In recent years, the Institute’s student-athletes have attracted national attention for their accomplishments. Now, MIT’s varsity sports are getting some recognition on campus; on Wednesday, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation installed 11 new black-and-maroon banners in Rockwell Cage to commemorate MIT’s conference championships. The banners were funded in part by the MIT men's basketball alumni.
Since joining the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 26 years ago, MIT’s varsity athletic program has produced 61 NEWMAC championships in 11 different sports. The banners, which hang from the gym’s central partition, come on the heels of a banner year — in the 2009-2010 academic year, MIT earned a conference record eight championships; seven MIT athletes were named NEWMAC Athlete of the Year; five were named Rookie of the Year; and four coaches were honored as NEWMAC Coach of the Year.
And these achievements were echoed at the national level. The Institute’s athletic program as a whole ranked 11th in the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors Cup standing for athletic success and excellence in Division III, the highest ranking for MIT in the program since its establishment in 1985. Last month, MIT was ranked fourth among NCAA Division III universities and fourth overall in the eighth annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings, which assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country.
With 33 varsity sports, MIT provides the second most intercollegiate offerings among Division III institutions in the United States. MIT is also the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic-All Americans, with 164.
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