McKeever Named To Olympic Coaching Staff

July 15, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - University of California head women's swimming coach Teri McKeever has been named an assistant coach for the United States women's Olympic swimming team, making her the first woman ever to be named a coach of a U.S. Olympic swimming team.

In her 12th year at the helm of the Cal women's swimming program, McKeever led the 2003-04 Golden Bears to a sixth-place national finish and a 9-0 dual meet season. Her teams have finished in the Top 10 nationally for the last eight years in a row. McKeever has amassed an impressive 102-40 dual meet record (.718) and 10 out of the 12 years she has coached in Berkeley, the Bears have encompassed winning seasons. She served as an assistant women's coach of the U.S. National Team at the 2003 FINA World Championships in the summer of 2003 and at the 2003 U.S. versus Australia 'Duel in the Pool'.

As an athlete, McKeever was an All-American swimmer for USC. She graduated in 1983 with a B.S. in education with two teaching credentials (multiple subject, secondary life science) and also earned a Masters degree in athletic administration from USC in 1987.

The entire U.S. Olympic women's team coaching staff hails from the Pac-10 Conference, led by USC's Mark Schubert. In addition to McKeever, Arizona's Frank Busch and Stanford's Richard Quick fill out the women's coaching roster. The men's team's staff is comprised of head coach Eddie Reese (Texas) and assistants Bob Bowman (North Baltimore), Dave Salo (Irvine Novaquatics) and Jon Urbanchek (Club Wolverine).

Cal will be represented in the pool at the 2004 Olympic Games by recent graduate Natalie Coughlin, who trains with McKeever, and alum Haley Cope. Coughlin will compete in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke and the 4x100-meter freestyle relay and Cope will swim the 100-meter backstroke in Athens.

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