Cambridge, Mass. (March 19) -- Sarah Shute has been named as the MIT field hockey head coach and physical education and wellness instructor, as announced by MIT director of athletics/DAPER department head Dr. G. Anthony Grant. Shute succeeds Cheryl Silva, who retired this spring as the field hockey head coach after 29 seasons.
"I am excited to welcome Sarah to MIT as our field hockey head coach," said Dr. Grant. "I am greatly impressed by her coaching and playing experience at Boston University, as well as her work with the USA Futures Program and other camps. Her energy, positive nature and commitment to the full student-athlete experience will help us continue to build on the already strong foundation that was built by Coach Silva."
A 2008 graduate of BU where she was a four-year standout for the Terriers, Shute has been a member of the coaching staff since 2010 and was promoted to associate head coach in Spring 2014.
"I am absolutely honored and thrilled to accept the opportunity to join the DAPER community at MIT as the head field hockey coach," said Shute. "MIT is a world-renowned institution and this athletic department truly prides itself on the holistic development of its student-athletes.
During her tenure, the Terriers captured four Patriot League regular-season and tournament championships while boasting seven All-Americans, 31 All-Patriot League selections and 10 Patriot League Athlete of the Year performers. In addition, the BU staff was tabbed as the Dita/NFHCA Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
"I want to thank Dr. Anthony Grant, Barb Bolich, Carrie Sampson Moore and the members of the search committee for trusting me to lead these bright and talented young women," said Shute. "Cheryl Silva established a nationally competitive program while simultaneously creating a remarkable culture and I'm honored to continue to build on her legacy."
As a player, Shute finished her career with 45 goals, which is the third on the BU all-time list as she is also fourth on the all-time points list at 107. During her senior season, the Terriers advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 1991 as the team claimed three straight America East titles during her final three seasons.
"Boston University will always be a special place to me as my time there on staff and as a student-athlete elevated my passion for both this sport and for coaching," stated Shute. "The support and guidance I received during my time at BU was incredible and I am grateful for everything Drew Marrochello, Sally Starr and Tracey Paul have done to prepare me for this next step in my career."
Shute earned her undergraduate degree from BU's School of Hospitality Administration in 2008 and finished her Master's degree in 2017 from the School of Education with a concentration in physical education and coaching.