Katie Robinson Hired as New Assistant Coach for Stanford Women
Stanford has hired former Northwestern head coach Katie Robinson as the women’s program’s new assistant coach. Robinson replaces Tracy Slusser, who had worked with Greg Meehan for all 11 years of Meehan’s tenure in Palo Alto before stepping down last month. Meehan confirmed Robinson’s hiring to Swimming World Sunday evening.
Robinson has been the head coach of the Northwestern women and men’s combined program for the last three seasons after she was the associate head coach in Evanston, Ill., for the two years before that. This season, Northwestern’s women placed sixth out of 12 teams at the Big Ten Championships while the men finished seventh out of eight teams.
Prior to Northwestern, Robinson spent five seasons as the head women’s coach at Tulane, and she was also an assistant coach at Rutgers and Virginia. Her first-ever college coaching job came at the University of Pacific, where she was a grad assistant under then-head coach Meehan. Robinson competed collegiately at the University of Texas from 2003 to 2007, and she was a multi-time Big 12 champion in the 200 fly.
Northwestern Athletics acknowledged Robinson’s departure in a statement posted to Twitter. The statement said, “Katie Robinson unquestionably advanced Northwestern Swimming and Diving as the leader of both our men’s and women’s teams. Her commitment to our student-athletes in and out of the pool was obvious, and we wish her the best moving forward.”
Robinson now joins one of the most successful swimming program in the country. Under Meehan’s leadership, Stanford won three consecutive NCAA team titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and the team placed third each of the last two seasons.