Eric Neely enters his eighth season as Babson’s head women’s volleyball coach in 2018.
The winningest coach in program history, Neely owns a .672 career winning percentage has led the program to unparalleled success since arriving prior to the 2011 campaign. He has guided Green and White to seven consecutive winning seasons for the first time in school history, which includes 20 or more victories on four occasions, two NEWMAC Tournament championships and three NCAA Tournament berths.
He earned the first of his two NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Beavers to a 22-8 mark in 2012, and followed it up by helping Babson secure its first home conference tournament match in two decades in 2013. In 2014, the Green and White won 27 matches, tied for a share of the league’s regular season title, and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time after claiming the program’s first NEWMAC Tournament championship. His 2015 squad was even better, winning a school-record 28 matches on the way to capturing a second consecutive conference title and reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament for a second year in a row.
Despite missing the NCAA Tournament in 2016, Neely and the Beavers made history in 2017 after receiving an at-large bid and advancing to the Potsdam Regional Final for the first time in school history.
Under his tutelage, two of Neely’s players have earned NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors, while 14 athletes have garnered all-conference accolades. His players have also earned 10 all-region awards and one All-America honorable mention honor during his tenure.
Neely came to Babson after a successful six-year tenure as the head volleyball coach at Ursuline Academy in nearby Dedham. He was selected as the Boston Globe coach of the Year in 2008, and his teams won four sectional titles while going 94-40 during his tenure.
A 1998 graduate of the University of Rochester, Neely has served as a coach with the Smash Volleyball Club since 2006, and coached the women’s club team at Northeastern University in 2011. Additionally, he earned his law degree from the University of Georgia in 2003.
In addition to his coaching duties, Neely also oversees Babson's club sports.
|2014||27-9||9-1||NCAA Tournament - Second Round, NEWMAC Tournament Champions|
|2015||28-9||7-3||NCAA Tournament - Second Round, NEWMAC Tournament Champions|
|2017||22-10||8-2||NEWMAC Tournament, NCAA Tournament - Regional Finalist|
|2018||26-9||8-2||NCAA Tournament - Quarterfinals, NEWMAC Tournament Champions|