A two-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Dawn Dill returns for her 12th season as the head swimming coach at MIT after taking last year off on maternity leave. She guided the men’s team to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championship, matching the school-record finish from 2011 as well as marking the fourth consecutive top-10 appearance. The Engineers have tallied 137 All-America honors and four straight NEWMAC Championship titles during her tenure.
MIT has registered a 60-13 dual meet record and broken 24 of 25 Institute records during her previous nine seasons. Each year, multiple athletes have earned NEWMAC Academic All-Conference and CSCAA Scholar-Athlete awards. On the women’s side, Dill is a two-time NEWMAC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year. She was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by the American Swimming Coaches Association for the past seven years and serves as an 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 1999-01. 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 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-American and ECAC Scholar Athlete.