John comes to Austin after 17 years of competitive swimming experience. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. As an NCAA All-American Aggie, he was a team captain and letterman 2009-13. He left College Station as current school record holder in the 100 freestyle, and was a member of two Big XII championship relays. John also competed at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials representing his college and hometown team, North Jeffco Hurricanes.
After the stellar athletic career, Dalton returned to Colorado and North Jeffco to begin a coaching career. While with the Hurricanes, his swimmers qualified for all levels of USA swimming meets such as Colorado State, Far Western Sectionals, and Age Group Zones. John was also a member of the Zones and All-Star coaching staffs of Colorado Swimming. A head coach from the area said of John, “he is a great young age group coach; I have tried to hire him twice!”
Of most recent and previously to his move to Austin, John coached at the Sierra Marlins Swim Team in the Sacramento area for three years as the Head Age Group Coach. During his time in California, his athletes continued to post awesome results, qualifying for SWAGR, Far Westerns, Sectionals, Futures, National Top 10, and breaking team records, even one SNS record. He was elected as an Age Group Vice Chair for Sierra Nevada Swimming, a position he must now relinquish with his relocation. Worthy of note, Sierra Marlins won the USA Winter Junior Nationals Men’s Team Championship this past season of his tenure.