April 7, 2011
BERKELEY - Teri McKeever's award-winning season continued Thursday when Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott named California's head coach the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the fourth time. McKeever led the Golden Bears to their second NCAA team championship in three years and to a second-place finish at the conference meet this spring.
In her 19th season in charge of the Bears, McKeever coached Cal to seven conference titles in February - the 50-yard freestyle (junior Liv Jensen), 200-yard breaststroke (sophomore Caitlin Leverenz), 100-yard backstroke (freshman Cindy Tran), 200-yard medley relay (Tran, Leverenz, junior Colleen Fotsch and Jensen), 400-yard medley relay (Tran, Leverenz, senior Amanda Sims and Jensen), 400-yard freestyle relay (senior Hannah Wilson, Fotsch, senior Erica Dagg and Jensen) and 800-yard freestyle relay (Wilson, Dagg, junior Sara Isakovic and senior Katie Kastes).
At the NCAA Championships, McKeever's team claimed five titles - the 100-yard butterfly (Sims), 100 back (Tran), 200-free relay (Wilson, Fotsch, Dagg and Jensen), 200-medley relay (Tran, Leverenz, Fotsch and Jensen) and 400-medley relay (Tran, Leverenz, Sims and Jensen) - en route to winning their team crown. McKeever also garnered the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Coach of the Championships award at the national meet.
McKeever earned her third Pac-10 Coach of the Year award in 2009, when she led the Bears to their first conference team title. She took the Cal program to new heights one month later when it captured its first NCAA team title, while McKeever earned the NCAA Coach of the Year accolade. She also earned Pac-10 coaching honors in 1999 and 2002.
It has been a busy 2010-11 season for McKeever, who in December was named the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic women's swimming team. Also in December, she coached the U.S. national team to seven medals at the World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Cal legend Natalie Coughlin collected four medals at Worlds, sharing silver with former Cal star Dana Vollmer in the 400-meter free relay and 400-meter medley relay, grabbing gold in the 100-meter backstroke and winning bronze in the 100-meter free. Vollmer also took home bronze in the 100 fly,
Last summer, the McKeever-coached U.S. squad - including Leverenz, Coughlin, Vollmer and former Cal All-American Madison Kennedy - won the eight-team Pan Pacific Championships held in Irvine, Calif.