Meg Sisson French begins her second season as the Mary Frances Wagley, `47 men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach/physical education and wellness instructor in 2020-21. She came to MIT from Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and was named to her position on August 9, 2019.
In her first season at MIT, Sisson French guided the men's and women's swimming and diving teams to conference titles and as a result was named as the 2019-20 NEWMAC Men's and Women's Swimming Coach of the Year. A total of 27 student-athletes qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championship and four of her student-athletes picked up major awards from the league this season.
A total of three of her student-athletes will compete at the 2021 United States Olympic Trials including Sam Ubellacker, James Richardson and Edenna Chen.
At Pomona-Pitzer, Sisson French served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator from 2017-2019, as well as the assistant coach from 2015-17. In addition, she was the interim head coach in the fall semester of 2016 and has been the summer swim director at Pomona College from 2016 to present.
In her role as the associate head coach, Sisson French assisted in coaching five SCIAC Conference Championship teams and had three teams post top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship. She initiated and organized the recruiting process for the men’s and women’s teams while also instructing undergraduate level physical education at Pomona College and faculty and staff wellness classes.
She began her collegiate coaching career at Springfield College as a volunteer assistant coach in the 2012-13 season and as a graduate assistant at Springfield from 2013-2015. Earning her Master of Social Work in 2015, Sisson French also graduated with her Bachelor of Science in applied sociology from Springfield in 2012 and was a four-year member of the women’s swimming and diving team that captured the 2009 and 2010 NEWMAC Championships.