Teri McKeever’s 19th year as head coach of the University of California-Berkeley women’s swimming and diving team included winning her second NCAA championship in three years, being named the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s swimming team and now earning the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award.
McKeever has a long record of coaching success and is widely regarded as one of the best swimming mentors today in the United States. She has earned recognition as an influential innovator in the sport because of her unique training methods and for turning unnoticed or burned-out swimmers into Olympians and world champions.
The Academy’s C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is annually presented to someone like McKeever who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach for female teams. In addition, the coaching award honors women who exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.
During her long tenure at Cal, McKeever is a four-time Pacific 10 Conference Coach of the Year, including the most recent award, and she earned 2009 and 2011 National Coach of the Year honors after leading the Golden Bears to their first two NCAA titles. She became the first woman head coach to lead her swimming and diving team to a national championship. Under her leadership, Cal has produced two NCAA Swimmers of the Year and four Pac-10 Swimmers of the Year, 15 consecutive top 10 NCAA finishes and a 153-52 dual meet record.
Also, she has experienced international success as a U.S. Olympic women’s swimming team coach. McKeever will lead the 2012 team in London, after serving as an assistant coach in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. McKeever was the first woman coach on the U.S. Olympic swimming team, after she also served as a U.S. assistant at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and the first woman to be named head coach of the U.S. national team at a major international meet in 2006 at the Pan Pacific Championships in British Columbia.
Her current and former pupils from Cal include Olympians and world champions, such as Dana Vollmer, Haley Cope, Staciana Stitts, Sara Isakovic and Natalie Coughlin, who has earned 11 Olympic medals, including three gold.