MITCH DALTON • BY THE NUMBERS
- helped lead Princeton to 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 Ivy League titles
- 2011 World University Games Coach (Estonia)
- 2012 Recruiting Class ranked #5 in the nation (collegeswimming.com)
- 2011 Recruiting Class ranked #13 in the nation (collegeswimming.com)
- 2013 Assistant Coach of the Year- Nomination- (collegeswimming.com)
- 2014 Recruiting Class ranked #6 in the nation (SwimSwam.com)
Mitch Dalton is entering his sixth season as the assistant coach of the Princeton men's swimming and diving team. In his first five seasons with the Tiger program, he helped guide the men to three straight Ivy League championships (2011-2013), as well as a wire-to-wire championship win last year, while also generating a trio of highly touted recruiting classes.
He has put together two recruiting classes ranked in the Top 6 nationally over the last four seasons, and both have played prominent, immediate roles in Ivy League championship victories. His Class of 2016 was ranked fifth nationally, and that class helped Princeton win a third straight Ivy League title. His Class of 2018 was ranked sixth nationally (which featured three Top 20 individual recruits) and it helped the Tigers reclaim the Ivy League title last winter.
His first year was as memorable as it gets, as he helped lead the Tigers to a dramatic 5.5-point victory at the 2011 Ivy League championship. Princeton came into the championship weekend as an underdog after losing in the regular season to Harvard, which hosted the conference championships. The Tigers took the early lead on day one and fought off a furious charge by the hosts to swim away with the program's third straight Ivy League title.
Princeton defended that title in 2012 with a wire-to-wire victory at Denunzio Pool, an effort that was bolstered by a strong freshman class. He also helped a group of five reach the NCAA Championships, where Princeton earned All-America honors in both individual and relay events, and also placed 23rd as a team.
The Tigers won again in 2013 before seeing its streak end in 2014. Princeton bounced back immediately, going wire-to-wire at the 2015 Ivy League Championships in DeNunzio Pool. The Tigers were a perfect 5-for-5 in relays and qualified both two swimmers and multiple relays to the NCAA Championships.
Dalton, who spent two seasons helping build up the men’s and women’s swimming teams at George Washington University, replaced Jamie Holder, who was named the head coach at Georgetown during the summer of 2010.
Dalton was in charge of recruiting at George Washington and brought in the largest back-to-back recruiting classes in program history. His 2010 class included multiple Junior National qualifiers, a state record holder and a German Junior National champion. That squad included a three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and the second-highest freshman scorer at the 2010 Atlantic 10 championships.
While he spent his coaching time working with all aspects of the program, his primary focus was on the sprinters and stroke specialists. He was also instrumental in the strength and conditioning program, and that work translated to 16 new school and three new conference records. David Zenk won three conference titles during Dalton’s time while setting five school records and recording an NCAA qualifying time in the 200 back.
Dalton also focused on work in the classroom. The 2009-10 George Washington women’s team was ranked in the Top 5 in team GPA for the second straight semester. The men’s team was one of 60 NCAA programs to produce a GPA of 3.0 or better last spring.
Dalton, a four-year letterwinner at James Madison, began his coaching career with his alma mater. In one season, he helped the Dukes to a seven-win improvement as a team and nine new individual school records.
Dalton was a four-event finalist (100/200 breast and 200/400 IM) at the Colonial Athletic Association championships. As a senior captain, he was awarded the Steven H. Miller Award for Leadership and Dedication to the team. Dalton led the Dukes to a third-place finish at the C.A.A. championships, the highest team finish for a non-scholarship program.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Dalton has been trained by some of the top coaches in his home nation, including Australian Olympic head coach Gregg Hodge, fellow Olympic coach John Carew and Olympian Georgina Parkes.
Dalton is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree for Organizational Leadership at Rider University.