Nort Thornton

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Nort Thornton
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamUniversity of California
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974-2007[1]University of California
Head coaching record

Nort Thornton was the head coach of the California Golden Bears men's swimming and diving team at the University of California, Berkeley from 1974 until his retirement in 2007. His teams have been ranked in the top 10 in the country in national polls 28 out of his 33 seasons.[1] 48 of his athletes have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, winning 14 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze medals.[2] Thornton was National Coach of the Year two times, and Pac-10 coach of the year four times.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Thornton decides to call it quits". Contra Costa Times. MediaNews Group. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
  2. ^ a b "Player Bio: Nort Thornton". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-07-29.