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Bridgewater’s Jim Seavey retires after 33-year career


Over three decades ago, Jim Seavey landed the job he loved and stuck with it ever since.

Working numerous roles in the athletic communications department for several of the state’s colleges, including at Stonehill College and most recently UMass-Dartmouth, in his career took Seavey on an unbelievable journey, but one that has come to an end.

After 33 years on the job, Seavey announced his retirement from his post this week, walking away from a profession that gave him an experience he holds close to his heart.

“For me, it was a dream come true,” Seavey said. “It’s just been a blessing to get a chance to work with so many great people – with great coaches, with great administrators, but most importantly student-athletes.”

Two years after graduating from Marquette University in 1986, Seavey entered the world of college sports information for good as the Sports Information Director of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

That’s where it all began and kicked off a decorated career that was far from stationary. Seavey, who resides in Bridgewater with his wife, Cheryl — the Bridgewater-Raynham girls basketball coach — and their two daughters, Mikayla and Lindsey, went on to work at eight other colleges, all of which were in Massachusetts.

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In the late 1980s, Seavey took over as the sports information director at Nichols College before working a combined eight years at Merrimack College and UMass-Lowell.

Seavey’s two longest stays were at Stonehill, from 1998-2007, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy, from 2008-17.  Seavey also mixed in a one-year stint at Suffolk University in-between the two schools. With the Skyhawks, Seavey served as the associate director of athletics for external affairs and communications and held the title of director of sports information and intercollegiate scheduling coordinator with the Buccaneers.  

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Seavey continued to promote collegiate athletics and their student-athletes at Mount Ida for a six-month period before the college’s closure and then wound up at UMass-Dartmouth in 2018 as director of athletic communications.

At every stop, Seavey cultivated more and more relationships with those with whom he worked, and he holds those friendships as one of the best keepsakes from his years on the job.

“Anybody who has ever done this for a period of time will tell you you’re not going to remember every game,” Seavey said. “There are certain games that stand out and certain memories that stand out, but you’re always going to remember the relationships and those are the most important things of all.”

Seavey, who was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame in 2013, has seen his share of memorable games in the thousands of sporting events he has attended.

While at Merrimack, Seavey was on hand when the Warriors took down Humboldt State, 6-2, to claim a national title in softball. He then witnessed Stonehill’s women’s lacrosse team capture two national championships over a three-year span in the early 2000s, the first of which was an epic thriller, with Colby Confer netting the game-winning goal with 11 seconds left to lift Stonehill over Longwood, 9-8.

“Those two national championship games at Stonehill are part of my games I’ll always remember,” Seavey said. “They’re also a group of kids that you always remember.”

Seavey’s final game working as a sports information director, March 4, was also a highlight. In a shortened and difficult season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMass-Dartmouth won the Little East Conference crown by throttling Keene State, 108-68.

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“That was just special because of everything the kids have been through this year because of COVID,” Seavey said. “That will be a special memory because everything they fought through to get to that moment.”

Seavey added with a laugh: “I said to coach Brian Baptiste, ‘You sent me out a winner.’”

While the job has its perks, it’s far from glamorous with it requiring long hours with late nights turning into early mornings. Seavey, 57, almost retired 10 months ago, but stayed on board at UMass-Dartmouth in a part-time capacity to lend a helping hand. Seavey said the decision to retire was due to several factors, but the most significant one was time.

“It was just time,” Seavey said. “It was time to devote more to my family and to other things I like to do.”

Seavey has been overwhelmed by the outpouring response when news of his retirement became public. He said people he crossed paths with over 30 years ago have even reached out to offer their congratulations.

Seavey’s retirement put him in the spotlight for once, but as he did his entire career, he tries to center the conversation around the student-athletes he dedicated his work to.

“It’s about the kids,” Seavey said. “I think anybody that does this job and doesn’t realize that it’s about the kids and not about them, they’re doing it for the wrong reasons. It’s all about the kids.”



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