The 2006 NEWMAC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year, Dawn Dill enters her eighth season as the head coach of MIT's men's and women's swimming and diving programs. Dill has guided the women's program to four top-20 NCAA finishes in the last five years, over 50 All-America performances, and seven runner-up NEWMAC team finishes.
Since Dill's arrival in 2003, the women's team has recorded a 51-18 dual meet record and broken 24 of 25 MIT team records. Each season, multiple swimmers and divers have earned NEWMAC Academic All-Conference and CSCAA Scholar-Athlete awards. She was also named the NEWMAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Dill has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by the American Swimming Coaches Association for the past seven years and was also recently promoted to Associate Professor in MIT's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.
Before her arrival at MIT, Dill coached at Vassar College from 2001-03, one season as an assistant coach and one season as the interim head coach. Under her tutelage, the Brewers broke 23 school records during the 2002-03 campaign. Prior to Vassar, Dill served as a graduate assistant coach for the Smith College swimming and diving program from 1999 to 2001. She was also an assistant coach for the University of Massachusetts women's swimming and water polo teams in 1998-99.
Dill received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1996 and also earned a Master's of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies from her alma mater in 2001. A seven-time All-American in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, she was named the New England Swimmer of the Year in 1996. Dill was a seven-time New England champion in the 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke and an eight-time Seven Sisters champion. She was also honored as both an Academic All-America and ECAC Scholar Athlete.