CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT has selected three individuals to fill head coaching positions on its varsity athletics staff. Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics and Department Head of DAPER, announced Aidan Byrne as the head men’s soccer coach, Michael Kalin as a head coach for sailing and Thierry Lincou as head squash coach. All three will be starting in their positions in July.
“All three of these coaches will add an element of excitement to their respective programs”, said Soriero. “Their own personal experience as competitors as well as their ability to instruct and coach will immediately influence the success of our programs and impact the experiences of the student-athletes.”
Byrne comes to the Engineers’ soccer program after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Northeastern University. While there he helped guide the Huskies to their first Colonia Athletic Association title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2012, with the team gaining its first-ever national ranking. Prior to his stint at Northeastern, Byrne spent two years as an assistant at Siena College and eight years on the staff at Mount Ida College. At Siena his time with the program was the best two-season stretch in program history, while Mount Ida won a pair of conference championships and was selected for its first NCAA Tournament appearance during his tenure there. This will be Byrne’s second stint at MIT, spending one year with the Engineers in 1999 at the start of his coaching career.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Byrne came to the United States to play collegiate soccer at Mount Ida for two seasons from 1995-97 before transferring to the University of Rhode Island for his junior and senior years. As a member of the Mustangs, he was named to the All-New England first team in 1996 and was named first-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association and second-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1996. For his efforts, Byrne was inducted into the Mount Ida Hall of Fame.
Another member of the group with previous experience at MIT, Kalin comes to Cambridge with international sailing experience. He was previously a coach with the Engineers from 2000-06, helping the co-ed team to a consistent ranking among the top 15 in the nation, with the squad placing as high as 11th at Nationals.
Kalin left MIT to compete full-time for the Canadian Sailing Team where he was the fourth-ranked member of the team in the Olympic Laser class, winning the Marvin McDill award in 2006 for the top rookie performance at an Olympic class world championship. Since sailing for the Canadian team he served as the sailing director at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco from 2008-11 as well as working as a coach for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team and as a member of the 2013 America’s Cup Race Management Group.
Also bringing international experience with him to MIT is Lincou. The world No. 1 ranked squash player from 2004-05, he won the World Championship in 2004 as well as taking the European Championships in 2009 and 2010. He has represented France three times, winning two Silver medals and a Bronze medal. In 2009 Lincou was an Ambassador for Squash, making a presentation to the International Olympic Committee for the inclusion of the sport in the Olympic Games.