Former Stanford Women's Swimming Coach Richard Quick Has Inoperable Cancerous Brain Tumor
Jan. 6, 2009
AUBURN, ALA. - Stanford coaching legend and current Auburn men's and women's head swimming and diving coach Richard Quick has been diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor. One of the most recognizable names in the swimming and diving community, Quick is a six-time United States Olympic coach who has directed teams to 12 NCAA titles - tied for the most in the history of Division I coaching.
Quoted in an Auburn release, Quick commented: 'We're currently in the process of looking for the best care possible to fight this. I want to thank the countless individuals that have passed along their well wishes, thoughts and prayers.'
Current Stanford head women's swimming coach Lea Maurer was coached by Quick both collegiately on The Farm and on the United States team at the 1992 Olympic Games. 'The Stanford swimming family is keeping Richard and his family in our thoughts and prayers,' Maurer said.
Quick won seven of his NCAA titles at Stanford, guiding his first Cardinal team to a national championship in 1989 before winning five in a row from 1992-96 and one more in 1998. He also led Stanford to 14 Pacific-10 Conference crowns, including back-to-back league titles in his final two campaigns before retiring following the 2004-05 season. He started his Stanford career by winning his first 57 dual meets, while his teams on The Farm sported an all-time record of 123-10 (.925). He coached 41 NCAA champions who captured a combined 63 national individual titles and 29 NCAA relay crowns during his 17 seasons at Stanford.
A four-time Pacific-10 Coach of the Year (1989, '92, '95 and 2001), Quick earned two of his five NCAA Coach of the Year awards while at Stanford (1989 and '92).
Upon his 2005 retirement as Stanford's coach, Quick said that: 'Coaching at Stanford was a dream come true for me. It was everything that I could have dreamed possible. There were so many thrills and wonderful experiences, and so few disappointments.'
Renowned throughout the sport, Quick was the head coach of the United States team at the 1988, `96 and 2000 Olympic Games while serving as an assistant at the 1984, '92 and 2004 Olympics. His men's and women's swimmers combined for 26 medals in Atlanta - the most by any team at the 1996 Olympics.
Among Quick's other international coaching assignments are four consecutive World Championships as both an assistant coach (1982) and a head coach (1986, '90 and '94). He has also coached at the 1990 Goodwill Games, three Pan Pacific Games (1983, '85 and '87), the 1985 World University Games and the 1979 Pan American Games.