|Title:||Department Head/Director of Athletics|
|Year:||8th at MIT|
Julie Soriero joined MIT as an Associate Professor and the Department Head and Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) in July of 2007. She directs a department that supports one of the most comprehensive athletic programs in the country, one that features 33 intercollegiate programs, including a Division I rowing program that has its women competing in the Patriot League. A noted speaker, Soriero has presented at the NACDA and NCAA conventions as well as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), the Women’s Coaches Academy and the NCAA sponsored Women’s Leadership Symposiums.
Since arriving at MIT, Soriero has been directly involved in the fund-raising and construction of a number of capital facilities projects and reorganized the Senior Management Team of her department. Under her leadership MIT has become one of the top NCAA Division III programs in the nation, with the program finishing in the top-10 in the final Learfield Director’s Cup standings in each of the last four years, including a record-high 8th in 2014.
MIT has led the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference in championships won in each of the last three years, winning at least 10 during those seasons. In 2013 MIT won the inaugural NEWMAC President’s Cup for both the men’s and women’s programs, symbolic of the top overall programs in the conference, and followed that up in 2014 with a second men’s President’s Cup. In 2013-14 alone MIT won 10 NEWMAC championships, saw 16 teams represented at various NCAA Championship events, won one individual national title, and saw its student-athletes garner 97 All-America honors and 15 Academic All-America awards. In fact, over the last four years, Soriero has helped build the MIT program into a national power, averaging 10 conference championships, 90 All-Americans, and 12 Academic All-Americans a season in that span.
Prior to her appointment as Director at MIT, Soriero served at Colorado College for nine years, four of which were as Director of Athletics. At Colorado College, Soriero saw two of her teams (Men’s Ice Hockey – NCAA Division I and Women’s Lacrosse – NCAA Division III) reach their respective Final Fours in the same year. Prior to her appointment as Director there she served as the Interim Director of Athletics concurrently with various other roles such as Head Women's Basketball Coach, Director of Events, Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Associate Athletic Director. Before Colorado College, Soriero held the Head Women’s Basketball Coach Position at the University of Pennsylvania for ten years. She also coached and served as the Associate Director of Athletics at Philadelphia University and began her collegiate coaching career at Haverford College, founding the Division III program there in 1980. In all she coached for 21 years before dedicating herself to full-time administrative work.
During Soriero's career she has served on multiple national and local boards and committees, including currently serving on the NCAA Division III Management Council, Olympic Sports Committee, and the Committee on Women’s Athletics. She previously was elected to serve on the NACWAA Board of Directors, chaired the NACWAA Awards Committee, and served as the West Regional Representative to the National Association of Collegiate Director's of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee. Soriero also completed a term of service with the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee.
Soriero has received numerous honors during her distinguished career, including being named as the 2012 Division III Administrator of the Year by NACWAA. As a coach, she was recognized by the American Women’s Sports Foundation as the Northeast Regional Coach of the Year as well as an All- American coach for three consecutive seasons. As the coach at the University of Pennsylvania, she was twice named Philadelphia Big Five Coach of the Year. While at what is now Philadelphia University, her teams made a number of post-season appearances including the NCAA Division II Final Four in 1986. As an administrator, Soriero was nominated for the "Sportswoman of Colorado" award, and named one of “Philadelphia's 40 Defining Women”.
Originally from New Hope, Pa., near Philadelphia, Soriero began her career in athletics after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She later earned her Master of Education degree in Sports Psychology from Temple University.