CLAREMONT, CA. – Pomona-Pitzer Swimming and Diving Associate Head Coach Meghan French has accepted a position to become the Head Swimming & Diving Coach at MIT.
French spent the last four seasons with the Sagehens as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator from 2017-19 under Head Coach J.P. Gowdy, an assistant coach from 2015-17 and served as the interim head coach in 2016. During her tenure with the Sagehens, she helped the program earn five Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships including back-to-back championships for the men's team in 2018-19, their first two in program history. French also helped the women's side to earn three SCIAC titles in four seasons.
The Sagehens were CSCAA Scholar All-Americans in all four seasons that French was involved with the program and guided the Sagehens to history as the men and women both finished inside the top-10 at the NCAA Championships in 2018
"I would first like to thank JP Gowdy for an amazing 4 years as part of the Pomona-Pitzer Swim and Dive coaching staff," said Fench. "JP has been an incredible mentor and friend, and I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities he and PPSD have helped create throughout the years. Secondly, I would like to thank the entire Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Department for their support and guidance! Lastly, to the amazing student-athletes here at Pomona-Pitzer, thank you! Thank you for the opportunity to be your coach—it is something I will never forget! My time at Pomona-Pitzer has prepared me well for this next step and I am honored to be named the new head coach of men's and women's swimming and diving at MIT."
French came to Pomona-Pitzer from Springfield College where she served as the assistant swimming coach from 2013 to 2015. During her time at Springfield she was a part of coaching nine NCAA qualifiers, two All-Americans and one National Champion.
French earned a Master's of Social Work degree from Springfield College in 2015 after earning her bachelor's of science degree at Springfield in 2012. As a swimmer, she was an NCAA B-cut qualifier in distance events and a member of two NEWMAC Championship teams.