John Benedick enters his 42nd year as a member of the MIT Athletics staff in the 2017-18 season. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Athletics at MIT for sports administration, a role he has held since 1997 and which deals with the development of operational and budget processes and procedures for the intercollegiate athletics program. He is also the Director of NCAA Compliance for Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation and has been a member of the department since 1975. Prior to moving into administration in, he spent 22 years coaching the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as well as serving as the head coach of the men’s water polo team.
As a coach, Benedick saw over 50 of his athletes earn All-America honors, produced numerous conference champions, and developed three national champions. Twice he received Coach of the Year honors from the New England Intercollegiate Swimming Association. He has served as President of the Collegiate Water Polo Association and the New England Intercollegiate Swimming Association. He was also the Secretary Treasurer of the New England Water Polo Association. Benedick has served on the NCAA Rules committee for Water Polo and was a member of the Women and Minorities Strategic Alliance Grant Committee for the NCAA. He has served on numerous athletic department review committees for NCAA institutions.
Benedick graduated from California State University at Hayward with a Bachelor of Science in physical education. He then earned a Master’s degree in motor learning and sport sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was inducted in to the Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame in 2012. As a swimmer and water polo player at Cal-State Hayward he earned All-America honors in three individual events and two relays. He was team captain and Far Western Conference Champion in the 50 yard freestyle.