BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Longtime Babson College coach and Associate Athletic Director Judy Blinstrub received yet another major honor earlier this month, as she was inducted into the Northeast "Advancing The Role Of Girls and Womens In Sport" Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at Woodland Country Club on November 1.
According to the event's official press release, "Northeast is an organization which endeavors to promote the advancement of girls and women in sports throughout New England." Without question, legendary department member Blinstrub fits that bill, as she has served as a Babson coach and administrator for more than a quarter of a century. Now in her 26th season as head coach of the women's basketball program, Blinstrub also coached the women's soccer team for 21 seasons before stepping down from that position in 2004, and she has served as the department's Associate Direcor of Athletics for over a decade. With 10 conference Coach of the Year awards to her credit, she is currently the only coach in the history of Division III women's sports with 400 wins in basketball and 200 wins in soccer.
In addition to over 400 individual student-athletes that she has personally coached, Blinstrub has played a major role as a mentor and friend to many of Babson's other athletes - both male and female. One of the most beloved and respected members of the Athletics staff, she has constantly championed the successes and accomplishments of Babson's athletes throughout her remarkable career.
Asked about their most prominent memories of their playing days with Coach Blinstrub, many of Babson's athletic alumae responded.
"Her commitment to our success, both on and off the field, is what I remember most about Judy during [my playing] days and later watching her as her assistant for 15 years," wrote three-sport alumna and former assistant soccer coach Gloria Gutierrez '87. "To Judy, the students always come first. Her devotion to the school, including the advancement of women's athletics, her leadership, her dedication and genuine caring and concern for the students and her coworkers is immeasurable."
"What separates Judy from many coaches is that she cares about her players both on and off the field," wrote soccer alumna Erin Keleher '99. "She would always encourage us and push us to be strong women. The lessons she instilled in us allowed us to grow individually and as teammates and friends and made it easy to apply those lessons both on the field and in life."
A native of nearby Newton, Blinstrub came to Babson in 1984 after serving as coach and athletics director at Mount Alvernia and Brimmer and May School in Newton. A graduate of Bridgewater State College, she is a also member of the Bridgewater State Athletics Hall of Fame.