A Message From Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics and Department Head DAPER

As you might expect, the days of summer bring with them a bit of a slower pace compared to during the school year. It’s a chance for the DAPER staff to take some time away to spend with family and friends and recharge our bodies and minds for the next school year ahead. It also gives us a chance to think about what we accomplished in 2013-14 and I have to say, again, it was a wonderful year for us.

Our men’s basketball team made its sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament; the baseball team won its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference title; Cimran Virdi ’16 took the national women’s indoor pole vault title; the club sport pistol team winning a national championship; it is another long list of accomplishments in DAPER.

For varsity athletics perhaps the best way to look at our success is “by the numbers”:

  • 10 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championships
  • 15 Academic All-Americans
  • 17 MIT teams represented in NCAA post season competition
  • 97 All-Americans

For a second straight year, MIT was awarded the NEWMAC President’s Cup for men’s athletics as the top overall program in the conference, with our women finishing a very close second. We also raised the bar with our best-ever eighth-place finish in the Division III Learfield Director’s Cup standings that rank the nation’s best overall athletics programs; our second straight year in the top-10.

Our other components of DAPER continue to grow and thrive as well as we continue to develop and implement programming to our MIT students that provide learning and personal growth opportunities outside their normal classrooms. Physical Education is delivering its programing to over 3,500 students a year; intramurals and club sports are flourishing with the programs combining to offer over 50 sports; and our recreation program has seen its membership numbers reach 14,000.

We also continued our success in the classroom; our student-athletes earned 15 Academic All-America honors this past season, matching our previous high, and MIT collected more academic all-conference awards than any other school in the NEWMAC.  Joey Rafidi ’14 of our men’s fencing team was recognized for his academic achievement with an NCAA Elite 89 Award, an honor presented to the participant at their national championship competition with the highest cumulative GPA.  We also had student-athletes earn several other academic achievements, including a Marshall Scholar and three NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.

Thank you to all who have supported us in our endeavors this past year.  If you have not had the opportunity to make a donation, please consider making a gift to DAPER by clicking here.  Our success and programs would not be possible without your assistance and support. 

A list of our $100 and higher donors for 2013-14 can be found here.  

Best wishes for the continuation of a great summer!

With gratitude,

Julie Soriero

Director of Athletics and Department Head DAPER

jsoriero@mit.edu