CAREER RECORD: 18-28 (.391)
Butch Babin, the winningest (18-28), the most successful (.391) and the longest tenured coach in program history, begins his tenth season as the Husson head women’s swimming & diving coach and the 12th year on the coaching staff in 2018-19. He also serves as Director of Aquatics and the head men's swimming & diving coach at Husson.
Since Babin was named the third head women’s swimming & diving coach in program history on March 11th, 2011, his swimmers and drivers have earned seven All-Conference, eight All-NEISDA, eight Conference All-Sportsmanship, one NEISDA All-Sportsmanship, 43 Conference All-Academic, five NEISDA All-Academic selections, while coaching two Conference champions and one New England champion.
The 2017-18 campaign saw the Eagles go 4-7 in regular season meets, picking up victories over Maine Maritime Academy, Saint Joseph's (Maine) and Rhode Island College. At the 2017 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship meet, Husson finished in sixth overall with 297 points, which featured nine individuals who combined to compete in 22 finals races and four relay races with 11 top-10 finishes, including four top-five performances, while senior Lara Sarett picking up her third consecutive victory in the 200-Breast and freshman Heidi Demers became the first freshman in program history to qualify for the evening finals in three events on the same day. Husson then went on to take a 16th place at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship meet, with Sarett earning her eighth All-NEISDA performance.
Junior Kassidy Harris earned a spot on the All-GNAC and All-NEISDA Sportsmanship Teams.
Out of the pool, eight Eagles were named to the GNAC All-Academic Team and Harris and junior Zoe Mathers earned spots on the All-NEISDA Academic Team.
2016-17: The HU swimming & diving program continued on the incline in Babin’s eighth season with the women, as the women's squads showed solid improvements during the 2016-17 campaign.
The women finished the season at 3-6, scoring 365 points at the GNAC Championship, which featured 15 individuals who combined to compete in 34 finals races, setting the program’s GNAC Championship records in both categories and four relay races with nine top-10 finishes, including six top-five performances. The HU women’s team finished 15th in the team standings 2017 NEISDA Championship meet with 210 points. It marked the highest placing and the most team points scored in the HU women’s program history, including Lara Sarett who became the program’s first New England champion on the final day of the meet with a first place finish in 200 breaststroke (2:26.26). In all told, the HU women’s swimming & diving team recorded three All-NEISDA performances during the four-day championship meet and broke ten school records with one New England title.
The records continued to fall under Babin in 2016-17 as the women really turned things up under Babin’s guidance in his eighth year as nine records fell. Lara Sarett snapped the 100 breast, 200 Breast, and 50 Breast records as Ashley Clark put new marks on the 500 Free and 1000 Free. The women’s team also set new records in the 200 medley relay and all three free relays (200, 400 and the 800).
2015-16: In 2015-16, Babin guided the women’s team to a 6-4 record in dual meets, setting a single-season record for victories, which included a program record five straight wins. Not only did the women sweep their arc-rival Saint Joseph’s College of Maine for the first time in program history, they picked up a dual meet victory over NCAA Division II Merrimack College, 63-59. With the win over the Warriors, the women’s swimming & diving team became the first team to defeat a higher level NCAA school since the Husson football team defeated NCAA Division I-AA La Salle, 17-7 in 2006 and the first women’s since 2001 when Husson softball picked up a victory over NCAA Division II St. Thomas Aquinas, 14-12.
The women finished fifth overall at the 2015 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship with a GNAC program points’ record of 370, while placing 16th at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving (NEISDA) Championship for their best team finish in program history and a took 23rd at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Swimming and Diving Championship. The women also obliterated the program’s NEISDA Championship points’ record with 168 points, which previously stood at 71 points (2006).
Under his watch, Lara Sarett had the best individual season of any swimmer in program history. She became the first women’s swimmer to claim two All-GNAC honors since the inaugural season of 2005-06, qualify for the ECAC Open Championship, earn GNAC and ECAC weekly awards, while setting eight school records. At the 2016 ECAC Open Championship, Sarett not only became the first Eagle swimmer to compete and qualify for finals, she was the only NCAA Division III swimmer to do so.
In all, both the men's and women's teams combined to set 19 school records in 2015-16.
Babin served two years as interim head coach for the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons and an assistant coach from 2009-10 under the legendary Jeff Wren, who coached college swimming for 44 seasons, which included 37 years at the University of Maine as head women’s coach and assistant men’s coach from 1971-1990 and head coach of both programs from 1990-2007 and seven seasons at Husson (2009-10, 2013-16).
Babin is also the head coach of Hurricane Swim Club, Inc., a USA Swimming age group club team since 2005.
In 18 years in club swimming, Babin has coached numerous ME LSC and Maine High School State quailifers and champions, Eastern Zone Age Group, Sectionals and YMCA National quailifers, and team and state record holders, while serving as ME LSC Zone Team head coach twice. Babin was named ME LSC Coach of the Year in 2010.
Babin graduated from Husson in 1984.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Babin attended John Bapst High School.