USA Swimming Features 20 Questions With Women's Swimming Coach Teri McKeever

Feb. 18, 2004

Cal coach Teri McKeever, who coaches Natalie Coughlin among others, has a million things going on, but she took time out at the airport to play '20 Question Tuesday' with special correspondent Bob Schaller on the changing state of swimming, women in swimming and the big changes in coaching college swimming.

1 What is your dream car?
Teri: Well, the politically correct car is the one I have now, right? So we'll go with an Audi A-4, the one I bought recently.

2 Obviously a coach has to do a lot of things well with athletes. But what's one really big trait?
Teri: Effective communication skills.

3 College sports have changed so much. What aspect in your mind has changed the most in the past decade or so?
Teri: I think the biggest change, for me, is probably the recruiting part. It's much more intense, competitive and aggressive (laughs) - those kinds of words!

4 You train Olympians and college swimmers, and every ability in between. How do you work so well with the elite level swimmers and other level swimmers?
Teri: Regardless of how fast they swim, you treat them all as individuals. The way to motivate each one is different. A successful coach figures out what the buttons are, and when to push which ones.

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