Now in his 16th season at Tufts University, head coach Adam Hoyt and his staff have developed the Jumbo men’s and women’s swimming teams into a pair of the top programs in the nation.
Last year at the NCAA Division III Championships, the Jumbo men finished 10th as a team marking their third straight year in the NCAA top 10. It was their fourth straight season among the top 12 teams in the nation. The 2017-18 team's seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championship was the program's best since 1982. The women’s team’s 16th place at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships was the highest finish for the Jumbos since the team was also 16th in 1990.
Individually, the Jumbo men featured 11 All-Americans in 2019 and won the program’s first swimming national title since 1982 with Roger Gu taking first in the 50 freestyle. For the women, Tufts had seven All-Americans and broke six school records at the national meet.
The Jumbos are a force in the competitive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) under Coach Hoyt. Last season the women had a best-ever second-place finish at the NESCAC meet. The men won the program’s first-ever NESCAC title in 2018 and were the runner-up last season. Tufts’ men won nine events at NESCAC's last season. Jumbo individuals and relays posted 24 NCAA B times and established six new school records at the meet. On the women’s side, Tufts established 14 new school records and notched 19 NCAA B marks. Amy Socha posted Tufts’ first win at the meet since 2014 in the 200 fly. Hoyt was named NESCAC Women’s Co-Coach of the Year, adding to his two previous men’s conference Coach of the Year awards.
Hired in 2004 to replace legendary men's coach Don Megerle, Hoyt led the Tufts University men's swimming team for 11 seasons and was then promoted to run both the men's and women's programs in 2015.
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 combined 25 members of the men’s and women’s teams achieved NESCAC All-Academic status last year for carrying grade point averages of 3.5 or better.
Last year, 2019 graduate and All-American swimmer Colleen Doolan was a top 30 honoree for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership. She is currently studying at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Coach Hoyt's programs are also actively involved in the community. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving team members have raised more than $100,000 for cancer research as part of Swim Across America. In each of the last two years, the program has coordinated a swim-a-thon involving many Tufts Athletics teams to benefit Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts.
Hoyt was previously the assistant men's and women's swimming coach at Trinity College from 2001-04. He is a native of Orange, Connecticut and a 2001 graduate of Hamilton College. He and his wife Brooke live in Medford with their daughter Rae and son Jude.