Former Stanford women's swim coach Richard Quick, a prominent figure in the sport, dies at 66

Richard Quick

Richard Quick

Former Stanford head women's swimming coach Richard Quick, one of the most prominent figures in the sport of swimming and diving, passed away Wednesday, June 10, at the age of 66. Quick was diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor in December.

At the time of his death, quick was men's and women's head swimming and diving coach at Auburn University in Alabama.

The most decorated swimming coach in American history, Quick was a six-time United States Olympic coach who directed his collegiate teams to 13 NCAA titles - the most in the history of the sport.

Current Stanford head women's swimming coach Lea Maurer was coached by Quick both collegiately on The Farm and on the United States team at the 1992 Olympic Games. "All associated with Stanford Swimming are deeply saddened by Richard's passing," said Maurer. "He leaves an indelible legacy on the sport of swimming, one that will live on through the many people whose lives he enriched. Beyond the tremendous swimming accolades, I will always celebrate the stories, the life victories, the laughter and the friendships he helped to create. Our sincerest condolences and prayers go out to the Quick family."

Quick won seven of his NCAA titles at Stanford, guiding his first Cardinal team to a national championship in 1989 before winning five in a row from 1992-96 and one more in 1998. He also led Stanford to 14 Pacific-10 Conference crowns, including back-to-back league titles in his final two campaigns before retiring following the 2004-05 season. He started his Stanford career by winning his first 57 dual meets, while his teams on The Farm sported an all-time record of 123-10 (.925). He coached 41 NCAA champions who captured a combined 63 national individual titles and 29 NCAA relay crowns during his 17 seasons at Stanford.

"The swimming world has suffered a great loss," said Stanford senior associate athletic director Earl Koberlein, the longtime sport administrator for Stanford swimming. "Richard's successes on the collegiate and international levels speak for themselves, and he helped to create a tradition of world-class swimming at Stanford that continues to this day."

A four-time Pacific-10 Coach of the Year (1989, '92, '95 and 2001), Quick earned two of his five NCAA Coach of the Year awards while at Stanford (1989 and '92).

Renowned throughout the sport, Quick was the head coach of the United States team at the 1988, `96 and 2000 Olympic Games, and served as an assistant at the 1984, '92 and 2004 Olympics. His men's and women's swimmers combined for 26 medals in Atlantaóthe most by any team at the 1996 Olympics.

Among Quick's other international coaching assignments were four consecutive World Championships as both an assistant coach (1982) and a head coach (1986, '90 and '94). He also coached at the 1990 Goodwill Games, three Pan Pacific Games (1983, '85 and '87), the 1985 World University Games and the 1979 Pan American Games.

According to a story on Auburn Universityís website, Quick is survived by his wife, June; children Michael, Kathy, Tiffany and Benjamin; and grandchildren Blake and Emily.

Memorial plans have not been announced.