|Title:||Department Head/Director of Athletics|
|Year:||7th at MIT|
Julie Soriero joined MIT as an Associate Professor and the Department Head and Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) in July of 2007. She directs a department that supports one of the most comprehensive athletic programs in the country, one that features 33 intercollegiate programs, including a Division I rowing program that has its women competing in the Patriot League. A noted speaker, Soriero has presented at the NACDA and NCAA conventions as well as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), the Women’s Coaches Academy and the NCAA sponsored Women’s Leadership Symposiums.
Since arriving at MIT, Soriero has been directly involved in the fund-raising and construction of a number of capital facilities projects and reorganized the Senior Management Team of her department. Under her leadership MIT has become one of the top NCAA Division III programs in the nation, moving up to 10th in the final Learfield Director’s Cup standings in 2013 after finishing 11th the previous two years. During the 2011-12 academic year MIT achieved its highest ranking ever in the Cup standings, reaching fourth after the winter seasons, highlighted by the men’s basketball team reaching the Final Four and top-10 national finishes by men’s and women’s swimming and diving, field hockey and women’s cross country.
MIT won a record 11 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championships in 2012-13 after winning 10 the year before. Last year the Engineers saw 18 of their programs nationally ranked during their seasons while student athletes earned a record number of All-America and Academic All-America honors. MIT won three national championships in men’s swimming and diving, with the team finishing fourth overall. Women’s cross country also registered a top-10 finish, taking sixth. In 2010-11 the MIT program saw 17 of its teams nationally ranked at some point during their seasons. The women’s cross country and indoor track and field teams captured third place at the NCAA Championships while the outdoor squad finished fourth and the men’s swimming and diving team registered an Institute-best fourth-place finish at the national meet. During the 2009-10 academic year, MIT crowned two national champions at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship and had eight student-athletes earn Academic All-America honors. In 2008-09, 13 programs received national rankings, 11 student-athletes were named Academic All-American and four student-athletes received prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
Prior to her appointment as Director at MIT, Soriero served at Colorado College for nine years, four of which were as Director of Athletics. At Colorado College, Soriero saw two of her teams (Men’s Ice Hockey – NCAA Division I and Women’s Lacrosse – NCAA Division III) reach their respective Final Fours in the same year. Prior to her appointment as Director there she served as the Interim Director of Athletics concurrently with various other roles such as Head Women's Basketball Coach, Director of Events, Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Associate Athletic Director. Before Colorado College, Soriero held the Head Women’s Basketball Coach Position at the University of Pennsylvania for ten years. She also coached and served as the Associate Director of Athletics at Philadelphia University and began her collegiate coaching career at Haverford College, founding the Division III program there in 1980. In all she coached for 21 years before dedicating herself to full-time administrative work.
During Soriero's career she has served on multiple national and local boards and committees, including currently serving on the NCAA Division III Management Council. She previously was elected to serve on the NACWAA Board of Directors, chaired the NACWAA Awards Committee, and served as the West Regional Representative to the National Association of Collegiate Director's of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee. Soriero also completed a term of service with the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee.
Soriero has received numerous honors during her distinguished career, including being named as the 2012 Division III Administrator of the Year by NACWAA. As a coach, she was recognized by the American Women’s Sports Foundation as the Northeast Regional Coach of the Year as well as an All- American coach for three consecutive seasons. As the coach at the University of Pennsylvania, she was twice named Philadelphia Big Five Coach of the Year. While at what is now Philadelphia University, her teams made a number of post-season appearances including the NCAA Division II Final Four in 1986. As an administrator, Soriero was nominated for the "Sportswoman of Colorado" award, and named one of “Philadelphia's 40 Defining Women”.
Originally from New Hope, Pa., near Philadelphia, Soriero began her career in athletics after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She later earned her Master of Education degree in Sports Psychology from Temple University.