LA Times: Franklin Has No Plans to Visit Stanford

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Missy Franklin has said that three of her college visits are locked in, with trips to USC, Cal, and Georgia scheduled. She could still plan more trips after she gets through the Olympics.

The notable absence from that list is Stanford; Franklin had originally included Stanford in the list when last she spoke on the topic of college swimming, but has changed her mind now that Lea Maurer has resigned as their head coach.

Cal and Georgia have been on Franklin’s list for a while. Cal coach Teri McKeever is also the Olympic Team head coach, so she has had the opportunity to work with McKeever already. Franklin has developed strong bonds to the Georgia swimmers after she traveled to Europe last fall for the FINA World Cup series with several Bulldogs, including NBAC’s Chase Kalisz and Allison Schmitt. While on that trip, Franklin broke her first World Record in the 200 short course meters backstroke.

USC publicly is a bit of a newcomer in the competition, though many insiders have long speculated that Dave Salo’s sprint-based program would be in the hunt. This would be a bit of a change from her training with Todd Schmitz, where Franklin is used to less sprinting-focus in practice.

Though every team in the country is likely to give Franklin as much or as little scholarship money as she wants, USC and Georgia will be in need more of a swimmer of Franklin’s backstroke skills than will the loaded Cal Bears. Of course, Franklin is a good enough freestyler (aka one of the top 5-10 in the world) to fill an important role on any team.

Franklin has already turned down tens-of-thousands of dollars in prize money, and potentially millions more in endorsements, to retain her amateur status and swim in college.

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Anyone know who will be the next Stanford women’s coach?

I bet that if the Stanford Athletic Dept. interviewed Todd Schmitz (Colorado Stars head coach) for the vacant Women’s head coaching position, that would get Missy Franklin’s attention. This would happen after the Olympics (he’s currently preoccupied).


My understanding is Todd Schmitz was already interviewed for the position. However Roger, did you ever consider that maybe Missy is ready to move on…swim with a new coach??
And though Todd has had some interesting results with Missy, he has NO college experience! Coaching in that environment is nothing like the club scene. If Stanford thinks they can just hire a name and swimmers will come, they also have some serious things to consider!

Good points, SwamCoach. Stanford will be looking for a coach who has experience and sensitivity to their rigorous academic standards and difficult admissions process. I don’t know Schmitz’s academic background or collegiate (if any) coaching experience. Lea Maurer had been a successful high school coach, but she also had, of course, the Stanford link to the glory years of the early 1990s. One of the things that helped make possible (new) Stanford Men’s Coach Ted Knapp’s selection of Scott Armstrong as his assistant is Armstrong’s background at a top-flight academic university: John’s Hopkins (experience working with Bob Bowman at NBAC is a big plus too). On the other hand, Stanford selected a (sort of) young Skip Kenney 33 years ago,… Read more »

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