Julie Soriero joined MIT as an Associate Professor and as the new Department Head and Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation on July 1, 2007. She came to MIT after having served at Colorado College for nine years, most recently as Director of Athletics. Prior to her appointment as Director, she served Colorado College as the Interim Director of Athletics concurrently with various other roles such as Head Women's Basketball Coach, Director of Events, Senior Women's Administrator and Senior Associate Athletic Director. Before Colorado College, Soriero held the Head Women’s Basketball Coach position at the University of Pennsylvania for ten years. She also coached and served as the Associate Director of Athletics at Philadelphia University and began her collegiate coaching career at Haverford College, founding the Division III program there in 1980. In all she coached for 21 years before dedicating herself to full-time administrative work.
Originally from New Hope, Pa., near Philadelphia, Soriero began her career in athletics after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Pennsylvania State University and later earned her Master of Education degree in Sports Psychology from Temple University.