CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A recent two-million dollar gift to MIT men's basketball will help the program endow its head coach position. Former MIT standout player, David H. Koch '62, made the transformational gift to MIT's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER).
Koch graduated as MIT's all-time scoring leader, amassing 946 points despite sitting out the majority of his sophomore season due to injury. His Rockwell Cage record of 41 points in a game stood for 46 years and he currently ranks second in career scoring average with 21 points per game. Koch was one of the program's top rebounders as he hauled in 545 boards and was a recipient of a pair of All-New England First Team honors.
Larry Anderson, the current head coach of the Engineers is a two-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year. Currently in his 16th season at the helm of the MIT men's basketball team, Coach Anderson holds the distinction of garnering the most victories in MIT basketball history. He guided the Engineers to back-to-back NCAA Championship Tournament appearances the past two seasons while also capturing the squad's first NEWMAC Championship title. In 2009, Coach Anderson was named the Division III New England College Coach of the Year by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
"Coach Anderson has brought MIT basketball to new heights, and as a former Engineer player it is an enormous privilege to be able to do something to help the team," said David H. Koch. "My jump shot isn't quite what it once was, but I am hopeful this endowment will help others perfect theirs. I join my fellow teammates and DAPER alumni in wishing continued success on the smartest basketball program in America."
In addition to establishing The David H. Koch '62 Head Coach of Men's Basketball endowment, Koch has been generous to MIT in many ways, including providing the leading gift in support of the Institute for Integrative Cancer Research that is named for him and will be dedicated in March, 2011.