Matt Davidson, a former volunteer assistant with the Harvardwomen's swimming and diving team, is in his fourth season asassistant coach of the Crimson in 2012-13. A key part of theHarvard recruiting effort, Davidson helped bring in theninth-ranked recruiting class in the nation for the 2011-12 season,the only Ivy League or Northeast school to place within the top10.
Last season, Davidson helped the Crimson to the Ivy League DualMeet Championship with a perfect 7-0 record against the AncientEight and to the program's 10th Ivy League Championship with awire-to-wire performance at the league meet. Harvard broke a totalof six records during the campaign, and saw Meghan Leddy '12 (100back, 200 back) and Courtney Otto '15 (500 free, 200 fly, 400 IM)qualify for the NCAA Championships. One of the year's otherhighlights came at the HYP meet as Harvard defeated Princeton,190-110, to secure the Ivy League Dual Meet crown, and end theTigers' streak of 43 consecutive wins and its run as the five-timereigning dual meet champs.
The Crimson earned the No. 1 ranking in the mid-major swimmingpolls during the 2009-10 season, as well as second-place finishesat the ECAC and Ivy League Championships. Davidson also saw eightswimmers earn All-Ivy accolades in 2009-10 and two swimmers qualifyfor the NCAA Championships.
Davidson coached Harvard's ECAC Championships squads in 2008 and2009. His 2009 group won the ECAC title, claiming championships infive events and setting a new meet record in the 400 medley relay.He also contributed throughout the season to a team effort thatyielded an Ivy League championship, 15 All-Ivy selections and 12school records.
A volunteer assistant coach with the Crimson for two seasons,Davidson simultaneously achieved success at the youth and masterslevels. He is an American Swim Coaches Association Level 3certified age-group coach and was one of just 11 coaches fromaround the nation selected to participate in the 2008 ASCA FellowsProgram.
In five seasons as a youth coach, Davidson has coached 40 YMCAAll-Americans as well as numerous Nationals and Junior Nationalsqualifiers and one Olympic Trials qualifier. His swimmers havebroken more than 30 team records and earned top-10 times nationallyin various events and age groups.
A graduate of Salem State College, Davidson served as the headjunior group coach and assistant Nationals coach for the YMCA ofthe North Shore from 2004 to 2008 and held the same position withthe Bay & Ocean State Squids in 2010.
Davidson was also the head coach of the Cambridge Masters SwimClub for 2008-09, leading the team to the 2009 New EnglandChampionship. His swimmers set four national records and 20 NewEngland records. One of his athletes was recognized by SwimmingWorld Magazine as one of the world's top 12 mastersswimmers.