No stranger to the NEWMAC or the Sports & Recreation Center Pool, Cooper comes to WPI from Smith College where she was on Kim Bierwert's staff and earned her master's in Exercise Science & Sports Studies. She also swam against the Engineers in the Sports & Recreation Center as a member of the UMass Dartmouth swimming & diving program her senior year.
"I am ecstatic to welcome Morgan to our program," remarked Bennett. "Morgan has done extensive work recruiting and helped push the Pioneers to a strong finish at last year's NEWMACs. She will bring a great presence to the team and help make an immediate impact here at WPI."
While in Northampton, Cooper was involved with recruiting, running home meets and monitoring weight training sessions, as well as coaching at Smith's Competitive Swimming Stroke Technique Clinic. This spring, Cooper was named as a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Jean Freeman Scholarship recipient. The honor is given annually to six assistant coaches whose exceptional contributions have brought recognition to their college or university, and whose leadership, integrity, honesty, competitive attitude and personal graciousness epitomizes those characteristics reflected by Jean Freeman. The scholarship covers the convention fee, transportation and lodging to the annual CSCAA Convention and Clinic as well as the CSCAA Coach Academy.
"I am very excited to be joining WPI and am looking forward to diving into the preparation for this upcoming year," stated Cooper. "I am looking forward to meeting the student-athletes and am excited for the start of the season."
In addition to the collegiate level, the psychology major has coached with a number of programs including as an assistant at Bedford High School and with Bluefish Swim Club.
"Her past experience within Nick Rice's Bluefish program and Coach Bierwert's team at Smith made her the ideal person for our position."
"I am grateful to Coach Bennett for the opportunity to be a part of this program, as well as use my passion for swimming and energy to help continue the success of this team both in and out of the pool," added Cooper.
Cooper, who has attained USA Swimming Coach and U.S. Masters Coaching Level 2 certifications, is still on the Corsair record board as a member of the 400 and 800-yard relays and individually in the 50-yard breaststroke. She also remains in the outdoor track & field record book as part of the 4x200-meter relay and sprint medley relay.