-ACC performances and made three straight appearances at the NCAA Championships.
Carrington came to Duke from Southwestern University, where he was the head coach from 2009-11. While at Southwestern University, Carrington was awarded the American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence in 2011.
At NCAA Div. III Southwestern, Carrington tutored the first swimming All-American in program history in the 100 backstroke. In his first year, he helped two individuals achieve NCAA ‘B’ cuts in two events and saw his athletes set five school records. Carrington coached the women’s team to a sixth-place finish at the 2010-11 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, moving up two spots from the previous year. Under Carrington’s direction, the 2010-11 Pirates also broke nine program records and had one individual achieve an NCAA ‘A’ cut in the 100 backstroke and another make the NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 200 backstroke.
Prior to coaching at Southwestern, Carrington served as the head coach for USA Swimming’s San Antonio Wave in San Antonio, Texas. As head coach, he helped the program grow to 150 swimmers while guiding his athletes to success at the Texas Age Groups Championship and Southern Sectional meets.
Carrington was an assistant coach with the Blue Devil swimming and diving program in 2007-08, and during that time also served as the head coach for Blue Devil Aquatics. In one year as head coach, Carrington saw six individuals qualify for their first ever North Carolina Senior Championship meet and placed one swimmer in the top eight in the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone Age Group Championship meet.
He also spent two years as the Durham site coach at the YMCA of the Triangle Area. Prior to that, Carrington was an assistant coach at Yorktown High School and Delta High School in Indiana.
Carrington graduated from Ball State University in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He also swam for the Cardinals for two seasons.
A native of Danville, Ind., Carrington is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA).
He and his wife, Kim, have two children - Grace and Liana. The family resides in Durham.
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