Sept. 7, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Frank Keefe, who has guided both the Yale men's and women's swimming teams to more than 200 victories in his illustrious career, will be inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Friday night in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Keefe, who has coached the Yale men to one EISL title and the women to five Ivy League crowns, 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.
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. Under his leadership, the Bulldogs kicked off the 21st Century with another milestone as the men's program captured its 1,000th win at the historic Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP) tri-meet in February of 2002.
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. He is a 1960 graduate of Villanova.
Joining Keefe in the ASCA Hall of Fame Class of 2005 are Stanford head coach Skip Kenney, SMU head coach George McMillion and former Ohio State head coach Jim Montrella.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity