Wellesley Celebrates a Retirement and the End of the 2018-19 Athletic Season

April 23, 2019

The Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA) invited the Wellesley community to a tailgate party April 20 to mark the final stretch of the 2018–19 athletic season and celebrate the retirement of Bridget Belgiovine, director of athletics and chair of PERA. The event followed a busy day of competition that also included senior day ceremonies for the Blue lacrosse and tennis teams.

Bridget stands with a half dozen individuals who hold large cutouts of her face in front of their own

There’s only one Bridget! Belgiovine, who is in the final year of an extraordinarily successful and transformative 13-year tenure at the helm of Wellesley's PERA department, will officially depart the College on June 30. (Photo: Julia Monaco ’19) 


Students kick soccer balls inside a gym

Zoe Cheng ’21, Kristine Meader ’21, Mia Caglieris ’19, and Olivia Duggan ’17 (left to to right) aim for the target while playing an inflatable soccer lawn game in the multipurpose gymnasium. Student-athletes, faculty, alumna, and guests were treated to burritos, lawn games, and a photo booth. (Photo: Julia Monaco ’19) 


Student athletes pose hugging large cutouts of athletic director

“Bridget has been an incredible mentor, supporter and leader, and she represents all that is good about Wellesley athletics,” said Cecie Negron ’19 (center), with Abby Smith ’19 (left) and Sarah Timmons ’21 (right). “She takes the time to truly get to know us all, and I feel so thankful to have had the opportunity to be an athlete under her guidance.” (Photo: Julia Monaco ’19) 


Two members of the tennis team pose with coaches on senior day

Left to right: Brian Kuscher, head tennis coach and PERA associate professor of the practice, Justine Huang ’19, Sojin Ki ’19, and assistant tennis coach Simona Horsikyan snap a photo after senior day at the Blue tennis match. Wellesley defeated Mount Holyoke 8-1, the team’s 11th victory of the season. (Photo: Julia Monaco ’19) 


Two members of the lacrosse team hug on a field

Olivia Strobl ’19 (right) embraces Sabrina Dumas ’20 during the lacrosse team’s senior day ceremony. Strobl thanked her teammates, saying they make it “so easy love this school and this sport.” (Photo: Miranda Yang ’21)