Lea Loveless Maurer Named Head Coach At Stanford
May 20, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford named Lea Loveless Maurer as its women's swimming and diving head coach on Friday. The former Cardinal swimmer will take the reigns of Stanford's nationally prominent program from her former collegiate coach Richard Quick, who announced his retirement last month after leading Stanford to seven national titles in his 17 seasons as the school's head coach.
'The Stanford head coaching position is a dream job, and I'm honored to take on the challenge of continuing the tradition that so many people have helped create,' said Maurer. 'I'm excited to return to my alma mater to apply the lessons I have learned both as a student-athlete at Stanford and in more than 10 years since that time. I want to help the dreams of Stanford student-athletes come to fruition.'
Maurer swam on three of Quick's national championship squads (1992, '93, '94) when she competed on The Farm from 1990-94, adding 10 NCAA individual and relay titles during her collegiate swimming career. Among Maurer's NCAA crowns were three consecutive wins in the 100 back (1992, '93, '94) as well as a 200 back victory in 1993. She was also a member of six victorious NCAA relay teams. Maurer added 15 Pac-10 titles (seven individual, eight relays) and 21 All-American honors (19 at Stanford) to her collegiate swimming resume. She was a member of 400 (1993) and 800 free (1992) relay teams that set school records that still stand today. In addition, Maurer is still second on Stanford's all-time list of performers in the 100 and 200 back, as well as sixth in the 200 individual medley.
After finishing her collegiate swimming career at Stanford following the 1993-94 campaign, she started in the coaching profession as an assistant at Northwestern for a program that placed 11th at the NCAA's and third in the Big 10 in 1995.
In 1996, she began a prep dynasty as the head boys' and girls' coach at Lake Forest High School (Lake Forest, IL), leading the boys' squad to the 2002-03 mythical National Championship and the girls' team to the mythical 2003 Public School National Championship. She coached 2003 National High School Swimmer of the Year Matt Grevers, who recorded the second-fastest prep time ever in the 50 free and went on to win the NCAA title in the 100 back as a sophomore at Northwestern in 2005.
In 10 years at Lake Forest, her girls' team also won a pair of state titles (2002, '03) while her boys' squad was the state champion in 2003. In addition, she was named the Illinois Swimming Association Coach of the Year on eight occasions (five girls, three boys) while coaching 85 All-American and honorable mention All-American swimmers, as well as nine individual and seven relay state champions.
Maurer also started Scout Aquatics in 2002, growing the program to its current total of 175 swimmers. As the head senior coach for the organization, she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program. Several of her swimmers have finaled at the U.S. Olympic Trials, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Open and Junior Nationals.
She also continued to compete until 2000, spending a total of 11 years (1989-96, 1998-2000) on the USA National Team. Maurer held the American record in the 100 meter backstroke from 1992-2001, originally setting the mark on the leadoff leg of a silver medal 4 x 100 American medley relay team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and breaking her own record during the prelims of a winning performance at the 1998 World Championships. Maurer, who was also a bronze medalist in the 100 back at the 1992 Olympics, earned a spot on the USA Swimming All-Century team in the event.
'We are excited to hire someone that helped create the excellence of our program, and we embrace her return,' commented Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland. 'In the more than 10 years since she has competed at Stanford, she has added an impressive set of coaching and administrative skills that we think will lead her to great success as our head coach.'
She becomes the sixth head coach of a Stanford program that began in 1974 and has won more NCAA Division I team titles (8) than any other women's swimming and diving program in the nation.
Maurer graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and a Master of Arts in Education in 1994. She is married to former Stanford men's swimmer Erik Maurer, who won the 1992 NCAA title in the 50 free and four relay crowns while competing for the Cardinal from 1989-93. The couple has two children - Luke (3) and Rex, who was born in August of 2004.