Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92
Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92
Title: The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving
Phone: (617) 495-1989
Email: morawski@fas.harvard.edu
Previous College: Harvard 1992, M.E. 1999
Experience: 23rd Season

One of the most decorated swimmers in the rich history of Harvard's storied program, Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92 enters her 23rd year as the head coach of her alma mater in the 2019-20 season.

Under Morawski's direction, the Crimson has captured six Ivy League championships, including the last two titles and four in the last six seasons, and is coming off an unprecedented 2018-19 campaign.

The 2018-19 Ivy League Coach of the Year helped first-year Samantha Shelton ’22 win the Ivy League Co-High Point Award and Mikaela Thompson ’19 collect the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver honor. She also mentored five Harvard student-athletes as they qualified for the NCAA Championships, the program’s most since at least 2009-10.

The Crimson collected 17 All-Ivy League honors en route to the conference title, upping to its impressive total to 211 under Morawski. Shelton was a three-time first-team selection while contributing to a pair of first-team relays. Miki Dahlke ’20, meanwhile, garnered four first-team accolades (2 individual, 2 relay).

The Harvard women's swimming record book has been rewritten under Morawski as her teams have broken every swimming record since 2009. Morawski comes into the 2019-20 season with a 148-33-1 overall record and an 126-26-1 Ivy League mark.

Morawski was named the 2017-18 Ivy League Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding the Crimson to its second Ivy title in three years, tallying a 1,616 points - its most since 2005. After breaking Blodgett Pool records in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the Ivy League Championship Meet, Dahlke was named the High Point Swimmer of the Meet. Jing Leung '18, who was honored as the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver, secured her third consecutive platform diving title at the NCAA Zone A Championships and represented the Crimson at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. 

Morawski continued to lead the Crimson to the front of the Ivy League in 2016-17. Harvard was 6-1 during the conference dual meet season and went on to finish second at the Ivy League Championship Meet, marking the 13th-straight season Harvard finished first or second at the conference meet. Her student-athletes earned 10 All-Ivy League individual honors, with four relay teams earning accolades. Leung won the NCAA Zone A Diving Championship on the platform and joined Dahlke, a freshman, at the NCAA Championships as the only two competitors from the Ancient Eight.

In 2015-16, the Morawski-led Crimson captured the 12th conference title in program history with 1500.5 points. Harvard racked up 14 All-Ivy honors in the winning effort, including seven first-team honors, the most of any school. Leung went on to capture first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Championship meet, with Sonia Wang '19 competing in three events at the championships. In the classroom, the Crimson was named a Scholar All-America Team.

The 2014-15 campaign saw the Crimson go 6-0-1 in regular-season meets against the Ancient Eight. At the annual HYP meet, Harvard dispatched of Yale and concluded a thrilling meet in a dead heat with Princeton. Harvard went on to take second at the Ivy League Championships, with senior swimmer Stephanie Ferrell ’15 and senior diver Schuyler Moore ’15 earning the Career High Point Swimmer and High Point Diver awards, respectively. Academically, six individuals earned spots on the CSCAA All-Academic Team, while the entire roster was named a Scholar All-America Team.

In 2013-14, Morawski and her Crimson claimed the 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.

Morawski led the Crimson in 2012-13 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.

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 campaign.

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 were honorable mention selections.

The Crimson posted a10-0 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.

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.

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 additionally owns two of the five 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. More recently, Leung was an All-American in platform diving after finish in eighth place at the 2018 national meet.

Morawski also coached U.S. Paralympian Beth Kolbe ‘08, who set 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 was selected to a pair of 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 compiled a long list of accolades as a student-athlete before entering the coaching ranks. A former team captain, she was 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.