Sept. 11, 2000
Pullman, Wash. - Suzanne Yee has joined the Washington State University Athletics Department staff as an assistant coach for swimming, head coach Rocco Aceto has announced.
"Suzanne brings to WSU a background that includes experience working with the California Bear swim team for seven seasons, the last five as a volunteer coach," said Aceto. "During that time, Cal improved from a 28th place finish to finishing fourth at NCAA's last season. She understands the mentality and dedication needed to achieve this success."
Yee, originally from Tacoma, Wash., graduated from Decatur High School in 1993, where she lettered four years in swimming and tennis. She returns home to her native state after a seven-year stint at the University of California, where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Yee began her career at California as a student-athlete on the varsity swim team in 1994, and competed until major shoulder surgery forced her to retire in 1995. As a volunteer assistant coach, she has 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. Yee also worked with four swimmers who qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
At WSU, Yee will be responsible for coaching the distance swimmers and assisting with recruiting.
Recruiting is an area of expertise for Yee, who recently wrote her master's thesis on the subject of collegiate recruiting while earning her degree in education.
"This position will be Suzanne's chance to enrich her coaching career, as well as helping the program," said Aceto. "She is definitely one piece to the puzzle here that had been missing before."