Swimming into the new season with Ms. Keegan Reed


Sydney Gallop '20

After two years as the assistant coach at Sacred Heart Greenwich, Ms. Keegan Reed becomes the new head coach of the swim team.

Sacred Heart Greenwich welcomes Ms. Keegan Reed as the new head swim coach this winter season. Previously working as the assistant swim coach at Sacred Heart for the past two years, Ms. Reed expresses excitement to uphold the honor, heart, and hustle mantra of Sacred Heart athletics in her new position. 

Sacred Heart graduate Emma O’Connor ’19 and Ms. Reed.  Courtesy of Christopher Pope.

Ms. Reed’s early exposure to swimming at four years old allowed her to develop the skills of camaraderie among her teammates.  Years later, the sport continues to impact Ms. Reed in numerous ways.  Swimming provided her with skills that shaped her perspective outside of the swimming pool.

Swimming is important to me because it is a part of who I am,” Ms. Reed said.  “Nothing feels better than diving into a pool, hearing complete silence while you’re underwater and then bursting to the surface, hearing the crowd cheer as your heart thunders as your race down the pool.  It helped me learn to set goals, work hard, and be dedicated to what I really love.”

Ms. Reed further pursued her athletic passions at a small Division III institution in Grove City, Pennsylvania.  While competing for the Wolverines at Grove City College, Ms. Reed and her team won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) championship by four points in her senior year.

It was a lot of work, training three hours six days a week plus classes and finding time to refuel somewhere in between, but I wouldn’t change a thing,” Ms. Reed said.  “I swam a lot of distance events the 1650 freestyle, the 400 IM [individual medley], and the 200 breaststroke.  I was conference champion in the 200 breaststroke my junior year and senior year I got the NCAA B-cut in the 400 IM.”

New head swim coach, Ms. Keegan Reed starts the season.  Sydney Gallop ’20.

Completing her college career in 2015, Ms. Reed worked at Education First (EF) Academy, a boarding school in Thornwood, New York.  In 2018, she came to Sacred Heart as the assistant coach.  

Ms. Reed will now work with the members of the swim team to increase their endurance for the winter season.  With team support and vigilance, Ms. Reed hopes that each swimmer’s specialized skillsets will help build a strong foundation for the team’s success.

“Seasons are unpredictable so we’re going to work towards time goals, but know that we need to be flexible as we go,” Ms. Reed said.  “I want to be a united team that gives 100 percent effort every day they are in the pool.”

Featured Image by Sydney Gallop ’20