BABSON PARK, Mass.—After leading Babson College men's and women's tennis for the last 19 years, head coach Jim Berrigan MBA'15 has decided to step away from the programs and pass the torch on to a new leader.
The winningest coach in the history of both programs, Berrigan consistently helped the Beavers achieve a status as one of the region's top teams over the last two decades. Since his appointment prior to the 1999-00 campaign, he won a combined 405 matches while making three NCAA Tournament appearances, winning three New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season titles, and capturing a pair of conference tournament championships.
"We want to thank Jim for his many contributions to Babson tennis and to our campus," stated Senior Director of Athletics and Athletic Advancement Mike Lynch. "He has been a committed coach, a caring colleague, and a terrific friend and ambassador for Babson. We wish him the very best as he moves on to write his next chapter."
Berrigan guided the women's squad to its first NEWMAC regular season and tournament titles in 2003, and led the Green and White to a magical 2014-15 campaign that included a school-record-tying 16 wins, a conference tournament title and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance. His teams qualified for the NEWMAC final in 2015 and 2018, and registered 10 or more victories in 13 of his 19 seasons.
The men's team reached the league tournament championship match 11 times during Berrigan's tenure, which included six consecutive appearances from 2013-18. Under his guidance, the Beavers became the only team to defeat MIT during the NEWMAC era on their way to capturing the conference's regular season title in 2015.
Berrigan also led the Babson men to the NCAA Tournament in both 2013 and 2014. In 2014, the Green and White advanced to the second round for the first time in program history with a 9-0 sweep of Colby-Sawyer.
In addition to his success with the tennis programs, Berrigan held multiple roles at the school during his 19 years. He was hired as program coordinator in Babson's Office of Academic Services in the spring of 2000, and his role expanded to include academic advising and scheduling courses while serving as the liaison to the athletics department. Berrigan also was responsible for managing the academic probation and suspension process, and was tasked with assisting in the registration process for all students.
Berrigan taught Babson's First-Year Seminar (FYS) course from 2001-18 and began teaching sports marketing alongside longtime professor Norm Govoni in the fall of 2011. He was the lead professor for three years after earning his MBA in 2015, and notable guest speakers included Boston Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, Titleist Golf CEO Dave Maher, former Olympic swimmer Dana Torres, and famed sportswriters Jackie MacMullan, Dan Shaughnessy and Steve Buckley.
Along with his role in the classroom, Berrigan was responsible for running the athletics department's academic tutor program for a number of years.
"I have cherished my time at Babson throughout the years and am leaving with great memories," said Berrigan. "A couple of my favorites are the women winning the NEWMAC championship in 2014 as the third seed and being the first men's team in the league to beat MIT in 2015."
"I also want to thank all of my former players and the alumni for their support and dedication to the Babson tennis programs."
A national search for Berrigan's replacement will begin immediately.