Rob Clayton is the Head Coach for men’s swimming and diving at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Clayton came to the Academy in 1997 and worked with women’s coach Casey Converse to coach the Academy’s first woman to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships at the conclusion of the 1997-98 season. Clayton then took over the reins of the men’s program for the 1998-99 season. He has coached men to 27 individual conference championships and two relay conference championships. 10 of his swimmers have competed in the Olympic Trials, including in 2008 when eight former Falcons participated in the Trials. In addition to his coaching duties, Clayton also instructs cadets in swimming and water survival classes.
Clayton is a 1991 graduate of Wyoming where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. While at Wyoming, Clayton was one of the premier swimmers in the Western Athletic Conference, competing at the NCAA Championships in the 200 freestyle, 200 IM and 400 IM. In 1991, he won the 200 and 400 individual medleys at WAC Championships, becoming only the second Cowboy to ever win an IM conference title. His time in the 400 IM set a conference championship record and still stands as the pool record at the University of Hawaii. Following college, Clayton served as an age group coach for the Fort Collins Area Swim Team (FAST) before becoming the men’s assistant coach at Brigham Young University. During his six years in Provo, he was instrumental in building one of the most successful swimming programs in the region.