BABSON PARK, Mass. - Rocky Batty
, who served as the volunteer assistant coach of the Boston University men's lacrosse team this past season, was named head coach at Babson on Wednesday.
While at BU, Batty was involved in all facets of the program and guided the Terriers' faceoff unit, which included three freshmen. One of those freshmen, Sean Christman
, went 34-of-49 (.694) in his last two games of the year against top-10 opponents Loyola Maryland and Duke. Christman also went 3-for-4 in the fourth quarter against Bucknell in the Patriot League quarterfinals to help spark the Terriers' historic comeback against the No. 10 Bison.
Batty arrived at BU with 25 years of coaching experience, including 10 years as the head boys' lacrosse coach at Wellesley High School. Since he took over as head coach at Wellesley in 2008, he amassed a record of 148-63, including an undefeated regular season in 2011 and a trip to the state semifinals in 2012. Batty also served as head coach at Brookline High School from 1999-2006.
"Although he was only with us for this past year, Rocky made a lasting impact on our program and our players," head coach Ryan Polley said. "Coach Batty's poise and calming influence on a group of college-aged men was felt in high-pressure situations and helped keep our program grounded. He's one of the real good guys in the sport of lacrosse and we know he's going to do great things at Babson."
A 1991 graduate of Brown University, Batty played close defense during his career with the Bears. Over 40 of Batty's pupils went on to play collegiate lacrosse during his tenure at Wellesley.
Batty is the second coach in the program history to move into a head coaching position. Former assistant Drew Kelleher will enter his fourth season as head coach of Manhattan in 2019.