Tom Babson is in his fourth season as head coach of the Boston College women's ice hockey team. When handed the reigns of the then-five-year-old program in 1999, he brought to the Eagles his vast experience in coaching and training women’s hockey teams. Last season he led the team to break the school record, finishing 9-19-4.
Prior to arriving at Boston College, Babson served as training coach for the USA women’s national and Olympic teams from 1996-98. He had also worked as camp director for the USA National Women's Hockey Festival for three years from 1997-99, and coached a number of junior Olympic Development Program teams in Lake Placid. He also served as a national evaluator for USA Hockey in the New England, New York and Southeast Districts in 1999.
Babson began his coaching career with junior teams in Colorado and California in the ‘70s and ‘80s. After his introduction to women’s hockey with the 1998 Olympic team, he took the head coaching position at Brookline High School in the winter of 1999. Prior to serving as head coach at Brookline, Babson spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Belmont Hill School.
Babson attended Gloucester (Mass.) High School where he was captain of the 1963 hockey team that advanced to the state quarterfinals. After Gloucester, he spent one year playing hockey at Northwood (N.Y.) School. He continued his playing career at St. Lawrence University, before transferring and finishing his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts.
Babson earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from UMass and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Smith College in Northampton, MA. He has been a writer, teacher, actor and director of theatre, film and television for more than 25 years. He spent 20 years in Los Angeles while furthering his career in show business, where he made appearances in over 250 films and television shows, including Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, MacGyver and Full House. Babson also had an 11-year recurring role as Sam Malone's lawyer on the hit TV series Cheers.
A former faculty member of UNH, UCLA and Boston University, Babson authored the book, The Actor’s Choice, published by Heinemann in 1996.
His wife, Kelly, is an investment manager for Deuchebank in Boston and together they have a six-year-old son, Walker. The Babson family currently splits its time between homes in Gloucester and Beacon Hill.