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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Former Wellesley High School head boys lacrosse coach Rocky Batty is back in town after a year away as an assistant at Boston University. Babson College announced on July 11 that Batty will take over as the school’s head men’s lacrosse coach, effective immediately.
Batty – who has seen more than 40 of his former players go on to play in college, along with leading the Raiders to a 148-63 record and 10 consecutive MIAA Division I Tournament appearances during his ten seasons at Wellesley, spoke about his new gig and his excitement to get started.
"I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity," stated Batty. "I'd like to thank Mike Lynch and the entire search committee for their hard work, and for offering me the chance to lead such a terrific program. I'm indebted to Ryan Polley, Drew Marrochello, and all of the outstanding folks I worked with at BU, as well as to John Brown and his staff at Wellesley High School. Babson is a special place and I wouldn't be here without the support of my family, my friends, former players and coaches, and all of the great lacrosse people I've been lucky to be around through the years. I'm also very thankful to coach Al Brown for giving me my first stick, introducing me to lacrosse, and instilling in me passion and respect for this great game."
"Babson men's lacrosse will be accountable to show grit, toughness, love of family, and empathy in all that we do. We will work every day to be better on the field, to be committed in the classroom, and to impact our community for the better. Our program has a strong history behind us and outstanding opportunities ahead. I'm excited to get on campus to get started."
Many in the lacrosse community, including head Virginia lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany, who coaches one of Batty’s former players, Matt Dziama, speak very highly of the former Brown Bear.
"Rocky has been successful as a coach due to his dedication to the young people he has guided,” said Tiffany. “He always puts the relationships he has with his athletes and staff at the forefront. In addition, Rocky has that relentless thirst for knowledge, learning as much as he can about the game every chance he has."
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