Kevin A. McHugh

Director of Athletics and Lecturer in Physical Education


Physical Education/Athletics

Alumni Gymnasium, Room 62


Appointed Director of Athletics at Bates College in 2007, Kevin McHugh draws upon 37 years of administrative experience at four institutions. From 1979 to 1983, he served as an operations and facilities manager at Yale University, and then served as an assistant athletic director at Bowling Green State University. Prior to being hired at Bates, he directed The College of New Jersey’s athletic programs and student organizations, overseeing a large summer-camp offering and the management of the college’s athletic facilities complex, which hosted numerous NCAA national championships.

A native of Wharton, N.J., McHugh earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American studies from Columbia University in 1978. A four-year varsity wrestler at Columbia, he was a two-time captain who twice earned All-Ivy honors at 134 pounds. He won 75 career matches, was named Columbia’s Most Outstanding Wrestler his last two years and earned All-America honors from National Mat News.

McHugh earned his Master of Science degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts, where he served as an assistant wrestling coach and junior varsity football coach. A former chair of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee, McHugh was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame as a contributor to the sport.

Active in NCAA governance, McHugh was elected vice chair of the NCAA Division III Management Council. He has also served as a member of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball committee.  In 2004-05 McHugh was named one of 25 regional NACDA Athletic Directors of the Year.

McHugh enjoys distance running and has completed 15 marathons, including the Boston, New York City and U.S. Marine Corps marathons.