Men’s Swimming Head Coach, Stanford University
One of the greatest coaches in the history of collegiate swimming and one of the most respected leaders in United States swimming today is Skip Kenney. After 26 seasons as head coach of Stanford University, Kenney stands alone among his peers for his accomplishments in the pool and his character away from the pool.
Kenney has led the Cardinal to seven NCAA titles, including a runaway win in 1998. He has also been named NCAA Coach of the Year six times, most recently in 1998. In addition, Kenney has led the Cardinal to some of the finest team performances in the history of the NCAA Championship meet. The 1992 squad set meet records for both points scored (632) and victory margin (276 points over Texas), and the 1998 team became the first to have a championship final representative in every individual and relay swimming event.
His achievements as head coach of Stanford are unparalleled in Pac-10 history. He has guided the Cardinal to 23 straight conference titles, which is far and away the record for consecutive Pac-10 championships in any sport. The Cardinal broke the conference record for consecutive titles, established by UCLA men’s basketball under John Wooden in 1995 when they captured their 14th consecutive title. Kenney has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year 17 times in the last 23 years. In 26 years as the head coach at Stanford, Kenney has recorded a 198-36 overall record, including an 101-6 record (.944) over the past 13 years.
Kenney is also one of the top coaches on the international circuit. Most recently, he was named the men’s coach for the U.S. team at the 2004 Short Course World Championships to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as head coach of the United States Men’s Swimming Team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and was an assistant coach at both the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympiads. He has also served as U.S. National Team coach at countless other World Championships, Pan-American Games and Pan-Pacific Championships. For his tireless contributions on the international level, he was into the International Swimming Hall of Fame this past season.
During his tenure at Stanford, Kenney has tutored several individuals who have gone on to shine at the international level. Included on this list are Dave Bottom (former American record holder), Ray Carey (1996 U.S. Olympian), Kurt Grote (1996 Olympic Gold Medalist), Jeff Kostoff (1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympian, former American record holder), John Moffet (1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympian, former world record holder), Pablo Morales (three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and former world record holder), Jay Mortensen (1988 U.S. Olympian), Anthony Mosse (1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist), Sean Murphy (1988 Canadian Olympian), Eddie Parenti (1992 and 1996 Canadian Olympian), Brian Retterer (former American record holder), Jeff Rouse (1992 and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, world record holder), John Simons (1980 U.S. Olympian), Dave Sims (1980 U.S. Olympian), Derek Weatherford (American record holder), and Tom Wilkens (2000 U.S. Olympian).