Ted Benford and Andy Hilton Step Down from MIT Men’s Lightweight Coaching Posts

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Julie Soriero, MIT Director of Athletics, announced the departures of Ted Benford and Andy Hilton from the lightweight men's rowing program on Monday. Benford, who served as the Engineers' head coach for the past five seasons, will be returning to Northeastern University as the associate head coach. Following a three-year stint at MIT, Hilton will be going back to Dartmouth College, his alma mater, as the assistant heavyweight coach.

During their tenure, Benford and Hilton's crews continuously improved resulting in the closest racing the program had experienced in years. The Cardinal and Gray captured top-10 national seedings in 2008 and 2009 while the freshman lightweight squad placed 10th at the 2008 EARC Sprints Championship.

"Through their hard work, technical knowledge and fine character, Ted and Andy built MIT's lightweight men's crew into a cohesive and successful team," said Tony Kilbridge, MIT's Director of Rowing. "Everyone associated with the program will miss them and wishes them the best."