BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College Associate Athletics Director Jon Anderson '75 announced the hiring of Joe Harty as the men's and women's alpine ski head coach on Wednesday. Harty replaces Sam Bensley, who departed following the 2018 campaign.
No stranger to Babson or the men's and women's ski programs, Harty will begin his fourth stint as the Beavers' head coach in 2019. He was a mainstay on the coaching staff from 1987-95 and again from 2001-12, during which time he served as the head coach from 1989-95 and 2004-08. Harty stepped into an assistant coach role in 2009 before becoming the head coach for a third time in 2011.
"Joe has been a huge part of our ski programs over the last three decades and it is great to be able to welcome him back as our next head coach," said Anderson. "His familiarity with Babson, enthusiasm, and long track record of success will be a huge asset to Babson. I am confident that our programs will continue to compete at a high level under his guidance."
Harty led the women's program to three straight division titles from 1990-92 and the first of two United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championship appearances in program history in 1991. His men's teams were equally as good, winning a pair of division crowns in 1992 and 1993 and making three national championship appearances, which includes a sixth-place finish in 2006.
Harty coached four All-Americans in his previous stints as the head coach at Babson and was selected as the USCSA Eastern Division Coach of the Year in 1989.
In addition to his work with the ski programs, Harty spent time on head baseball coach Matt Noone's staff as a volunteer assistant coach beginning in 2004. He also served as an assistant pitching coach for the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod Baseball League from 1998-02, and has been employed as batting practice pitcher and video coordinator for the Pawtucket Red Sox since 2003.
"I am so excited to be back at Babson and have the opportunity to again coach the men's and women's ski programs," said Harty. "Since leaving in 2012, I've followed the programs very closely and have been impressed with both teams' results. And thanks to live timing I was able to follow many of the races in real time as if I were on the hill.
Jon (deWit), Chris (Jacobs), Sam (Bensley) and all the assistant coaches have done an excellent job in taking these two programs to new heights. I look forward to the challenge ahead and continuing this trend."