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.