From the Desk of
Dr. G. Anthony Grant,
MIT Director of Athletics/Department Head
Welcome to the intercollegiate athletics program at MIT! With one of the largest varsity athletics programs in the
nation, we consistently strive for and achieve excellence - which is one of the many reasons why you will be proud of
your athletics success during your MIT career.
While the 2019-20 athletic year did not look like your typical year of competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic,
our teams continued to excel on the conference, regional and national level. Despite the cancellation of the spring
championships, we were proud to have our men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football and men’s and
women’s swimming and diving teams earn a total of six NEWMAC Championships. At the end of the academic year,
MIT captured the NEWMAC Women’s Presidents Cup for the sixth straight year and the seventh time overall.
We also had continued growth within our club sports, physical education and wellness, intramurals and recreation
programs as all these areas provided a tremendous mix of in-person and remote programming for the entire MIT
community during the spring semester. Physical education and wellness developed two courses that enabled students
to complete their spring PE requirements virtually, while club sports maintained their social connections within their
teams and intramurals transitioned to eight virtual sports that continue to expand. In recreation, the department has
offered 10 virtual classes per week since March.
In the Division III Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup, we are proud to have placed in the top-11 in the country for 10 straight years dating back to the
2009-10 academic year. The Cup, which ranks the nation’s best overall athletics programs based on finishes at NCAA Championships, was not awarded in
2019-20 due to the cancellation of winter and spring NCAA championships. In addition to the recent success within the Learfield Cup, we had 14 nationallyranked
teams and 12 teams qualify for NCAA Championship events in 2019-20. For the year, MIT teams had 107 student-athletes earn All-America honors,
which is the second-highest total in program history.
As much as we excel on the playing surface, we are also incredibly proud of the academic success of our teams. This past season, our student-athletes
earned 21 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, marking the fourth straight year with over 20 award winners. MIT is the all-time Division III leader in
producing Academic All-Americas with 339 honorees, trailing only the University of Nebraska by just one for the all-time lead across all NCAA Divisions.
This year, we had 14 First Team selections, including Katie Bacher ‘20 as she was named the CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America of the Year for
women’s cross country and track and field.
As a department we are committed to our core values - the pursuit of Excellence in creating an environment that: develops Community; provides Education;
inspires Leadership; and promotes Wellness. We have continued to use these as our guiding principles during this uncertain time and we are looking forward
to seeing you all competing again soon as part of the MIT family!
Dr. G. Anthony Grant
Director of Athletics/DAPER Department Head