Babson’s First National Championship

The Babson 1975 men's soccer team

The Babson 1975 national title-winning men’s soccer team, the first in the history of the College, helped put Babson’s athletics program on the map, and also forged a path for future national titles.

Over the next 10 years, the men’s soccer team would amass two more crowns, while the men’s ice hockey team garnered a championship of its own in 1984.

Today, Jon Anderson ’75, P’04 ’08 ’13 ’13, a midfielder on the first national championship-winning team, is leading the Babson men’s soccer team in his 33rdseason as head coach. Anderson said much of the 1975 team’s success goes back to then-head coach Bob Hartwell, who instilled core values of pride and tradition.

“Nobody knew anything about this school,” Anderson says. “We were buried in the woods of Wellesley,” Anderson said. “There was an expectation that you were going to fight and give it all you had. We fed off that.”

Read the full article, which appeared in the summer 2019 issue of Babson Magazine.

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