Naming an endowed coaching position in honor of a former coach is a symbolic way to recognize someone who helped transform the lives of many Babson student-athletes, coaches, friends and families.
Well regarded and respected by players and coaches alike, Mike Vassalotti will be remembered for his friendship, guidance and leadership. An avid sailor, Coach Vass enjoyed sports and coaching throughout his life, as evidenced by owning a retail sporting goods business for many years and serving as Babson men’s golf coach for three decades.
Coach Vass resurrected the Beavers’ men’s golf program, leading his teams to numerous conference championships and NCAA tournaments. An accomplished player himself, Coach Vass developed several All-Americans and all-region players over the years.
Under Coach Vass, the program earned its fourth NCAA Tournament bid in 1995 while winning back-to-back NEIGA Championships in 1994 and 1995. Then in 1997, the Beavers won the first of seven consecutive conference championships - the first in the CAC and the next six in the NEWMAC. This stretch also included another NEIGA Championship in 2000 as well as three straight bids to the NCAA Tournament in 2000-02. Although Babson's string of conference titles ended when the NEWMAC ceased its sponsorship of golf in 2004, the run continued when the Beavers joined the NECC in 2009.
In their inaugural season, the Beavers claimed their first NECC title and eighth conference championship over a 13-year span. Two years later, Babson collected its second NECC Championship while earning the league's first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and the program's eighth national trip.
Join us in supporting an endowment that will permanently display Mike Vassalotti’s name on Babson’s men’s golf’s head coach position while providing permanent funding for the program.
For additional information please contact Mike Lynch, Pamela P. and Brian M. Barefoot Senior Director of Athletics and Advancement.