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Matt Davidson, a former volunteer assistant with the Harvard women's swimming and diving team, is in his fourth season as assistant coach of the Crimson in 2012-13. A key part of the Harvard recruiting effort, Davidson helped bring in the ninth-ranked recruiting class in the nation for the 2011-12 season, the only Ivy League or Northeast school to place within the top 10.
Last season, Davidson helped the Crimson 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. Harvard broke a total of six records during the campaign, and saw Meghan Leddy '12 (100 back, 200 back) and Courtney Otto '15 (500 free, 200 fly, 400 IM) qualify for the NCAA Championships. One of the year's other highlights 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 Crimson earned the No. 1 ranking in the mid-major swimming polls during the 2009-10 season, as well as second-place finishes at the ECAC and Ivy League Championships. Davidson also saw eight swimmers earn All-Ivy accolades in 2009-10 and two swimmers qualify for the NCAA Championships.
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 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.
A volunteer assistant coach with the Crimson for two seasons, Davidson 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.
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 in 2010.
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.