|Title:||The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving|
|Alma Mater:||Harvard 1992, M.E. 1999|
One of the most decorated swimmers in the rich history of Harvard's storied program, Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92 enters her 18th year as the head coach of her alma mater in the 2014-15 season.
Last year, Morawski and her Crimson claimed the 2013-14 Ivy League Championship after a thrilling finish to the three-day event. Harvard finished the season 6-1 overall, winning every dual meet against its Ancient Eight foes after the first weekend of the season.
Two seasons ago, Morawski led the Crimson to its second straight
7-0 Ivy League dual record and a 9-0 dual mark overall. Harvard
qualified two swimmers for the NCAA Championships, Sara Li '14 and
Courtney Otto '15, and broke 10 school records over the course of
the season (eight individual, two relay). The Crimson also swept
Princeton and Yale at the annual HYP meet for the second time in as
many tries with a 100-point win over Princeton and a 209-89 blowout
over Yale at the Tigers' Denunzio Pool.
In 2011-12, Morawski led Harvard to the Ivy League Dual Meet Championship with a perfect 7-0 record against the Ancient Eight and to the program's 10th Ivy League Championship with a wire-to-wire performance at the league meet. This was the third Ivy League title of Morawski's head coaching career as her athletes earned a total of 12 All-Ivy honors.
Another 2011-12 highlight came at the HYP meet as Harvard defeated Princeton, 190-110, to secure the Ivy League Dual Meet crown, and end the Tigers' streak of 43 consecutive wins and its run as the five-time reigning dual meet champs.
The Harvard women's swimming record book has been rewritten in recent seasons under Morawski. Her teams have broken every swimming record since 2005. Morawski comes into the 2012-13 season with a 113-24 overall record and an 91-20 Ivy League mark.
In 2009-10, Morawski led the Crimson to second-place finishes at both the ECAC and Ivy League Championships. Alexandra Clarke '10 and Kate Mills '11 qualified for the NCAA Championships and Clarke attained All-America status in the 1,650-yard freestyle event. Morawski also saw her team garner CSCAA All-Academic honors and top the mid-major rankings during the 2009-10 season.
Morawski presided over a season of unprecedented success for the Crimson in 2008-09 season. Her team won the Ivy League and ECAC championships, finished the season ranked 25th nationally, set school records in 12 events and sent two competitors to the NCAA Championships. Two swimmers were named CSCAA Scholar All-Americans and four others earned honorable mention for that award.
Morawski completed a full circle in the 2004-05 season, leading the Crimson to a 10-0 record and its first team title at the Ivy League Championships since she captained the 1992 title squad. She also coached the first two Harvard All-Americans since she earned the honor as a senior. The 2004-05 team went 7-0 against Ivy League foes to become the first Crimson squad since 1995-96 to win a league dual-meet crown.
The Crimson posted another 10-0 campaign under Morawski in 2005-06, winning all seven Ivy League dual meets for its second straight dual-meet title. Her squad also won its first five meets of 2006-07, extending its winning streak to 25 dual meets. Under Morawski's direction, Harvard has won 36 Ivy League or Eastern individual swimming championships, five diving titles and 10 relays.
Morawski has coached one national champion, 2004 U.S. 200 butterfly champion Noelle Bassi, who also finished sixth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. Bassi also owns two of the four All-America honors achieved under Morawski. She achieved All-America status in the 200 fly in both 2005 and 2006, while Jaclyn Pangilinan '08 was a 2005 All-American in the 200 breaststroke and Alexandra Clarke '10 earned the honor in the 1,650 freestyle in 2010.
Morawski has also coached U.S. Paralympian Beth Kolbe, who owns 13 American records and one Parapan American Games record. Kolbe won four medals in the 2007 Parapan Am Games, including a gold in the 50 backstroke, and has been selected to two U.S. Paralympic teams.
Before taking over as Harvard's head coach, Morawski was an assistant coach with the Crimson for two years, working with head coach Maura Costin Scalise '80. She played an integral part in Harvard's 1996 Ivy League dual-meet championship as an assistant coach.
Morawski complied a long list of accolades as a student-athlete before entering the coaching ranks. A former team captain, she is a two-time All-America selection, a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier and two-time Olympic Trials qualifier. Her school-record time of 2:15.06 in the 200-yard breaststroke stood until 2005, when Pangilinan broke it at the NCAA meet on the way to All-America status. Morawski helped Harvard to a combined dual-meet record of 33-3 in her four years with the Crimson.
Morawski was the 1992 Eastern Women's Swimming League Swimmer of the Year after she accounted for 57 points in Harvard's championship effort. She shared the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Award as Harvard's top female student-athlete.
Before joining Harvard's coaching staff, Morawski spent two years as an assistant at The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.
Morawski earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard in 1992 and added a master's degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Education in 1999. She is married to Michael Morawski and has two daughters, Madeleine and Meriel.