When Kingswood Oxford celebrated National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Saturday, it also took time to celebrate one of its own. Judy Bailey ’82, a standout player, educator and coach was honored with the inaugural KO Woman in Sport Award.
The award will now be given annually, in conjunction with KO’s celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day, to a past KO student athlete alum who has continued to be a role model for young girls and women through sport.
“Judy is amazing and so deserving of the award,” Kingswood Oxford athletic director Debbie Fiske said. “She is the perfect inaugural recipient.”
Bailey earned nine varsity letters during her time at Kingswood Oxford (three each in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse). After graduation, Bailey attended Wheaton College where she played basketball and lacrosse.
“Judy is deserving of this award for not only being a KO alum and current teacher/coach at KO, but because she is a constant display of integrity and sportsmanship,” Fiske said. “She is a terrific role model through her dedication, hard work as a teacher, coach and mentor for young girls and women.”
Before she graduated from Wheaton in 1986, Bailey played basketball for four seasons and served a a captain twice. She played lacrosse for two seasons, helping Wheaton advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1985 and semifinals in 1986. Both of those teams lost to the eventual national champion.
Bailey’s next stop after Wheaton was Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, RI from 1986-87 where she taught and coached, serving as the assistant coach for varsity field hockey and lacrosse and head coach for varsity basketball.
In 1987 Bailey returned to Kingswood Oxford where she has taught and coached ever since. An integral part of Wyvern athletics, Bailey served as Athletic Director from 1997-2000 and was the recipient of The Joe and Joanne Alissi Coaches Award in 2012.
She has coached field hockey - JV and Middle School (1 season each); basketball - Middle School A head coach for 20 years , head JV coach for 1 year, assistant varsity coach for 14 years; lacrosse- Middle School A coach for 15 years (seven undefeated seasons) head JV coach for 2 years (undefeated 1989) head Varsity Coach for 15 years.