Now in his 17th 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.
At the 2019 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. Following the season, Gu posted an Olympic Trials qualifying mark in the 50 freestyle at a club meet. For the women, Tufts had seven All-Americans and broke six school records at the 2019 national meet.
Though the 2020 NCAA meet was not held due to coronavirus, the Jumbo men again finished second at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championships, where they won seven individual and relay titles and set seven new school records. Nine men’s swimmers qualified for the NCAA championship meet, including Gu, who was looking to defend his 50 meter national championship. Thirteen women’s team members were preparing to travel to the NCAA championship meet when it was canceled. The Tufts women were also the NESCAC team runner-up, won four conference individual and relay titles and set 13 new team records at the conference meet.
The Jumbos are a force in the competitive NESCAC under Coach Hoyt. In 2018 the women had a best-ever second-place finish at the NESCAC meet. Current senior Amy Socha posted Tufts’ first win at the meet since 2014 in the 200 butterfly. Hoyt was named NESCAC Women’s Co-Coach of the Year in, adding to his two previous men’s conference Coach of the Year awards. The Tufts men won the program’s first-ever NESCAC title in 2018.
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. Both Jumbo teams combined to have 29 individuals named as 2020 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Award recipients for achieving grade point averages of 3.5 or better and qualifying nationally. Colleen Doolan, a 2019 graduate and All-American swimmer, 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. Last year the program coordinated a Medford Family Network coat drive and in 2017 and 2018 ran 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.