WSU Hires Erica Quam As Women's Swimming Coach

June 11, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Erica Quam has been named the Washington State University Head Swimming Coach, WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced, Tuesday.

Quam, a 1997 graduate of Indiana University, comes to WSU from Southern Methodist University where she has been an assistant coach for the past five seasons. During her tenure at SMU, the Mustangs won five Western Athletic Conference titles and finished in the top 10 at the NCAA meet four times.

'I am ecstatic to be the new Head Swimming Coach at Washington State University,' Quam said. 'I am really excited about the future of Cougar swimming and I look forward to coaching in the Pac-10, a conference with an incredible tradition for excellence.'

In addition to her duties at SMU, Quam served as the Egyptian National coach in 1999. She coached Rania Elwani who won 10 gold medals in the 1999 Pan Arab Games. In 2001, Quam was the primary coach of Georgina Lee who won two gold medals at the British Nationals. Quam also assisted with five Olympic and World Championship medalists.

'Erica brings a wealth of success with her from SMU,' Sterk said. 'Her experience at both the national and international levels will be invaluable to WSU and the success of the Cougar swimming program.'

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