COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo, September 24. ONE of the greatest coaches in the history of collegiate swimming and one of the top club coaches in the United States have been named to lead the United States National Teams for the 2004 World Swimming Championships in Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse Oct. 7-11, 2004.
USA Swimming announced today that Stanford University's Skip Kenney and Pete Malone of the Kansas City Blazers Swim Club will coach the Americans' men's and women's teams, respectively, against an international field expected to include more than 600 swimmers from more than 100 countries.
The 7th FINA World Swimming Championships (25 meters) will take place in temporary pools constructed on the floor of Conseco Fieldhouse. It will be the first time the World Championships have taken place in the United States. Coming six weeks after the conclusion of the Athens Olympic Games, the meet is expected to attract many of the sport's brightest stars.
Kenney served as head coach of the U.S. Men's Swimming Team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and was an assistant coach at both the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympiads. He has also served as U.S. National Team coach at numerous World Championships, Pan American Games and Pan Pacific Championships. Among those were the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis.
In 24 seasons at Stanford, Kenney has led the Cardinal to seven NCAA titles and has been NCAA Coach of the Year six times, most recently in 1998. In addition, Kenney has led the Cardinal to some of the finest team performances in the history of the NCAA Championship meet.
The 1992 squad set meet records for both points scored (632) and victory margin (276 points over Texas), and the 1998 team became the first to have a championship final representative in every individual and relay swimming event. He has also coached a total of 86 All-Americans to 731 All-American honors, and has developed 37 NCAA Champions.
During his tenure at Stanford, Kenney has coached several individuals who have gone on to shine at the international level. Included on this list are Tom Wilkens (2000 U.S. Olympian), Ray Carey (1996 U.S. Olympian), Kurt Grote (1996 Olympic gold medalist), Jeff Kostoff (1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympian, and former American record holder), John Moffet (1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympian, former world record holder), Pablo Morales (three-time Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder), Dave Bottom (former American record holder), Derek Weatherford (former American record holder), Jay Mortensen (1988 U.S. Olympian), Anthony Mosse (1988 New Zealand Olympic bronze medalist), Sean Murphy (1988 Canadian Olympian), Eddie Parenti (1992 and 1996 Canadian Olympian), Brian Retterer (former American record holder), Jeff Rouse (1992 and 1996 Olympic gold medalist, former world record holder), John Simons (1980 U.S. Olympian) and Dave Sims (1980 U.S. Olympian).
Like Kenney, Malone has excellent international coaching experience, having served as head coach of the U.S. 1999 Pan American Games Women's Team and as head coach for the U.S. National Team at the 1994 World Championships. He also has been assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in 1981, 1985, 1988, 1991, and 1993.
"It's great to be a part of the first World Championships to be held in the United States," said Malone. "And it's appropriate that it will be in Indianapolis, which has always played such an important role not just in swimming, but in other Olympic sports."
Malone is a native of Ohio and a graduate of the University of Toledo. Before coming to the KC Blazers, he coached the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club from 1968 to 1975.
He is currently vice president of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA).
"I think we'll be able to assemble dynamic teams with depth," Malone said. "Our sport only gets into the sunshine occasionally, but with the Olympic Trials, the Olympic Games and the World Championships, I think our coaches and athletes will see that as an opportunity and seize it."
At Kansas City, he helped develop Olympic gold medalists Catherine Fox (1996) and Janie Wagstaff (1992).