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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletic teams are a big part of Williams. The gym is great for athletes, as well as the many fields and the trainer centers for injuries, but it's not all accessable to "non-ers".

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not an athlete myself, however, the athletic facilities of the school seem to be great for those who are athletes. I do go to the gym regularly and the equipment there is excellent!

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There's not a lot of team spirit here. Athletes are nice, but they tend to hang among themselves.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: The facilities have everything you could need as a varsity or non-varsity athlete. With our new football/lacrosse field and track, we have it made! Still, with an active there is always competition for prime field time, and IM sports are relegated either to early/late hours or ungroomed fields.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Could have better facilities. Otherwise, great.


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Athletics at Williams are for everyone—talented and amateur athletes, devoted fans and new recruits, sports lovers, and students who might not be that athletic at all. The outstanding professionalism of the coaches and athletic staff make the wonderful facilities on campus come alive with the spirit and effort of those who learn, teach, compete, play, or just have fun. The variety of sports classes and teams, both varsity and intramural, combined with the quality of their work, has made Williams stand out as a place where athletics thrive.

But, a question has to be asked: Do sports take over everything else on campus, pushing aside more intellectual pursuits? Although many would argue this point, one has to acknowledge that sports can only have a positive impact on people. At Williams, many have, in fact, chosen sports over other extracurricular opportunities, and it seems that no one has regretted such a choice.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Nickname
Purple Cow
Men Playing Varsity Sports
442 - 45%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
354 - 35%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Brazilian jiu jitsu
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Figure skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Sailing
  • Tae kwon do
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo (men's, women's)
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bobby Coombs Field
  • Chandler Athletic Center
  • Cole Field
  • Herbert S. Towne Field House
  • Lansing Chapman Rink
  • Lasell Gym
  • Renzie W. Lamb Field
  • Simon Squash Center
  • The Taconic Golf Club
  • Tony Plansky Track
  • Torrence M. Hunt `44 Tournament Courts
  • Weston Field
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Field hockey, tennis
School Spirit
Mucho Macho Moocow Marching Band is the cheering section at football games and a big provider of school spirit. They can be seen wearing goofy hats and musically cheering Williams to victory!
Getting Tickets
Contact the sports information director at (413) 597-4982.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Hopkins Forest

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 58% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 42% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 24 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 42% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 71% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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