This year, Erica Quam will step onto the Gibb deck for her first year as the head swimming coach of the Washington State Cougars. Quam brings years of coaching experience at the collegiate and international level. "I am ecstatic to be the new head swimming coach at Washington State University," Quam said. "I am really excited about the future of Cougar swimming and I look forward to coaching in the Pac-10, a conference with an incredible tradition for excellence."
Quam comes to the Palouse from Southern Methodist University, where she served as assistant coach for five years. During her career with the Mustangs, Quam was instrumental in SMU winning five straight Western Athletic Conference championships. During that time, SMU captured four WAC Swimmer of the Year awards as well as five consecutive WAC Freshman of the Year awards. During Quam's tenure at SMU, the Mustangs finished in the top 10 at the NCAA meet four times, including third in 1999 and ninth in 2002. While at SMU, she earned her master's degree in liberal arts.
In addition to her duties at SMU, Quam served as the Egyptian National coach in 1999. She coached Rania Elwani who won 10 gold medals in the 1999 Pan Arab Games. In 2001, Quam was one of the coaches of 2001 WAC Freshman of the Year Georgina Lee during the British Nationals where she won two gold medals. She also assisted with five Olympic and World Championship medallists during her stint with the Mustangs.
Before joining the SMU coaching staff, Quam worked as a student assistant coach at Indiana during the 1996-97 season. Quam graduated from Indiana in 1997, with a bachelor's of science degree in biology. As a Hoosier, Quam earned Alpha Beta honors and was a Big Ten Scholar Athlete honoree.
Besides her coaching duties at Southern Methodist and at Indiana, Quam served as a coach and counselor at the University of Texas Longhorn Swim Camp for three years. She also coached the Dallas Mustangs Swim Club for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
During the 1997-1998 athletic year, Quam worked as an intern in the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center at SMU. Her duties required her to meet with student-athletes on a weekly basis to monitor their academic progress, supervise student-athletes during study and tutoring sessions, and create coaches' reports which detailed athletes' usage of the LEC. Quam has also coached six NCAA postgraduate scholarship winners.
1 AM Training Session
Stroke Video Taping
PM Drills & Skills Lesson
Housing and Food
All campers will be housed two to a room in one of WSU's dormitories. Boys and girls will be separated and under the supervision of staff members living on the floor. If you have a roommate preference, please note this on your enrollment application, as roommate assignments will be made prior to registration. Tuition covers five nights' lodging (Monday-Friday) and meals beginning with Monday dinner and concluding with breakfast on Saturday.