Ralph Crocker has become a revered coach in the Auburn program since taking over assistant coaching duties in June of 1999. Named an Assistant Coach in 1999, he was promoted to the role of Associate Director of Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving, which entails many of the administrative and oversight duties for both the men's and women's teams.
Crocker was named the US National Distance Training Camp head coach in 2001 for USA Swimming which entails heading up the two-week National Team Distance Camp held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Swimmers from that camp performed outstanding at the season's end, which is not a surprise to Auburn swimmers who know Crocker and his ability to challenge and encourage swimmers at the same time. Crocker had the privilege of coaching Auburn's Maggie Bowen, Magda Dyszkiewicz, Kevin Clements, James Galloway and Nate Knopf at the distance camp.
As an assistant at Auburn, Crocker has extensive experience working with all groups, but primarily the distance group, or as they fondly call it, "Ralph's House of Pain."
"Ralph was appropriately honored with the position of head distance team coach for USA Swimming," head coach David Marsh said. "And the team's performance at Senior Nationals was not surprisingly tremendous due to his leadership. Ralph has a wealth of experience and adds to that the ability to gain the athletes' adoration and respect."
Prior to Auburn, Crocker was the head swimming coach at Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for seven years before becoming the head coach for Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club for four years. At Pensacola, Crocker had six senior national qualifiers and an Olympic Festival Gold medalist while at Pine Crest he had two Olympians and one world record holder. His junior national team won two national titles and a national high school championship.
Crocker swam for Auburn from 1972-75 and was a member of the 1975 NCAA team. In 1977, Crocker earned a bachelor of science in psychology at Auburn. He and his wife of 29 years, Margaret, have a 17 year-old daughter named Cameron.