WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Rebecca 'Becky' Kimball, Butler Director of Sport Performance and Fitness and Assistant Professor of the Practice at Wellesley College will leave the College on June 30th. Kimball has been named the new Director of Athletics, Health and Wellness at nearby Dana Hall School.
"The past six years have been amazing and I have enjoyed collaborating and building strong relationships with everyone at Wellesley," said Kimball. "I am grateful for the opportunities that Wellesley College has provided me, but am excited for the growth opportunities ahead of me at Dana Hall."
Since joining Wellesley's Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA), Kimball has overseen the rapid growth of a sports performance program that includes strength and conditioning for Wellesley's 13 NCAA Division III varsity programs as well as campuswide fitness and wellness initiatives. Kimball oversaw the development and currently manages a campus Fitness Center that opened in 2015, oversees a varsity sport strength and conditioning room and supports several residence hall spaces that house fitness equipment.
As co-chair of Wellesley's Wellness Outreach Collaborative, Kimball worked with campus partners to meet the fitness needs of the entire student population and foster an environment for wellness education for over 2,400 undergraduate students. She supervised the student-led fitness program of nearly 50 student workers as a component of the Recreation program and taught in the Physical Education curriculum. The Blue have claimed four NCAA national championships during Kimball's time as Director of Sports Performance, including three individual titles and the 2016 women's rowing national title.
"I credit Becky with the development of a highly successful sports performance program for Wellesley's varsity athletes which has resulted in unparalleled competitive success since her arrival to campus," said Bridget Belgiovine, Director of Athletics and Chair of the PERA Department. " She has also been instrumental in advancing campus-wide wellness and fitness through a significant student-led peer teaching model. The numbers of students participating has grown exponentially during Becky's tenure. Becky's enthusiasm and commitment to support students in all facets of their physical development along with her service to the department and college will be missed."
Kimball joined Wellesley after spending a year and a half as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Bates College. Prior to her appointment at Bates, Kimball had a six-year tenure as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Coordinator at Division I Southern Illinois University. She holds a B.S. in Sports Medicine and Health Fitness from the University of Southern Maine and a Masters in Applied Exercise Science with a concentration in strength and conditioning from Springfield College.
Wellesley Athletics strives for excellence at the conference, regional, and national levels, while providing opportunities for students to achieve their potential and learn the values of discipline, leadership, critical thinking, and responsibility to oneself and others.