Some people don’t like when we speculate, but that’s half of the fun of sports, so we’re going to do it anyway, with full acknowledgement that it’s just speculation and we haven’t heard anything firm on the below.
Now that Stanford has found its new head coach in former Cal assistant Greg Meehan, they will be in search of a new assistant. Fortunately for them, after taking so long to find their head coach, there is an intriguing, and probably fantastic, candidate again in their own back yard if they bother to look.
Former Stanford All-American Dana Kirk is already a high-level coach with the Stanford-affiliated PASA Aquatics, and leads their Fremont Hills site.
The 2004 Olympian earned 17 All-American awards and 8 Pac-10 Titles during her Stanford career that ran through 2006, and along with her sister Tara was a part of the first set of sisters on the same U.S. Olympic Team.
Kirk would bring some big-name power to the Stanford program, which would surely aid in recruiting (as well-known as Meehan is within the college coaching ranks, there are many who since his hiring has been announced are just learning about him). One would imagine that the Stanford administration would be looking for a woman to fill the role, and Kirk would certainly fill that.
But this wouldn’t be just a name to grab headlines. Kirk is a top coach with one of the most successful club programs in the country, and those who have seen her in action have reported great things about her coaching skill.
The desire seems to be there: Kirk has applied for this position before. The timing is right, because it will become more-and-more difficult to lure away quality college assistants now that the season has started. She and Meehan likely have some relationship built, given the number of PASA swimmers that end up in Berkeley, and it would be a second good choice for Stanford in as many weeks.