Kinkead became the U of I men's and
women's swimming coach in August of 1994. He brought a wealth of
experience to the Hounds' programs.
Kinkead has been involved in swimming
for more than 40 years as a competitor, coach and administrator. He has
25 years of experience in USS (United States Swimming) and high school
Kinkead began his coaching career in
1970 as the assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of
Michigan. He coached at Ann Arbor [MI] Huron H.S., the Greater Lexington
[KY] Swim Association and the St. Laurent Club in Montreal, Quebec,
before coming to Indiana in 1977. Kinkead coached the boys' team at
Kokomo Haworth from 1980-83, before coaching the girls' team at Kokomo
from 1984-88. From 1988-94, Kinkead was the boys' swimming coach at
Indianapolis Ben Davis. Kinkead also served as the director of the
Westside Aquatics Club in 1993-94.
Kinkead is a member of the American
Swim Coaches Association (ASCA), taking all the ASCA level schools
(1-5). Kinkead worked at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, he has been
president of the Indiana Swim Coaches Association and a delegate to the
USS National Convention.
Kinkead swam at Michigan from 1966-70,
serving as captain in 1970.
He was the Big Ten champion in the 500
freestyle in 1967 (establishing a new NCAA freshman record) and the 400
IM in 1968 and 1970. Kinkead earned All-America honors 16 times in the
200 backstroke and 500 freestyle, and the 400 medley and 800 freestyle
Kinkead, ranked seventh in the world
in the 400 IM in ¹69, competed in the '68 Olympic Trials, placing 8th in
the 200 fly, 9th in the 400 IM and 16th in the 200 back.