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Ted Knapp

Player Profile
Position:
Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming

Experience:
1st season

Alma Mater:
Stanford ('81)

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Ted Knapp was named Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming in May of 2012 after serving as an assistant under Hall of Fame head coach Skip Kenney for 28 seasons.

Currently in his 29th season with the Cardinal program, Knapp spent the 11 seasons prior to his most recently promotion as the team's associate head coach.

Since coming to The Farm, Knapp has played an influential role in Stanford capturing seven NCAA championships and a Pac-10 title in each of his seasons with the program.

Knapp oversees all phases of the program including daily workouts, team travel and recruiting. In addition, Knapp supervises all dry-land training and the team's strength program.

During his tenure on The Farm, Knapp has coached 10 different swimmers who have set 20 world records. Most recently, Paul Kornfeld was a part of the record-setting 400 medley relay team while swimming the breaststroke for Canada in 2009.

Knapp has also coached 19 Olympians who have represented eight countries at the Summer Games. At the 2008 Olympics alone, David and Jason Dunford, Phillip Morrison, Tobias Oriwol and 2008 gold medalist Ben Wildman-Tobriner each were Knapp-coached swimmers.

Other former Olympians who have trained under Knapp include Pablo Morales (three-time gold medalist), Jeff Rouse (three-time gold medalist) and Markus Rogen (two-time silver medalist).

Knapp has also coached numerous NCAA champions, including 27 swimmers who teamed to total 67 individual titles. Morales accumulated a Stanford-record 235 points and 11 individual titles at the NCAA Championships in the mid-1980s.

In the spring of 2011, Knapp was named the winner of CollegeSwimming.com's inaugural national assistant coach of the year award.

Knapp has also been involved with various national teams over the past two decades and was the head men's manager to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Knapp was the men's manager for both the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York and the 2002 U.S. Junior Team which competed in Rome.

Knapp was named assistant manager at the 2005 U.S. World Championships in Montreal and at the 2007 U.S. World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, Knapp provided talent stats for NBC's Triplecast at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the on-deck red hat for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

A 1981 Stanford graduate with a degree in civil engineering, Knapp was a four-time letterman while specializing in the freestyle events. In his junior season (1979-80), Knapp earned All-America status after anchoring the Cardinal's 400 medley relay squad to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

A competitive swimmer for 13 years before entering the coaching profession, Knapp also participated in the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Ted and his wife, Laurie, reside in Menlo Park. The couple's daughter, Ellen, is a graduate of Santa Clara and their son, Sam, is a senior wide receiver on the Cardinal football team.

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