Head coach of the Tufts men's and women's swimming & diving prorams, Adam Hoyt directed both teams to outstanding performances during the championship season last year.
Coach Hoyt led the Tufts men to their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship in 2018, as well as to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championship that was the program's best since 1982. The women's team surged to a fourth-place finish at the conference championship last season, the team’s best since 2013. Tufts improved upon their eighth-place performance from the 2017 NESCAC Championship by 323 points.
The Tufts University men's swimming coach for 11 seasons from to 2004-15, Hoyt was promoted to run both the men's and women's programs in 2015. He enters his 15th season overall at Tufts and fourth year as head coach of the Jumbo men's and women's teams.
Hoyt's men's team has posted back-to-back top 10 finishes at NCAA's. In 2017, the Jumbos earned a 10th-place finish that had matched the program's best since 2006. Last year's seventh-place finish at NCAA's was the sixth time during Hoyt's tenure that the Jumbos have placed among the NCAA top 20. That includes the a sixth, two 10ths, a 12th in 2016, 18th in 2010 and 19th in 2014. Last year's team included 11 All-Americans and a total of 14 men's team records were broken during the 2017-18 season.
Kingsley Bowen and Roger Gu, whom Hoyt recruited to Tufts, were both NESCAC champions and high NCAA finishers last year. Bowen’s NCAA performance last March was highlighted by a pair of third-place finishes in the 100 (48.54) and 200 (1:46.12) backstrokes. He also swept the conference championships in the backstrokes, winning the 50, 100 and 200. Gu broke two conference records at the championship meet last season, winning the 50 freestyle in 19.95 and swimming a 43.44 in the 100 freestyle preliminaries. He was then the national runner-up in the 100 free and was fourth in the 50 free at NCAA’s, as well as part of the 400 freestyle relay (2:59.62) that set a NESCAC record.
Also last season, 11 members of Coach Hoyt's men's swimming & diving team were named to the All-NESCAC Team. The Jumbos ended Williams College's 15-year run as conference champions, scoring 1,671 points at the NESCAC meet to comfortably defeat the second-place Ephs (1590). Hoyt's Jumbos have placed among the top three at the conference championship 10 times since 2006, including second-place efforts in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016. Hoyt was voted NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers for the second time last season.
While Hoyt works to build the Jumbo women's swimming and diving program into a conference and national contender equal to the the men's team, that program has also had successes in recent seasons. Anna Kimura was a NESCAC runner-up and All-American last season. Amanda Gottschalk and Colleen Doolan both qualified for the NCAA meet in 2016 and 2017. Gottschalk came home as an honorable mention All-American both years and Doolan was an honorable mention All-American in 2016. Nine women's team records have been broken in the past two seasons.
In addition to their success in the pool, the Tufts teams also perform well academically. The Jumbos are annual recipients of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) award for team academic achievement. A total of 25 men's and women's team members earned Academic All-NESCAC honors in 2017-18 for carrying grade point averages of 3.4 or better. Gottschalk received Academic All-America® honors in 2016 and was the university's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award in 2017.
Coach Hoyt's programs are also actively involved in the community. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving team members helped raise over $10,000 for cancer research as part of Swim Across America in April 2017. Over the past seven years, Tufts has helped Swim Across America raise almost $100,000. The teams have also organized a swim-a-thon to raise money for Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts in each of the last two years raising more than $25,000.
Hoyt was hired to lead the Jumbos after veteran coach Don Megerle retired from coaching after 33 years in 2004. The assistant men's and women's swimming coach at Trinity College from 2001-04, Hoyt is a native of Orange, Connecticut and a 2001 graduate of Hamilton College. He and his wife Brooke live in Medford with their daugter Rae and son Jude.