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Richard Quick

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Richard Walter Quick (31 January 1943 – 10 June 2009) was the head coach of the women's swim team at Stanford University, from 1988 through 2005. He was coach for the USA Olympic Swimming team for six Olympics in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. Following the 2007 season, he returned to Auburn University as head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving team.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics he led the women's team to sixteen medals. At Stanford he won seven NCAA titles and developed 35 NCAA champions, winning five NCAA Coach of the Year honors and three Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards. His most successful swimmer is Jenny Thompson who has won eight Olympic Golds. Other notable Olympians coached by Quick include Rowdy Gaines, Steve Lundquist, Summer Sanders, Dara Torres and Misty Hyman. He previously was head women's swimming coach at the University of Texas, where his teams won five consecutive NCAA titles (1984–1988).

On March 8, 2007 Auburn University announced that Quick would return to the Tigers to take over as Head Coach for the Swimming and Diving teams after David Marsh left. Quick was Marsh's coach when he was a backstroker for Auburn. In March 2007 Marsh won his 12th NCAA National title, tying his former coach and mentor for the most titles won by an NCAA Coach. He broke the tie the following year, winning a 13th title.

Quick was a top swimmer himself at Highland Park High School (University Park, Texas) and Southern Methodist University where he made All-Southwest Conference. He is a member of SMU's Distinguished Alumni.

In December 2008 Quick was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He died on 10 June 2009. His 2008–09 Auburn team won the NCAA Division I title.

Most Influential[edit]

Quick was named one of the 30 Most Influential People in Swimming over the Past 30 Years by USA Swimming and Speedo USA.

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