Sept. 9, 2002
BERKELEY-Teri McKeever, California's women's swimming head coach, was named Coach of the Year by the American Swimming Coaches Association Friday in Las Vegas. The honor was announced at the annual awards presentation at the ASCA World Clinic 2002.
The award is given annually to the individual whose coaching effectiveness has contributed the most toward American swimming excellence at the world level. The award recipient, one of six finalists, is elected by the ASCA Board of Directors.
McKeever recently served as assistant coach for the U.S. women's team at the Pan Pacific Games in Yokohama, Japan where she coached current and former Golden Bear swimmers to several medals. Former Cal star Haley Cope earned a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke, while junior Natalie Coughlin, won four individual medals and six overall.
McKeever is racking up the honors as she recently earned the George Haines Coach of the Meet award at the U.S. National Championships. At the championships, which took place in early August, Coughlin broke her third world record, posting a 59.58 time in the 100 back. McKeever was also honored this spring with her second Pacific-10 Coach of the Year award, after leading the Bears to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. At the Pac-10 Championships, McKeever's Bears finished fourth and won three individual titles and two relay titles.
The ASCA Coach of the Year honor is the first for McKeever in her career. Cal's men's swimming coach, Nort Thornton, won the award in 1985.