Quick, who was the men's and women's head coach at Auburn from 1978-82, will replace David Marsh, who announced in October that he is stepping down at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season to take a post with USA Swimming.
One of the most respected names in the swimming and diving community, Quick has guided teams to 12 NCAA titles—seven at Stanford and five at Texas—the most in the history of Division I coaching. Internationally, Quick was the head coach of the United States team at the 1988, '96, and 2000 Olympic Games and also served as an assistant at the 1984, '92, and 2004 Olympics.
"We are extremely pleased to have Richard Quick return to the Auburn family," Jacobs said. "Richard has experienced tremendous success at every level of coaching and is very familiar with Auburn, the Auburn community and the swimming and diving program. He was the architect of the Auburn program in its early stages and helped lay the foundation for what the program is today.
"Richard has built a reputation as one of the top swimming coaches in the world. We are excited for what he brings to Auburn, not only for his experience on the collegiate level and internationally, but for his ability to develop student-athletes both competitively and as individuals. We look forward to many years of continued success under Richard's leadership. We're excited to have he and his wife June in Auburn very soon."
Quick, 64, served as the head women's swimming and diving coach at Stanford for 17 seasons from 1988-2005. While at Stanford, Quick led the Cardinal to seven NCAA Championships, including five consecutive from 1992-96. He also led the program to titles in 1989 and 1998. Stanford won 14 Pacific-10 Conference crowns under Quick's direction including 11 consecutive from 1989-99.
"I'm very excited to be part of the Auburn family again," Quick said. "I left Auburn 25 years ago to coach at the University of Texas, and had a great time since, but I've always had an affinity for Auburn, especially with David Marsh being the coach. I've just admired so much what they've accomplished in recent years. I'm extremely excited to try to maintain the standard of excellence that David, the staff, and the athletes have set over the recent years."
Marsh, who was a five-time All-American and SEC champion backstroker at Auburn under Quick, is in his 17th season at Auburn. He has guided Auburn to six men's and four women's NCAA crowns and a combined 15 Southeastern Conference titles. The men won national crowns in 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, while the women captured titles in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
"When I had thought about leaving last summer and announced it in the early fall, my hope from the very beginning was that Richard would consider coming out of retirement for the Auburn job," Marsh said. "I knew he loved his experience when he was at Auburn, I knew he would cherish the opportunity to coach men and women, and I knew if he would accept it, he'd be the best guy in the world that we could get.
"It's easy to evaluate Richard. All you have to do is look at his record. He is the best there is in coaching in the United States. I know Jay (Jacobs) and Meredith's (Jenkins) pursuit of him has been a challenge, but in the end, landing him is great not only for the Auburn swimming program but for all Auburn people and Auburn University. He's a better man than he is a coach, and he'll have a great impact on the young people he works with."
While at Stanford, Quick coached 96 All-Americans to 757 All-America honors and helped develop 41 NCAA champions who have captured a combined 63 NCAA individual and 29 NCAA relay titles. He has picked up five NCAA Coach of the Year honors and four Pacific-10 Coach of the Year awards.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Quick led the Texas women to a then-unprecedented five straight NCAA titles (1984-88), a string he extended to six in a row in his first season at Stanford. He was inducted into the Texas Women's Athletics Hall of Fame in November of 2004 for his coaching accomplishments with the Longhorns.
While the head coach of both the men's and women's programs at Auburn from 1978-82, Quick built the foundation for where the program is today. He led both programs to a combined four top-10 finishes on the national level, while coaching 30 athletes who earned 152 All-American honors.
On the Plains, Quick coached five NCAA individual and two relay national champions, including Rowdy Gaines, Dave McCagg, Rick Morley and Bill Forrester. Gaines, one of the most decorated swimmers in Auburn history, went on to win three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where Quick served as an assistant coach.
Quick also served as the men's head coach at Iowa State during the 1977-78 season and the women's head coach at Southern Methodist in 1976-77.
In his first Olympic head coaching assignment at the 1988 Games in Seoul, the American men and women brought home 17 medals. At the 1996 Games in Atlanta, the women garnered seven gold, five silver and two bronze medals, while the men's and women's swimming squads combined for a total of 26 medals, the most by any team at the 1996 Olympic Games. His 2000 club brought home 16 medals, including seven gold.
As an assistant at Athens in 2004, Quick's Team USA easily won the swimming medal count as the men's and women's team combined for 28 medals. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the United States captured 27 medals.
A list of other international coaching assignments for Quick include four consecutive World Championships as the head coach in 1986, 1990 and 1994, and an assistant in 1982. He has also coached at the 1990 Goodwill Games, three Pan Pacific Games (1983, `85, `87), the 1985 World University Games and the 1979 Pan American Games.
Quick became a Distinguished Alumnus at his alma mater, Southern Methodist in 2002, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education (1965) and a Master's degree in Physiology of Exercise (1977). He began his coaching career at Houston's Memorial High School (1965-71), guiding his team to six state championships before returning to SMU, where he served as an assistant coach on the men's side for four years (1971-75) before starting the SMU women's program in 1976.