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Coach of the Week

Coach of the Week

Mary Ellen McLaughlin's first year as the head coach of the men's and women's swim teams has been an eventful one. Now that the season is over, she not only has a new team but eight new school records as well.

McLaughlin came to MIT from Middlebury College in Vermont. There she improved Middlebury's New England ranking from the mid-30s to a consistent top three ranking for both the men's and women's teams. She was elected New England Coach of the Year three times, in 1992, 1995, and 1996. She was also elected the NCAA Division III Women's Coach of the Year in 1996. Her success at Middlebury has carried over to MIT teams this year, as the men's New England ranking improved dramatically from 1997's 13th place to ninth place this past season. Nearly every swimmer had multiple personal bests at New England's this year.

However, the New England Championships were a little different in 1998. For the first time since she started her coaching career, McLaughlin missed a meet. Instead of spending the Friday evening session of the women's meet on deck, she spent the evening in the hospital giving birth to her newborn baby boy.

The team appreciated the efforts she made to be involved this year, even as she learned to be a mom, and enjoyed getting to know her as a coach and friend. She helped each swimmer to improve, not only with her expertise in swimming technique, but with her dedication to the development of each individual swimmer as well.