BERKELEY – Cal’s Teri McKeever has been named head coach of the U.S. women’s swimming team for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, USA Swimming announced Wednesday.
McKeever will lead Team USA for the third time after previously overseeing the women’s Pan Pac squad in 2006 and 2010. This year’s event will be held Aug. 21-25 in Gold Coast, Australia, and American swimmers will qualify for the U.S. roster at the Phillips 66 National Championships, slated for Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif. The Pan Pacific Championships will feature over 300 of the world’s top swimmers from the United States, Japan, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia.
McKeever made her mark on Olympic history by becoming the first woman to serve as the head coach for a U.S. Olympic swim team in 2012. She was previously the first female assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic teams in 2004 and 2008. McKeever was also an assistant coach for the 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013 FINA World Championships.
Having just completed her 22nd season as Cal’s head coach, McKeever has guided the Golden Bears to three NCAA Championships (2009, 2011, 2012) and three Pac-12 titles (2009, 2012, 2014). She is a three-time NCAA Coach of the Meet and six-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. This past season, Cal captured the Pac-12 crown and placed third at the NCAA Championships – the sixth year in a row the Bears have been among the top three.
Among the many prolific swimmers McKeever has mentored are Olympic medalists Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer and Caitlin Leverenz, who all competed in London in 2012. She also currently coaches Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin, who just wrapped up her freshman season in Berkeley, and sophomore Rachel Bootsma, as well as World Championships gold medalist Elizabeth Pelton.
Bob Bowman, the CEO and head coach of North Baltimore Aquatic Club where he has coached since 2008, will coach the U.S. men’s team at the Pan Pacific meet.
“USA Swimming is thrilled to name Bob Bowman and Teri McKeever as head coaches for this summer’s Pan Pacific Championships,” USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch said. “Bob and Teri are two of the brightest minds in our sport, and our team will be well-positioned for continued international success under their guidance.”