Greg Meehan was named head women’s swimming coach at Stanford in August of 2012, and the 2014-15 campaign will mark his third on The Farm.
Meehan progressed the Cardinal from an eighth-place showing at the NCAA meet during his first season to a second-place effort in 2014. Last season, Stanford won four of five relays, Maya DiRado swept the IM races and Felicia Lee won the 100 fly, as the Cardinal outpaced all expectations on its way to its best NCAA showing since 2010. For his efforts, Meehan was named the CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year.
DiRado, who was the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year, and Lee led Stanford to an undefeated dual meet season in 2013-14, including an upset of then-No. 1 California in front of a near-capacity crowd at Avery Aquatic Center. Lee, one of the most versatile swimmers in the country, earned two Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month awards, before taking home the prestigous Honda Award for swimming.
Meehan wasted no time making his mark on the Cardinal program in his first season. He groomed nine student-athletes to 30 All-America honors during an eighth-place showing at the NCAA Championships, including NCAA 400 IM runner-up Maya DiRado.
Stanford set four school records and three Avery Aquatic Center records to help highlight the 2012-13 season. The Cardinal won the Pac-12 Conference Championships for the third time in four seasons, holding off second-place USC by 21 points. Meehan also steered Stanford to a dual meet win over No. 1 USC.
Regarded as one of the top assistants in the country during his tenure at Cal, Meehan took over the Cardinal program after leading the Golden Bear men’s swimming and diving program to back-to-back national titles. Meehan, who spent five seasons with the Golden Bears, was promoted to associate head men’s swimming and diving coach in 2011. In Meehan’s five seasons with Cal, the program produced a pair of NCAA championships (2011, 2012) and a runner-up finish in 2010.
Prior to joining Cal’s staff in 2008, Meehan was the head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at the University of the Pacific. Meehan coached at Pacific from 2005-08, leading his women’s team to a second-place finish at the Big West Conference Championships in 2006-07 and two fourth-place finishes.
On the men’s side, Meehan led the Tigers to three fourth-place conference finishes. Krzysztof Zoldak earned Big West Swimmer of the Year in 2005, while Ja-Neil Bragg advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of Meehan’s three seasons. Bragg also competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Zoldak and Wojciech Bettej both advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2006-07. In all, Meehan’s Pacific teams broke 13 school records and three conference records, and seven of his student-athletes qualified for the NCAAs.
Prior to coaching at Pacific, Meehan was the assistant women’s coach under Cyndi Gallagher at UCLA from 2001-05, helping the Bruins to a 2003 Pac-10 title and seventh-place NCAA finish in 2004. Thirty-three All-Americans were produced and 32 school records broken during his time with the Bruins, where he specialized in working with the distance and individual medley corps in addition to recruiting duties.
Meehan also was assistant women’s coach at Princeton from 1999-2001, helping the Tigers to a 17-0 dual meet record and the 2000 and 2001 Ivy League titles. Meehan was the first assistant and later interim head coach at William & Mary in 1998-99.
In the summer of 2003, Meehan served as assistant coach for the USA Swimming National Distance Camp at the USOC Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., mentoring the top young male and female distance swimmers from around the country.
At the international level, Meehan was as a manager for the United States team that competed in the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
A graduate of Rider, Meehan earned a degree in mathematics and secondary education. While at Rider, he competed in the 200 backstroke and was a member of several Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion relays. Meehan also was a four-time All-Academic Award recipient.
Meehan and his wife, Tess, reside in Moraga, Calif., with their two sons, Salvatore and James.
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
- College swimming
- Simone Manuel
- Lia Neal
- Club and college coach interaction
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- Greg Meehan Bio
- Greg Meehan Twitter (@Stanford_W_Swim)
- Stanford W. Swimming Twitter (@stanfordwswim)
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