Richard Quick Named Assistant Coach For 2004 U.S. Olympic Team
July 14, 2004
Long Beach, Calif. - Current Stanford women's swimming head coach Richard Quick was named an assistant coach for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team on Wednesday. Quick will be coaching for the United States at the Olympics for the sixth consecutive time, serving on three occasions as the head coach of the women's team (1988, '96, 2000), as well as once as an assistant coach for the women (1992) and once as a men's assistant coach (1984).
Four current or former Stanford women's swimmers - Kristen Caverly (junior in 2004-05), Dana Kirk (junior in 2004-05), Tara Kirk (2000-04) and Jenny Thompson (1991-95) - have qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games.
In addition to his work with swimmers during their collegiate careers at Stanford, Quick has been the post-collegiate coach for some of the top women's swimmers in American history. Quick coached Thompson and Dara Torres in preparation for the 2000 Olympics, while he also continued coaching Tara Kirk after she finished her collegiate career as an 11-time NCAA champion by winning both the 100 and 200 breast at the 2004 NCAA Championships. Quick also coached 2001 Stanford graduate Misty Hyman to the gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly at the 2000 Olympic Games while she was still a student-athlete at Stanford.
Quick has been the head coach at Stanford for the past 16 seasons and has captured seven NCAA championships (1989, 1992-96, '98). He also won five national crowns while at Texas (1984-88).Current USC head coach Mark Schubert will be the head coach of the U.S. Women's Swimming Team at the 2004 Olympics, while current California coach Teri McKeever and current Arizona coach Frank Busch will join Quick as assistants.
McKeever becomes the first woman to be named to a U.S. Olympic swimming coaching staff.