Bridget Belgiovine recently retired following a successful and transformative 13-year tenure as Director of Athletics & Department Chair of Physical Education & Recreation at Wellesley College. During Belgiovine’s tenure at Wellesley, Blue athletes won four NCAA Individual National Championships, and its crew team claimed the institution’s first team NCAA National Championship. In addition, Wellesley teams earned 17 New England women’s and men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championships and made a combined 25 team appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Belgiovine oversaw all facets of a department that included a physical education curriculum serving nearly 2,000 students annually, a comprehensive recreation program with year-round programming, student-led fitness classes, and eight club sport teams, and a varsity athletics program with 13 highly competitive intercollegiate teams. The importance of sports as a vehicle to enhance health and wellness, learning, resilience, and self-confidence are central to Belgiovine’s work. This is in addition to her relentless promotion of stressing the importance of fitness and health in a strong liberal arts education.
An energetic and passionate leader, Belgiovine has been an advocate for facility renovations and fundraising as a method for enhancing educational and athletic experiences and has seen her work impact the lives of countless students, coaches, faculty, and administrators. Throughout her career, she has focused on the advancement of women into senior leadership positions in the sports-related workforce and society. Wellesley’s LeadBLUE Program, a comprehensive student-athlete educational initiative established during her tenure, was aimed at enhancing the quality of team culture, student leadership, and the athletic experience. The program also trained student-athletes to become the next generation of women leaders.
Formerly the Director of Division III at the NCAA, Belgiovine’s responsibilities included coordination and support for the Division III governance structure. In that role, she earned a national reputation as a visionary, energetic, and effective leader. She also served as Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and Assistant Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Professor at Springfield College. Belgiovine began her career as a high school physical education teacher and coach at Monroe Township, NJ.
Belgiovine has been the recipient of many awards through the years, having been recognized as the Under Armour Division III Athletic Director of the Year, ECAC Division III Administrator of the Year, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and inducted into the Immaculate Heart Academy Hall of Fame. She was also awarded the Athletic Merit Award from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, the Springfield College Distinguished Alumna Award and its highest honor, the Tarbell Medallion, and the Claire Van Ummersen Leadership award. She served as president of the Springfield College Alumnae Council, president of Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA), and president of the NEWMAC. Belgiovine currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Springfield College and a member of the Advisory Board for DreamBig!, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help girls from low-income situations to participate in sports and physical activities to contribute to their health, education, and overall well-being.
A collegiate lacrosse player at Trenton State (now the College of New Jersey), Belgiovine holds a B.S. from Trenton State College in Health and Physical Education and a Masters in Physical Education and Athletic Administration from Springfield College.