Bennington College Announces Appointment of New Athletic Director
Following a nationwide search, Bennington College announced today that renowned sportswriter Thoreau DeBal has been appointed the College’s inaugural Athletic Director.
DeBal will oversee the College’s rugby, ultimate frisbee, and synchronized swimming programs.
“At Bennington, we believe that education is a physical and ethical as much as an intellectual process,” said President Laura R. Walker.
“Bennington has a rich sports legacy, including a rugby team that has remained undefeated since 1932,” said DeBal. “I’m thrilled to lead us into a new era of sportsball success. Those who join will become champions.”
At the December board meeting, the College’s trustees voted to embark on a Strategic Campus Planning Process, which will include facilities for the new program. Renovations are proposed to widen the Pond into an Olympic swimming pool and to insert a rugby and frisbee field into Commons Lawn.