FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, September 20. THERE are four new members of the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Comprising the quartet named to the Class of 2005 were Frank Keefe, Skip Kenney, George McMillion and Jim Montrella. Enshrinement has been presented to 50 coaches over the years.
The head coach at Yale University since 1978, Keefe formerly guided Suburban Swim Club and Foxcatcher Swim Club and has accumulated more than 400 victories at the helm of the men’s and women’s programs at Yale. Keefe has influenced the careers of Olympians Carl Robie, Tim McKee and Brenda Borgh.
The mastermind of the men’s program at Stanford University, Kenney has led the Cardinal to seven NCAA titles and has been named NCAA Coach of the Year on six occasions. Kenney served as the U.S. men’s head coach at the 1996 Olympics and has served as an assistant in two Olympiads. Kenney has also been a member of numerous international-team staffs for the Stars and Stripes.
McMillion made his mark on the swimming world as the coach at Southern Methodist University, where he molded the career of athletes such as Steve Lundquist and Jerry Heidenreich. McMillion led the Mustangs to an undefeated season in 1979 and helped SMU win eight Southwest Conference championships. As an SMU athlete, McMillion won seven Southwest Conference individual crowns.
After making his early mark with the Lakewood Aquatic Club, where he placed eight swimmers on Olympic squads, Montrella took control of the programs at Indian River Community College from 1978-79 and led the teams to NJCAA crowns. From there, he moved to Ohio State University and led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Conference championship from 1982-86. Montrella has also assisted at the University of Southern California and has worked with age group swimmers with the Mission Viejo Nadadores.