Stanford’s Skip Kenney Retiring

In the biggest bombshell yet of this coaching season, Stanford men’s head coach Skip Kenney informed his swimmers today that he would be retiring, according to sources close to the team.

Kenney is one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, as a 6-time NCAA Coach of the Year and a 20-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He has led his swimmers to 31-consecutive Pac-10/Pac-12 titles in his 33 years at the helm, as well as over 100 All-Americans and 72 NCAA Champions. Internationally, he has also served as the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team in 1996.

The number one question on most swim fans’ minds is whether or not the streak will continue – that is the streak of conference titles that is among the most famous in the sport.

This position is by far the most desirable that has been, or will be, announced this summer, especially given that in March of 2011, it became fully endowed thanks to a gift from John and Marica Goldman.

Updated 7:36 PM

Stanford has confirmed Skip Kenney’s retirement with a press release. He will stay on with the Cardinal through the end of the US Olympic Trials on July 2nd before moving aside.

Check out the full release here.

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Gotta wonder what David Nolan and other underclassmen will do with the news…


now the stanford swimmers might have a chance at winning ncaa’s and performing well in long course!

Skip: You’ve had quite a run with many, many championships, honors, and awards.

The best part of your career, though, has got to have been seeing your swimmers graduate, and then move on and succeed in life. It doesn’t much better than that!

Best wishes. See you around the pool!

Craig H

Wow, will be interesting to see how the search for the new coach unfolds.

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