Austin Ringheim is leaving Austin College to take over as head water polo coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The move was announced on mitathletics.com on Thursday.

Ringheim departs Sherman after one year as assistant head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams, both of which completed their first seasons as varsity programs. He leaves the program having helped the ‘Roos women finish as runners up to Macalster College in their first ever CWPA Championship tournament in April and ranked 10th in the CWPA DIII coaches’ poll at the end of the season. The freshman-heavy men’s side defeated Monmouth in October for their only win of 2018.

Austin College and former MIT head coach Mark Lawrence called Ringheim “an absolute perfect fit [for MIT] because he understands water polo competition, water polo development and academic and program culture.”

Ringheim also worked as an assistant coach for USA Water Polo’s Olympic Development Program in the Southwest Zone and had success as a youth coach with Thunder Water Polo in Dallas.

He split his four years of varsity water polo between junior college powerhouse Golden West College and Whittier College, from where he graduated in 2016. He was a member of the squad’s NCAA Tournament-qualifying team in 2014 after winning the SCIAC title. He will take over at MIT after the Engineers finished their 2018 campaign tied for second in the CWPA’s final DIII coaches’ poll.

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