Steiner Joins Cal as Assistant Coach

Sept. 22, 2006

BERKELEY - Johan Steiner has been hired as an assistant coach for the Golden Bears women's swimming team, Cal head coach Teri McKeever announced today. A California alumnus who has been indirectly involved with McKeever's program, Steiner has coached at the club level and still competes in masters swimming meets and in triathlons.

Steiner, who served as the 2003 Pac-10 Championships Meet Director in Federal Way, Wash., replaces former assistant coach Whitney Hite, who left Berkeley to become the head coach of the men's and women's swimming programs at the University of Washington.

Most recently a computer resource specialist at Cal, Steiner graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology in 1987. He was a head coach with the Temescal Masters club (late 1980s) and an assistant coach with the Golden Bear Swim Club (1986-89).

'There's an energy about Johan that makes you feel good about who you are,' McKeever said. 'Johan has a passion for Cal and helping young people achieve personal excellence. Someone who has that type of energy, that's the type of person I want to be around.'

The product of San Jose, Calif., is an avid sports fan and competitive athlete. He starred in the 2005 Long Course Masters Nationals, taking second place in the 200 butterfly and second place in the 400 individual medley. Steiner also took first place in the 2.4-mile swim leg of the 2003 Ironman Lake Placid.

Steiner has assisted McKeever's program and the Cal Media Relations department by compiling statistical data of Bears swimmers in recent years.

'This is an incredible opportunity to work with one of the premier coaches in the country and certainly at one of the finest academic institutions in the world,' said Steiner, 41. 'This current group of swimmers and divers is arguably the best in the history of Cal women's swimming and diving, and I eagerly look forward to the challenge of improving upon our fantastic 2005-06 season and amazing 2006 summer campaign.

'Being a Cal grad, I feel this environment offers the greatest opportunities for a student-athlete to achieve her highest potential, personally, academically and athletically.'

Cal opens the 2006-07 season with an Oct. 12 meet at Northwestern.

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