This year's Jean K. Freeman Keynote speaker is fittingly Susan Teeter, former (and now retired) Princeton University Women's Swim Coach. In her 33 years as head coach of the Princeton women’s swim team, Teeter established herself as one of the most decorated swim coaches in the country, guiding her program to 17 Ivy League Titles and earning numerous accolades including the College Swim Coaches Association's “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Most recently, Teeter was elected President of the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association by her colleagues. She was also named USA Aquatics Sports’ Most Outstanding Woman for 2015. Teeter is well-known for her contributions to both her sport and the coaching community, and her strong commitment to mentoring and supporting women coaches. We are excited to welcome her to the WCS stage.
Jean K. Freeman swam for the Gophers and was the Women's Swimming Head Coach at the University of Minnesota for 31 years, from 1973-2004. Freeman's teams had 29 winning seasons, two national individual champions and seven top-20 team national finishes. Her teams won 76 Big Ten individual and relay titles, and Freeman was honored four times as Big Ten Coach of the Year. In 1999, she was the first woman to win the Outstanding Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Jean passed away in 2010 after a battle with colon cancer.
To honor Jean’s legacy as a pioneer in women’s sport and her commitment to giving back, hard work, honesty, team, caring for the whole person and excellence in every way, we have named this keynote in her honor. We invite a high profile, successful female coach each year to reflect Jean’s values. Teeter follows prior Jean K. Freeman Keynote Speakers Jill Ellis, Lin Dunn, and Sue Enquist.