The Texas Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday the selection of the late Richard Quick, a former University of Texas head women’s swimming and diving coach, to its Class of 2015. The induction is set for Thursday, April 9 at the Ferrell Center on the campus of Baylor University.
Quick came to Texas from Auburn in 1982 and led the Longhorns’ women’s swimming and diving program to five consecutive NCAA titles (1984-88) during his six-year stint on the Forty Acres. He served as head coach for the U.S. Olympic women’s swimming team in 1988, 1996 and 2000 and as the team’s assistant coach in 1984, 1992 and 2004.
Quick left Texas for Stanford in 1988 and coached the Cardinal women for the next 17 seasons. He returned to Auburn in 2007 to lead the Tigers’ men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs and served in that capacity until his passing at the age of 66 in June 2009.
Quick entered the coaching field at Houston’s Memorial High School in 1965 and served there for six seasons before departing for SMU in 1971. He coached the Iowa State men during the 1977-78 season and left for Auburn the following season. Quick coached the Auburn men and women until departing for Texas.
Joining Quick in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are former Prairie View A&M and NBA star Zelmo Beaty; former Dallas Cowboys VP of Player Personnel Gil Brandt; former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer; former Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris; former University of Arkansas men’s basketball coach Nolan Richardson; former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Everson Walls and Olympic 400-meter champion Jeremy Wariner.
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