Fleck Introduced to the Media
April 24, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh introduced newly appointed women's swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck to the media on Thursday at the Josephine Theater on campus. Below is a Q & A with the new Bulldog coach.
Q: What intrigued you about the Fresno State job?
Q: Are you excited about building a new facility for the program?
Q: What is your coaching philosophy?
Q: What challenges are there in starting a new program?
Q: How will you spend your first 90 days on the job?
Q: Does a swim coach get a chance to swim with the athletes?
Q: What is something people may not know about you?
Q: What excites you about starting a new program?
Quotes from the Press Conference
Quotes by Thomas Boeh
"This is one of the good days. We were here just a few months ago announcing our intention to reinstate the swimming and diving program for women here at Fresno State and we are very excited and fortunate in my mind to announce Jeanne Fleck as our head coach."
"I want to thank the search committee for selecting a very good pool of candidates and we are fortunate to have Jeanne for a variety of reasons. This is difficult to start a program from scratch and to know where the pitfalls are and the exact things to do. You don't really get a learning curve when you are starting a new program. She has many years of head coaching experience at Northern Illinois and Ohio State and has had great success as being named conference coach of the year and has had several swimmers in the national spotlight."
"For our purpose as well, since we are building a pool, Jeanne helped with the design and the construction of the Aquatic Center at Ohio State, which is considered to be a state-of-the-art facility. So we have the whole package."
Quotes by Jeanne Fleck
"I am a little nervous about starting a program from scratch, but that is why I wanted this job. I'm looking forward to building it and hopefully have a full time come August to start competing."
"I've coached for 19 years but I have never had a chance to start a program and the swimming in California is amazing. Your pool of athletes just in this area alone is crazy."
"My first order of business is to get swimmers. Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. Then I will need to get a staff and a schedule together. Those are my priorities."
"I want to recruit athletes that are good academically and good in the water. I want athletes that want to help build the program, to be successful and be dedicated, but most of all to be a great student-athlete. That is the greatest part about starting a program because you get that dedication and you can pick the kind of athletes that you want, instead of inheriting them."
"There is a great history of swimming here at Fresno State. They had great athletes here in the past so I know we can get those types of athletes again."