Billy McBride

Billy McBride

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    Assistant Athletic Director, Diversity & Inclusion/Director of Club Sports/Senior Coach
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Billy McBride serves as the Assistant Athletic Director-Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Club Sports and Senior Coach at Amherst College. He is also the liaison to the Center for Community Engagement, Admission Office, Dean Office and Human Resources Office. In conjunction with the Amherst College Mead Art Museum, he has produced a podcast on two lithographs by George Bellows (1882-1917), after speaking on 18 pieces of Bellows' oils, charcoal and lithograph. He was recently invited to lecture an American History Art class on Bellows, whose 1910 “Polo Crowd” painting was purchased by billionaire Bill Gates for $27.5 million; and the Mead Art Museum renamed Amalia Amaki’s “Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue #15” in honor of McBride. The painting locates black history, culture and experience as an integral part of the social fabric of “Americanness.” McBride is also a published author with the Mead Art Museum College Collection Guide.

During his tenure at Amherst College, McBride has held several assistant coaching positions and was the head coach for women’s basketball for fifteen years. He was named the NESCAC and Northeast Region District 1 Division III Russell Athletic WBCA Coach of the Year in 2000–2001. He has been actively involved with the NCAA while at Amherst and served as a facilitator for student-athletes on behalf of the NCAA at the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Leadership Conference in the cities of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Fort Worth, Texas; Chicago, Ill.; and Jersey City, N.J.

McBride came to Amherst College from Allen Stevenson School, N.Y., where he served as the school’s Director of Athletics.

A 1979 graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation, McBride was a two-sport athlete; basketball and football. He was a member of Tennessee State’s 1975 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four team and was drafted in the NFL by the San Francisco 49ers shortly after graduation, playing the majority of his professional football career in the CFL. He received his master’s degree in exercise sciences and sports studies from Smith College in 2006.

McBride has been very active in the Western Massachusetts area. He has been a guest motivational speaker at many colleges, elementary and high schools, and consulting firms discussing how athletes can use sports to combat discrimination and other social injustices as well as higher education, and diversity and inclusion issues. In 2012 and 2010, he served as a guest speaker at the Institute for Training & Development in Amherst and SportsUnited; a division of the Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. During his 2012 appearance, he spoke about building bridges through sports in Kosovo, and was supported by the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo. In 2010 spoke on combating racism through sports in the U.S. and in France.

McBride was also a guest speaker in Atlanta, Ga. in 2014, in which he spoke about “Leadership” for the NCAA Division III Administrators Advancement for professional development. He has worked with many youth groups promoting higher education as well as working with the elderly on fitness and cognitive thinking. He was the Director for the City of New Haven, Conn. Girls Basketball Camp for College Coaches working with inner city youth, and in 2010, he received The Black Men of Greater Springfield Community Services Award for his work with the W.E. B. Du Bois Academy.  

McBride has also served as the Nike Girl Basketball Camp Director at Amherst College for more than twenty years and in 2004, he started the first Father & Daughter Basketball Camp in the country through U.S. sports camps out of San Francisco, Calif.

McBride is a 1974 graduate of Central Tech High School in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was named First Team All-City in football and basketball, and All-Upstate in football. He received the Omar Spencer, Outstanding High School Athletic Award and in 1972, was selected YMCA Youth of the Year.

Most recently, McBride has been invited by the Amherst College Admission Office to sit on two panels to address parents whose sons and daughters have been accepted to attend the college. He is also a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. committee at Amherst College.