June 12, 2013

Wellesley Names Monica Capobianco Director of Recreation

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Bridget Belgiovine, Chair of the Wellesley College Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Director of Athletics, has announced the hiring of Monica Capobianco as Director of Recreation and Assistant Professor of the Practice. She will begin her duties at Wellesley on July 1st.

"Amidst a strong pool of candidates, Monica Capobianco stood out as an experienced and enthusiastic candidate to lead Wellesley's recreation program," stated Belgiovine. "Monica's understanding of the relationship between recreational opportunities and athletics programs coupled with her experiences in student leadership and Club Sports will be an asset for our program," she added. "We look forward to her contributions in support of diverse student involvement in both club sports and recreational activities."

Capobianco comes to Wellesley from nearby Boston College, after spending 10 years in Chestnut Hill. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director of Club Sports and Recreational Camp, where she was responsible for all facets of the club sports program. At BC, Capobianco administered a program that was comprised of 22 club sports with over 700 student-athletes and was named the 2010 New England Rugby Collegiate Administrator of the Year.

Capobianco also spent two years as the Assistant Director of Intramural and Club Sports for BC. During this stint, she notably created the Boston College Recreational Day Camp, the Campus Recreation Business Travel Account (BTA), and the Club Sport Council student advisory committee.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Wellesley College community in this role and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to become part of such a prestigious and well-respected institution," said Capobianco.  "Wellesley College truly understands the importance of providing quality recreational opportunities," she added. "I am excited to build upon the foundation of activities that are currently offered to enhance the recreational experience and increase the overall health and wellness of the entire campus community."

Beginning her professional career at in BC in 2003, Capobianco served two years as the Assistant Manager of Club Sports, and three years as the Administrative Secretary/Receptionist for of the Department of Athletics. During this time, she earned her Master's of Science in Advancing Studies and also served as the Women's Club Lacrosse Head Coach in 2006.

A 2003 graduate of Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. Capobianco earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, while playing four years with the lacrosse team. A four-year starter on defense, she was elected as a team captain during her senior year.

Capobianco grew up in Walpole, Massachusetts and was a 1999 graduate of Walpole High School.