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June 13, 2013

Wellesley Hires Rebecca Kimball as Director of Sports Performance & Fitness

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

“We are very excited to announce that Rebecca Kimball will be our first full-time Director of Sports Performance and Fitness,” stated Belgiovine. ”We look forward to the technical knowledge and advancements that she brings to lead our programming, particularly for our student-athletes. Her background and her enthusiasm will serve her well at Wellesley.”

Kimball joins Wellesley after two stints at Division-III colleges in Maine. Most recently she served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Bates College Softball team, while also spending a year as the Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Coordinator for the University Southern Maine. At Southern Maine, she was responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse and softball. 

Prior to her work in Division III, Kimball spent six years as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Southern Illinois University. Her work with the Saluki’s included serving as the primary strength coach for the women's basketball, volleyball, and softball teams, as well as assisting with other Olympic sports. She was also the coordinator of the strength internship program.

Before her work at Southern Illinois, Kimball completed internships at the University of Maryland, the University of Connecticut and Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. At Maryland, she worked with the football, soccer and field hockey teams, while at UConn, she served as a strength and conditioning coach with the football and women’s basketball teams. 

"I am very excited to join the Wellesley community and to work with the staff that Bridget has in place,” said Kimball. “I look forward to collaborating with a great staff to ensure that the students are getting top quality performance training that compliments the rigors of their academic demands.”

Kimball is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has also earned her certification through the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE). Kimball also holds certification as a United States Weightlifting-Level I Club Coach, a Spinning Instructor and a Massage Therapist. 

A 2003 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Kimball earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine and Health Fitness. She received her Master’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College in 2005, with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. 

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