B.S.Ed., Trenton State, NJ
M.S., Springfield College
Bridget Belgiovine serves as Director of Athletics and Chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA) at Wellesley College, a Division III nationally prominent women’s college with highly selective academic standards offering 13 intercollegiate varsity sports.
Belgiovine oversees all facets of a department that also includes a PE curriculum serving nearly 2,000 students each year, and a recreation program with events ranging from Dorm and Class Crew, to aerobics and Pilates classes, to fun runs. Her mission is to integrate the department and its programs more fully into the life of the college, stressing the importance of fitness and health in a strong liberal arts education. An energetic leader focused on the impact of sports and fitness, Belgiovine has impacted the lives of many students, coaches and administrators with her commitment to excellence on the field of competition and within the classroom.
Her interests center on the importance of sports participation in the lives of students, with an emphasis on girls and women. Understanding the importance of sports as a vehicle to enhance health, learning, and self-confidence in women is central to Belgiovine’s work. Her particular focus is the advancement of women into senior leadership positions in the sports-related workforce and ultimately society.
Since Belgiovine's arrival at Wellesley in 2006, two Blue athletes have won NCAA Individual National Championships and the Blue have also claimed their first team NCAA National Championship (Crew in 2016). In addition, Wellesley teams have earned 18 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships and made a combined 28 team appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2013-14, the Blue captured their first NEWMAC President’s Cup, an all-sports award presented to the top overall men’s and women’s programs in the conference. That year, ten Wellesley teams participated in NEWMAC post-season play, as crew, field hockey and softball went on to win conference championships. Four student-athletes earned conference athlete of the year honors and three coaches earned coach of the year honors.
In 2014-15, Wellesley earned the program’s best finish in the 20-year history of the Division III Directors’ Cup. The highest-ranking all-women’s institution in the nation, Wellesley finished in 63rd place overall.
Belgiovine was formerly the Director of Division III at the NCAA with responsibilities that included coordination and support for the Division III governance structure. In that role, she was instrumental in the governance of Division III collegiate athletics and earned a national reputation as a visionary, energetic, and effective leader.
Prior to the NCAA, she served as Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, an NCAA Division III institution offering 19 intercollegiate athletic sports. During her tenure at UW-LaCrosse, the department was recognized five times as the conference program with the highest grade point average and four times as the All-Sports recipient for the most successful athletics program. From 1991-1997, UW-La Crosse won a combined 14 National Championships and 34 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships under Belgiovine’s leadership.
In 2014, she was awarded the Donald Gordon Merit Award in recognition of her long-time support of Athletics at UW-La Crosse. Her support of the Eagles was also previously honored with the establishment of an endowed Belgiovine Scholarship to support female graduate students in sports administration.
A collegiate lacrosse player at Trenton State (now the College of New Jersey), Belgiovine’s rise in collegiate administration began at Springfield College where she served as Assistant Professor, Field Hockey Coach, Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator.
Belgiovine holds a BS from Trenton State College in Health and Physical Education, and a Masters degree in Physical Education and Athletic Administration from Springfield College. Her experience includes teaching, coaching, and athletics administration at the junior/senior high school and collegiate levels, coaching basketball and field hockey at both levels and serving as an athletic administrator at the collegiate level.
Nationally, Belgiovine’s contributions include service as a former president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), a board member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and service in the NCAA structure. She held positions as vice-president for Division III, chair of the Division III Management Council, a member of the Executive Committee, Joint Policy Board, Administrative Committee and several Division III and Association-wide committees. In 1990, she was Games Director of the Massachusetts Special Olympics.
Belgiovine has been the recipient of many awards through the years, having been recognized as ECAC Administrator of the Year, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, inducted into the Immaculate Heart Academy Hall of Fame and awarded the Springfield College Distinguished Alumna Award as well as the Springfield College Tarbell Medallion. She recently completed a two-year term as president of the NEWMAC, served as president of the Springfield College Alumnae Council and currently serves as a member of the Springfield College Board of Trustees. She also spends time volunteering for several community programs and events in her local community.