Suzanne Yee, a veteran in the coaching ranks and former student-athlete at California, is entering her sixth season as the assistant coach of the Princeton women's swimming and diving team. After two straight seasons of leading top sprinters to the NCAA Championships, she received Honorable Mention in the 2012 CollegeSwimming.com Assistant Coach of the Year competition.
Her last three seasons, however, may have been her most memorable. After helping recruit a nationally ranked class, Yee helped guide the Tigers to the 2013 Ivy League championship in an upset of undefeated Harvard. Her freshman class featured 12 different swims that broke into the Top 5 all-time at Princeton, including several critical ones during the Ivy League Championships.
In 2014, Yee helped Lisa Boyce '14 reach the NCAA Championship final in the 100 fly and earn First-Team All-America honors. She also guided a member of that Class of 2016, Nikki Larson, to her first NCAA Championships. And she did it all while leading the recruiting efforts of a highly touted Class of 2018.
That class helped bring the Ivy League championships back to Princeton last season. The Tigers rallied during the final session, thanks in big part to the work of that freshman class, to stun both Harvard and Yale en route to the program's 22nd Ivy League title.
Under Yee's tutelage, Boyce won nine Ivy League individual titles during her brilliant career, including all three she entered in both the 2012 and 2013 championships. Though she left, Princeton won the 50 free and 200 free at Ivies and comprised half the field in the 100 final.
Yee came from UNC-Wilmington, where she served as the primary distance coach for both the men’s and women’s programs. During her brief time with the Seahawks, she helped the men win a Colonial Athletic Association title and the women earn its first NCAA qualification in school history. The women also finished second in the conference and earned multiple top-three conference finishes.
Yee, who worked with two club programs, including once as a head coach, spent most of her coaching career at Washington State. She coached a 2008 Lithuanian Olympian, an Australian national champion, a U.S. Olympic Trial finalist and a World University Games semifinalist; those were among the handful of collegiate honorees, including two All-Americas, six NCAA qualifiers and 13 individual school record holders.
She helped Washington State to a pair of Top 40 finishes and a No. 1 finish in overall team GPA. She helped the Cougars to their third victory ever over Washington and helped the program earn more than 50 NCAA consideration standards.
Yee came to Washington State after spending seven years with the University of California swimming program. During that time, the Golden Bears improved from being a 28th place team to finishing fourth at the 2000 NCAA Championships. Suzanne began her career at California as a student-athlete in 1994 and competed until shoulder surgeries forced her to retire in 1995. During the remainder of her stint at California, she worked with the team as a volunteer assistant coach while finishing her undergraduate and graduate degrees. As a volunteer assistant coach, Yee worked with a team whose athletes set school records in 14 events and broke world records in the 200-meter medley relay and 50-meter backstroke. She also aided in the coaching of four swimmers who qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games.
Yee has had head coaching experience at the Miramonte Swim Club in Moraga, Calif., where she worked with over 200 swimmers. She also served as interim head coach at Washington State during the spring and summer of 2002. In addition, she has worked with several other top coaches while participating in a variety of swimming camps and clinics, including the University of Texas, Longhorn Swim Camp and the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bear Swim Camp.
In June of 2004, Yee was one of 24 graduates of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in Wilmington, North Carolina, and in July of 2005, she graduated from the first-ever NCAA Women's Coaches Academy Dimension 2 program in Denver, Colorado. The program gives female coaches the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of coaching, management issues, principles of marketing, networking, media skills and other issues involved in women's athletics such as Title IX and the legal issues of coaching.
A 1997 graduate of California in history, Yee went on to earn her master's degree from California in education in 2000 and wrote her thesis on the subject of collegiate recruiting.