NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College Interim Director of Athletics John Sutyak '00 has announced the promotion of Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) and head field hockey coach Rebecca Begley to Assistant Director of Athletics.
Begley has been an integral member of Wheaton's athletics department since the fall of 2000. Now in her 12th season at the helm of the Lyons field hockey program and fourth as SWA, Begley also serves as the department's compliance officer, supervises facilities, and is the Director of the Lyons Athletic Club (LAC). Earlier this year, she was named as the college's Title IX Coordinator, which will have her working with many different constituents on campus to ensure Wheaton's Title IX compliance in many different areas.
In her new role, Begley will review the college's sexual assault and misconduct policy, annually report any 'systemic concerns,' and ensure that the SMART coordinators are performing appropriate work in the response and prevention of sexual misconduct. Begley will also assist students who feel they may have been discriminated against in a case on campus file a claim with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
"I appreciate the opportunity to serve the department of athletics and Wheaton College not only as coach, but as an administrator as well," said Begley. "I am very thankful to Dean (Lee) Williams and John Sutyak for allowing me to work in this capacity and proud to be associated with Wheaton and the department of athletics."
Sutyak added, "I am very happy to announce Rebecca's promotion to Assistant Director of Athletics at Wheaton College. Rebecca has held an important role in the administration of our department since her promotion to Senior Woman Administrator four years ago. Since that time, her responsibilities have grown immensely not only within the department of athletics, but on campus as well. I am pleased that the college has chosen to recognize her hard work and dedication to enhance the Wheaton student-athlete experience."
Since taking over the helm of the field hockey program, the Lyons have advanced to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Semifinals four times and twice qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament. Wheaton has won 10-or-more games in four of the last five seasons, and Begley's 2006 and 2007 squads were responsible for posting the first back-to-back double-digit win seasons in program history. Last season, she recorded her 100th career win.
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 Quarterfinal Round. Begley owns a pair of NEWMAC Coach of the Year awards and a career mark of 59-26 (.694).
Begley is a member of several organizations and serves on a number of committees. She currently serves on the NEWMAC Constitution and Bylaws Committee and the Compliance Committee. Begley is also on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for field hockey as well as the field hockey chair for the NEWMAC. She is a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Awards & Hall of Fame Committee and ECAC Tournament field hockey selection committee. Begley has previously chaired the NFHCA Coach of the Year committee.
"While Rebecca's leadership in the department as SWA has been important, especially during this transition time, she has also served the college more broadly through committee memberships and special assignments," said Williams. "I'm pleased to have the opportunity to acknowledge her efforts."
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 as field hockey director in Merrimack, N.H.
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.