Springfield College (Massachusetts)
|President||Mary-Beth A. Cooper, Ph.D., D.M.|
|Location||Springfield (Main Campus), Massachusetts, US|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III|
Springfield College is a private, coeducational college located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Springfield College is most famous as the site where the sport of basketball was invented: instructor and graduate student James Naismith invented the game in 1891, when Springfield College was known as the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School.
The College is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from downtown Springfield, the site of its central business and entertainment districts. In addition to the main campus, Springfield College has 9 satellite campuses for its School of Human Services located throughout the United States. School of Human Services campuses are located in Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts; Charleston, South Carolina; Houston, Texas; Manchester, New Hampshire; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; St. Johnsbury, Vermont; Tampa, Florida; Southern California; and Wilmington, Delaware.
Springfield College is best known for its programs in the allied health sciences, human and social services, sports movement activities, and arts and sciences. The mission of Springfield College is to "educate students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to humanity —" a concept defined by the school as "Humanics". It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Founded in 1885, as the Young Men's Christian Association department of the School for Christian Workers in Springfield, the school originally specialized in preparing young men to become General Secretaries of YMCA organizations in a two-year program. In 1887, it added a Physical (i.e. physical education) department. In 1890, it separated from the School for Christian Workers and became the YMCA Training School and in 1891, the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School. In 1895, it became a three-year program.
From the first Monday in January 1885 until April 1, 1886, when its first building opened, the School for Christian Workers (now Springfield College) used the rooms of the YMCA in Springfield. The School's leaders determined in December 1884 that $22,500 should be raised to fund the construction of its own building at Armory Hill. At the February 23, 1885 Board meeting, trustees voted to purchase the lot of land on the corner of Sherman and State Streets for $5,500, and a building committee was created to propose a plan for the School for Christian Workers building.
By 1895, it owned 30 acres on the outskirts of Springfield, on Lake Massasoit (also known as Water Shops Pond) and had its own gymnasium, plus a dormitory under construction on a high point nearby.
Just a few years after opening its doors to the first 18 students in 1885, the YMCA Training School could boast an international reputation as a pioneer in teaching and scholarship related to physical education class, sports medicine, physical therapy, physiology of exercise, biomechanics, wellness, the training of YMCA executives, and many other fields.
In 1905, the school became a degree-granting institution.
In 1912, it took the name International YMCA College and in 1954, Springfield College.
Springfield College is known as the "Birthplace of Basketball", a game created by alumnus and faculty member James Naismith under the founding head of the Physical Education department Luther Gulick Jr. in 1891. Gulick is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which is named for Naismith.
On February 9, 2008 the Springfield Wrestling team achieved their 900th victory. Springfield College joined Oklahoma State, Iowa State, and Oregon State as the only schools to have achieved this milestone.
Stagg Field serves as the College's main athletic field; it was named after former coach, Amos Alonzo Stagg who briefly coached Springfield and went on to play a pivotal role in the development of modern football. The baseball team plays at Berry-Allen Field.
In 1940 Springfield was one of eight teams to make the 1940 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
The men's volleyball team has six non-NCAA national titles in the now-defunct Molten Invitational championship, an event for NCAA Division III schools that ran from 1997 through 2011, and also won the first two NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championships in 2012 and 2013. All eight championships were won under Head Coach Charlie Sullivan.
The Springfield College Women's Basketball team of 2004–2005, made the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division 3 basketball tournament.
Women's basketball, coached by Noami Graves, has won several conference tournament championships, including the season of 2006.
Springfield College graduates Rusty Jones G '86 and Jon Torine '95 participated in Super Bowl XLI as the Head Strength and Conditioning coaches of the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, respectively.
The Springfield College Women's Field Hockey Team has won the NEWMAC (New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference) title for five consecutive years (2004–2008).
The men's lacrosse team competes in the Pilgrim League, where it has won the conference championship six years straight, in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.
Springfield's Women's Swimming and Diving Team has won the NEWMAC Conference title for ten consecutive years (2001–2010) in the Division III Conference.
Springfield's Men's soccer team were voted National College Champions by the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association in 1946, 1947 and 1957. This was before the NCAA championship soccer tournament in 1959.
Notable alumni and faculty
- Harold Amos — microbiologist and professor
- Stanley F. Battle — American educator, author, civic activist and former leader of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Coppin State University and Southern Connecticut State University, 1973
- Jeff Blatnick — 1984 Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling
- Raymond Castellani — did not graduate; actor, activist on Los Angeles' Skid Row
- John Cena — professional wrestler signed to WWE, was a college football star, a team captain and All-American center, earned a degree in exercise physiology, 1999
- Nancy Darsch — Collegiate, Olympic, and WNBA coach
- W. Dean Eastman — educator (graduate assistant track coach 1974-76, MSE 1976, CAGS 1977)
- Robert "Bob" Felt — BA Economics 1994, Two-time Ironman Competitor (1999 & 2001), NCAA Lacrosse Player of the Year 1994, Former professional Lacrosse player 1995 – 1997
- John Forslund — TV play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL
- Nancy E. Gary — (ScB 1958) dean of Albany Medical College and Executive Vice President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Dean of its F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.
- Dave Gettleman, pro football executive, currently General Manager of the Carolina Panthers
- Wayne Granger — former Major League Baseball relief pitcher and National League saves leader in 1970
- Davis Hart, physician & English channel swimming world record holder, 1972
- Don Ho — Hawaiian musician and entertainer (attended for one year)
- Rusty Jones, strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Bears
- Rob Lasorsa: 1982 Track & Field All American - Founder and President of National Throws Coaches Association
- James Naismith — Canadian faculty member, invented basketball in 1891
- Erin Pac — bronze medal winner in bobsled at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
- Albert I. Prettyman — head coach for 1936 United States Hockey Team in the Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
- Manuel Rivera-Ortiz — did not graduate; documentary photographer; attended classes at Springfield Colleges as part of the Massachusetts Migrant Education summer program, where he was offered his first courses in photography and film development.
- Craig Shirley — political consultant and author, associated with Ronald Reagan
- Steve Spagnuolo — class of 1982, became head coach of the National Football League's St. Louis Rams in 2009
- Amos Alonzo Stagg — former head football coach 1890–1891 (International Young Men's Christian Association Training School)
- Tom Waddell — alumnus, physician and founder of Gay Games
- Glenn Warner — president of National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1953, head coach of the Naval Academy's men's soccer team from 1942 to 1975
- Mike Woicik — former football coach (1978–79) and current coach for the New England Patriots
- Bill Yorzyk — physician & only USA swimming gold medalist in 1956 Olympics, 200M butterfly
- As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- "Humanics". Springfield College official web site. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
- "New England's Knowledge Corridor". Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership web site. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
- Abstract of the Secretarial Department Records, 1885-1910, Springfield College Library PDF
- "Trains Young Christians: An Institution in Springfield Which Is Doing a Great Work", New York Times, December 29, 1895, p. 20.full text
- Glenn T. Miller, Piety and profession: American Protestant theological education, 1870-1970, 2007. ISBN 0-8028-2946-5, p. 289
- Springfield College History web page
- "Luther H. Gulick". Basketball Hall of Fame profile. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
- "James Naismith". Basketball Hall of Fame profile. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
- see also History of Basketball
- "William G. Morgan (1870-1942) inventor of the game of volleyball". Volleyball World Wide web site. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
- "Three Springfield College Grads in Sunday's Super Bowl XLI". Springfield College press release. January 30, 2007.
- "Spagnuolo '82 Named Head Coach of the St. Louis Rams". Springfield College press release. ary 18, 2009.