BABSON PARK, Mass. — Babson College Director of Athletics and Recreation Josh MacArthur, an Abington Heights High School alumnus, was named as one of four recipients of the 2015-16 Division III Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year (ADOY) Award by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA).
The ADOY Award program, which began in 1998, highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities. MacArthur, one of 28 winners across seven collegiate divisions, is now one of just 64 Division III athletic directors to be honored over the last two decades.
MacArthur is son of Kathleen Graff and the late William O. MacArthur. After graduating from Abington Heights, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College and a masters degree in sports management from Richmond University. He graduated from the Senior Executive Program at the Sports Management Institute. He resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife, Dalton native Lisa (Fuller) MacArthur, and their two sons, Landon and Fletcher.
Since arriving at Babson in 2006, MacArthur has enjoyed a successful 10-year tenure. The Beavers’ 22 men’s and women’s varsity programs have made 55 national tournament appearances and claimed 31 conference championships, including 18 NCAA championship bids and 10 league titles over the last two years. Overall, 10 different programs have captured conference titles, while 17 have qualified for national tournaments over the last decade.
MacArthur was instrumental in the expansion of the college’s athletic department, increasing full-time staff by 66 percent and doubling the budget, while also implementing facility improvements. He oversaw renovations to the Lunder Fitness Center and Babson Athletics Hall of Fame, in addition to replacing the MacDowell Field Turf and construction of the weight room in the Babson Skating Center. MacArthur also played a major role in developing plans for a new Babson Recreation and Athletic Center.
MacArthur led a review of the athletics and recreation program in the form of a Board of Trustees Task Force. He also has been part of the department’s upcoming rebrand, helped with advances in technology, and is involved with community service initiatives, including Cradles for Crayons, Friends of Jaclyn, Team IMPACT and several cancer awareness events.
MacArthur serves on several committees at the conference, regional and national levels. A former New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) president, he is a member of the NCAA men’s lacrosse rules and New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) executive committees. He also has chaired the NEWMAC task force for conference membership expansion on two occasions, and was a member of the NCAA women’s soccer regional advisory committee.
Information provided by Babson College and Kathleen Graff.