Richard Quick To Coach In Final Meet Sunday
Aug. 7, 2005
Irvine, Calif. - Stanford women's swimming and diving head coach Richard Quick will coach in his final meet Sunday when Stanford affiliates conclude action at the 2005 ConocoPhillips Summer Senior National Championships.
Quick was one of the most respected coaches in swimming both on the collegiate and international levels during his coaching career. His 12 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving team titles were the most by any coach in the history of the sport. He was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team coaching staff six times with three assignments as the head coach for the women's squad (1988, `96, 2000), as well as three assistant coaching tours of duty (1984, `92, 2004). In 2000, Quick was named the United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year.
'I've lived a dream for 40 years,' said Quick. 'It's been an unbelievable series of phenomenal experiences.'
'This is my last swimming meet as a coach, and it's kind of a strange feeling because I've wanted to be a swimming coach since I was 12-years-old,' continued Quick. 'The biggest thing I'm going to miss is being a partner with the athletes and living their dreams. I just loved that, and I'm going to miss it a lot. But, I'm closing out this phase of my life, and I'm very excited about where I'm headed.'
The first place Quick is headed is to spend more time with his family in Austin, Texas.
He plans to build his agenda this fall around the football schedule of his 13-year-old grandson, Blake Brown. He also has an important event to plan for his 10-year granddaughter and Blake's sister, Emily, when he gets to Austin.
'Her 10th birthday was last May, but she wanted to wait to have the party until I could be there,' laughed Quick. 'We're going to have it at the swimming pool at my house.'
Despite his retirement from coaching and family plans, the 62-year-old Quick does not plan on removing himself entirely from the sport he began coaching in 1965 at Memorial High School in Houston, Texas.
He plans to take on the role of a Master coach with USA Swimming, which means making approximately 10 visits a year to various club programs to work with some of the country's top swimmers. He is also going to help with the governance and policymaking of the sport by serving on a national steering committee, in addition to motivational speaking and making appearances at several clinics.
Quick announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2005 summer season on April 19, 2005. He has served for the last 17 seasons (1988-2005) as Stanford's head coach and the past 29 campaigns as a collegiate head coach, winning 12 NCAA titles with the final seven coming at Stanford.
'Coaching at Stanford was a dream come true for me,' said Quick at the time he announced his retirement. 'It was everything that I could have dreamed possible. There were so many thrills and wonderful experiences, and so few disappointments. I consider myself blessed to have been able to be in my position at Stanford for 17 years and to have been a collegiate swimming head coach for 29.'
'I have so many memories, both at Stanford and in the coaching profession in general,' Quick continued. 'I have been honored to have coached some of the finest athletes in the world, and we've competed at the very highest levels intercollegiately and internationally. But, many of my memories simply revolve around the experience of working with student-athletes on a daily basis. That has been as big of a thrill as anything.'
Quick guided his first Cardinal team to a national championship in 1989 before winning five in a row from 1992-96 and one more in 1998. He also led Stanford to 14 Pacific-10 Conference crowns, including back-to-back league titles in each of his last two seasons in 2004 and `05. He started his Stanford career by winning his first 57 dual meets, while his teams on The Farm sported an all-time dual meet record of 123-10 (.925). He coached 41 NCAA champions who captured a combined 63 national individual titles and 29 NCAA relay crowns during his 17 seasons at Stanford.
Quick was named the NCAA Coach of the Year five times (1984, '85, '86, '89, '92) and the Pacific-10 Coach of the Year on four occasions (1989, '92, '95, 2001).
'Richard Quick has undeniably been one of the top coaches in the history of swimming,' said Stanford Athletic Director Dr. Ted Leland. 'He has developed our women's swimming and diving program into one of the most respected and successful programs in the history of collegiate swimming. We wish him success in all of his future endeavors and thank him for his service to Stanford University.'
Quick's success as a collegiate head coach was not just limited to the Stanford campus as he compiled an overall dual meet record of 212-39 (.845), including a 180-30 (.857) mark as a women's head coach. Quick led his teams to 20 conference crowns, all on the women's side.
Before coming to The Farm, he led Texas to a then unprecedented five straight NCAA titles (1984-88), a string he extended to six in a row in his first season at Stanford in 1989. He was inducted into the Texas Women's Athletics Hall of Fame in November of 2004 for his coaching accomplishments with the Longhorns.
Prior to his stints with Stanford and Texas, Quick also served as both the men's and women's coach at Auburn for four seasons (1978-82). While there, he was the guiding force behind a successful men's team, as well as the building block for a women's program that improved from an NCAA also-ran to win three consecutive NCAA titles from 2002-04. Quick also served as the men's head coach at Iowa State during the 1977-78 season.
The three U.S. Olympic women's teams that Quick served as head coach for had great success as well. In his first Olympic head coaching assignment at the 1988 Games in Seoul, the American women brought home 17 medals. At the 1996 Games in Atlanta, the women garnered seven gold, five silver and two bronze medals, while the men's and women's swimming squads combined for a total of 26 medals, the most by any team at the 1996 Olympic Games. His 2000 squad brought home 16 medals (seven gold, two silver, seven bronze).
The Americans also did well when he served as an assistant coach, most recently at the 2004 Athens Olympics when Team USA won the swimming medal count as the men's and women's teams combined for 28 medals (18 men, 10 women) to easily outdistance second-place Australia (15 total). At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the United States (which featured five Stanford student-athletes) captured 27 medals, 17 of which hung from the necks of Cardinal swimmers. As an assistant men's coach at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Quick helped one of his pupils, Rowdy Gaines, to three gold medals.
A list of other international coaching assignments included four consecutive World Championships as the head coach in 1986, `90 and `94, and an assistant in 1982. He also coached at the 1990 Goodwill Games, three Pan Pacific Games (1983, `85, `87), the 1985 World University Games and the 1979 Pan American Games.
In addition, Quick was also the post-collegiate coach for some of the top women's swimmers in American history.
Jenny Thompson, Dara Torres and Misty Hyman trained with Quick in preparation for the 2000 Olympics, and are just three of a slew of post-collegiate athletes he trained.
Thompson, a 1995 Stanford graduate, retired following the 2004 Olympics after becoming the most decorated American athlete in the history of the Games, bringing home eight gold medals and 12 overall as a member of a record-tying four Olympic teams (1992, `96, 2000, `04). She also broke several world and American records while swimming under Quick.
Torres launched her comeback for the 2000 Olympics under Quick's watch to become the first woman to ever swim in four Olympic Games. In Sydney, she was the top medal winner of any athlete with five (two gold, three bronze).
Hyman, who finished her collegiate career with 12 NCAA titles and the maximum 28 All-American honors, was a surprise gold medal winner in the 200 meter fly at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney while the 2001 Stanford graduate was still a student-athlete on The Farm.
He also continued to coach 2004 Olympian and 11-time NCAA champion Tara Kirk following her Stanford career. Kirk became the first Stanford student-athlete to earn Collegiate Woman of the Year honors for her efforts as a senior in 2003-04, while also adding the NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of Year awards. She won the 100 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships in each of her four collegiate seasons, while sweeping the 100 and 200 breast in each of her final three campaigns.
'I do have some other opportunities that I hope to pursue, but they will be secondary to spending time with my family,' summarized Quick about his retirement. 'I've heard coaches say that when they get close to a point where they're ready to retire, and when I was younger I didn't really understand that. But as you get a little order, you do begin to understand it, and that's where I am.'