University of Wyoming - Swimming


Dave Denniston was announced as the new head coach of the Wyoming Swimming & Diving program on April 21, 2017. Denniston spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the program. He came to UW after coaching the U.S. Paralympics swim team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs since 2010.

Denniston was a member of the Auburn University swim program from 1997-2002. A two-time team captain at Auburn, he was a three-time individual NCAA champion, including the 1999 national title in the 200-meter breaststroke. Denniston was a 15-time All-American and also helped lead the Tigers to the 1999 NCAA Team Championship. Denniston competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200-meters, where he finished 6th and 9th, respectively. In 2003, he qualified for the World Championship Team in the 200-meter breaststroke before he primarily focused on qualifying for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. He finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke and fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Olympic Trails.

In 2005, Denniston was injured in a sledding accident and then went on to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic games. Denniston started a motivational speaking company called Mind Over Body. It was created to help people reach their goals despite barriers in life. He has also spent time as an Assistant Editor for Swimming World Magazine. He was awarded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Inspiration award in 2009 and James R. Flowers Coach of the Year award in 2012 while coach of the U.S. Paralympic team. Denniston is a 2002 graduate of Auburn where he earned a bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in English.