Frank Keefe
Frank Keefe

Coach Frank Keefe, who was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in September of 2005, enters his 32nd year as head coach of Yale's Swimming and Diving Programs. Throughout his tenure at Yale, Keefe has successfully forged Yale Swimming's prestigious and illustrious past with his own unique drive for excellence and achievement. Keefe's undying commitment to the program and his sincere love of Yale Swimming is the driving force behind both teams' success. Keefe has guided the men's and women's teams to a 475-220-1 record. Under Frank's leadership the Bulldog Swimming Program kicked off the 21st Century with another milestone as the men's program captured their 1000th win at the historic Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP) tri-meet in February of 2002. Through his leadership and skill both teams have successfully emerged as contenders in their respective conferences.

Keefe, a 1960 graduate of Villanova, took over the men's program in 1978 and the women in 1980. In the past decade, Keefe has been the recipient of the EISL Coach of the Year award twice. The women's Ivy League named the annual championship trophy after him, citing his drive for excellence and achievement. Besides an extensive collegiate background, Keefe boasts international coaching experience. One of the most respected figures in American Swimming, Keefe served as U.S. assistant coach in the 1984 Olympics and head manager at the 1988 Olympic games. Previously, Keefe served as U.S. head coach at the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games, and assistant coach at the 1978 World Championships.

Before starting at Yale, Keefe had already coached nine Olympic swimmers. Among them were gold medalist Carl Robie and silver medalist Tim McKee. More recently, Frank coached George Gleason ('00) and Stephen Fahy ('00) to the 2000 Olympic Games where they represented the Virgin Islands and Bermuda, respectively. Keefe is a member both the Villanova and state of Pennsylvania Halls of Fame.

Keefe is a native of East Haven, Conn., where he is also was enshrined in its Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Kathleen, have four children.

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