Stanford Women's Swimming Coach Richard Quick Named U.S. Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year

Jan. 13, 2001

New York, N.Y. - Stanford women's swimming coach Richard Quick has been named the U.S. Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year. The award was presented to Quick on Saturday in New York City, at a gala awards banquet at Chelsea Piers Events Center at Pier 60.Quick coached U.S. squad members to 16 medals at the 2000 Olympic Games, including seven gold medals. Quick was making his third stint as a head coach for the U.S. Olympic Women's Swimming Team and has served as a member of the U.S. coaching staff during the past five Summer Olympics.

Quick continues to coach 1995 Stanford graduate Jenny Thompson. Under Quick's tutelage, Thompson became the most decorated women's swimmer in the history of the Olympics, bringing a home a total of eight gold medals. She has broken several world and American records. Thompson is merely one of several current and former pupils of Quick who participated at the Olympics in Sydney this past September. He also coached current Stanford senior Misty Hyman, who pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of women's swimming at the Olympics when she won the gold medal in the 200m butterfly at the 2000 Games. He has also coached Olympic standout Dara Torres during her post-collegiate career.

In his 12-plus seasons at Stanford, Quick has guided Stanford to seven NCAA championships, including six of the past nine national titles, and 11 of 12 Pac-10 Conference crowns. He has lost only four dual meets while at Stanford, sporting an 89-4 dual record mark (.957) while coaching 73 All-Americans to 611 All-America honors. In addition, Quick has helped develop 35 NCAA champions at Stanford who have captured a combined 50 NCAA individual and 25 relay titles. Along the way, he has picked up five NCAA Coach of the Year honors and three Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards.

But Quick's success is not limited to the Stanford campus. In 24 years as a collegiate head coach, he has compiled an overall dual meet record of 178-33 (.844), capturing 12 national titles and 17 conference crowns. Before coming to The Farm, Quick led the University of Texas to a then-unprecedented five straight NCAA titles (1984-1988), a string broken by Stanford in his first season with the Cardinal. To put things in perspective, of the past 17 NCAA titles awarded, Richard Quick-coached squads have captured 12 of them.

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