Coach Teri McKeever

teri mckeeverteri mckeeverteri mckeeverteri mckeeverteri mckeeverteri mckeever

2014 ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee

Cal Bears Head Coach, University of California’s Women’s Swimming & Diving

  • Completed 22nd year as University of California Women’s Head Coach
  • 2012 USA Head Olympic Coach – Women
  • 3 NCAA Championships: 2009, 2011, 2012
  • 1 NCAA individual championship
  • 2003, 2005 and 2007 World Championship Team Coach
  • Has coached more than 20 Olympians, including Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Caitlin Leverenz and Staciana Stitts.

Regarded as one of the best swimming mentors in the US, Teri McKeever completed her 22nd year as head coach of the University of California’s women’s swimming and diving program in 2013-14. The decorated coach led the talented Golden Bears to a third-place finish in the NCAA Championships as well as to the program’s third Pac-12 title.

Over the course of her career, McKeever has guided Cal to three NCAA championships (’09, ’11, ’12) and three Pac-12 crowns (’09, ’12, 2014). Her charges have captured 31 NCAA individual titles and won 13 NCAA relay events. The five-time conference Coach of the Year has also tutored the NCAA Swimmer of the Year eight times and the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year on six occasions.
McKeever, the 2009 NCAA Coach of the Year, is regarded in the coaching circle as an influential innovator due to her unique training methods. She served as head coach of the US women’s team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London – the first woman to earn the honor – and will lead the USA Pan Pacific Championships team in August 2014. She was also an assistant coach at the Olympic Games in both 2004 and 2008.

She was the first woman named to a US Olympic swimming coaching staff and to be named head coach of the national team at a major international meet (the 2006 Pan Pacific meet in British Columbia). She also served as an assistant coach for the US team during the World Championship competitions in ’03, ’05 and ’07. Other international coaching duties included assistant roles with the 2001 Goodwill Games and the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships.

McKeever is proud to have trained the most accomplished swimmers in US history. Among the more than 20 Olympians she has coached are Natalie Coughlin, who collected a total of 12 medals, Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Caitlin Leverenz and Staciana Stitts.
Prior to her Cal, Coach McKeever had strong ties to the Pac-10 Conference, both as an athlete and as a coach. A former USC All-American herself, she competed in the NCAA Championships meet all four years while at USC and helped the Trojans to four consecutive NCAA top-10 finishes. She earned All-America honors in both 1980 and 1981. As a senior in 1983, McKeever was named USC’s Outstanding Student-Athlete. She worked as an assistant coach at USC from 1984-87, helping develop several All-Americans.