Kathy Beauregard, the Director of Athletics at Western Michigan University, has been involved with the Broncos in several capacities over the course of the past 32 years. She is the longest serving athletic director in the Mid-American Conference. Beauregard arrived in Kalamazoo as a coach before moving into administration and 2013-14 marks her 17th season as mentor of one of the top programs in the MAC.
Over 2012-13 the Broncos saw continued success in the classroom with three programs (women's soccer, men's tennis and women's tennis) ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in APR and the women's gymnastics program boasted eight individuals to carry a 4.00 GPA during the spring semester.
On the mat, WMU gymnastics captured the 2013 MAC title to join the men's tennis program in earning a conference crown as the Broncos won the regular season title in men's tennis.
WMU boasted 31 All-MAC selections in 2012-13, including eight first team honorees, and garnered 26 Academic All-MAC nods. The Broncos brought the Men's FAR Award back to Kalamazoo for the fourth time in six years in 2012-13. WMU had nine Player of the Year honorees spanned across hockey, volleyball, football, men's basketball and gymnastics.
During the spring of 2012, Beauregard was awared with the 2012 YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a woman in the community who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the community, state or nation, and has a record of accomplishment, leadership and positive role modeling as a volunteer and/or in a career.
WMU Athletics solidified its presence on the national stage as volleyball and ice hockey made returns trips to their respective NCAA tournaments. It was the second at-large invitation for WMU volleyball since the 2008 season, while hockey earned the automatic bid into the NCAA West Regional by capturing the 2012 CCHA Tournament championship. The Broncos defeated the seventh and third ranked teams in the country en route to hoisting the Mason Cup.
Men's and women's soccer made back-to-back trips to the MAC Championship game during the fall of 2011 and football played in its third postseason bowl game since the 2006. The Bronco football team also boasted a pair of All-Americans in 2011 with Jordan White, who led the nation in receptions and receiving yards per game, becoming the program's first ever Consensus All-American. The Broncos succeeded again in the classroom in 2011 with a 3.14 combined GPA.
Western Michigan's success on and off the field under Beauregard's leadership was recognized immediately following the 2010-11 season. She herself was recognized by NACDA last June at the national convention, receiving the Under Armour Award. The department captured the 2010-11 Jacoby Trophy, recognizing the most successful women's athletic program overall. The Broncos also finished second in Reese Trophy voting (the men's athletics equivalent of the Jacoby) in 2010-11. Those two milestones along with WMU's success in the classroom and in the Kalamazoo was reason enough for the Mid-American Conference to award Western Michigan the Cartwright Award during the fall of 2011.
Four more student-athletes were named Capital One Academic All-America over the past two years (2010-11, 2011-12). Phil Swanson, football's second two-time honoree, and Allyson Doyle (volleyball) were honored in 2010-11. John Potter (football) and Anina Cicerone (women's soccer) added their names to the list of Broncos to reach this academic height during Beauregard's tenure.
WMU athletic facilities have greatly improved under Beauregard’s leadership. The $8-million dollar Bill Brown Football Alumni Center and the $21-million Seelye Athletic Indoor Center have benefited numerous sports teams and provide top-notch facilities for Bronco student-athletes. The locker rooms at Lawson Ice Arena were renovated and completed over the past year and the department continues to raise funds for the Hyames Field Renovation Project, a two million dollar project to renovate the historic venue into a state-of-the-art facility. Field Turf was also installed at Waldo Stadium during the Summer of 2006.
Heavily involved in her profession, Beauregard assumed the chair position of the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee in 2001, a position which she held for two years. She represented WMU as a member of the NCAA Championships Cabinet and NCAA Football Bowl Certification Committee and currently serves on the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Beauregard, after the 2010-11 sporting year, was named named Athletic Director of the Year for the Football Subdivision in the Central Region by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
The beginning of 2010 marked the beginning of a new era in WMU baseball with the addition of new baseball coach Billy Gernon. Success was found on the soccer field in 2010 as well with both the men and women's programs reaching the MAC Championship match, with the men falling to eventual national champion Akron.
The 2008-09 year saw the Bronco volleyball and men’s tennis programs capture regular season MAC crowns. The volleyball team advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament, while the Bronco football team participated in its second bowl in three seasons and the men’s basketball team won yet another MAC West title.
The 2007-08 academic year saw success within the department, on the playing field and in the classroom. WMU Athletics announced the renovation of historic Hyames Field. Heading into the future, the facility will be known as Robert J. Bobb Stadium and will undergo $2.0 million of work over the next year. Renovations to Sorensen Courts, Fran Ebert Field and upcoming work to the men’s basketball locker rooms all highlight Beauregard’s dedication to moving WMU Athletics forward.
Athletically, WMU’s tennis programs found success yet again with both winning a regular season MAC title and the men’s program capturing the tournament title to earn a berth in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Both Dave Morin and Besty Kuhle were named MAC Coaches of the Year for the second-straight season. The men’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs captured MAC West titles during the past athletic season. A pair of Bronco track student-athletes earned All-America honors with Becky Horn earning the nod during the indoor and outdoor seasons and finishing third in the 800m at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Academically, WMU boasted a pair of Academic All-Americans in Anthony Gebhart (first team) and Joe Reitz (second team). Gebhart was the first football representative since 1998. Volleyball, baseball and gymnastics finished in the top 10 among other like programs in the APR and WMU football had the highest APR score in the MAC for the 2006-07 campaign. Overall, 415 student-athletes finished 2007-08 with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.
In 2006-07, men’s and women’s tennis not only repeated as MAC Tournament champions but captured regular season titles as well. Both Morin and Kuhle earned MAC Coach of the Year honors. The WMU football team participated in the program’s first postseason bowl game since 1988. The Broncos boasted three NCAA statistical champions in five categories — Ameer Ismail (FB - sacks and tackles for loss); Carrie Moore (WBB - points per game) and Mark Letestu (HOCKEY - freshman scoring and short-handed goals).
Western Michigan continued to pursue excellence in the classroom in 2006-07 as 26 student-athletes in 14 sports earned Academic All-MAC status. WMU had five of its programs honored as being in the top-10 percent in their respective sport in the announcement for their excellence in the classroom over the years identified in the most recent APR; baseball, men’s basketball, gymnastics, women’s tennis and volleyball. The Broncos boasted five academic all-district selections and a pair of academic all-americans in Joe Reitz and Carrie Moore.
Moore and Ismail earned All-America status in their respective sports with Moore receiving honorable mention for Kodak All-American and Ismail earning Second Team AP All-American.
In 2005-06, Beauregard oversaw a department that captured the Jacoby Cup Trophy, awarded to the top women’s program in the MAC based on sports standings. WMU has now won the Jacoby and Reese (men’s overall sports award) trophies during Beauregard’s tenure. The Broncos garnered three regular season titles — gymnastics, softball and women’s tennis and two MAC Tournament titles — gymnastics and women’s tennis. Under Beauregard’s direction, WMU also won its 100th MAC title all-time in 2005-06.
The 2004-05 athletic campaign continued what has become common place at Western Michigan. Team and individual success began in the fall and continued through the spring, highlighted by a MAC Championship in women’s tennis. The strength of the women’s programs as a group allowed WMU to finish second in the Jacoby Cup.
Along with four MAC titles (men’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s tennis) in 2003-04, the Broncos also enjoyed an increased level of success in the classroom. WMU’s graduation rate of 83 percent in 2003 ranked eighth nationally and featured a program grade point average of nearly 3.00.
On the playing field in 2002-03, the athletics campaign was highlighted by a pair of conference titles in women’s basketball and softball. The men’s basketball team also made a postseason appearance, competing in the National Invitation Tournament. Postseason appearances by the WMU football, volleyball and men’s tennis team highlighted the program’s 2000-01 athletic competition.
The 1999-2000 campaign was highlighted by the football team’s West Division title and trip to the MAC Championship. The women’s tennis squad captured the MAC Tourney title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year and the women’s basketball squad made its second-consecutive appearance in the WNIT.
In just her second year (1998-99), Beauregard provided support which helped the Bronco men’s athletic squads jump from 10th to first place in the Reese Cup standings, giving Western Michigan a share of its first all-sports trophy in 17 years.
Previously the senior associate athletic director (1993-97), she supervised all revenue sports, the University’s compliance with NCAA rules, academic services, student-athlete welfare, and athletic marketing and communications.
Beauregard initially came to WMU in 1979 as head women’s gymnastics coach. In nine seasons (1980-88), she produced two MAC title teams and was twice named the conference’s coach of the year.
Beauregard has been active in numerous community service organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Glowing Embers Girl Scouts Council and the Boys & Girls Club.
Honored by numerous organizations throughout her career, Beauregard was awarded both the Woman of Achievement Award (YWCA) and Athena Award (Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce) in 2002.
Beauregard is a native of Kalamazoo and graduate of Loy Norrix High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 1979 and a master’s degree from WMU in 1981.
In 2000, Beauregard received the Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater.
She and husband, Rick, have a 23-year-old son, Brad, who graduated from WMU and is an equipment manager on the WMU football team while pursuing his masters. Rick retired from Kalamazoo Public Schools after 32 years of service and began Beauregard Home Services in the Fall of 2006.