Meet Craig Mallery -- New DAM Head Coach

Craig grew up in Woodland, CA and started swimming at the age of 5. He swam competitively with Davis High School and then swam during his four years of college at Boston University. At BU he also coached the USMS program and loved it from the get-go. While doing an M.S. in Education at Seattle University, Craig also coached the USMS program and this evolved into being their intercollegiate and Masters Head Coach for 14 years. Currently Craig is in Taos, NM, where he coaches age group and Masters swimmers. Craig has coached beginning swimmers to Olympic qualifiers, and believes no one is more important than the other, and everyone has something to learn and contribute to the community. Craig has coached Masters swimmers for over 20 years. We asked him a few questions recently to help introduce him to the Davis Aquatic Masters club.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Craig likes to paint and has even sold some art recently. His paintings are modern/abstract and the size of a wall! When he ‘gets in the zone’ he can paint 24/7.

Tell us something about you, an experience, a challenge, that helped shape who you are.
Craig said he has always been driven towards athletics. His father was a traditional athlete – playing football, basketball etc. – Craig tried all of these sports but struck out with them. It wasn’t until he tried swimming that he found a niche. His failures at other sports and success with swimming shaped him for the rest of his life.

What do you look forward to in moving back to California?
He is looking forward to outdoor living. On the East Coast, and even in Taos, conditions are very wintery with lots of snow. He likes the water – lakes, oceans, pools. Craig is looking forward to swimming outside, meals outside and enjoying the company of others outside. He is hoping to find a place to live close to Civic Center to be able to stop by often (see 'In Search of Housing!' below).

What do you look forward to in becoming the new DAM Head Coach?
Craig says he is looking forward to getting to know DAM members, their goals and their reasons for swimming. He wants to become a member of our swimming community.