Eric Neely is entering his second season as Babson's head women's volleyball coach and coordinator of club sports. In his first year at the helm of the program, he led the Beavers to a 17-13 mark - their highest win total since 2002 - and the team's first bid to the NEWMAC Tournament since 2009.
Neely came to Babson after a brilliant six-year career as
head volleyball coach at Ursuline Academy in nearby Dedham. During
his tenure, Ursuline went 94-40 and won four South sectional
Championships. Neely was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year in
2008 after leading the program to a 20-2 mark and one of its two
league titles under his guidance.
An avid volleyball player and teacher, Neely also served as a coach for Smash Volleyball's Junior Olympic teams since late 2006, and he coached the Women's club team at Northeastern University in the spring of 2011. He also worked as an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Ahern Middle School for the two years and an assistant boys basketball coach at Foxborough High School for four years.
A native of Easton, Massachusetts, Neely graduated from the University of Rochester in 1998 and later earned his law degree from the University of Georgia Law School in 2003. In addition to his coaching duties, Neely oversees Babson's highly popular club sports, which include men's and women's rugby, cheerleading, and men's and women's ice hockey.