Greg Meehan Named 2017 CSCAA Division I Women’s Coach of the Year


When Greg Meehan took over the Stanford women’s swim program in the 2012-2013 NCAA season, he took over one of the most successful program in NCAA history. It was a program, however, that hadn’t won a title since 1998 (though, in 2010 they came up just 2.5 points short).

5 years later, maybe a year later than expected after an early relay DQ upended the Cardinal’s 2016 title hopes, Meehan brought home his first NCAA women’s team title to the farm as Stanford rolled through the competition in Indy, and for that he was recognized as the Collegiate Swim Coaches’ Association of America (CSCAA) Division I Women’s Coach of the Year.

The Stanford women scored 526.5 points, which is the most since Georgia’s 528 in 2014. Still, their 499.5 swimming points undershot their psych sheet scoring by about 50 points, showing that not everything went Stanford’s way.

Their margin of victory, though, was even bigger than expected at 160.5 points ahead of Cal (who themselves were hurt by a DQ’ed relay that would’ve mattered only in terms of magnitude of the final outcome).

In an era of increasing parity (the 3rd-place Texas A&M total of 292.5 was the 3rd-lowest in NCAA history), the Stanford women were dominant, and are lined up to continue to be so for years into the future.

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Kathy Walker

Congratulations to Greg and Tracy and the Stanford team. So well done!


Crazy how wherever Ledecky goes, coach of the year honors seem to follow. Kingmaker or piedpiper I guess. Wasn’t Gemmell ASCA coach of year three years in a row or something like that?


Ledecky has made three sets of coaches look amazing – Suguiyama, Gemmel, and now Meehan. All great coaches but Ledecky is just the best on earth.


It was Meehan that convinced her to go there, so technically he deserves Coach of the Year.


Congrats. It’s amazing that FL women is who won in 2010 by such a narrow margin over Stanford and now compare the two schools results this year. Polar opposite.


You would think some of the Florida men’s coaching tips, techniques and success would spill over to the women’s team. Florida women scored zero points. One swimmer with one swim cracked the top 20 and they only had one relay entered- 800 free- finishing 21st.


That’s crazy I wonder what’s up over there?


There are close to 1,500 points scored by schools who have separate women’s and men’s coaches, including 4 of the top 5.
You’d have to add up quite a few other institutions to get close that total number of points.

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