There's no doubt that success has been a hallmark of Cathy Motta's 12 seasons as head coach of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth swimming teams.
Motta begins her 13th season at the helm of the Corsairs, who are looking to earn another women's Little East Conference championship, do well at the New England Championships and qualify swimmers for Eastern College Athletic Conference and NCAA Championship competition.
In each of the last two years, the UMass Dartmouth men were 4-3 overall.
During the 2003-04 season, the UMD women finished second at the Division III New England Championships, while the men placed sixth overall. Five years ago, the Corsair women were third at the New England Championships, and the men finished seventh.
Her peers have recognized Motta's success. She has recently served as the President of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association and was named Women's Coach of the Yearfollowing the 2000-01 season.
A 1991 graduate of UMass Dartmouth when it was known as Southeastern Massachusetts University, Motta was a member of the Corsairs' swimming and diving team as an undergraduate. She set two school records and had the privilege of coaching Amy Stucchi, who broke both of them before she graduated in 2004.
After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at UMD, Motta earned another Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Westfield State College, with a concentration in athletic training/health and fitness. In 1997, she completed work on an Associate of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Bristol Community College.
Prior to joining the staff at UMass Dartmouth, Motta was an assistant swimming coach at Dartmouth Swim Academy. She also served as an assistant swimming coach while a student at Westfield State.
Motta is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer and is certified in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She holds CPR, First Aid and Advanced Lifesaving certificates from the American Red Cross.
Call the coach: (508) 910-6462
Email the coach: CMotta@umassd.edu
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