New York, NY, Jan. 13. RICHARD Quick, the U.S. Olympic Women's Swim Team coach, who led the American swimmers to a record medal haul in Sydney, has been named National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The awards were presented in New York City, this evening, during a gala awards banquet at Chelsea Piers Events Center, Pier 60.
Quick, a member of the U.S. Olympic coaching staff four times and head coach twice, led the U.S.women's team to 17 medals in Sydney,including seven golds. Quick put together the three women's relay teams for the 2000 Games and his teams won all three Olympic relay titles and broke the world record twice.
Quick, who has coached Stanford University to seven women's national titles in 12 years, has been NCAA Coach of the Year five times. He placed four Stanford swimmers on the 2000 U.S. women's team, who combined to bring home 10 medals, six of them gold. Two Stanford swimmers, Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson were members of two world record-breaking relay teams and Thompson was a member of all three gold medal-winning relay teams.
Quick also coached Stanford's Misty Hyman, who won an Olympic gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly, a
swim that was named USA Swimming's Performance of the Year.
Quick graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1965 and earned a masters at SMU in 1977. He was one of the nation's most successful high school coaches in Houston in the 1960's before coaching stints at SMU, Iowa State, Auburn and the University of Texas.