Teri McKeever Agrees to Extension at Cal through 2023-24 Season

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Teri McKeever isn’t leaving Berkeley anytime soon, the legendary women’s swimming and diving coach agreeing Monday to a contract extension through the 2023-24 season.

McKeever is in her 28th season at the helm of the Golden Bears. She was the Pac-12 and CSCAA National Coach of the Year in 2018-19, having led Cal to a second-place finish at NCAAs. It’s the 11th consecutive top-3 finish for Cal, a stretch that includes four national titles (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015). She was inducted to the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.

“Teri McKeever is an iconic coach with an international reputation that is second to none,” Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said in a university statement. “As much as she develops student-athletes to reach their potential in the pool, Teri also cares deeply about them as individuals and works just as hard to ensure they graduate from Cal prepared to be leaders in their post-collegiate careers. We look forward to having Teri lead our program for years to come.”

The eight-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, McKeever’s swimmers have captured 65 NCAA individual or relay titles. The Golden Bears have had a 100 percent graduation rate the last four years and have been named a Scholar All-American team for 19 straight semesters.

“I’d like to thank Jim Knowlton and our administration for their enduring support of women’s swimming & diving,” McKeever said. “I am proud of what we have accomplished as a program and am looking forward to continuing our level of success. While we have been able to accomplish a lot during my time at Cal, there is much more that lies ahead, and I am excited for our future.”

Teri McKeever has served as an Olympic assistant coach on two occasions and was the U.S. women’s head coach for the 2012 Games in London. She’s been an assistant for seven United States delegations to the World Championships. McKeever has coached 26 Olympians who’ve garnered 36 medals.

The Golden Bears are ranked No. 1 in the nation this year with a 3-0 dual meet record. They finished first in the Chick-Fil-A Invitational in October and the Minnesota Invitational in December.

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