Cambridge, Mass. (May 30) -- MIT men's and women's swimming and diving head coach Dani Korman has resigned to accept the women's swimming and diving assistant coach position at the University of California, Berkeley, as announced by director of athletics Julie Soriero.
"Dani's knowledge, experience, creativity and work ethic have led her to this phenomenal next step in her coaching career," said Barb Bolich, associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator. "I am proud of Dani and sincerely appreciative of the leadership she provided in her four years serving as the head coach of the MIT Swimming and Diving Teams. All of us at MIT wish her the very best and look forward to watching the Cal Berkeley Women's Swimming and Diving Team set the standard of excellence in collegiate competition."
Arriving at MIT in 2015, Korman has guided the Engineers to four straight NEWMAC Championships and four consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship. Her women's team finished a program-high fifth in 2017, while the men's team placed fifth in both 2016 and 2019.
"I would like to start by thanking Julie Soriero, Barb Bolich, and Carrie Moore for an incredible experience working in DAPER," said Korman. "Their support and guidance allowed me to grow personally and professionally the last four years. The opportunity to lead the Swimming and Diving program while teaching within the Physical Education and Wellness Department has been extremely rewarding and one I will carry with me for life."
Korman coached two individual National Champions at MIT as Dougie Kogut captured the 200 fly in 2016 and Jay Lang was the three-meter diving champion in 2019. She has also had eight student-athletes finish as National Runner-Up and saw 2016 graduate Margaret Guo capture the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
"I would also like to thank the entire staff within DAPER," said Korman. "From day one all of the coaches, instructors, administrators, and staff welcomed me with a smile and were always there to lend a helping hand. I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with people who love MIT and made an intricate department work seamlessly. I have made lifelong friends through my time here, which speak volumes to the culture of the entire department and institution."
Korman's student-athletes have also been extremely successful out of the pool as she has coached seven CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, one NCAA Postgraduate Scholar and both teams have earned the CSCAA Scholar All-America award in each of her seasons.
"Lastly, I have to thank the amazing student-athletes for allowing me the opportunity to recruit and work with the best in the world," said Korman. "They have helped me learn and grow an incredible amount the last four years; something I will never forget. Every day they challenged, inspired, and motivated me to give my best. I know this opportunity would not have presented itself without my time at MIT so I thank them from the bottom of my heart."
MIT: Men's and women's swimming and diving head coach Dani Korman has resigned to accept the women's swimming and diving assistant coach position at the University of California, Berkeley.