Samantha Pitter enters her sixth season with the Harvard men’s swimming and diving program which strives for excellence both nationally and against Ivy League opponents as well as in the classroom.
Guiding the Crimson to a 45-3 overall record, including 32-1 Ivy League mark and three Ivy titles, Pitter has brought in strong recruiting classes which were ranked amongst the top-20 in the nation for swimming and diving.
Additionally, Pitter has seen the program grow both against Ivy League competition and on the national stage. At the 2016-17 Ivy League Championship Meet, Harvard dominated, winning by 370 points, the wideset margin of victory since the Crimson’s 409-point win in 1999. A year later, Harvard claimed its 25th Ivy crown and climbed into the national rankings at No. 24 in 2017-18.
Harvard continued to grow on the national stage, improving its team score and place at the NCAA Championships. For the first time in 12 years, the Crimson placed in the top-20, finishing 18th tallying 58 points. Dean Farris ’20 earned All-America first team honors in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke for the second time in his career, while distance swimmers Brennan Novak ’19 and Logan Houck ’20 each recorded All-America honorable mention times in the 500-yard freestyle.
In her years at Harvard, Pitter has recruited, coached, and developed two All-America first team selections (Dean Farris ’20, Mike Mosca ‘15), and 11 All-America honorable mention recipients. Additionally, she has coached a total of 42 All-Ivy recipients, including 21 first team selections as well as back-to-back Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmers of the Year (Dean Farris ’20 in 2016-17, 2017-18 and Brennan Novak ’19 in 2017-18).
Outside of Blodgett Pool, Harvard has excelled in the classroom boasting the top GPA in the nation each of the past three years as well as a pair of Academic All-District recipients (Dean Farris ’20, Mike Mosca ’15), and one Academic All-America selection (Mike Mosca ’15). Additionally, 42 of her swimmers and divers earned CSCAA Scholar All-America recognition.
Prior to coming to Harvard, Pitter spent five years coaching men’s and women’s swimming and diving at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she brought the Engineers unprecedented levels of success.
Serving as an assistant coach for first four years at MIT, Pitter helped lead both programs to three consecutive NEWMAC Championships, while guiding the men to four consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships. She spent her fifth season as the Acting Head Coach while Dawn Dill was on maternity leave in 2012-13. As the Acting Head Coach, Pitter led the Engineers to their best ever NCAA finishes: third place for the men and eighth place for the women. Over the course of the 2012-13 season, the women went on to break 12 school records and the men re-wrote 21 of 24 school records, which included three NCAA event titles and one NCAA record. She was named NEWMAC Women's Coach of the Year for the squad's performance at the NEWMAC Championships.
At the 2013 World Championship Trials, Pitter's athlete placed top eight in the 50-meter butterfly, and reached the finals in the 50-meter freestyle. In 2012, Pitter guided MIT's first ever Olympic Trials Qualifier to a 21st-place finish in the 50 free in Omaha, Neb.
A 2007 graduate of Hamilton College, Pitter was an accomplished swimmer. She was a four-time All-American sprinter, school record holder, team captain and NESCAC All-Academic recipient during her four years. She graduated from Hamilton Cum Laude with a double major in Economics and Communication.
In 2011, Pitter completed her Master's of Education in Physical Education Specializing in Coaching, from Boston University. She has coached masters swimmers at both Boston University and here at Harvard with Cambridge Masters Swim Club.