From Pat Kraft’s office
As the holiday season approaches and the end of 2021 approaches, I want to look back on another exciting fall semester for all of us in The Heights!
This fall has been especially important for my family and I as we finally got to experience the excitement and passion for our Eagles, with fans back on campus. The energy around campus and in all of our home competitions this fall was incredible, and it gave us incredible momentum to build on. I recognize that it hasn’t always been smooth at some home events, and I want to thank you all for your patience as we continued to manage the impacts of COVID-19 and get you back safely to the home. our stands.
As we look forward to participating in the Military Bowl on December 27 to close the 2021 season on a high note, I want to take a moment to reflect on some notable accomplishments this fall, the ones you all helped create …
- Student football athletes Zion Johnson, Alec Lindstrom and Christian Mahogany won All-America honors while 12 members of the football program received All-ACC honors.
- Head volleyball coach Jason kennedy led our volleyball program to a second playoff appearance in three years and helped secure the program’s first playoff victory.
- Two members of the field hockey team – Fusine Govaert and Sarah Johnson – were honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as part of its 2021 Division I All-America squad. In addition, four field hockey stars have won All-ACC honors and five have been named to the NFHCA’s All-Northeast Regional Team.
- Anna Oeser of the women’s cross country won All-ACC honors at the 2021 ACC Championship.
- Male student soccer athlete Victor Souza was named to the All-ACC Third Team, while Aidan Farwell secured a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.
- In sailing, student-athlete Sophia Reineke won the NEISA solo conference championship. Sophia Reineke finished second at the 2021 National Women’s Singlehanded Championship, while Elizabeth Shanahan placed ninth.
- Eight swimmers qualified for the US Open this fall. Additionally, rookie Megan Kramer set seven school records in her first semester as Kyle Flood broke six school records, Zachary Szmania set three new school records and Gigi Baldacci set two new school records.
- Boston College once again ranks in the top 10 in the nation in terms of the Overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools.
- In the latest GSR rate release, 12 teams from British Columbia achieved a perfect score of 100 GSR: Men’s Golf, Men’s Ski, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Basketball, Cross Country / Women’s Track, Women’s Fencing, Women’s Golf , women’s lacrosse, women’s skiing, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.
- Senior Men’s Ice Hockey Coach Jerry york was inducted into the American Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming the 10th eagle to win such an honor.
- Associate Head Coach of Women’s Ice Hockey Courtney kennedy was appointed assistant coach of the US Olympic team.
- BC has extended head football coach contract Jeff hafley until the 2026 season. Jeff led us to qualify for two consecutive bowl games, got the highest rated recruiting class in school history, and built a strong culture, both on and off the field.
- Under the first year head coach Earl grant, men’s basketball has secured a talented recruiting class that currently ranks among the best signing classes in the country. British Columbia’s four-player class ranks 26th nationally by rivals.com, while 247sports.com ranks the class 33rd nationally. The class also marks the first time BC men’s basketball has secured engagements from at least two four-star rated rookies in the same signing period.
- The Department raised more than $ 13 million for scholarships in athletics as part of the Be a flagship campaign.
- BC Athletics has formed new Boston-based partnerships with Whoop, Catapult and Hyperice. These partnerships provide our student-athletes with state-of-the-art recovery and performance modalities and equipment.
- Boston College Athletics received a gift of $ 3.5 million from Thomas “Tom” Rattigan ’60 and his wife, Jane, to fill the position of head coach of women’s ice hockey. The Jane Rattigan Women’s Head Coach Position is the first female head coach staffing in Boston College Athletics history.
- Boston College Athletics received a million dollar gift from Don and Roxanne Mayer to staff the position of head high fencing coach. Brendan Doris-Pierce, reigning CCA Men’s Fencing Coach of the Year, will be the Mayer family’s first head fencing coach.
- Several new upgrades for soccer games have been released including the Smith Family Hospitality Hall, Southern Alumni, Tent Village, and Food Trucks as extended options for our fans.
- We’ve partnered up with Accelerate Sports Ventures to navigate the name, image, and likeness.
- Lou Montgomery, Doxie McCoy and Laverne Mosley were honored as part of the first ACC UNITE awards.
- Nine people were selected to the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2021. The inductees were Will Blackmon ’06 (football), Mallory Champa ’09 ’10 (women’s athletics), Laura Georges ’07 (women’s football ), Tim Hasselbeck ’00 (football), Patrick Mahoney ’25 (men’s athletics), Brooks orpik ’02 (men’s ice hockey), Kevin Stevens ’87 (men’s ice hockey) and Carolyn Swords ’11 (women’s basketball). The Varsity Club Hall of Fame Committee also elected longtime British Columbia Sports Administrator Donna Bennett.
- The Hoag basketball pavilion has received final board approval and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.
- Construction was completed on Barry gallup Sports Medicine Center at the Yawkey Athletics Center, a donor-funded project to honor one of the most influential Eagles of all time. The facility includes a state-of-the-art saltwater therapy room, new hydrotherapy pools, and rehabilitation and recovery areas.
- BC Athletics opened the Hoag Student-Athlete Recovery and Nutrition Center, providing student-athletes with the resources they need to keep their bodies healthy and prepare for competition at the highest level.
- A complete renovation of the locker rooms at Yawkey Athletic Center Football was completed ahead of the 2021 football season.
- The Conte Forum weight room has received a new floor and new graphics.
- Construction of the off-ice training facility for both men’s and women’s ice hockey has begun, including an indoor shooting range and face-off circle and hand-eye reflex training stations.
- Alumni Stadium received a new retired jersey and number display to properly honor the elite football student-athletes in our history.
- Yawkey Football’s former strength and conditioning space has been converted into a newly renovated student-athlete academic counseling space, nearly doubling the area available to student-athletes in their pursuit of academic excellence.
- The Shea Field Recreation and Practice Grounds has been expanded to accommodate greater use by intramural, club sports and college programs.
- From January, the installation of the new Alumni Stadium audio system will begin to provide our fans with a dynamic match day audio experience. A complete audio system upgrade, including all speakers, components and infrastructure, will take place throughout the off-season.
As you can see it has been a busy fall on the heights and I appreciate your support in making this happen.
My family and I are honored to be a part of the Boston College Athletics family and to work with so many amazing student-athletes, coaches and staff. From the day I arrived on campus, it was evident how special and unique Boston College is and the special bond we all share as Eagles.
Betsy, Annie, Joseph and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
William V. Campbell Director of Sports