BABSON PARK, Mass.—With the 2014-15
season just around the corner, the Babson College Department of
Athletics and Recreation has announced that it will be celebrating
40 years of varsity women’s athletics at the College starting
in early August and continuing through the spring.
As part of the year-long celebration, the athletics communications office will feature each of the department's 11 programs while highlighting the history and success of each individual team throughout the year. The signature event for the celebration will be the Athletics Affinity Milestone Reception during Homecoming Weekend featuring Jackie MacMullen, longtime sportswriter for The Boston Globe, The New York Times best-selling author, NBA columnist, and ESPN analyst.
Head women's basketball coach Judy Blinstrub and head men's and women's swimming & diving coach Rick Echlov will also be honored for their years of service at the reception, which will be held on Friday, September 19, at the Babson Executive Conference Center from 6:30-9 p.m.
Varsity women’s athletics at Babson dates back to the 1974-75 academic year with the formation of the basketball program under the direction of Fran Hartwell. In addition to hoops, four female swimmers competed with the men’s swimming & diving program, led by Bob Hartwell, for the first time during the 1974-75 campaign. The department added six new varsity programs over the next decade, including tennis and volleyball in 1980, soccer in 1981, alpine skiing in 1982, and field hockey in 1983.
Women’s athletics has enjoyed a great run of success since its inception at Babson, winning 31 conference championships and making 49 team and individual postseason appearances. In addition to all the team success, the Beavers have claimed 46 All-America awards in seven different sports.