Newly-appointed Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan has brought in Tracy Duchac as his new assistant now that he’s taken the reigns for the No. 4 team in the country last season.
Duchac comes just weeks after stepping down as an assistant at Arizona. Her decision to resign at Arizona came just days before Meehan was hired at Stanford (or, depending on the speed of information, perhaps simultaneously).
Duchac spent one season at Arizona, and prior to that spent 5 seasons at Texas A&M, where they were in the country’s top-10 all 5 years.
Duchac’s specialty throughout her career has been working with sprinters, which is also what her specialty was as a swimmer at Purdue. Assuming she continues that role with Stanford, the job will be a tiny amount of rebuilding one of the country’s best groups after the graduation of Besty Webb and Sam Woodward.
Fortunately, The Cardinal still have a returning star in Maddy Schaefer, who will be just a sophomore. Last year, she broke the National Age Group Record in the 17-18 girls’ 100 free. The group also brings back Andi Murez, who will be a senior. Murez is a phenomenal 50-100-200 swimmer, including a 1:43.5 last season at NCAA’s in the 200 free (and the fastest returning 200 freestyler in the conference from last season).
Interestingly, both of the coaches on the new Stanford staff come from other Pac 12 schools.
Duchac is expecting her first child this winter.