September 1, 1981
"The most interesting of the recent developments in the athletic program," said The Miscellany News as a new academic year started, "is Vassar's entrance into the national organizations that govern collegiate sports." The college joined Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for men’s sports and the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) for women’s sports. Other developments were also encouraging. Progress on the new Walker Field House was "steadily being made," and four new squash courts and two racquetball courts were replacing the single indoor tennis court in Kenyon Hall.
Acting Director of Athletics Richard Becker and the chair of the physical education department, swimming coach Bob Colyer, were also enthusiastic about two new full-time coaches and three part-time appointments. Andrew Jennings, the new soccer coach, former assistant coach at soccer Division I William and Mary, and the new women's field hockey coach, Pat Fabozzi, had recently led the Indiana University women to a Division III championship. Jennings said that his Vassar players "show good potential, have the same fundamentals and some of them could play Division I soccer." About her players, Fabozzi said, "These girls have a lot of talent and put in a lot of time. The team will speak for itself."
"In the handbook that is given to the entire coaching staff," concluded The Misc., "there is one simple directive stated: 'Academics are first, Athletics are second.' While that order of priority remains, the distance between the two is becoming shorter.