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History of Athletics at Mary Baldwin College Mary Baldwin College has had a commitment to activity for women since its inception in 1842. The physical health of students has been a priority for the college since its founding. Early on there were required “promenades” in the afternoons, but in the 1870’s a structured physical education program began which was called calisthenics. Students bowled, participated in Swedish skills and played tennis and croquet. In 1891 the first swimming pool was added on campus. In the early 1900’s an athletic association was organized. All students were automatically members of the “white” and “yellow” teams which evolved into the Irish and Scots clans. This provided intramural and class contests for field hockey, basketball, track, hiking, swimming, golf, tennis, horseback riding, archery, softball and baseball. These sports each had a student leader and teams were chosen annually, there were also student-faculty games. In 1948 a Virginia Athletic Federation of Colleges for Women was formed and in 1949 the annual sports day of the association was held in Staunton. This allowed for competition with combined teams of students from all the women’s colleges. The intramural program continued and the clans were now called the Irish and the Scotch. The clan system for intramurals had been expanded to English, Welsh, Scotch, and Irish in 1962, but by 1969 ended and intramural competition was organized by class. By 1967 there was intercollegiate competition in Dance, Golf, Equitation, Swimming, Fencing, Basketball and Tennis. In 1981, as a NCAA member the college joined the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, where it stayed until 1993. From 1993 the college was an independent member of the NCAA Division III. In 1995 a group of women’s colleges joined to form the Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference. All the member schools felt that competition in the coed conferences had benefited from the changed Title IX started in the late seventies, while athletic programs at women’s colleges had fallen behind. Mary Baldwin had a strong tenure in the AWCC, winning eleven conference championships and appearing at four NCAA post season tournaments. The AWCC dissolved in 2007, and Mary Baldwin joined the USA South Conference. Information about the early years of athletics at the College was taken from To Live In Time, 1992 by Patricia Menk.

Table of Contents History of Mary Baldwin Athletics


Table of Contents and Quick Facts


2011 Cross-Country Schedule/Coaches Bio


Cross-Country Runners Profiles


Athletic Facilities


Athletic Philosophy


Supporting Sponsors


Mary Baldwin College Quick Facts General Information Location Staunton, Virginia Founded Enrollment (2008) Nickname Colors Affiliation

1842 2206 Fighting Squirrels Green, Gold NCAA Division III


USA South


Dr. Pamela Fox

Athletic Director Athletic Dept Phone

Sharon Spalding 540-887-7161

Athletics Website

Mailing Address

Mary Baldwin College PAC Staunton, VA 24401

Mary Baldwin Athletics received the USA South Conference Team Sportsmanship Award for 2008-09 and 2009-2010. Accepting the award is Sharon Spalding (right), Director of Athletics and Wellness, which is presented by USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs (left).

Mary Baldwin College Athletics Quick Coach Info

Cross-Country Head Coach

Sharon Spalding




Assistant Coach


MBC 2011-2012 Cross-Country Team

Head Coach Sharon Spalding—5th Season Sharon Spalding returns for her fifth season as cross country coach. As a multi-sport high school athlete in California, Spalding attended James Madison Univesity. While at JMU she was a four year starter on the Volleyball Team. During her career she was named an all state player three times and was named to the all region team her senior year. Spalding also ran one year of Indoor Track at JMU. At the end of her career she was named the Greater Madison Female Athlete of the Year. Spalding coached volleyball at Mary Baldwin for ten years and led the team to the first AWCC Championship for the college. Spalding also had a one year stint as Basketball Coach. In recent years Spalding has directed the Physical Training program for the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership. The program uses running as its main form of aerobic exercise. While trying to keep up with the cadets, Spalding began to compete in road races and has completed the Shamrock, Charlottesville and Marine Corps Marathons.

2011 Cross Country Schedule 9/3/11

Southern VA

Buena Vista, VA




Lexington, VA

10:00 AM



Salem, VA


Salisbury, MD


Invitational 10/1/11

Salisbury Invitation


Hood Invitational

Frederick, MD



USA South Championship

Greensboro, NC



NCAA Southeast Regional

Sequin, TX


Assistant Coach Holly Breen—2nd Season Coach Breen graduated from Mary Baldwin College in May 2010 with a BA in Communication. As a member of the cross country team, Breen was named to the USA South Second team All-Conference team and the USA South All-Sportsmanship team. She was named team Captain three years in a row and currently holds one of the top twelve 6k times in MBC history. She has run the Marine Corps Marathon and placed in many races in the area since graduation.

Lucy Bruno

Amanda Fadden

Pauline Langston

Carolyn Denny

Erika Goodwin

Samantha McNair

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Kimberly Denny

Amanda Harrison

Sophia Stone

Mary Baldwin Sports Facilities

The Cross Country team trains on various courses around Staunton including the local favorite – Bells Lane. The natural rolling hills of Staunton give our runners excellent preparation for any course they encounter.

The Soccer team competes on our home field here on the campus of Mary Baldwin College surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge and Allegheny

The Volleyball team competes at the Physical Activities Center on the Campus of MBC. The team plays volleyball in an electrifying environment where the fans are close to the action.

MBC ATHLETIC PHILOSOPHY Mary Baldwin College is committed to the education of today’s young women for tomorrow’s world. The athletic program is an integral part of the overall educational experience. It goes beyond the mere imparting of knowledge to the integration of knowledge and experiences from a variety of disciplines. The pursuit of excellence and success associated with competition serves as a model for goals set in academics and other endeavors. Intercollegiate athletics offers athletes the opportunity to represent MBC at a high level of competition. Faculty and staff, as well as the entire student body, benefits from competition through the strong sense of loyalty and community that is generated. Top priority for the Department is the student-athlete. The direction and administration of the program is focused on generating and maintaining a high standard of excellence both athletically and academically for all athletes. It is the responsibility of the entire Department to encourage and assist student-athletes in reaching their full potentials in all their endeavors. As such, administrators and coaches must have a strong commitment to provide them with the tools necessary for success. The health and physical well-being of MBC athletes is of utmost importance. A full-time certified athletic trainer is employed by the college to ensure the safety and health of all our participants. All concerns of this nature are held in the strictest of confidence.

As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Department subscribes fully to all guidelines, principles, and regulations thereof. The letter and spirit of the rules and regulations as set forth by the NCAA are followed at all times.

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