Samantha Pitter Joins Men's Swimming and Diving Staff

Samantha Pitter Joins Men's Swimming and Diving Staff

Pitter comes to Harvard from MIT (photo courtesy MIT athletics).

– Samantha Pitter will join the Harvard men's swimming and diving coaching staff for the 2013-14 season under recently appointed head coach Kevin Tyrrell.  Pitter comes to Harvard after previously coaching at the Massachusetts Institution of Technology.

Pitter has spent the last five seasons as part of the swimming and diving coaching staff at MIT. She served as an assistant for four seasons and spent her fifth season as the Acting Head Coach while Dawn Dill was on maternity leave in 2012-13.

Over her five years at MIT, Pitter helped bring both programs to unprecedented levels of success. During her tenure as Acting Head Coach she helped lead 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. 

While an assistant at MIT, Pitter helped the men and women to three consecutive NEWMAC Conference Championships, and the men to four consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III championships. 

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, Sam 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.

Harvard's season gets underway on Nov. 15 with a trip to Ithaca, N.Y., for a tri-meet against Cornell and Dartmouth. The Crimson finished with an undefeated record (9-0, 7-0 Ivy), while finishing fourth at the ECAC Championship and second at the Ivy League Championships. Harvard had eight athletes go to the NCAA Division I championships in Indianapolis.