The Harvard girls’s swimming & diving crew could have a brand new head coach subsequent season for the primary time in virtually three a long time. Stephanie Wriede Morawski introduced on Monday the choice to go away this system; she shall be succeeded by Amanda Kulik, who has been an assistant with this system for a decade.
Morawski, a 1992 graduate of Harvard, received’t go far, although – she has accepted a task inside Harvard’s admissions workplace.
“Teaching Harvard student-athletes has been an extremely rewarding expertise,” Morawski mentioned. “Their ardour and motivation to excel on the highest stage in each the classroom and the pool is awe-inspiring. I’ve totally loved my time on pool deck which makes the choice to go away teaching extraordinarily tough. Nonetheless, I’ve accepted a place inside the Harvard Admissions Workplace and am excited to spend extra time with my household and cheer on the Crimson from the sideline!’
Kulik was a swimmer and rower at Division III Smith School.
The Harvard girls have received three of the final 5 Ivy League Championships and completed 2nd within the two they didn’t win in that stretch. The Harvard girls haven’t positioned decrease than 2nd on the meet since 2002
Courtesy: Harvard Athletics
A former two-sport athlete at Trinity School, Kulik joined the Crimson as an assistant coach in Nov. 2013, earlier than being promoted to affiliate head coach in Aug. 2017. In 10 seasons, Harvard has arguably loved its most profitable interval with Kulik on the teaching employees.
Throughout her tenure in Cambridge, Kulik has helped the Crimson end in first or second place on the Ivy League Championships in every of the 9 seasons during which the convention meet was held (2021 – Didn’t compete attributable to pandemic), with Harvard claiming trophies in 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2022. Along with profitable crew titles, Kulik coached 13 athletes who certified for the NCAA Championships, together with a pair that completed within the high 20 nationally of their respective occasions (Miki Dahlke ’20 – 17th in 200 free in 2019; Felicia Pasadyn ’22 – 15th in 400 IM in 2022), six NCAA All-Individuals and an NCAA Elite 90 recipient (Pasadyn ’22), all whereas watching 18 program data be established.
Kulik’s influence, nonetheless, was not restricted to the pool. Along with dealing with recruiting, journey logistics and operations, Kulik was instrumental within the growth of this system’s student-athletes. She served as an advisor and mentor, whereas fostering progress by this system’s Management Council, the crew’s variety, fairness, and inclusion efforts, and its work locally. Harvard additionally excelled within the classroom throughout Kulik’s tenure, incomes School Swimming & Diving Coaches Affiliation of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Group honors each semester during which the CSCAA launched GPAs. Within the Spring of 2021, the Crimson posted the highest time period GPA in NCAA Division I at 3.90.
Earlier than becoming a member of Morawski at Blodgett Pool, Kulik was an assistant coach at Smith School in Northampton for 2 full seasons (Sept. 2011-Nov. 2013). She was concerned with all features of this system, together with program creation, outreach, recruiting, journey, and fundraising.
After incomes her bachelor’s diploma in Hispanic research with a minor in performing arts from Trinity in 2008, Kulik joined the Eaglebrook College swimming employees in Deerfield, helping with the varsity and junior varsity groups from Sept. 2008-June 2011, whereas additionally educating Spanish. In the course of the summer time of 2009 and 2010, Kulik served as an assistant athletic director, overseeing the every day operations on campus.
Throughout her time at Smith and Harvard, Kulik has helped develop the game of swimming of their respective communities. Whereas at Smith, she was a masters coach, serving to swimmers attain their numerous private objectives. Then when she arrived within the Larger Boston Space, Kulik was a summer time coordinator for Swimming Saves Lives and a masters coach with Charles River Aquatics earlier than serving as its director of aggressive swimming. She additionally labored on the Harvard Method Swim Academy within the summertime, spanning her tenure at Smith and with the Crimson.
Just lately acknowledged as a Harvard Hero (April 2023) by the College’s College of Arts and Sciences, Kulik was a co-captain of Trinity’s girls’s swimming and diving and girls’s rowing groups, whereas touchdown on the Trinity School Dean’s Listing.
Within the pool, she was a NESCAC All-Tutorial Group choice, voted the crew’s Most Improved Lady Swimmer and completed her profession within the Bantams’ all-time high 10 within the 50-, 100- and 200-yard backstroke. In the meantime within the boat, she was a CRCA Div. II-III Nationwide Scholar-Athlete and helped the Bantams to a pair of second- and third-place performances on the NCAA Div. III Nationwide Regatta.
Along with acquiring her bachelor’s diploma from Trinity, Kulik earned her grasp’s diploma from Smith School in train & sports activities research in Might 2013.
Kulik will formally start her head-coaching duties on Aug. 1.
Courtesy: Harvard Athletics
One of the embellished swimmers in Harvard historical past, Morawski continued the Crimson’s profitable custom when she took the reins of this system forward of the 1997-98 marketing campaign. Since then, Harvard has captured eight convention crowns, all of which have occurred within the final 18 years during which the Ivy meet was held. Actually, the Crimson has completed first or second on the convention championship in 21 straight seasons.
Beneath the four-time Ivy League Coach of the Yr’s (2018-20, 2022) watch, Harvard has collected 112 All-Ivy League First-Group accolades and 11 Tutorial All-Ivy honors, with six athletes incomes All-America recognition and one being topped a nationwide champion. On the convention stage, Morawski tutored 5 Ivy Excessive Level Swimmers of the Meet, 4 Profession Excessive Level Swimmers and 6 Profession Excessive Level Divers. On the dual-meet stage, Morawski posted an general mark of 165-40-1 (.803) and a 141-32-1 document (.813) towards Ivy League foes, with each of her win totals rating first in program historical past.
Maybe extra spectacular than its achievements within the pool is Harvard’s general efficiency within the classroom as Morawski’s groups have earned School Swimming and Diving Coaches Affiliation of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Group plaudits for 28 consecutive semesters during which the group has launched crew GPAs, together with within the Spring of 2021 when the Crimson posted the highest GPA within the nation (3.90). The next season, Felicia Pasadyn ’22 earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award, given yearly to the athlete with the highest GPA amongst opponents on the NCAA finals website, and was named a CoSIDA First-Group Tutorial All-American, certainly one of solely two Ivy League student-athletes to be acknowledged (1988 – Sheila Findley ’90).
Morawski compiled an extended checklist of accolades as a student-athlete earlier than coming into the teaching ranks. The 1991-92 crew co-captain was a two-time All-America choice, a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier and two-time Olympic Trials participant. Morawski was the 1992 Japanese Ladies’s Swimming League Swimmer of the Yr after she accounted for 57 factors in Harvard’s championship effort. She later shared the Radcliffe School Alumnae Affiliation Award as Harvard’s high feminine student-athlete to cap her illustrious collegiate profession and was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Membership Corridor of Fame in 2007.
Morawski earned her undergraduate diploma in economics from Harvard in 1992 and added a grasp’s diploma from Harvard’s Graduate College of Schooling in 1999.