AUSTIN, Texas, June 30. COACH Richard Quick heads a class of six former University of Texas greats who will be inducted as members of the fifth class of the University of Texas Women's Athletics Hall of Honor when the University holds its 2004 Hall of Honor luncheon and ceremony on Friday, November 5 at the Frank Erwin Center on the UT campus.
Quick, the 2000 US Olympic women's coach and currently the head women's coach at Stanford University, is the only coach and the only man to be inducted this year.
The six 2004 inductees were nominated this spring, and selection was conducted by the 21-member UT Women's Athletics Hall of Honor Selection Committee, chaired by Myra McDaniel. The Women's Hall of Honor began four years ago as part of a celebration of 25 years of women's athletics at The University of Texas.
Both the UT Women's Hall of Honor and UT Men's Longhorn Hall of Honor will hold their induction ceremonies the weekend of Friday-Sunday, November 5-7. Ceremonies will be held in conjunction with the November 6th Texas-Oklahoma State football game. Ticket availability for the general public for the Women's Hall of Honor enshrinement ceremony and luncheon will be announced at a later date. The six newest inductees into the Women's Hall of Honor are:
"Five of the six honorees represent the early era of Texas women's athletics, including Richard Quick, who won an unprecedented five consecutive women's swimming championships here at UT," noted Chris Plonsky, Texas Women's Director of Athletics and Director of Men's and Women's External Services. "It's fitting these individuals comprise our Hall of Honor class."
One of the most respected and successful names in the swimming world, Richard Quick has coached at the collegiate level for 28 years, with seven of them (from 1982-88) at The University of Texas and the last 16 at Stanford … Quick was named the UT women's head swim coach on October 4, 1982, and that marked a home-coming of sorts for him, as he grew up in Austin and learned to swim at the Austin Aquatics Club (forerunner of the Longhorn Aquatics team) … Quick, 61, built the Longhorns program into a national power, as he led Texas to a then-unprecedented five straight NCAA Championship titles (1984-88); he then extended that NCAA Championship string to six in a row in his first season with the Stanford women's swim program in 1989 … Counting his five NCAA titles at Texas, Quick has won a total of 12 NCAA titles during his collegiate coaching career, the most in the history of Division I swimming history. At Texas, Quick helped develop 17 Olympic swimmers and 25 NCAA individual champions, while 11 Longhorn relay quartets won NCAA titles and more than 250 All-America honors were earned by UT swimmers and divers … Two UT swimmers (Betsy Mitchell, Tiffany Cohen) won National Swimmer of the Year honors a total of five times, and he also coached former Olympian, NCAA champion and National Swimmer of the Year Jill Sterkel, the Longhorns' current co-head coach … To date, Quick has earned five NCAA Coach of the Year honors – three as Texas head coach (1984, 1985, 1986) and two at Stanford (1989, 1992) … He also was the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year (1985) … Quick led UT to the first six Southwest Conference swimming crowns (1983-88). Since 1986, when Quick was named the national coach for USA Swimming while at Texas, he has been involved in nearly every international meet in which the United States has participated … Included on this list are coaching assignments in the past five Olympiads, four consecutive World Championships, the 1990 Goodwill Games, three Pan Pacific Games (1983, '85, '87), the 1985 World University Games and the 1979 Pan American Games … Quick also has three stints as the USA Olympic women's head coach (1988 Seoul Olympics, when the USA brought home 17 medals; at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, where the USA won 14 medals; and at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where the USA club won 16 medals.)