March 9, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT head coach Dawn Gerken was recently named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year following the Engineers’ impressive victory at the league championships last week. Gerken’s honor completes a near-sweep of the conference’s major awards for MIT. Following the three-day competition, junior Rastislav Racz was named Swimmer of the Year and Tim Stumbaugh was tabbed Rookie of the Year.
Gerken led the Engineers to a No. 11 national ranking, their first undefeated season, and a record-setting point total at the 2009 NEWMAC Championships. Her selection as the league’s top coach is the first for MIT since Joe Kurtz captured the honor in 2003. Currently in her seventh season at MIT, Gerken was also named NEWMAC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year in 2006.
Gerken, who has guided MIT to 38 All-American honors, is hoping to add to that total as the Engineers prepare for the upcoming NCAA Division III Championships.