Pomona-Pitzer associate head coach Meg Sisson French will succeed Dani Korman as the head men’s and women’s swimming coach at Division III MIT, the school announced Thursday. Korman announced she was leaving the program last May, after four seasons, to become Teri McKeever‘s assistant at Cal.
“I am very excited to welcome Meg Sisson French to MIT as she enthusiastically takes on the role of men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach and physical education and wellness instructor,” MIT associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator Barb Bolich said. “Meg brings a wealth of experience in coaching and teaching at both Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Springfield College. She is a successful coach and committed educator whose valuable contributions will be felt on day one.”
Sisson French joined Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont in 2015 and served as an assistant for two years before getting promoted to associate head coach for the past two seasons. She also served as the interim head coach in the fall of 2016 and managed recruiting efforts.
Under Sisson French’s watch, the Sagehens notched five SCIAC titles, including back-to-back titles for both the men and women in the last two years. In her time there, three athletes posted top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
“I am honored and excited to join the MIT community as the men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach,” Sisson French said. “I would like to thank Julie Soriero, Katie Hoppe and the entire search committee for this incredible opportunity. MIT is an outstanding and unique institution. I look forward to working with the incredibly talented and dedicated student-athletes, building upon the team’s past success and serving as an instructor within the physical education and wellness department.”
Sisson began her collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater Springfield College in the 2012-13 season, then was a graduate assistant there from 2013 to 2015.
MIT’s men finished sixth at the 2019 Division III NCAA Championships (11th-straight year in the top-10) and won the NEWMAC conference meet for the 11th-straight year. The women finished ninth at NCAAs (eighth-straight year in the top-10) and won NEWMACs for the ninth-straight season.
Sisson French’s hire makes her the third-straight female head coach at MIT; the Engineers are the only team in Division III’s top ten with a woman in that role.