Washington State University women's swimming assistant coach, Suzanne Yee, has served as an integral part of the Cougars' continued improvement in the pool, their successful return to the NCAA Championships and their persistence in the classroom over the past seven years.
Entering her eighth season at WSU, Yee has been instrumental in helping create a program competitive at the Pacific-10 and NCAA levels athletically and academically. During her seven seasons at WSU, the Cougars recorded a 34th place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2007, a 40th place finish in 2006 and a 41st place finish in 2003. Two Cougar swimmers were awarded with All-American Honors, six different swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championships, two Cougar swimmers qualified for Olympic Trials and the team ranked as high as first in the country with its GPA. Yee is involved in all facets of the program, including recruiting, compliance, training design and dry-land preparation for the student-athletes. This past summer, Suzanne was one of two coaches for the club team, Cougar Swimming.
During her tenure, 17 school records have been broken, five NCAA automatic and 51 NCAA consideration standards have been achieved. In 2007, the Cougars recorded their third win in school history over rival University of Washington in dual meets, and the team has held the top spots in team GPA in both the Pacific-10 Conference and the Washington State Athletic Department.
Yee came to WSU after spending seven years with the University of California, Berkeley 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 WSU 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. She was fortunate to coach former Cougar, Erin McCleave, at the 2007 Santa Clara Invitational and share her deep love for It's Its. Suzanne's new favorite word is "yurt" and her favorite television shows are "Rob & Big" and "The Biggest Loser". She is looking forward to seeing Annie May again and loves spending time on Kennecott Way in her spare time.