July 21, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - There will be a strong Yale presence at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal, which begin on July 24. Frank Keefe is serving as the head coach for the Virgin Islands, and a pair of Bulldogs swimmers, Kieran and Morgan Locke, will be competing for the Virgin Islands. Among those scheduled to compete in Montreal is Michael Phelps, who won six Gold medals at the Athens Olympics.
Keefe took over the men's program at Yale in 1978 and the women in 1980. He has been the recipient of the EISL Coach of the Year award twice. The Ivy League named the annual women's 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, 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 member both the Villanova and state of Pennsylvania Halls of Fame.
Kieran Locke will begin his senior year at Yale in the fall. He is most likely going to swim in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles and the 50, 100 and 200 backstrokes at the World Championships. Morgan Locke will be a sophomore at Yale and is likely to compete in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly and perhaps the 200 freestyle. Both will also swim relays.
Kieran and Morgan swam on the same relay for the Virgin Islands at both the Pan American games and at the Caribbean Championships. Morgan carried the Virgin Island flag in the closing ceremonies of the 2003 Pan-Am games.