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Sports - April 26, 2013

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SWIM HONOR . . . Former Stanford men's swimming head coach Skip Kenney has been named the 2013 recipient of the Speedo Lifetime Achievement Award, as announced Tuesday by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Executive Board of Directors. The honor is given annually to the individual whose efforts best exemplify the integrity and ideals of collegiate swimming and who has achieved significant success in the sport while still imparting the educational and character building qualities of the collegiate swimming experience. The award will be presented at the CSCAA Annual Banquet on May 16 in Orlando, Fla. Kenney developed some of the top swimmers in the world during his time on The Farm. Through his three decades at Stanford he proved to be one of the most successful coaches in the history of collegiate athletics. In 2004, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and a year later, he was elected into the American Swim Coaches Hall of Fame.

Before retiring in 2012, Kenney served three times as the United States Olympic Team head coach, was recognized as the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year six times and was honored as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year 20 times. In 33 years at Stanford, Kenney led the Cardinal to seven NCAA Men's Championships and 31 straight conference titles. Kenney coached 134 All-Americans to 1,086 such citations and developed 72 NCAA champions. Out of the pool, 100 percent of Kenney's student-athletes earned their degrees. Ten student-athletes since 1983 were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans under his watch, a list that includes three-time recipient and Olympian Pablo Morales, and fellow Olympians Ray Carey, Kurt Grote and Ben Wildman-Tobriner.

THIS AND THAT . . . Former Castilleja Athletic Director Jez McIntosh has moved on from his job in the Stanford Athletic Department and is now the Director of Athletics at the Miss Porter School in Connecticut. The all-girls boarding school is located just outside of Hartford. McIntosh has been on the job for nearly three weeks and already has subbed in as the tennis coach . . . Stanford grad and USA beach volleyball star Matt Fuerbringer has joined the US men's volleyball team staff as an assistant coach, as announced by new coach John Speraw. Fuerbringer, 39, has almost 10 years of experience coaching junior club volleyball and has spent the last year as the volunteer assistant coach under Speraw at UCLA. He is well-known for being a pro beach volleyball player and came close to making the 2012 US Olympic beach volleyball team. He played volleyball for Stanford University and also professionally overseas. At Stanford, Fuerbringer was a four-time AVCA All-American and a member of the 1997 NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship team. His final block sealed the first NCAA men's volleyball title for Stanford. After Stanford, Fuerbringer played professional volleyball from 1999 to 2003. Fuerbringer has played pro beach volleyball since 2003. In 2012, he and partner Nick Lucena were edged out for the USA's final Olympic Games berth in a battle that came down to the final qualification tournament.


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