Greg Meehan has been appointed Olympic head coach for the USA women’s swim team
Stanford’s GREG MEEHAN has been named head coach of the 2020 U.S. Olympic women’s swimming team. Cal’s Dave Durden will serve as the men’s head coach.
Meehan, a three-time NCAA Swimming Coach of the Year who led Stanford to national championships in 2017 and 2018, served as an assistant at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, where he coached three Cardinal – LIA NEAL, SIMONE MANUEL and MAYA DIRADO. They combined to win nine medals (four gold) and future Stanford star KATIE LEDECKY won four gold medals and one silver – and set two world records.
“We’re joining a list of coaching legends and it’s not lost on either one us,” said Meehan, Stanford’s Paul A. Violich Director of Women’s Swimming. “This is the greatest honor of my professional career. I’m looking forward to working with Dave and Team USA and all the coaches and athletes around the country as we prepare for Omaha and the first step toward success in 2020.”
In his six seasons on the Farm, Meehan has mentored four Pac-12 Swimmers of the Year and four Pac-12 Newcomers of the Year and has won four Pac-12 Coach of the Year awards. He has coached 29 Cardinal swimmers to a combined 232 All-America honors, which includes 16 national championship relays and 23 individual national championships.
At the international level, Meehan served as the head coach for Team USA at the 2017 World Championships, was an assistant at the 2015 World Championships and 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, and was a manager for the United States at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Olympic pool competition will be held July 25-Aug. 2, 2020. Swimmers will compete for spots on the Team USA roster at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, set for June 21-28, 2019, in Omaha, Nebraska.
The coaching nominations are pending the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Read the full article on the Stanford Athletics website.