Head Coach, Swimming and DivingSeth Baron is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Georgia Tech mens swimming & diving team, and in that time the team has shown improvement each season.
In 1999-2000, Baron led Tech to a 5-6 dual meet record and its highest point total at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship with 289 points, matching the best finish in the programs history with a sixth-place showing. Under Barons direction, the Yellow Jackets set 15 new school records during the season and clocked in with a school-record nine NCAA provisional times. Prior to last season, the most "B" Cuts by a Georgia Tech swim team was two, in 1999. Also, for the first time in 11 years, Tech had an All-ACC honoree as David Laitala earned that recognition with his second-place finish in the 100 butterfly.
During the 1998-99 season, Baron led Tech to its first ACC regular season dual-meet victory, which was a 149-82 decision at Duke. That year, the Jackets scored their second-most number of points in the ACC Championship meet with 192.5. The team placed seventh in the conference championship, but closed the gap on sixth-placed Maryland by over 100 points. Tech had its first-ever NCAA B-standard achievements by David Laitala and Theral Mackey.
Baron has compiled a 15-20 dual-meet record during his first three years on the job, and has improved the Jackets scoring at the ACC meet each year. Also during his time in Atlanta, the Yellow Jackets have been listed among the NCAA Division I All-Academic Swim Teams each semester, including a 3.15 team GPA in the spring of 2000.
During the summer of 1997, Baron served as the head coach for the United States National Swim Team that competed at the 15th World Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel. During the Games, the fourth-largest international competition in the world, the U.S. team picked up an impressive 40 medals (12 gold, 17 silver and 11 bronze).
Baron, has assisted with the coaching of 15 NCAA All-Americas, 13 Olympic Trial qualifiers and two SEC Champions.
As the head coach for the Charlottesville, Va. YMCA Aquatic Club, Baron saw his team make dramatic improvements, including a fourth-place finish at the 1994 YMCA National Championships. For his efforts, he was nominated for the 1994 National YMCA Coach of the Year and the Virginia Swimming Senior Coach of the Year.
Baron also served as the assistant head coach with the United States National Team at the 14th World Maccabiah Games in 1993.
During the 1986-87 season, Baron served as a graduate assistant with the Auburn University Swim Team. Baron returned to his alma mater in 1991 as an assistant coach.
Early in his career, Baron also coached at his high school alma mater, The Bolles School, in Jacksonville, Fla., with his former coach and mentor Gregg Troy, one of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team coaches.
Baron is a 1987 graduate of Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing/Public Relations.
Baron enjoyed a successful career as a swimmer at Auburn. A two-time NCAA All-American with the Tigers, Baron was a key member in leading the team to four consecutive Top 15 appearances. He served as the teams captain during his senior year.
Internationally, Baron was a dominant force at the 12th World Maccabiah Games in 1985, as he set records in the 400 medley relay and the 200 individual medley. While in Israel, Baron competed in eight different events and racked up a total of six gold medals and one silver medal. His six gold medals tied a record held by Mark Spitz and Mitch Gaylord for the most medals in a single Maccabiah Games.
In the 1983 Pan American Maccabiah Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Baron set records in the 100 fly, 100 free and the 200 free on his way to four gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
Baron was a 1984 participant in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle in the Olympic Trials for the XXIII Olympiad. Baron also qualified for the 1988 Olympic Trials for the XXIV Olympiad, though he retired from competitive swimming in the summer of 1987.
Baron is married to the former Susan Allen and the couple has a son Joshua, who was born this past February. A native of Boca Raton, Fla., he enjoys golf, camping, hiking and biking.
The Baron File
Coaching Background1997: Head Coach, U.S. National Team of 15th World Maccabiah Games;
1994-97: Assistant Coach, South Carolina;
1992-94: Head Coach, Charlottesville, Va., YMCA;
1993: Assistant Head Coach, U.S. National Team, 14th World Maccabiah Games;
1991-92: Assistant Coach, Auburn.
Swimming BackgroundAuburn University, 1983-86: Four-time letterman, two-time all-America and team captain;
1985 World Maccabiah Games: won six gold medals and a silver at the;
1983 Maccabiah Pan-Am Games: won four gold, four silver and two bronze medals;
National record holder in the 200 freestyle while prepping at the Bolles School;
1981 and '82 Florida High School Athletic Association Athlete of the Year.