David “Dave” Salo is the long-time Head Coach of the University of Southern California. Salo grew up swimming, and took his passion collegiately to Santa Rosa Junior College, and transferred to Long Beach State. He graduated with Long Beach State with a B.A. and M.A. in exercise physiology, where he also served as an assistant women’s swimming coach. Salo also earned his doctorate degree in the same field. After coaching five years at USC under Peter Daland, Salo joined the Irvine Novaquatics coaching staff in southern California. Salo had an extremely successful career with the Novas, serving as its Head Coach from 1990-2006, where he coached numerous Olympic and National-caliber athletes. Among his list of world-class swimmers there, Salo coached Aaron Pierson, Amanda Beard and Jason Lezak, which goes to show his coaching expertise in all strokes. In 2002 Salo was named the U.S. Swimming Coach of the Year after leading his squad to both spring and summer U.S. National titles.
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