Overall Record: 269-102 (Men)/505-176
Winning Percentage: .725 (Men)/.742 (Women)
Since his graduation from Bates College in 1989, Paul Dill’s involvement in volleyball has spanned both sexes, nearly all age groups, and two continents. Following his ninth season with the men’s team at MIT, he has built what has become one of the premier Division III volleyball programs in the country.
Dill began duplicating his success with the MIT women’s team after being summoned to take over the reins of the program in 2004. In 2010, the Engineers registered their first 30-win season, and in 2014 made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Dill has led the program to as high as a No. 3 national ranking. As first-year members of the United Volleyball Conference, he was named the league’s Co-Coach of the Year in 2014. The award was Dill’s fourth overall as he was a three-time honoree when MIT played in the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA). While competing in NECVA, he was the inaugural recipient of the conference's David Hildebrandt Rising Star Award in 2009.
Dill has worked with the MIT volleyball program since 1992. He served as an assistant coach for three years for both men’s and women’s varsity teams. Named the head coach of the women’s squad in 1996, Dill has guided it to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, two ECAC Championships, and the 2012 NEWMAC title. His efforts have been recognized on the MIT campus as he received the MIT Infinite Mile from the Division of Student Life. In addition, Dill was selected for the MIT Excellence Award, which is the highest honor awarded to staff by MIT.
Before coaching the MIT men’s squad, Dill directed the Emmanuel College men’s team to a 12-8 record in its first season of varsity competition. He also co-coached the England Women’s Junior National Team for four years, and was an assistant coach for a Division I National League women’s club team in the English Volleyball Association. Other experience includes coaching the University of Connecticut men’s volleyball club team while earning his MBA and coaching the men’s open division of the Bay State Games.
|Year:||3rd at MIT|
|Previous College:||MIT '09|
Lindsay Hunting enters her third season as a member of the MIT volleyball coaching staff after a career as a four-year starter and captain for the Engineers. During her time as an undergraduate, she helped propel the Cardinal and Gray to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances including two trips to the Sweet 16.
A 2009 graduate, Hunting received a Bachelor of Science degree in materials science and engineering. Since then, she has worked at two nanotechnology start-ups in the Boston area, and is currently doing research on the use of quantum dots for the improvement of lighting and display technologies.
With her return to the program, Hunting brings years of defensive experience and an infectious enthusiasm for the sport.
|Year:||3rd at MIT|
|Previous College:||MIT '08|
Ellen Needham returned to the MIT volleyball program in the fall of 2012 following a three-year career with women's team during which she helped the Engineers make two NCAA appearances, including a run to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Needham received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering with minors in chemistry and management from MIT in 2008. After graduation she moved to Sri Lanka as the Sri Lanka Country Director for Emerge Global, a U.S.-based international nonprofit that empowers young women who have survived abuse, and afterwards returned to the United States to serve as Emerge Global's U.S. Country Director. Needham also spent time as a management and operations consultant prior to her current position at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global education company based in Boston.
Originally from West Lafayette, Indiana, Needham attended William Henry Harrison High School where she was a three-year varsity volleyball team starter, captain, sectional champion, Indiana first-team academic all-state, Indiana first-team all-star, and Mental Attitude award winner. She was also a member of the Circle City club team in Indianapolis, where she developed as an outside, rightside and middle hitter.
Needham brings several strengths to the Engineers' coaching staff, including strong technical skills in the areas of hitting and defense and a passion for developing players to reach their full potential.
|Year:||14th at MIT|
|Previous College:||MIT '97|
Charles Morton is the longest tenured assistant coach for the MIT women's and men's volleyball programs as he came on board in 1999. His responsibilities include design and implementation of the strength, conditioning, and jump training programs, recruiting, practice planning, statistical analysis, and player development, and drawing on his familiarity with life as an MIT student to act as a second academic advisor for the team members. Morton joined the coaching staff after closing a four-year playing career with the Engineers that saw him rise from reserve middle blocker in 1995 to starter in 1996, and eventually captain and Most Valuable Player in 1998.
Morton graduated from MIT in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, and was one of the first students to earn the Biomedical Engineering minor. Following a two-year stint as an engineering analyst for the Arthur D. Little Corporation, Morton returned to MIT to pursue a Ph.D. program in the Department of Biological Engineering. His thesis work involved studies of the metabolic disposition and biophysical phenomena of developmental drug candidates against prostate cancer. After earning his doctorate in molecular pharmacology and toxicology in the spring of 2009, Morton began a postdoctoral fellowship researching carcinogenesis at the Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston.
In 2009, Morton received the MIT Infinite Mile Award which is sponsored by the Division of Student Life. The following year, he was named the inaugural Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Morton is originally from Redondo Beach, Calif., where he went to Chadwick High School. When he is not performing in local rock bands or working in his yard, he finds time to play volleyball in USAV adult club leagues in the New England area.