Stanford Affiliates Bring Richard Quick Win In His Final Event As A Coach
Aug. 7, 2005
Irvine, Calif. - Three Stanford affiliates brought retiring Stanford head coach Richard Quick a victory in his final event as a swimming coach by winning the 400 medley relay to wrap up action Sunday on the final day of the 2005 ConocoPhillips Summer Senior National Championship. Brooke Bishop (2005-06 sophomore) led off Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics' winning squad in a backstroke leg time of 1:03.55. Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) followed with a breaststroke leg of 1:08.73, followed by a 59.84 butterfly by Dana Kirk (2005-06 senior) and a 57.88 anchor from Liv Jensen.
'I've lived a dream for 40 years,' said Quick about his retirement. '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.'
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.