Head Coach - Women's Swimming & Diving
Over the course of her career with the Golden Bears, she has guided Cal to four NCAA and four Pac-12 team championships. This past year, the Bears finished as the national runner-up – the ninth consecutive year Cal has placed among the top three – and sophomore Kathleen Baker was named the CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year.
In 2012, McKeever served as head coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s swim team in London, a unit that included six past, present and future Golden Bears who produced 13 medals for Team USA. In addition, McKeever was an assistant Olympic coach in both 2004 and ’08, has been head coach of the U.S. team at the Pac Pacific Championships twice and was head coach of the U.S. squad at the 2012 World Short-Course Championships. She is also a six-time assistant for the United States at the World Championships.
A seven-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, McKeever’s swimmers have been named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year nine times and National Swimmer of the Year on eight occasions. A total of 52 of her swimmers and divers have been chosen national scholar-athletes with 121 on Pac-12 All-Academic teams, including Rachael Acker, who was selected the Pac-12 Woman of the Year, Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a first-team Academic All-American in 2016.
McKeever’s list of accomplishments also includes coaching 26 Olympians who have won 36 medals, while Golden Bears have captured NCAA individual or relay titles an impressive 60 times.
As a collegiate swimmer, McKeever earned All-America honors at USC, competing in the NCAA Championships meet all four years and helping the Trojans to four consecutive top-10 finishes. As a senior in 1983, McKeever was named USC's Outstanding Student-Athlete. She worked as an assistant coach at USC from 1984-87, helping develop several All-Americans.
McKeever graduated from USC in 1983 with a degree in education and two teaching credentials (multiple subject, secondary life science) and also earned a master’s degree in athletic administration in 1987. McKeever's father, Mike, was an All-American lineman for the Trojans' football team in 1959. McKeever comes from a family of 10 children (she is the oldest), all with varied athletic backgrounds. Sisters Kristi and Kelli Gannon were members of the U.S. national field hockey team.
In 2014, McKeever was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame at the 68th annual San Diego Hall of Champions ceremony, as well as into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
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