PALO ALTO, Calif., May 20. A little more than a decade after enjoying a sterling collegiate career at Stanford University, Lee Loveless Maurer has been named head coach of the Cardinal women’s program, succeeding the legendary Richard Quick. Maurer’s college coach, Quick announced his retirement last month.
During her competitive days at Stanford, Maurer helped the Cardinal to NCAA team titles from 1992-94 and totaled 10 NCAA championships, including a 100 backstroke trifecta from 1992-94 and a 200 backstroke crown in 1993. Maurer was also a 15-time Pac-10 Conference champion, with seven of those titles on an individual basis.
Maurer returns to The Farm after a highly successful stint as the boys’ and girls’ coach at Lake Forest High School in Illinois. Maurer took control of the Lake Forest program in 1996 and quickly turned it into a state and national power. Prior to that coaching experience, Maurer served as a Northwestern University assistant in 1995.
During her run at Lake Forest, Maurer molded the career of Matt Grevers, now at Northwestern and one of the rising talents in the United States. She also helped the school to a pair of state championships on the female side and a state crown on the male side. Her athletes won nine individual and seven relay state championships.
"The Stanford head coaching position is a dream job, and I'm honored to take on the challenge of continuing the tradition that so many people have helped create," Maurer said. "I'm excited to return to my alma mater to apply the lessons I have learned both as a student-athlete at Stanford and in more than 10 years since that time. I want to help the dreams of Stanford student-athletes come to fruition."
The founder of Scout Aquatics, Maurer held the American record in the 100-meter backstroke from 1992-2001 and took home a pair of medals from the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, silver in the 400 medley relay and bronze in the 100 back. Maurer continued to compete until 2000.
"We are excited to hire someone that helped create the excellence of our program, and we embrace her return," said Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland. "In the more than 10 years since she has competed at Stanford, she has added an impressive set of coaching and administrative skills that we think will lead her to great success as our head coach."
Maurer is the sixth head coach in program history and, in following Quick, replaces a man who won seven NCAA titles in 17 years at the school. Maurer is married to Erik Maurer, a former Stanford sprinter who won the NCAA 50 free title in 1992. The couple has two children.
During its selection process, Stanford interviewed a handful of big-time names in the sport. After discussing the position with Auburn coach Dave Marsh, Stanford also interviewed Eric Hansen (Wisconsin) and Dave Salo (Irvine Novaquatics).