|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
A key contributor to the Golden Bears’ success for a decade, Kristen Cunnane is in her 10th year with the California women’s swimming program and her fourth season as associate head coach.
Cunnane initially joined the Cal staff as a graduate assistant coach and administrative assistant in 2005 and became the full-time assistant coach two years later. She was promoted to associate head coach in December 2011. Cunnane has also served as Cal's camp director since 2007.
During her tenure, the Bears have captured three NCAA Championships (2009, ’11 and ’12) and three Pac-12 titles (2009, ’12 and ’14) and produced 30 individual or relay NCAA champions. Cunnane, who serves as the recruiting coordinator for head coach Teri McKeever’s program, has helped sign some of the most sought-after swimmers in the nation, including Olympic or World Championship team members Missy Franklin, Rachel Bootsma, Elizabeth Pelton, Cierra Runge and Caitlin Leverenz, among others.
Cunnane (nee Lewis), who graduated from Campolindo High School in nearby Moraga, Calif., was a UCLA letterwinner from 2000-04, an All-American from 2002-04 and an Academic All-American. Team captain as a senior, Cunnane posted two of the top butterfly times in school history with a mark of 53.41 in the 100 fly and 1:56.77 in the 200 fly. During her collegiate career, she served on the team mentor council and was named Most Improved Bruin for twice, as well as recipient of the Bruin Pride Award as a senior. Cunnane was an undergraduate assistant coach for her alma mater in the 2004-05 season.
Cunnane ended her swimming career at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif., in which she was a semifinalist in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly.
An NCAA Postgraduate Scholar, Cunnane received her bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA in 2005 and a master’s from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education in 2006.
In the summer of 2007, Cunnane married her high school sweetheart, Scott Cunnane. The couple resides in Walnut Creek.