Centennial Moments: Beavers Find a Permanent Home

Centennial Moments: Beavers Find a Permanent Home

The history of varsity athletics at Babson College dates all the way back to 1931, but it was not until the mid-1980s that the Beavers first joined an official athletics conference. The women's programs were the first to make the leap as Babson joined Brandeis University, MIT, Smith College, Wellesley College and Wheaton College as part of the New England Women's 6 Conference (NEW 6) prior to the 1985-86 academic year.

The NEW 6 would expand just two years later as Mount Holyoke College and WPI came aboard as the league became the NEW 8 in 1987.

With women's athletics secure in newly-formed league, Serge DeBari, who served as the men's basketball coach at Babson from 1980-95, helped organize the Constitution Athletic Conference (CAC). In addition to the Beavers, the new conference included the Coast Guard Academy, MIT, Norwich University, Western New England University and WPI.

Baseball, basketball and soccer were a dominant force during their days in the CAC, combining to win 10 conference championships between 1990-98.

The majority of Babson's 22 athletics programs moved to their permanent home prior to the fall of 1998 as the NEW 8 and CAC joined forces, uniting as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The conference, which today is home to 11 women's programs and eight men's programs, for the first time offered automatic bids to the NCAA Championships beginning with men's and women's basketball in 1999 and all other sports in 2000.

Women's soccer and women's basketball both captured NEWMAC Tournament titles in the league's inaugural season, while the first men's conference crown came in the fall of 1999 thanks to men's golf. 

Since 2014, the Green and White has enjoyed tremendous success within the NEWMAC capturing 23 regular season titles and 20 conference tournament championships.

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