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Richard Quick


    • 2-time High School State Champion swimmer
    • Coached his collegiate swim teams to a record 13 NCAA Championships
    • Coached 7 Olympic Champions and 4 world record holders
      Quick, Richard
      Inducted 2010

      Born: January 31, 1943 – Akron, Ohio

      Died: June 10, 2009 – Austin, Texas

      Graduated: Highland Park (Texas) H.S., 1961; Southern Methodist University, 1965


      One of the most accomplished  swimming coaches in the history of the sport, Richard Walter Quick led his collegiate teams to a record 13 NCAA championships and from 1984-2004, was involved in nearly every international meet the United States competed in.

      Early Life

      He and his family moved to Wichita when he was 11 years old and grew up swimming for fellow Kansas Sports Hall of Fame member Bob Timmons. He competed for Timmons at Wichita East High School where he was a two-time state champion as a sophomore in 1959. Quick was also a two-time All-American swimmer at SMU in 1965-66.

      Collegiate Highlights

      Seven of his 13 NCAA titles came at Stanford, five at Texas and one at Auburn. He was also named the NCAA Coach of the Year five times. At Stanford, Quick developed 35 NCAA titles. At Texas, the Longhorns won five consecutive NCAA titles from (1984-88). Quick coached KSHOF inductee Catherine Fox while at Stanford.

      Olympic Career

      He helped coach the U.S. Olympic swimming teams in 1984, ’88, ’92, ’96, 2000 and ’04.  He was the head coach of the men’s and women’s teams in 1988 and the head coach of the women’s teams in 1996 and 2000. Quick coached seven Olympic champions and four world record holders.


      Quick was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.