|Title:||Assistant Director of Athletics/SWA/Title IX Coordinator|
Now in her 13th season at the helm of Wheaton's field hockey program, fifth as senior woman administrator and second as assistant director of athletics, Rebecca Begley has been an integral member of the athletic department since the fall of 2000.
Begley has coached the Lyons to 69 wins over the last six years, posting the first back-to-back-to-back 10-victory seasons in school history. During the past six fall seasons, Wheaton advanced to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal round four times and qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament on three occasions.
From 2001-05, Begley also guided the Wheaton women's lacrosse program to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, two NEWMAC Tournament crowns and three regular season conference titles. In 2004, the Lyons set a single season school record for wins (15) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament national quarterfinal round. Begley owns a pair of NEWMAC Coach of the Year awards and a career mark of 59-26 (.694). During that time, Begley also served as the departments alumnae/i relations liaison and negotiated the exclusive contract with NIKE and PrimeTime Sports.
In addition to her coaching duties at Wheaton, Begley also serves as the department's compliance officer, and in 2011, she was named the college's Title IX Coordinator. As the SWA, Begley supervised facilities, co-created the Lyons Athletic Club(LAC) with the Director of the Annual Fund and helped pen the constitution of the Hall of Fame. The LAC plans events such as home and away tailgate to the annual golf outing. The first major project of the LAC was the construction of the Tokarz Varsity Weight Room.
Begley now serves on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and is the field hockey chair of the NEWMAC.
Begley is a member of several organizations and has served on a number of committees. She has served on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America committee and two NEWMAC committees. She also chaired the NFHCA Coach of the Year committee and served on the NCAA Virtual Focus Group, NFHCA Awards & Hall of Fame, and NFHCA All-Region and ECAC Tournament committees. Begley was also a member of the women's lacrosse all-region selection committee and Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) ethics committee.
Begley directs Wheaton's summer program for the NIKE Field Hockey Camp. A field hockey and lacrosse instructor at various summer camps from 1993-99, Begley founded a girls' day camp in 1993 in Merrimack, N.H., as field hockey director.
Prior to Wheaton, Begley spent two seasons as the assistant field hockey and women's lacrosse coach at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. While at Denison, the field hockey team captured consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships. In 1999, the field hockey team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 16-4 record. The women's lacrosse squad also won consecutive NCAC titles, with the 2000 team automatically qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
Begley also spent one year as head field hockey coach at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where her 1997 squad tied a school record for the most wins in a season (14-6). Additionally, she was responsible for assisting the head women's lacrosse coach in the spring of 1998.
A native of Concord, N.H., Begley is a 1996 graduate of Dickinson College, where she was a three-time all-region honoree and four-year letterwinner in field hockey. A former center midfielder, she is among the all-time assists leaders at Dickinson. Begley earned a bachelor's degree in American studies with a concentration in Alaskan native studies.