BABSON PARK, Mass. — Babson has named Eric Neely as its head women’s volleyball coach and coordinator of club sports, Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur announced recently.
Neely comes to Babson after a brilliant six-year career as head volleyball coach at Ursuline Academy in nearby Dedham. During his tenure, Ursuline went 94-40 and won four South sectional Championships. Neely was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 2008 after leading the program to a 20-2 mark and one of its two league titles under his guidance.
An avid volleyball player and teacher, Neely has served as a coach for Smash Volleyball’s Junior Olympic teams since late 2006, and he coached the Women’s club team at Northeastern University this past spring. He has also worked as an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Ahern Middle School since 2009 and an assistant boys basketball coach at Foxborough High School since 2007.
A native of Easton, Massachusetts, Neely graduated from the University of Rochester in 1998 and later his law degree from the University of Georgia Law School in 2003.
“We’re extremely excited to have Eric on board as our new head volleyball coach,” MacArthur said. “He is enormously passionate about his sport and about teaching young people both on and off the court. To a person, everyone we talked to about Eric said that his love of athletics, his ability to connect with players and peers, and his desire to succeed are unmatched.”
Neely takes over Babson’s volleyball program following the departure of alumna Tonya Strange, who led the Beavers to four straight double-digit win seasons in her second stint as head coach. He will inherit a roster that includes two-time All-NEWMAC honoree Meg Flaherty, as well as standout setter Kathleen Lynch and top middle hitter Cathy Tinker.
In addition to his coaching duties, Neely will oversee Babson’s highly popular club sports, which include men’s and women’s rugby, cheerleading, and men’s and women’s ice hockey.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach at a top school like Babson,” Neely said. “I can’t wait to get started. This is a fantastic college in one of the best leagues in the country.”