Babson chooses assistant coach Page to replace Vassalotti as head coach
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Babson College Director of Athletics and Recreation Josh MacArthur recently announced that Jeff Page has been named the new head coach for the Beavers' golf program. A resident of nearby Needham and a 1980 graduate of Quinnipiac University, Page was promoted to head coach after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant to former longtime coach Mike Vassalotti.
Vice President and Metro Boston Sales Manager at RBS Citizens since 1999, Page has brought an extensive background in competitive golf to Babson. In his four seasons at Quinnipiac, he was the Connecticut Intercollegiate Individual Champion in 1980, he qualified for the NCAA tournament in both 1979 and 1980 and he was selected as a Division II Honorable Mention All-American in his senior season.
After graduating, Page went on to qualify for the Mass Amateur more than 10 times, including two appearances in the match-play portion of the event (final 32). He was also a six-time qualifier at the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur, was a qualifier for the United States Mid-Amateur in 1998 and is a 17-time Club Champion at the nearby Wellesley Country Club.
"I'm incredibly excited about this opportunity," Page said. "Coaching golf at the collegiate level is something I've wanted to do for a long time. Having the chance to work with student-athletes on a daily basis while passing on my knowledge of the sport at a highly prestigious institution like Babson is in many ways a dream come true for me. I'm very much looking forward to working with the team and seeing what we can accomplish."
Jeff is yet another member of a family that has always enjoyed close ties to Babson. His brother Dave Page was a three-year member of the Beavers' men's basketball program, while his father Don received the Jon T. Barry Award in 2010 for longtime support of, and commitment to, Babson Athletics and the President's Cup Golf Tournament.
"We are thrilled to have Jeff lead our men's golf program," MacArthur said. "Jeff quickly established himself within the program last year, handling a variety of on and off course responsibilities. He earned the student-athlete's respect almost immediately and I think we can expect great things from our program in the future with Jeff at the helm.
"While we enter a new era, it is also important to recognize the tremendous leadership and longstanding commitment of Mike Vassalotti. For most alumni, Vass is Babson Golf and his contributions, including recognizing Jeff's potential as a coach, cannot be understated."