Skip Kenney, coach of the men's swimming and diving program, retired in July after 33 years heading teams that won seven national championships and 31 straight conference titles. Kenney, 69, was NCAA coach of the year six times and directed the U.S. men's team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He also served as an assistant coach at the 1984 and 1988 Games.
A former Marine who served in Vietnam, Kenney oversaw a program with a 100 percent graduation rate. He mentored 23 Olympians—Pablo Morales, Jeff Rouse and Mike Bruner among them—who combined for 18 medals.
Kenney is succeeded by his longtime assistant Ted Knapp, '81, who swam for Kenney as a junior and senior and started coaching in 1984 as a volunteer. In 2011, Knapp was honored with the inaugural designation of national assistant coach of the year.
The offensive coordinator position on the football coaching staff has been endowed through an anonymous gift and designated the Andrew Luck Director of Offense in honor of the former star quarterback. The current coordinator, who becomes the first coach to hold the title, is Pep Hamilton.
"It is a huge tribute. . . . To be part of that leadership and position is a very proud legacy for me," said Luck, '12, who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in April as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
GOLF COACH RESIGNS
Caroline O'Connor resigned her position as director of the women's golf program after 17 seasons that included 15 appearances (and three top-five finishes) in the NCAA championships. In 2000, Stanford placed second at the championships, the best result in program history.
Two more championships are in the Stanford record books. In May, the women's water polo team captured its second straight NCAA title, defeating USC 6-4 to finish the season 26-2. In June, a women's rowing squad, the lightweight I eight, registered a "three-peat" with its third consecutive IRA championship, outpacing Bucknell by 2.595 seconds in the Grand Final. The members of the four boat earned the silver medal.
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