McKeever named head coach for 2006 Pan Pacific Championships

Dec. 22, 2005

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Cal women's swimming coach Teri McKeever has been named head coach for the USA women's team at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships to be held Aug. 17-20 in Vancouver.

McKeever's is the first female appointed as head coach of a major international squad. No woman has ever filled a head coaching position at the Olympics, World Championships or Pan Pacific Championships. In 2004, McKeever was the first woman to serve on a U.S. Olympic coaching staff in the capacity of women's assistant coach.

Frank Busch, head men's swimming coach at Arizona, will head the men's team for the second time. He was the Pan Pacific men's head coach in 1997.

The team that will compete at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships will be selected at the 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, Aug. 1-5 in Irvine, Calif.

McKeever, who has been the head coach of the Cal women's team since 1993, previously served on the 2002 Pan Pacific coaching staff as a women's assistant coach. She is also the personal coach of 2004 Olympic gold medalist and former Cal swimmer Natalie Coughlin.

'It's a great honor to be the first female in this role, and I feel personally ready to challenge myself in that way,' McKeever said. 'Every staff I've been on, I've really learned something, and I feel like this is the next step for me as a coaching professional. What I love about the sport is that you have to take risks and challenge yourself to get better, and this is the best opportunity for me to do something I've never done before.'

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