CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Former volunteer assistant Matt Davidson has been named assistant coach of the Harvard women's swimming and diving team, Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Women's Swimming and Diving, announced Monday.
Davidson has volunteered with the Crimson for the past two seasons and has simultaneously achieved success at the youth and masters levels. He is an American Swim Coaches Association Level 3 certified age-group coach and was one of just 11 coaches from around the nation selected to participate in the 2008 ASCA Fellows Program.
"As a volunteer, Matt's enthusiasm for the sport was contagious, and he has a talent for motivating everyone on the team," Morawski said. "I am thrilled that he accepted the assistant position and am looking forward to seeing him continue to use his coaching strengths here at Harvard, now in an official capacity."
Davidson coached Harvard's ECAC Championships squads in 2008 and 2009. His 2009 group won the ECAC title, claiming championships in five events and setting a new meet record in the 400-yard medley relay. He also contributed throughout the season to a team effort that yielded an Ivy League championship, 15 All-Ivy selections and 12 school records.
In five seasons as a youth coach, Davidson has coached 40 YMCA All-Americans as well as numerous Nationals and Junior Nationals qualifiers and one Olympic Trials qualifier. His swimmers have broken more than 30 team records and earned top-10 times nationally in various events and age groups.
A graduate of Salem State College, Davidson served as the head junior group coach and assistant Nationals coach for the YMCA of the North Shore from 2004 to 2008 and held the same position with the Bay & Ocean State Squids last season.
Davidson was also the head coach of the Cambridge Masters Swim Club for 2008-09, leading the team to the 2009 New England Championship. His swimmers set four national records and 20 New England records. One of his athletes was recognized by Swimming World Magazine as one of the world's top 12 masters swimmers.
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