University of Texas
Coach Jill Sterkel is another former swimmer turned coach. Coach Sterkel is a three time Olympian, an Olympic champion, and former world record holder.
As a 15 year old, Sterkel put forth a heroic performance on the 1976 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay, beating the East German women. She would go on to win gold again 1984 and bronze in 1988; always an incredibly reliable relay performer.
Coach Sterkel would go on to take the reins as Head Coach of the University of Texas’ women’s swimming and diving team from 1992 to 2007. She helped place two swimmers on Olympic teams: Whitney Hedgepath (1996) and Erin Phenix (2000). She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor and was the 2000 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year.