Number Of Festivities Planned To Honor Legendary Swimming Coach Who Is Retiring
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Frank Keefe, Yale's Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming who is retiring after 32 years, will receive the 2010 Kiphuth Medal and deliver the Kiphuth Fellowship Public Lecture on Saturday, Apr. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool inside Payne Whitney Gym. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is one of a number of events that day that will celebrate Keefe's outstanding career. Keefe, a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has been the head coach of the Yale men's swimming team since 1978 and the women's team since 1980. He guided the Bulldogs to 488 combined victories.
Keefe successfully forged Yale Swimming's prestigious and illustrious past with his own unique drive for excellence and achievement. His undying commitment to the program and his sincere love of Yale was the driving force behind both teams' success.
The Ivy League recognized Keefe's contributions to the sport in 2002 when the annual women's championship trophy was named the Frank Keefe Trophy.
Keefe, who earned a 2009 American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence, is a two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League Coach of the Year. He led the men's team to an Ivy League title in 1991-92 and guided the women's team to five Ivy crowns, including undefeated seasons in 1992-93 and 1996-97.
In addition to an extensive collegiate background, Keefe has plenty of international coaching experience. Keefe served as an assistant coach for the 1984 United States Olympic team at Los Angeles and was the head manager for the 1988 Olympic team at Seoul. He also served as the U.S. coach for the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games and as an assistant coach at the 1978 World Championships.
Before starting at Yale, Keefe had already coached nine Olympic swimmers, including gold medalist Carl Robie and silver medalist Tim McKee. More recently, he coached George Gleason '00 and Stephen Fahy '00 to the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Keefe, a 1960 graduate of Villanova, is a member both the Wildcats' and state of Pennsylvania Halls of Fame. He is a native of East Haven, Conn., where he is also was enshrined in its Hall of Fame.
The Kiphuth Fellowship Fund was established in 1970 in the memory of Yale University's legendary swimming coach and Athletic Director, the late Robert J.H. Kiphuth. The Fund provides the opportunity for men and women distinguished in the fields of physical training, sport, sports writing, physiology, literature and the arts to visit the Yale campus. Previous Kiphuth Medal recipients include Arthur Ashe, A. Bartlett Giamatti '60, Joan Benoit Samuelson, George Mitchell, Carm Cozza and Dick Ebersol.