USD Women's Swimming and Diving 2001-2002
USD Coaching Staff
MIKE KEELER Head Coach
(Fourth Season) Central Michigan, 1984
Under the direction of Head Coach Mike Keeler the USD swimming pro– gram has enjoyed four successful seasons that include two Pacific Collegiate Swim– ming Conference Championships. Keeler led the Toreros to back-to-back confer– ence titles in 2000 and 2001, winning the conference championship in 2001 by over 180 points. In just four years at USD Keeler and his student-athletes have broken 26 San Diego school records and 27 PCSC individual and relay records. In 2002-03 Keeler will begin his fifth season as the Torero Head Coach.
Prior to USD, Keeler served as assistant men's swim coach at Purdue University for five years. Prior tq his five year stint as assistant swim coach at Purdue, he held assistant swim coaching posts for both men's and women's swimming at Purdue (1993-94), the University of Miami (1991-93), and at Michigan State (1988). During the 1989-91 seasons, he was assistant men's coach for Michigan State. Throughout his long collegiate coaching career, Keeler has recruited and trained men and women stu– dent-athletes who have scored as high as third at the NCAA championships. The Boilermakers finished in thirty– fourth place at the 1998 NCAA Championships with five individuals being awarded All-American honors. At the 1997 NCAA Championships, the team placed nineteenth with four All-Americans and four championship finalists. At the conference level, in a four year span, Purdue produced 12 Big Ten Champions, 55 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and eight national academic All-American recipients. Besides his collegiate coaching experience, Keeler worked as camp director and guest speaker at the Elite Olympic Development Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Co-Camp Direc– tor at Michigan State (summer, 1993); head senior coach for Hurricane Aquatics (summer, 1992); and as head coach for the Spartan Swim Club (summer, 1989). A 1984 graduate of Central Michigan University, Mike ea rned his B.S. Degree in Physical Education. He went on to earn his M.S. degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis on Coaching and Athletic Administration, at Michigan State in 1992. He is currently a member of the Un ited States Swimming, College Swim Coaches Association, and the American Swim Coaches Association. He was the lead-author of"Biomechanical Analysis: Stroke Frequency/Velocity Testing Protocol", an article that appeared in the United States Swimming Magazine "Coaches Quarterly." Mike and his wife Michele have three children, Matthew (12), Mitchell (8) and Mayce (6). LAUREN SMITH (First Season) Assistant Coach New York University, 1999 Lauren Smith is a first year assistant under Head Coach Mike Keeler at the University of San Diego. Smith, originally from Albany, Oregon graduated from New York University in 1999 after obtaining a degree in Nutrition. She completed an out– standing four-year collegiate swimming career by breaking school records in the 200 Breaststroke, 100 Breaststroke and the 200 IM. She earned All-Academic honors in all ..______.._...;;;.......1 four seasons at NYU and served as assistant swimming coach there in 2000-01.
U Nevada Reno, 2000
Jessica Pilger began her first season as USD's Diving Coach in 2001-02 and has taken on a similar role at UC San Diego in La Jolla. Pilger, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada was a record setting diver at the University of Nevada Reno where she earned a degree in Nutrit ion . She was a four-year letter-winner under the direction of former Chinese National Team Member Jian Li You. While attending UNR on an athletic scholarship Pilger was inducted in the Green Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
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