MIT Brings In RWU Duo To Take Reigns of Sailing Program

Aug. 28, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT Sailing Master Fran Charles recently announced the hiring of Matt Lindblad and Matt Cohen to serve as the head coaches for MIT's sailing program. The head coaching duo, which made the move collectively from Roger Williams University, signals a new era for one of MIT's most competitive varsity programs.

Lindblad comes to MIT after serving as RWU's head varsity sailing coach and Waterfront Coordinator in Bristol, R.I. Under his leadership, the RWU became a nationally recognized program with regular finishes in the Sailing World Top 20 National Rankings as well as top finishes at National level events.

Matt Cohen also makes the trek to Cambridge from Bristol, where he assumed assistant head coaching duties for the last three years. Responsible for the development and advancement of both the coed and women's sailing teams in their pursuit for excellence, Cohen will assist with the MIT physical education sailing programs and the maintenance of the Wood Sailing Pavilion's fleet of boats.  

Lindblad and Cohen bring a wealth of success to the MIT waterfront as both enjoyed terrific careers as competitors. In September 2005, Lindblad competed for the Grey Goose Team Racing World Championship, winning the Team Racing World Championship with USA 1 (Cape Cod WHishbone). Lindblad also won the US Team Racing National Championships (Hinman Trophy) in 2003 and 2004 with Cape Cod WHishbone. As an undergraduate, Lindblad was a four-year varsity letter winner at the national powerhouse St. Mary's College of Maryland. He was a team captain for the 1999 St. Mary's Seahawks squad, which won the 1999 Collegiate Team Racing National Championships and finished second in Fleet Racing National Championships among other victories.

Originally from Falmouth, Mass., Cohen attended Tufts University and was a member of the Jumbos' sailing team that captured two National Championships. Cohen actively races in a variety of dinghies and small keelboats. Team Racing is one of his strong suits, where he has competed on both the national and international level.