Synchronized Swimming Coach Vickey Weir Announces Retirement

STANFORD, Calif. - Vickey Weir, Stanford University's head synchronized swimming coach since 1979, announced today that she is retiring from coaching after an impressive 20-year career on The Farm.

Weir, who led the Cardinal to its first ever National Collegiate championship last year, has been Stanford's head coach since the sport's inception in 1979. She has taken the program from club status to the varsity level during her 20 years and has enjoyed unparalleled success.

In addition to her coaching position at Stanford, Weir is a Nursing Educator at the UCSF/Stanford Medical Center.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of coaching and being a part of Stanford University and the Stanford Athletic Department family," Weir said. "I appreciate the Athletic Department's support of women's sports, the synchronized swimming team and our efforts to build a successful program. I am looking forward to having time to spend with my family - and having dry, warm feet," she said.

During her 20 year reign, Weir led Stanford to one national title (1998), 18 top-five national finishes, 12 West Regional championships and a dual meet record of 123-3 - making her the winningest collegiate synchro coach in the country.

Weir's athletes won 24 national collegiate titles and were named All-Americans on 56 occasions.

"Vickey Weir has been one of the nation's top synchro coaches for many years -- we were fortunate at Stanford University to have her as our head coach for 20 years," said Athletic Director Ted Leland. "She leaves behind a tremendous record of success and a program that is well equipped to continue to be a leader in the sport of synchronized swimming."

"Vickey was a driving force not only in our synchronized swimming program, but also in providing opportunities for women athletes at Stanford University for the past 20 years," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Cheryl Levick. "She took over a program 20 years ago that was at the club level, helped it grow to varsity status and built it into a national power, culminating in last year's national championship. Vickey is truly one of the country's great synchro coaches and it will be difficult to replace her," Levick said.