May 20, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Frank Keefe, Yale's Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming who has guided the Yale men's and women's swimming teams to 473 wins, has been announced as the recipient of the Collegiate and Scholastic Trophy by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The award, which is the highest of its kind in the United States, is presented to an individual or organization for having contributed in an outstanding way to swimming as a competitive sport and as a healthful recreational activity at schools and colleges. Keefe will be recognized as a part of the 2009 CSCAA Convention, which will be held this weekend in Chicago.
Keefe, a 2005 American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, has been the head coach of the Yale men's team since 1978 and the women's team since 1980. He has announced that he will retire from coaching following the 2009-10 season.
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 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.
Besides an extensive collegiate background, Keefe boasts international coaching experience. One of the most respected figures in American swimming, Keefe served as an assistant coach for the 1984 United States Olympic team and was the head manager for the 1988 Olympic team. Previously, Keefe 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 2000 Olympics, where they represented the Virgin Islands and Bermuda respectively.
Keefe is a 1960 graduate of Villanova. He is a member of both the Villanova and state of Pennsylvania Halls of Fame.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity