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a letter from the director Dear GW Supporter, Recently, we celebrated the end of our academic and athletic year with the graduation of 73 of our studentathletes. As always, this should be our proudest victory. Additionally, this past year will go in the record books as one of great accomplishments for our student-athletes and all involved with George Washington Athletics. In one of the finest competitive seasons in recent memory for the Colonials, we saw five of our programs win championships in their respective sports—the most-ever in a single academic year in our history. The unprecedented athletic success complemented another outstanding year in the classroom and community for our student-athletes, as GW produced 23 Academic All-Conference honorees, placed 84 student-athletes on the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and recognized nearly 500 Athletic Academic Dean’s List members in the fall and spring semesters combined. In addition, our student-athletes took on 35 different community service initiatives throughout the academic year with all of our teams participating in at least one project.

We look to continue to build champions—in the classroom, community, and competition. Your loyalty to GW and financial support of our programs were a significant part of our success in all areas, and our strategic plan for Athletics and Recreation will continue to ensure that our student-athletes and coaches are put in the best possible position to excel. We look to continue to build champions—in the classroom, community, and competition. Thanks in large part to your generosity, many of our teams are now competing in the premier facilities in their conference. The Charles E. Smith Center has been transformed and is a state-of-the-art hub for student life on campus. A new synthetic turf field was installed at the Mount Vernon Campus for our soccer and lacrosse field. In addition, Barcroft Park— the home of GW Baseball since 1993—is undergoing a major renovation which has already refurbished the field and built new bullpens and dugouts, with expanded seating, concessions, and improved parking accommodations on the way. More improvements are on the way.

To help us complete current projects and continue the work outlined in our strategic plan, we are launching a GW Athletics annual fund in July 2012. The Buff and Blue Fund will provide our donors with continued opportunities to support our student-athletes and coaches as they pursue excellence on and off the playing field. We believe a world-class university deserves a worldclass athletics department, and your philanthropic support exemplifies your belief in our student-athletes. In 2011–12, we increased the number of donors to athletics, the total amount given and pledged to our programs and projects, as well as our attendance and revenue numbers in all areas, but our goals for the future remain ambitious. We’ll need your continued support. On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff, I want to thank you for your financial and emotional support of GW Athletics. We look forward to seeing you next season as our 23 sports continue to Raise High the Buff and Blue. Sincerely,

Patrick Nero Director of Athletics and Recreation


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35 All-Conference Performers

4 Atlantic 10 Coaches of the Year

84 Student-Athletes on the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

232 Student-Athletes on the Fall Athletic Academic Dean’s List

256 Student-Athletes on the Spring Athletic Academic Dean’s List





Academic All-Conference Honorees

35 Different Community Service Initiatives Exclusive partnerships signed with Nike and IMG


New GW Athletics Hall of Famers


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CHAMPIONSHIPS GW Athletics and Recreation celebrated one of its most successful seasons of all time in 2011–12 as five of our varsity teams won championships:

Golf (A-10 champions)

Men’s Tennis

Men’s Soccer

(A-10 champions)

(regular season A-10 co-champions)

Men’s Squash (Summers Cup champions)

Women’s Squash (Walker Cup champions)

The Colonials also saw three programs—Men’s Soccer, Women’s Rowing, and Softball—claim runner-up status at the A-10 Championships. Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Lacrosse, and Volleyball were also among the postseason qualifiers in a banner year for the George Washington University.


GOLF Among many accolades for GW’s golf program in 2011—12, freshman Jack Persons set a new George Washington men’s golf record by finishing the Old Dominion/ Outerbanks Collegiate Invitational with a 54-hole total of 9-under-par 207. Persons is symbolic of both the strength of the entire GW Athletics freshman class, who exemplify the successful results of GW’s recruiting in the last year, and of a golf program that earned its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship this season. Coached by Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Terry Shaffer, and led by senior AllConference performer and team MVP Andres Pumariega, the Colonials unseated six-time defending champion and second-place finisher Charlotte by two strokes and set a new 36-hole program record at the league championship. With the 2012 A-10 title, GW golf earned its first conference championship since claiming Southern Conference crowns three straight years from 1957—1959.


MEN’S TENNIS Picked by the conference’s coaches heading into the season to defend last season’s conference championship, the GW men’s tennis team had plenty at stake in 2011–12. The Colonials proved to be equal to the task and can now claim the distinction of being back-to-back Atlantic 10 Champions. The George Washington men’s tennis team swept the Atlantic 10 Conference year-end awards, as freshman Francisco Dias was named both the league’s Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer—the first-ever A -10 men’s tennis student-athlete to earn the distinction of both of the conference’s top honors. Colonials’ head coach Greg Munoz was also honored, as he was tabbed as Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Joining Dias on the AllConference First Team were senior team MVP Ugar Atalay and junior Alexander van Gils, while sophomore Ulrik Thomsen was named to the Second Team.

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MEN’S SOCCER Entering the 2011 season, GW’s men’s soccer team was picked to finish 13th in the 14-team Atlantic 10 Conference after finishing second-to-last in 2010. However, when senior midfielder Yoni Berhanu scored a late goal to give the Colonials a 1–0 victory over Duquesne on Senior Day, GW clinched a share of its first Atlantic 10 regular-season title since 1992 and the fans in attendance rushed the field. GW advanced all the way to the A-10 Finals before ultimately falling via penalty kicks to Xavier. For their efforts, the recently retired George Lidster, with 201 career wins, was named the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year while Berhanu was chosen the A-10’s Midfielder of the Year. Junior Seth Rudolph was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team, senior defender Mike Burke was selected to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team, and freshman center back Matthew Scott earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.


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MEN’S SQUASH The George Washington University’s nationally ranked men’s squash program secured one of five GW championships this past season with its first-ever national division championship following three consecutive victories over Stanford, Bowdoin, and Colby College in the Summers Cup (C Division) at the College Squash Association Team Nationals in Princeton, NJ. The Colonials cruised past Stanford before avenging last season’s loss against Bowdoin in the 2011 Summers Cup Championship match with a victory in the semi-finals. GW then outlasted Colby to clinch the program’s first national division championship. With what Head Coach Wendy Lawrence has called the “best-ever” recruiting class on the way, featuring two top-30 junior players, GW’s men’s squash team is poised for continued excellence in coming seasons.


WOMEN’S SQUASH Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the George Washington University’s women’s squash team claimed their second national division championship in three seasons as the team won the Walker Cup Championship again this year after also doing so in 2010. The Colonials defeated Connecticut College and Amherst to earn a spot in the championship match, and then promptly downed Wesleyan in the Championship of the Walker Cup (C Division) at the College Squash Association Team Nationals in Cambridge, MA. Like the men’s team, the Colonials women’s program will welcome a strong recruiting class in the fall, highlighted by the single highest-rated recruit in GW Squash history.


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OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF NOTE MEN’S BASKETBALL As regional television partnerships were reached with both MASN and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, televised basketball games nearly doubled between the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, bringing increased exposure to one of GW’s signature programs. An increased effort to recruit both locally and internationally has also yielded an incoming recruiting class that currently features two All-Met performers from local high schools, as well as three international signees who will carry on GW’s history of attracting top foreign talent to play and study at this world-class university.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Jonathan Tsipis was hired after GW’s 2011–12 campaign, and has brought renewed vigor and confidence in restoring the strong winning tradition of GW women’s basketball. Coach Tsipis spent the past nine seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Notre Dame, most recently as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the past four seasons. In all, Notre Dame enjoyed a 228–77 (.748) mark with Tsipis on the sidelines, including back-to-back NCAA National Championship game appearances in 2011 and 2012. As the coordinator of Notre Dame’s recruiting efforts, his work landed the Fighting Irish one of the nation’s top-20 recruiting classes in each of his nine years, and a top-10 class in three of the last four seasons.


LACROSSE The GW lacrosse program finished its season last year ranked fifth out of eight A-10 teams and shy of qualifying for the A-10 Championship. This season, however—led by seniors Sarah Phillips, Hilary Quinn, and Megan Seidman—the Colonials enjoyed a 6–1 record at home en route to the A-10 semifinals. Phillips will leave as GW’s all-time leader in points, while Seidman holds the distinction of being the program’s second-leading scorer of all-time. Phillips and Quinn were named to the All-Conference First Team in 2012, while classmate Seidman earned Second Team honors and freshmen Addi Bolin, Rachel Mia, and Allie Rash all earned spots on the A-10 AllRookie Team. GW ended the season with an overall record of 10–7, marking the most wins in a season since 2007.

WOMEN’S ROWING The George Washington University women’s rowing team enjoyed its best finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship since 2003 as the Colonials took second place in the conference. Head Coach Eric Carcich was also voted Coach of the Year by his peers at the conclusion of the event, after coaching his team to a four-spot improvement over last season. The GW women enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent memory as they regained the hardware in several rivalries, including the Class of 1998 Cup (first since ’07) and the Howard W. Wilkins Bowl (first since ’05), and claimed the George’s Trophy—over local rivals Georgetown and George Mason— in its second year of existence.


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OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF NOTE SOFTBALL Despite falling in a heartbreaker in the Atlantic 10 championship game to UMass and their NCAA-leading strikeout queen, GW broke the program record for wins in a season this year with 25. After being picked to finish eighth in the A-10 preseason poll and starting the season 9–23, the Colonials won 16 of their final 23 games to earn the No. 4 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship and reach the tournament’s final game for the first time in program history. This season was highlighted by senior pitcher Kara Clauss hurling the second-ever no-hitter in program history. Clauss and senior outfielder Lauren Wilson were named to the Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference squad, while freshman shortstop Victoria Valos was tabbed as an Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team member.

VOLLEYBALL The 2010 season saw GW’s volleyball program finish with a 17–15 overall record, but a 6–9 mark in conference to place seventh of ten A-10 teams. However, new Head Coach Amanda Ault engineered a 10–0 start in 2011, the program’s best start to a season since 2003, with a DC sweep after defeating Georgetown, American, George Mason, and Howard. The team finished 20–10 overall, 9–6 in conference, and 12–1 in front of the Smith Center faithful, before their season came to an end after qualifying for the A-10 Championship. Junior Lauren Whyte was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and named Academic All-Conference, and —with classmate Candace Silva-Martin, the program’s all-time leader in digs, returning as well— Coach Ault and the Colonials look to be formidable once again in 2012.



Raise High the Buff and Blue The Buff and Blue Fund: Your annual gift in support of GW Athletics! For GW student-athletes to excel, they need resources. To assist us in achieving excellence and providing the necessary resources, GW Athletics Development is proud to announce the inaugural year of the Buff and Blue Fund! Beginning in July 2012, GW Athletics will provide fans, donors, parents, and alumni with a unique opportunity to become members of the Team behind the Teams! The Buff and Blue Fund will support student-athletes and coaches from all 23 varsity teams, providing resources for leadership development, recruiting, team travel, equipment, and facility projects. Become one of the first members of the Buff and Blue Fund as we strive to Raise High the Buff and Blue by raising over one million dollars for our students in 2012–13.

Support GW Athletics at For more information, please contact GW Athletics Development at 202-994-8412.

The Fund is personal, simple, meaningful, social, and charitable: } The Buff and Blue Fund will help support all 23 teams, and you will see your donation come to life as you fund champions in the classroom, in the community, and in competition! Updates can be found at } With your contribution you will receive exclusive access to events, networking opportunities, and insight into student-athletes and coaches, all while knowing that your gift is providing meaningful support. } Your gifts to the Buff and Blue Fund are tax-deductible.


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