Durham College softball field named Babcock Field

Durham College (DC) has announced a name for its state-of-the-art softball field, which reopened in September 2022 after renovations. The home of the Durham Lords women’s softball team will now be known as Babcock Field, in honour of director of Athletics and Recreation Ken Babcock, who is retiring after 36 years of dedicated service to DC.

The new name was unveiled during Babcock’s retirement celebration at the Campus Ice Centre restaurant, 2200 North on Monday, May 8.

“Ken’s tireless efforts and unwavering commitment have left an indelible mark on our institution and the naming of this field demonstrates his lasting impact,” said Tara Koski, dean, Students.

DC’s athletic program has flourished under Babcock’s leadership. During his tenure, the Lords have won 116 provincial championships and 22 national championships. He has also spearheaded the addition of numerous athletic facilities, including the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, the Campus Ice Centre, and the softball field that will now bear his name.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Durham College this way,” said Babcock. “I am proud that my name will be on the field that I know will provide memorable experiences for students for years to come.”