Suzanne Yee, a veteran in the coaching ranks and former student-athlete
at California, is entering her third season as the assistant coach of the Princeton women's swimming and diving team. After two striaght seasons of leading top sprinters to the NCAA Championships, she received Honorable Mention in the CollegeSwimming.com Assistant Coach of the Year competition.
In her first year, she helped Princeton to an undefeated regular season and a wire-to-wire victory in the 2011 Ivy League Championship meet. Sprinter Megan Waters was named Swimmer of the Meet after sweeping her three individual events, and she went on to compete at NCAAs.
Last season, sophomore Lisa Boyce swept the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back, and she also qualified to compete at the NCAA Championships. Both were among a handful of Tigers who competed at the Olympic Trials over the summer, and both wrote the nomination for Yee that helped her earn the 2012 coaching honor.
Yee also showed her ability to attract the top talent to the winningest program in the Ivy League. Along with head coach Susan Teeter, Princeton brought in the 12th-ranked recruiting class in the nation for the Class of 2015.
“I’m honored to
have Suzanne join our Princeton family,” Teeter said upon hiring Yee during the summer of 2010. “She brings an amazing background of experience
that could easily make her a head coach anywhere in the country. I am
so pleased that this coach search drew so many talented coaches from
across the country. It’s a true credit to our program, our alumni who
have built this reputation of excellence and to this top-ranked
“Suzanne’s background from Cal is a perfect fit for
our athletes who chose to balance great academics with a great swimming
program,” Teeter added. “I’m excited to work along side of her and
introduce her to our family of tradition. I know she’ll be a great
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.
am honored and excited to become a part of the Princeton swimming
family,” Yee said. “Princeton's reputation in the academic arena, as
well as its continued success and rich tradition in the pool, is second
to none. I believe that developing a well-rounded student-athlete is
the most important part of collegiate coaching, and Princeton is a
place where I feel this can be achieved. I am looking forward to
meeting the team, getting the season started, and working on a daily
basis with Coach Susan Teeter, whom I have the utmost respect for, and
has helped make this program what it is today.”
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.
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
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
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.
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.