Long-time Stanford men's swimming assistant Ted Knapp was named as one of the three inaugural winners for National Assistant Coach of the Year, presented by collegeswimming.com.
He joins Clemson's Derek Perkins, who was named a rising star in the assistant ranks, while Knapp and and the late Joe Hendee of Tennessee, were named for their overall achievement.
All schools were asked to submit a letter from its head coach and swimmer. In Stanford's case, All-American David Mosko submitted an essay, in which he wrote, "as a recruit he took interest in me as a person as well as a swimmer . . . he challenges us with new ideas about training and technique . . . and generally helps us with our transition to college life . . . (he) has helped me to develop as a swimmer, a student and a person."
Knapp was an All-American freestyler for coach Skip Kenney and is in his 27th year as an assistant. The Menlo Park native has been a part of seven NCAA titles as well the last 27-straight Pac-10 conference titles. His son, Sam, is a member of the Stanford football team.
Jenna Rich doubled home two runs and Teagan Gerhart pitched a three-hitter as Stanford opened its NCAA regional with a 3-0 victory over visiting Pacific on Friday night.
The 15th-seeded Cardinal (39-15) meets Fresno State at noon Saturday. The Bulldogs beat Nebraska, 1-0, in another first-round game.
Nebraska and Pacific will meet in an elimination game at 3 p.m., with another to follow at 6 p.m.
Pacific starter Nikki Armagost, the Big West Player of the Year, retired the first eight Stanford hitters in succession. Gerhart reached base on an error and went to second on a wild pitch with two outs in the third. Sarah Hassman singled, with Gerhart scoring on another error. Ashley Hansen singled and both scored on Rich's double.
Gerhart retired 17 of the final 18 batters she faced. She did not walk a hitter and struck out four.
Stanford is in fifth place after two rounds of the NCAA Central Regional at the Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind. after shpooting a team score of 292 on Friday.
The Cardinal is 14 strokes behind co-leaders Illinois and Alabama, each at 562. Michigan is in third place at 566, followed by Iowa at 574.
The top five teams from the Central Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., May 31-June 5.
Junior David Chung is tied for sixth place at 140 after shooting an even par round of 71 He had five birdies to go along with five bogeys on his Friday card.
Stanford shot a third-round score of 303 on Friday and are tied for 19th place after 54 holes at the NCAA Championships at The Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
Play was delayed for nearly two hours because of lightening.
Sally Watson shot a 1-under 71 and is six over for the tournament at 222. The sophomore had three birdies on her front nine.