Mel McLaughlin

President and Coach

Mel McLaughlin is currently on the Wellesley Swimming and Diving Staff . She joined the staff in the 2012-13 season as an Assistant Coach after coaching at three other Division III institutions for the past 26 years.

McLaughlin was the Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1997-2003. She was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year three times and directed a successful national program. Prior to coaching at MIT, McLaughlin served as the Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach at Middlebury College from 1986 to 1997. She was named the New England Coach of the Year four times during her tenure and was named the NCAA Women's Swim Coach of the Year in 1994. While at Middlebury, McLaughlin also served as the Assistant and JV Lacrosse Coach and the JV Field Hockey Coach.

Most recently, she worked as the Assistant Coach for the Men's and Women's Swimming program at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. At Wheaton, McLaughlin helped coach five All-Americans and one NEWMAC swimmer of the year.

Coach McLaughlin received her Master of Science in Physical Education from Pacific Western University in Los Angeles, CA in 1995 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of New Hampshire in 1986. While at UNH, she was a member of both the varsity swimming and varsity lacrosse teams. McLaughlin swam at the NCAA Championships and won the NCAA Lacrosse Championship


  • Wellesley College asst. swim coach current
  • Masters swim coach Cohasset, Mass
  • Masters swim coach Wellesley, Mass
  • Tri-athlalon swim coach
  • Sailfish swim coach
  • UNH Hall of fame
  • MIT head swim coach 1997-2003
  • Middlebury College Head swim Coach 1986-1997
  • Middlebury College asst/jv lacrosse coach
  • Middlebury College asst/jv field hockey coach
  • NEWMAC swim coach of the year 5 times
  • NCAA Lacrosse champion 1985
  • NCAA Women's Coach of the Year 1994

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