Hoppe Resigns, Accepts Senior Associate Director of Athletics Position at Wellesley

A headshot portrait of MIT assistant athletic director Katie Hoppe, with the MIT athletic fields in the background.
Aerial Photo by Zach Roberts

Cambridge, Mass. (October 28) -- MIT assistant director of athletics Katie Hoppe has resigned and accepted the senior associate director of athletics position at Wellesley College (Mass.), as announced by director of athletics/department head, Julie Soriero.

"Katie has been at the forefront of a number of important department initiatives during her seven years with DAPER as she has worked so closely with our mentoring program and the Student-Athlete Leadership Program," said Soriero. "She has grown during her career at MIT and has always been willing to take on new challenges as they present themselves and I know that Katie will continue to do the same at Wellesley. We wish her the best of luck in this exciting new opportunity."

Hoppe has been a member of the MIT staff since November 2012 and was promoted to assistant director of athletics in Spring 2019. In this role, she has worked directly with the department's NCAA compliance program and student-athlete development. As the chair of the Student-Athlete Leadership Program Committee, she works with a team that researches and develops a specialized student-athlete well-being program focused on implementing leadership skills over the course of four years. Hope has also been a member of the DAPER Mentor Program Planning team, where she assists with research, development and implementation of a program that has created 30 mentor-mentee relationships.

"I would like to thank Julie Soriero, Barb Bolich and John Benedick for the incredible experience working in DAPER," said Hoppe. "Their support, guidance and mentorship have allowed me to develop both personally and professionally. The advancement opportunities I have had while supporting DAPER, and especially our intercollegiate teams has been exceptional."

Hoppe is a three-time DSL Infinite Mile Award recipient. Her work with the Assessment Planning Group earned her the "Building Community Award" while she was recognized in 2016 with the "Serving the Client Award" as a member of the MIT varsity athletics support team. Her most recent Infinite Mile Award came in 2018 for her work with the MIT Varsity Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Survey Team.

"I would also like to thank the countless number of DAPER, DSL, and Institute faculty and staff that I have worked alongside for various initiatives over the past seven years. I have undoubtedly grown from these experiences and will forever remember the relationships I've made along the way. I know the opportunity at Wellesley College would not have presented itself without the experience I gained at MIT, and for that I am extremely grateful."

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