Fall 2015 FBA Newsletter

Dear Friends of Bates Athletics,

As the leaves on campus begin to turn and the air gets more crisp, I welcome you to what I’m certain will be another dynamic year for Bates Athletics.

For those who participate in a sport, Bates Athletics seeks to augment the human potential that is tapped in the classroom by teaching leadership, teamwork, accountability, self-discipline, time management, and adaptability. We maintain high expectations for how we conduct our programs and how we conduct ourselves. The framework for those expectations are in the Student-Athlete Code of Ethics and the other participant policies that every Bates athlete agrees in writing each year to uphold.

We also continue to emphasize “outside the lines” initiatives, including the year-long leadership program for captains along with a parallel program for emerging leaders; sexual assault prevention and education programming; co-sponsorship of a variety of campus climate and social justice programs; community engagement/service efforts by each sport; a partnership with Special Olympics; and the annual SAAC Field Day that brings local youth to campus to interact in games and activities with student-athletes from all of our teams.

We look forward to a terrific, competitive year ahead, as 2014–15 was one of the most successful on record for Bates Athletics. Here are some of last year’s historic successes we look forward to building on:

  • Football’s fourth consecutive win over Williams and the CBB title;
  • Men’s soccer’s best season since 2008;
  • Women’s soccer’s most victories since 2006;
  • Women’s and men’s cross country both nationally ranked;
  • Men’s tennis also nationally ranked and with two All-Americans;
  • Men’s golf finished third in the State of Maine Championship;
  • Men’s basketball had the most wins in program history and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tourney;
  • Swimming sent 12 competitors to the NCAAs, where the women finished 11th and the men 37th;
  • Women’s squash finished 15th in the country;
  • Men’s squash finished 13th in the country, and Ahmed Abdel Khalek ’16 won Bates’ first ever individual national title in squash;
  • Alpine and Nordic skiing finished in 17th place at the NCAAs;
  • Men’s and women’s indoor track and field qualified 12 athletes for their NCAA Championships, with several All-American performances and a ninth-place national finish for the men;
  • Men’s lacrosse made program history by hosting and winning a first round NCAA game before bowing out in the Sweet 16 round;
  • Men’s outdoor track and field placed second at the New England Division III Championships and 15th at NCAAs;
  • Baseball qualified for its second consecutive NESCAC Championship;
  • Both men’s and women’s rowing won the New England Championships varsity eights titles, then both also won the NESCAC conference championship.
  • Women’s rowing won the NCAA DIII National Championship, the first-ever national title for a Bates team!

A record number of Bobcats (111) competed in national championships this past year, going to the NCAAs in basketball, cross country, lacrosse, rowing, skiing, swimming, tennis, and track and field. And out of more than 450 institutions in Division III, Bates placed an all-time best 27th in the annual Directors’ Cup standings.

With more than 800 Bates student-athletes competing in 31 varsity sports, the support that you provide through gifts to Friends of Bates Athletics is invaluable. I look forward to seeing you at our home and away games and meets. And if you cannot attend, please tune from wherever you may be, as many of our home athletic events will be broadcast live via the Internet.

Thank you and best wishes for a wonderful year!

Kevin McHugh
Director of Athletics


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