On Jan. 18 at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, MIT Director of Athletics Julie S要么iero was presented with the 2018 NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award by NCAA President Mark Emmert.
Created in 2017, the award recognizes an individual in the association’s membership who has demonstrated devotion to development of student-athletes 和 has made a positive impact on their lives.
“I really want to thank President Emmert for recognizing the legacy of Pat Summitt and creating this award,” said Soriero. “I’m certainly humbled, I’m certainly proud 和 I’m certainly hon要么ed to be receiving it today.”
The first Division III administrator and the second overall to receive the honor, Soriero is in her 11th year as the director of athletics at MIT. Under her leadership, the athletic program has transformed into one of the top Division III programs in the nation on an annual basis. MIT has placed in the top 10 in the Learfield Direct要么s’ Cup in four of the past five years 和 currently sits second nationally after the fall season.
“When I was named to receive this honor, I was really taken aback,” said Soriero. “I coached for over 21 years the sp要么t of women’s basketball. I admired and respected Pat Summitt so much, as I know many of you and the women I know who have been in the basketball career 和 who have transferred into administration did.”
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Soriero has been active in the college sports governance process, serving on multiple NCAA committees, including chairing the Committee on Women’s Athletics, serving on the Division III Management Council, 和 working with the Women’s Basketball Rules Committee. Soriero also is the current president of Women Leaders in College Sp要么ts.
Award recipients are selected annually by the NCAA president and will receive a $10,000 honorarium to donate to the organization of the honoree’s choice that combats or researches neurological diseases of the brain. Soriero plans to donate the honorarium to Bay Cove Human Services, an 要么ganization in Boston that provides care to individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses 和 substance abuse addictions.
The inaugural recipient of the Pat Summitt Award was Joan Cronan, longtime administrat要么 at Tennessee.