Tim McGarry, Bowdoin College
One of the finest two-sport athletes in school history, Tim McGarry followed in the footsteps of Bowdoin legend Sid Watson, captaining both of his teams to NCAA Tournaments, earning All-American honors and earning one of the College’s most prestigious honors upon graduation.
An Economics major from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, McGarry was an ice hockey and baseball player for the Polar Bears, captaining the ice hockey program for two seasons and also serving as a senior captain on the baseball team. On the ice, he helped lead Bowdoin to its most successful four-year stretch in over two decades as a hard-nosed defenseman. He finished his career with 18 goals and 31 assists in 103 career contests and, in 2013, earned First Team All-NESCAC, First Team All-New England and Third Team All-American honors in leading the team to a program-record 23 wins and its third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four seasons.
An outfielder on the baseball team, McGarry played in nearly every game for Bowdoin his last two seasons, racking up a .300 batting average, 16 extra base hits and 41 RBIs. In his career, he was plunked by 30 pitches – second most in school history – reached base at a .422 clip and stole 31 bases in 34 attempts.
In his eight combined seasons on the ice and the diamond, his teams reached the postseason each time, including NCAA Hockey Tournament appearances in 2010, ’11 and ’13 and the NCAA Baseball Tournament in 2012. Bowdoin finished as the NESCAC Champions in men’s ice hockey in 2013 and finished as the runners-up in baseball in 2010, ’11, and ’12.
Following his senior year, McGarry was honored as the school’s recipient of the Sidney J. Watson Award, recognizing the student-athlete who has honored the school's Division III philosophy through their accomplished participation in more than one sport.
As he enters the post-Bowdoin chapter of his life, McGarry is grateful for his time spent beneath the pines.
“Athletics help maintain connections between alumni and the College,” says McGarry. “Our games draw people to campus and give them a cause to rally around. They also provide a great network for current students—I landed my first job through hockey connections.”