Kathy Beauregard, the Director of Athletics at Western Michigan University, has been involved with the Broncos in several capacities over the course of the past 37 years and begins her 20th season as Athletic Director in 2016-17.
Beauregard is the longest serving athletic director in the Mid-American Conference and is just one of eight female Athletic Directors at the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision schools (as of 12/8/15).
Beauregard initially came to WMU in 1979 as head women’s gymnastics coach. In nine seasons (1980-88), she produced two MAC title teams and was twice named the conference’s coach of the year. During her tenure as an Athletic Director, Western Michigan has won 49 conference championships.
During the spring of 2012, Beauregard was awared with the 2012 YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a woman in the community who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the community, state or nation, and has a record of accomplishment, leadership and positive role modeling as a volunteer and/or in a career.
WMU Athletics solidified its presence on the national stage as volleyball and ice hockey made returns trips to their respective NCAA tournaments. It was the second at-large invitation for WMU volleyball since the 2008 season, while hockey earned the automatic bid into the NCAA West Regional by capturing the 2012 CCHA Tournament championship. The Broncos defeated the seventh and third ranked teams in the country en route to hoisting the Mason Cup.
Heavily involved in her profession, Beauregard assumed the chair position of the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee in 2001, a position which she held for two years. She represented WMU as a member of the NCAA Championships Cabinet and NCAA Football Bowl Certification Committee and currently serves on the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Beauregard has been active in numerous community service organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Glowing Embers Girl Scouts Council and the Boys & Girls Club.
Honored by numerous organizations throughout her career, Beauregard was awarded both the Woman of Achievement Award (YWCA) and Athena Award (Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce) in 2002.
Beauregard is a native of Kalamazoo and graduate of Loy Norrix High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 1979 and a master’s degree from WMU in 1981.
In 2000, Beauregard received the Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater.
She and husband, Rick, have a son, Brad, who graduated from WMU and is an equipment manager on the WMU football team while pursuing his masters. Rick retired from Kalamazoo Public Schools after 32 years of service and began Beauregard Home Services in the Fall of 2006.