Legendary Yale Coach Frank Keefe Returns to NCAA as Villanova Volunteer

Frank Keefe, who built his name on 32 years as the head coach of the Yale Bulldogs until 2010, has found his way back into the college ranks. On Wednesday, Villanova head coach Rick Simpson announced that Keefe is joining his staff as a volunteer assistant.

In his run at Yale, Keefe was a two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Swim League Coach of the Year and led the Yale men to an Ivy League title in the ’91-’92 season. He further served as an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic Team in 1984 and the head coach of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team. He was also the head coach of a pair of U.S. Pan Am Games teams and the 1978 World Championships team.

Even before his time at Yale, he coached high-level swimmers, including Olympic gold medalist Carl Robie and Olympic silver medalist Tim McKee, and coached at the Omni Swim Club that he founded in New Haven, Connecticut.

Keefe returns to his alma mater Villanova, where he is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Villanova will begin its first year in the “new Big East” Conference in 2013-2014, where they will be the favorites to win the women’s crown, and should battle Seton Hall for the men’s title.

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Frank is a national treasure and great person. Villanova is very fortunate to have him on deck. The Villanova kids just got a great gift.


Get it right. Carl Robie was Suburban SC 1968 Gold 200 Fly and Silver 1964 Vesper Boat Club. Phil long 68, Tim McKee 72and76 and Brenda Borgh 76 were Suburban and then Foxcatcher in Middle Atlantic Swimming the Phila. Region LSC with at least one Olympian in every Olympiad since 1960. Frank went to Yale in the fall of 78. Before Yale he already was Head women’s Pan-Am 75, head coach US-East German dual meet 77 and World Champ Staff as coach 1978 Berlin. Then we have his great career at Yale with the fabulous 3rd floor 50 meter pool in its’s heyday with Nat AAU’s and NCAA’s in 56 where the 1500 was LC only time ever.


You tell em’ coach!

McKee, Robie and all the rest swam for Suburban Swim Club in Newton Square (I think that’s right) PA. None of them ever swam at Omni in New Haven.

Al LaPrino

And Foxcatcher along with Jagenburg, Long, Bartle x 2, Borgh, Reino, Breedy, Bartlett (Mr. Borgh), Bauman, Brodell, Countryman, Gavin x 2, Jaime Taylor and many many more. Many Olympians, Pan Am and World Championship Medalists, NCAA Champions and multiple time USA National Team members on this list! One of our greatest coaches and this, one of his greatest teams!

Al LaPrino

I know exactly who COACHGB is – another Hall of Famer, world record holder, NCAA Division 1 Coach, curmudgeon and most famously, one of “the 3 musketeers”.

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