This is Alison Derrick's second year at the helm of the MIT Women's Openweight Varsity team. Prior to coming to MIT, Coach Derrick was an assistant coach at Boston University and Northeastern University. She also spent the 2003-2004 seasons coaching at G-Row Boston, a non-profit program that gives girls in Boston Public Schools the opportunity to row.
Derrick is an alumna of Smith College, where she received both her BA in 1988 and MS in Exercise and Sports Science in 2003. While at Smith, she held a graduate fellowship and taught sculling, cross training, and peak performance classes. She also assisted with Smith's varsity rowing team including the squad that qualified for and participated in the first NCAA Division III Championships. As a part of her Master's course work, Derrick presented at the 2002 US Rowing Convention on the history of women's rowing during the early 1900's.
Prior to pursuing her master's degree, Alison taught computer applications, worked in finance as an IT project manager, and was trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt by Honeywell, Inc.
A native of West Hartford, Conn., Coach Derrick has competed as a master sculler, and has coached men and women masters, youth, and collegiate rowers at a number of community and summer rowing programs throughout New England.