ANNUAL REPORT OF STUDENT ATHLETICS 09-10
ON THE COVER: Jermaine Beal, baseball celebrates NCAA Regional title, SEC Player of the Year Marina Alex
Achievement Kevin STALLINGS 2010 SEC Coach of the Year Marina ALEX 2010 SEC Player of the Year
Sonny GRAY 2010 Golden Glove Award
COMMODORES OF RECORD Catherine NEWMAN 2010 ITA Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Scholarship
s another memorable year of Vanderbilt University athletics comes to a close, a new dawn rises as we already look forward to what comes next. One of the wonderful aspects of collegiate athletics is that competition produces the unexpected and, sometimes, the unforgettable. We experienced some extraordinary moments during 2009-10 and this report relives those memories. We continually strive to raise our standards of excellence and several of our teams produced tremendous results. We ended the year on a high-note, watching our baseball program reach the final inning of the NCAA Super Regional Tournament with a chance to advance to the College World Series for the first time. When final classroom grades were tallied, this team had also achieved its best grade point average in anyoneâ€™s memory and led the nation with a 100 percent Academic Progress Report rating. That is winning both ways. We would not want to risk slighting any team or individual in this brief message, but it is fair to say that both of our basketball teams along with some strong Olympic sport success, especially in womenâ€™s golf, lacrosse and bowling, deserve special mention. We have come to expect much in the classroom. The composite 3.0 overall grade point average that seemed a major accomplishment just three short years ago is now our baseline measuring stick. When the national Academic Progress Reports were issued last spring, Vanderbilt had seven of the Southeastern Conferenceâ€™s 21 perfect scores. By any measure, our studentathletes are shining. Our Commodores are active in the community, and several were rewarded with post-graduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and community efforts. This report will detail individuals who won Southeastern Conference and All-American honors, but readers should realize that we are equally proud of all of our 325 student-athletes. A sluggish economy challenged some of our plans to enhance facilities, but our alumni and friends have been steadfast and allowed us to make major renovations on the west wing of McGugin Center on schedule. The construction work will be complete as you read this report, with its impact on our football program and academics profound. As you would imagine, we have even more plans for the future. We are particularly pleased to report that the overall financial picture for Vanderbilt Athletics continues to be steady and strong. Our membership in the Southeastern Conference has provided a major boost as we strive to grow revenues on other fronts. As you review our Annual Report, we hope you capture our sense of pride and the feeling that tomorrow will be better than today. David Williams II Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics General Counsel and Secretary of the University
Excellence For the fourth consecutive year the cumulative grade point average for all 325 student-athletes surpassed 3.0! Baseball................................... 3.160
Women’s Golf.......................... 3.303
Men’s Basketball..................... 2.619
Women’s Basketball................ 3.119
Men’s Cross Country............... 3.357
Men’s Tennis............................ 3.299
Women’s Cross Country.......... 3.435
Women’s Tennis....................... 3.211
Track and Field........................ 2.941
Men’s Golf............................... 3.056
Student-Athlete Composite...... 3.029
Commodores on the SEC Academic Honor Roll
H FY 2000................................... 90 H FY 2004................................. 149 H FY 2007................................. 167 H FY 2008................................. 179 H FY 2009................................. 186 H FY 2010................................. 180
Vanderbilt has achieved a studentathlete Graduation Success Rate of 94 percent over the last six years— No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference and far above the national average of 78 percent. The combined GPA of all Vanderbilt student-athletes was over 3.02 during the 2009-10 school year. A total of 185 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA during the spring semester of 2010.
Achievement H Megan Grehan of women’s golf was named an All-American Scholar by the National Golf Coaches of America.
H Baseball had the No. 1 Academic Progress Report score in the nation — 100 percent.
H Football’s Patrick Benoist and John Stokes were District IV Academic All-Americans.
H Distance runner Thomas Davis earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and had the highest grade point average of all graduating student-athletes.
H Bowlers Brittany Garcia, Kayla Rhoades and Amanda Halter were named Academic AllAmericans by the National Ten Pin Coaches Association.
H Soccer’s Molly Kinsella was voted to the Academic All District team.
H Tennis’ Catherine Newman earned several major honors, including third-team Academic AllAmerican and the SEC Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and she became the first Vanderbilt recipient of the National Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
Members of the women’s swim team
H Women’s Swimming was once again named an Academic AllAmerican Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
H Men’s and Women’s Cross Country was named an Academic All-American Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Jence Rhoads and Angela Puleo of the women’s basketball team and women’s cross country’s Haley Kolff joined other students studying in Greece last May.
Vanderbilt fans worldwide closely followed the NCAA Regional and Super Regional tournaments as the Commodores made their deepest run in history.
J Finished the season with a 46-20 record and their second NCAA Super Regional appearance in school history, the farthest advance by any VU team.
J The 46 wins were second-most in school history. Finished the season ranked between 13th and 15th in all the major polls.
J Defeated No. 7 national seed Louisville in the NCAA Regional. Five Commodores were All-Region led by Most Outstanding Player Richie Goodenow. Also named were Aaron Westlake, Jason Esposito, Joe Loftus and Connor Harrell.
J Sonny Gray became the school’s first-ever Golden Glove as the top fielding pitcher in college baseball. He was also named to the SEC’s AllDefensive team. Sonny was a key starter for the USA Collegiate National Team, which won the Silver Medal this summer at the World University Championship in Japan.
J The team began the season in a unique way last November, traveling to Tokyo and Hong Kong, thanks to a generous gift from an alumnus. They faced top competition while experiencing different cultures.
J Head coach Tim Corbin moved into second place on the school’s all-time coaching wins list.
J Anthony Gomez was named Freshman All-American.
J Nine players made the Fall Dean’s List. The team had a cumulative grade point average of 3.157 for the year, their finest performance in years. The team’s overall GPA of 3.160 was also an all-time high.
J The team had the No. 1 baseball APR (Academic Progress Report) in the nation at 100 percent.
Men’s Basketball Once again the men’s basketball team heated up Memorial Gymnasium on cool winter nights.
J Made the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years.
J Placed second in the Southeastern Conference East Division.
J The 12 league wins were the
J The Commodores won 23 games and were ranked for 10 weeks in the AP Top 25.
J Senior Jermaine Beal earned All-SEC First-Team honors.
program’s most since 1993 and the most under Coach Kevin Stallings.
J Sophomore Jeffery Taylor and
J The team showed improvement
J John Jenkins was on the SEC
and toughness on the road in winning six games and enjoying sweeps of Florida and Tennessee. The last time Vanderbilt was unbeaten against Tennessee and Florida in the same season was 1966.
junior A.J. Ogilvy were SEC second-team selections. All-Freshman team and became only the second Commodore to claim the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
J Made 11th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and won more than 20 games for the eighth straight time under Coach Melanie Balcomb.
J Jence Rhoads was named firstteam All-Southeastern Conference.
J Merideth Marsh, a second-team All-SEC honoree, became the Commodores’ all-time leader in three-point field goals and made it into the school’s top 20 in career scoring.
J Jessica Mooney was named to the SEC Community Service team, won the Civitan Sportsmanship Award and was a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award nominee.
J Tiffany Clarke and Elan Brown were named to the SEC AllFreshman team with Clarke being a unanimous choice.
J It was also an academically strong year with the team cracking the 3.0 composite mark. Three women were on the Dean’s List and five earned SEC academic honors.
Women’s Basketball Many observers felt this young team over-achieved by coming within two points of reaching the NCAA’s Sweet 16. Short of stature, they were long on heart and skill.
Bowling This nationally prominent program was ranked No. 1 in the country for a significant portion of the year and featured several of the sportâ€™s premier collegiate bowlers.
J Fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championship.
J The team won five of nine regular season tournaments, equaling the most in program history.
J Freshman Jessica Earnest was voted Rookie of the Year and second-team All-American.
J Brittany Garcia earned honorable mention All-American.
J Captain Josie Earnest was named
J Josie Earnest was nominated
first-team All-American for the third straight year.
for an NCAA post-graduate scholarship and NCAA Woman of the Year.
J Brittni Hamilton had the nationâ€™s second-best average and joined Josie Earnest on the five-woman All-America first-team.
J Brittany Garcia was nominated for the NCAA Elite 8 Award.
J Five bowlers made the SEC All-Academic team.
J The Commodores ranked first among all NCAA Division I schools for the second straight year in team grade point average with an amazing 3.67, which easily earned Academic AllAmerican team honors.
J Sophomore Jenner Kizer was named Team MVP after leading the Commodores in every meet during the season. He placed in the top-half of the NCAA 10K South Regional.
J Chris Baker received the Most Improved Award.
J Billy Malmed was honored with the Newcomer Award.
Menâ€™s Cross Country If this team wasnâ€™t the smartest the Black and Gold ever assembled, it would be interesting to know what squad could lay claim to that distinction.
J The team finished third at the Commodore Classic and tied for fourth at the Belmont-VU Opener.
J Senior Thomas Davis won an NCAA post-graduate scholarship as a result of his combined excellence in academics, community service and athletics. He begins study at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine this fall.
Women’s Cross Country These women offered tangible evidence that theirs is a program truly on the move!
J Achieved the fifth-best finish in program history—sixth at the SEC Championships.
J The team was led at the SECs by Jordan White and Allie Scalf, both earning spots on the All-SEC Freshman team.
J Placed fifth at the NCAA South Regional Championships, tying for the best finish in the program’s 27-year existence.
J Rita Jorgensen and Jordan White paced Vanderbilt at the NCAA Regionals. Jorgensen earned all-region honors for the second consecutive year and White was named team MVP.
J Defended their titles at the Belmont-Vanderbilt Opener and Commodore Classic with three runners among the top eight.
J The team earned Academic AllAmerican team honors with a team grade point average of 3.435.
Football It was not the year the Commodores expected or wanted, but plenty of young talent gives reason for optimism for the future.
J Running back and return specialist Warren Norman became only the second Vanderbilt player ever recognized as the SEC Freshman of the Year after setting new league records for all-purpose yardage and kickoff return touchdowns.
J Other Commodores receiving AllSEC recognition were linebacker Chris Marve, cornerback Myron Lewis and punter Brett Upson.
J Two Commodore starting linebackers, Patrick Benoist and John Stokes, also received District Academic All-American status for a squad that featured more than 30 SEC Academic Honor Roll honorees.
J Football had 37 students named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll â€” a figure that includes only sophomores and above.
Men’s Golf The men have become accustomed to NCAA Tournament competition and are setting their sights on becoming truly national contenders.
J Won a team championship for the third consecutive season, sharing top honors at the Samford Intercollegiate.
J The team was led by senior Hudson Johnson, an AllSoutheastern Conference selection who ranked fifth in the league for stroke average.
J Johnson, junior Ryan Haselden and sophomore Trey DelGreco combined for nine top 10 finishes this season.
J Haselden’s best finish, a tie for second, came at the Commodores’ own Mason Rudolph Championships. Both Johnson and DelGreco notched third-place finishes — Johnson’s at the Golfweek Conference Challenge and DelGreco’s at Samford.
J Head Coach Tom Shaw’s Commodores made their third trip to the NCAA Championships in four years, competing at the NCAA East Regional in New Haven, Conn., in May.
J Four men’s golfers earned Academic All-SEC distinction and Haselden was named an AllAmerica Scholar.
Womenâ€™s Golf The women were in contention to win the Southeastern Conference championship down to the last hole, showing the golf community they have arrived ahead of schedule as national contenders.
J Second at SEC Tournament. J Seventh at NCAA Championship. J Marina Alex named first-team All-American, SEC champion, and SEC Player of the Year.
J Ranked in the top 25 all season. J Alex finished the season sixth in the Golfstat Cup rankings, an award that goes to the nationâ€™s lowest individual stroke average.
J Senior Brooke Goodwin paced the team at the NCAA Championship with an even-par 288, which tied her for 13th overall.
J Freshmen Anna Leigh Keith and Lauren Stratton were named to the SEC All-Freshman team. Vanderbilt was the only school with two representatives on the All-Freshman team.
J Three team members earned All-SEC academic honors and Megan Grehan was named to the All-American Scholar Team.
Lacrosse The lacrosse team’s long winning streak and national ranking created lasting impressions and a very memorable season.
J The Commodores made a schoolrecord fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
J A 10-game winning streak in the middle of the 2010 season bested the previous school-record for consecutive victories by four.
J Sophomore Ally Carey earned first-team All-American honors after breaking her own record for draw controls and also leading the Commodores in ground balls and caused turnovers.
J Senior Sarah Downing ended her VU career as the school’s all-time leader in assists. She also ranks second in career goals and points. Downing and fellow senior Alex Mundy both earned second-team All-American recognition.
J 22 team members made Academic All-SEC.
J VU’s trio of All-Americans were joined on the All-American Lacrosse Conference squad by senior attack Carter Foote and sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Wills.
J Katherine Denkler was the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week after her fourgoal performance helped defeat Notre Dame.
Soccer A berth in the Southeastern Conference Tournament was the highlight as soccer turned in another winning season scorecard.
J Senior Megan Forester was named a first-team All-SEC selection and was a member of the SEC Community Service team. Junior Molly Kinsella earned second-team All-SEC honors and also was an Academic All-District selection. Freshman Chelsea Stewart was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and was also honored as the Canadian Under-20 Player of the Year.
J The Commodores ended with an 11-8-1 mark.
J 15 of the teamâ€™s 25 squad members earned GPAs over 3.0.
J Honored with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award, marking the seventh consecutive year the Commodores have received the award.
J Four straight victories propelled the team into the SEC Tournament for the first time in three years.
J Winning streak included a shutout of 17th rated Ole Miss.
Swimming As talented swimmers joined the program, records fell and the team became much more competitive.
J Our newest program enjoyed a year of establishing team records.
J The program was one of the youngest in Division I athletics with 15 of its 19 members either freshmen or sophomores.
J Scored two dual victories and set four new school records during the season.
J Sophomore Laura Dillon set a new mark in the 200-yard breaststroke.
J Freshman Erika Deardorf set school records in the 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle events.
J The 400-medley relay team swam to a new school record time at the SEC Championships.
J Senior Jess Cohen was named to the SEC Swimming and Diving Community Service Team for the second straight year for her
work in establishing the â€œWell Worth Itâ€? campaign that creates ways for African villages to obtain clean water.
J Cohen was nominated for the SEC Brad Davis Service Award.
J The swimming program was once again named an Academic AllAmerican team and six swimmers earned Academic All-SEC acclaim.
Menâ€™s Tennis Despite a brutal schedule, this rebuilding program managed a winning record and made progress in the demanding SEC.
J The team finished 13-11 and ranked No. 40 after advancing to their third NCAA Tournament in the past four years.
J Concluded the season with the most SEC wins since 2004 and also had their longest SEC win streak since 2003.
J Found success despite playing a grueling schedule that included matches against three of the Final Four teams and both NCAA finalists. Nine of the 11 losses were to top 30 teams.
J Head Coach Ian Duvenhage earned the 400th win of his career.
J Freshman Ryan Lipman made VU history by being named Ohio Valley Rookie of the Year, SEC Co-freshman of the Year and first-team All-SEC.
J Lipman finished the season ranked No. 28 after playing the entire season in the No. 1 singles slot and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships.
J Vijay Paul was VUâ€™s male nominee for the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Leaders of the Year Award.
Women’s Tennis The season proved to be one of the most challenging for this perennially powerful program but the Commodores still reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
J The program made its 16th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, advancing to the second round.
J Catherine Newman was named the SEC Women’s Tennis ScholarAthlete of the Year.
J Newman was selected for the National ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
J The team was named May’s recipient of the ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award.
J Two players were All-SEC: Newman was a first-team selection and sophomore Chelsea Preeg was second-team.
J Newman earned Academic AllAmerican and Academic All-District honors while four Commodores were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
J The team went 14-10 during the dual season, finishing with a national team ranking of No. 27.
J Finished with three players ranked among the nation’s top 85 in singles.
J Newman was a nominee for the prestigious SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Post-Graduate Scholarship. Three Commodores made the Vanderbilt Dean’s List and four were on the SEC Academic Honor squad.
Track and Field Rita Jorgensen and Buky Bamigboye were the primary storylines for the track and field program.
J Buky Bamigboye broke the Vanderbilt heptathlon record held by former SEC champion Josie Hahn with a 5,527-point accumulation at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships, propelling her to a fourth-place finish.
J Junior middle distance runner Rita Jorgensen became the second fastest Commodore female ever at 800 meters (2:07.46) and third quickest in the 1,500 meters (4:22.77) with stellar performances at the Vanderbilt Invitational. She also advanced to the NCAA First Round.
J Bamigboye became the first Commodore track and field athlete to qualify for the NCAA Championship in five years, competing in the heptathlon and the long jump. She had equaled the school long jump record held by Ryan Tolbert earlier in the year.
J Sophomore Anna Carr twice broke the Vanderbilt 100-meter record, initially lowering the mark to 11.92, then dropping it to 11.80 with an outstanding sprint at the Vanderbilt Invitational.
J Junior Katherine Hendricks established new team records both indoors and outdoors in the pole vault. Teammate Morgan Toone also became a top team all-time vaulter during the outdoor season.
J Hall of
Ernest (Bucky) CURTIS Football, 1947-1950 Ernest “Bucky” Curtis served Vanderbilt well during his four years with the Commodores, cementing himself as one of the nation’s elite receivers. He led the nation in 1950 in several receiving categories and received All-American honors. Curtis averaged an eye-popping 29.3 yards per catch his senior season. A two-sport player at Vanderbilt (basketball was the second), he is just one of five VU alumni to have won the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, honored in 1975. Curtis was a captain in both the EastWest Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl, where he was also the game MVP.
Shan FOSTER Basketball, 2004-2008 The fans who packed Memorial Gymnasium during Shan Foster’s Vanderbilt years were always in for a treat. Foster set the school career scoring record, was the SEC’s deadliest 3-point threat and one of college basketball’s most exciting players. He helped lead Vanderbilt to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. Foster was the SEC Player of the Year in 2008, earned the national Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, and was an Associated Press All-American. An extraordinary ambassador for his school, his sport and his community, Foster will forever be looked at as one of the best to ever call himself a Commodore.
Heidi Gillingham JACKSON Basketball, 1990-1994 Heidi Gillingham led the Commodores to their only Final Four berth in 1993, and her 131 blocks in the 1991-92 season are still a conference record. Her exploits earned the Commodores the nation’s No. 1 ranking for six weeks during the 1993 season as well as the SEC Tournament title. Off the court she was admired and appreciated as well, being voted Homecoming Queen by the student body in October of 1993. She was a Kodak All-American in 1993, a three-time first-team all-SEC selection, still holds six Vanderbilt career records and was named in 2000 to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
Chris GROER Tennis, 1993-1996 It’s no coincidence that the men’s tennis program began to turn around when Chris Groer joined the team. A walk-on with an academic scholarship, Groer rose to become the first Vanderbilt men’s tennis player to be named an All-American in the modern era in 1996. Groer personified the best in Commodore student-athletes with his accomplishments in the classroom as well, becoming the first tennis player in school history to be named an Academic All-American. After a professional tennis career, Groer became an intelligence specialist for the Department of Defense and is now a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Frank LORGE Swimming, 1969-1972 Of all the swimmers to compete for Vanderbilt, Frank Lorge was perhaps the best. He was a twotime SEC champion in the 200yard backstroke (1969, 1970), setting an SEC record in 1970. He was unbeaten by opponents in dual meets for four years. Lorge was an outstanding scholar, receiving a civil engineering undergraduate degree in 1972, his doctor of jurisprudence in 1980 and a master of science degree in environmental and water resources engineering in 1982, all at Vanderbilt. He continues to compete in the Masters Nationals, winning the 1990 Masters championship in the 200-meter backstroke.
Ed MARTIN Men’s assistant basketball coach, 1985-1989 Vanderbilt professor A coach on the court and in life, Ed Martin was a mentor for standout players and also was regarded as the father of Vanderbilt’s Human and Organizational Development community service program. His efforts and example through the freshman course he taught on community service inspired many students to volunteer their time for the Nashville community. He won 508 games as a head basketball coach, including 290 and the 1973 national championship at Tennessee State. Coach Martin passed away in 2005 at age 75.
Jeff PEEPLES Baseball, 1970-1973 Pitcher Jeff Peeples compiled an impressive list of achievements during his tenure at Vanderbilt, setting career record totals for wins (29) and earned run average (1.68). With his sterling pitching leading the way, the Commodores won the 1972 SEC Championship. He was one of only two pitchers in conference history to lead the league in ERA two years in a row. He also played four years of football at Vanderbilt. Peeples passed away at age 46 in 1996 and the baseball program honors his memory by awarding the Jeff Peeples Award to the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Ann Hutcheson PRICE Tennis, 1969-1971 Ann Hutcheson was a trailblazing tennis star even though her best sport might have been basketball! She was a threetime Tennessee State Collegiate singles champion and Tennessee State Collegiate double champ in 1969. She made the round of 16 at National Women’s Tennis Tournament in 1970 and 1971. She then became a physician, earning the Founder’s Medal as the No. 1 graduate in her Vanderbilt medical school class. She now serves as the associate dean of alumni affairs for the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Ann Hutcheson Price has been inducted into the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame and the Nashville Metro Public Schools Hall of Fame.
Grantland RICE Football, baseball, 1898-1901 Vanderbilt alumnus and football/ baseball player Grantland Rice was a giant in the sportswriting world, widely regarded as the greatest in his profession. He helped shape how generations of Americans would view sports with prose such as his first four sentences about the “Four Horsemen” in the 1924 Notre Dame-Army game. His verse about “The One Great Scorer” was found posted in high school gymnasiums around the nation during the first half of the 20th century. As a way of honoring the immeasurable contributions he and protégé Fred Russell made to the field, the Fred RussellGrantland Rice Scholarship in Sports Journalism is awarded every year to an incoming Vanderbilt freshman who intends to pursue a career in sports journalism.
Will WOLFORD Football, 1982-1985 Will Wolford was an outstanding offensive lineman for the Commodores during a strong run for the program in the 1980s. Vanderbilt head coach George MacIntyre hailed him as “the best lineman in the country” by his senior season, and he rewarded that confidence when the Buffalo Bills picked him in the first round of the NFL Draft. He played on the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl team and started 33 straight games for Vanderbilt, earning unanimous first-team All-SEC honors. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and played in three Super Bowls. Will Wolford was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Balancing academic success, athletic competition and personal growth along with student life can be very
challenging for the student-athlete. The Life Skills program represents the comprehensive commitment by the
Vanderbilt Athletic Department to foster the total growth and development of our student-athletes.
Above: Basketball’s Gabby Smith reads to local elementary kids.
Career Development H CHAMPS partnered with the Career Center in a special program “Total Access Sports,” a career panel featuring individuals with careers in the sports field.
H In conjunction with the Career Center, resume workshops and career counseling sessions are ongoing.
SEC Brad Davis Award Recipients Swimmer Jess Cohen and tennis’ Vijay Paul earned post-graduate scholarships from the Southeastern Conference for their community service work.
Community Activities H Hosted the annual Student-Athlete Field Day for local elementary school kids.
H Conducted a canned food drive, visited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, contributed donations for the SAAC holiday party, volunteered at the Andrew Jackson Boys and Girls Club and raised money for Vanderbilt’s Dance Marathon.
H Coordinated a shoe drive for Soles4Souls to benefit the earthquake victims in Haiti.
Spirit News Updates H The annual freshman class Gold Rush football rally drew nearly 1,500 students.
H Held the annual Freshman 12th Man Tailgate before the opening football game.
H The annual Memorial Madness pep rally before a men’s basketball game attracted 1,500 students.
H Sponsored a bus of 100 students to the LSU football game.
H Worked closely with the student spirit group “Vandy Fanatics.”
Education Outreach H Promoted special speakers and co-sponsored the Sex Signals program for the student-athletes to promote domestic and dating violence awareness.
H Sponsored “Branded a Leader” leadership training for studentathletes.
Vanderbilt Athletics generated over $25,000 cash for the Nashville Area Red Cross along with food and clothing after the “Flood of the Century” struck Nashville in May. The Commodores dedicated their Louisville baseball game to that cause.
Commodore Service Stars Jessica COHEN Swimming and Diving
H After a service trip to Africa, Cohen started her own nonprofit, Well Worth It, to help build a clean water source for the small African village that she had visited.
H Named to the SEC Swimming and Diving Community Service Team.
H Serves as SAAC president. H Volunteers for Free the Children organization (over 220 hours of volunteering with that organization alone).
H Member of Alternative Spring Break organization on campus.
H Brad Davis SEC Community Service nominee.
Hannah BLATT Women’s Tennis
H Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
Community Outreach Commodore student-athletes once again donated more than three thousand hours toward good will activities that make our communities better places. Reported service activities (some activities are not reported to the Athletics staff): Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital visits Max Nance Kids Zone Baseball clinic in Japan Race for the Cure Trick or Treat with Greeks & Student-Athletes SEC Canned Food Drive SAAC Holiday Party Dance Marathon Soles 4 Souls Operation Christmas Child Baseball Canned Food Drive Annual Field Day Reading to elementary students Nothing But Nets Cumberland Heights
House of Mercy Susan Gray School Boys and Girls Club Sports 4 All La Escalera de Escalante Project Pyramid Paletas Zacatecas Siloam Mozambique Market Assessment Advantage Love, nonprofit begun by Scott Lieberman Well Worth It Tennessee Women’s Prison Girls on the Run Bilingual Library Best Buddies Alternative Spring Break
PCAT Haitian shoe collection Healthy Head Start Fashion for a Cause Dismas House Second Harvest Food Bank Thirstsmart Jingle Bell Run Westminster Presbyterian youth group Alternative Gift Fair Phi Delt 5K D’s Tees Sigma Nu Books for Soldiers Mosaic Church of Nashville Tent City Nashville Food Bank
H Tutors each week at the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW).
H Teaches tennis to kids.
H After losing his mother to colon cancer
Men’s Cross Country
H An Ingram Scholar, Davis founded and developed a bilingual library project, La Escalera de Escalante, for Hispanic children living in Nashville’s Clairmont Apartment Complex.
Joe DUFFY Men’s Basketball
H Organized the Nothing But Nets charity basketball tournament to shed light on the deadly battle against malaria in Africa. The proceeds went to purchasing insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
Men’s Tennis last year, Lieberman created a nonprofit with his family called Advantage Love. Visit advantagelove.org to find out more about his nonprofit.
Diana KEENAN Lacrosse
H Keenan is an Ingram Scholar, chosen by Vanderbilt’s prestigious Ingram Scholarship Program which sponsors students who demonstrate a willingness and ability to combine a successful business or professional career with a lifelong commitment to finding solutions to critical societal problems.
H Winner of the 2010 Division I Community Awareness Award from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
H Volunteered at the Andrew Jackson Boys and Girls Club, the Ronald McDonald House, the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Cumberland Heights, and House of Mercy, a halfway home for mothers recovering from alcohol or drug addiction.
H Coaches elementary girls as a volunteer with Girls on the Run.
Jamie GRAHAM Men’s Football
H Seeks out area schools on his own to talk to kids about positive decision making and staying in school.
Where are They
Vanderbilt alumni are making their mark around the world. Here are some difference makers. Boo MITCHELL
Gym owner, Atlanta
Head golf coach, Princeton University
Thomas Charles PIERSON Football, 1989
President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas
Clark LEA Football, 2004
Assistant football coach, UCLA
Vice president, Strategic Alliances and Research, American Heart Association
Assistant basketball coach, Marquette
Owner of three businesses including a popular online professional draft site
Laura Koerner STEWART
Program’s all-time leading scorer Director of college counseling, Ensworth School
Darious COULIBALY Basketball, 2002
Founder of Empowering the Poor, Inc., which works with villages in sub Saharan Africa as well as citizens in the U.S.
Karl NONEMAKER Baseball, 2002
Assistant baseball coach, Monmouth
Occupational therapy intern, Atlanta
Investment analyst with Performance Trust Capital Partners, Chicago
Jason CALDWELL Football, 2006
Completed fourth year of medical school, University of Louisville
Alex FEINBERG Baseball, 2008
Investment business, Hong Kong
Class of 2010 Vanderbilt’s Class of 2010 received their diplomas and turned professional, most of them in something other than sports. Here’s what some recent graduates are doing. Joel CALDWELL Football University of Alabama School of Law Allie FRANK Lacrosse Vanderbilt School of Nursing Brittany GARCIA Bowling Palmer School of Chiropractic Jared HAWKINS Football Nuclear power industry, South Carolina Mallory HITT Track Master’s degree in progress at Tulane University Scott LIEBERMAN Tennis Intuit Software, San Francisco Catherine NEWMAN Tennis Master’s degree in progress at Stanford University Vijay PAUL Tennis NFL Films Chris ROCKWELL Golf English teacher in China Steven STONE Football Master’s degree in progress at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College Craig TALLENT Golf Music career, Los Angeles Justin WHEELER Football Graduate school, Georgia State University
in the Pros While the vast majority of Vanderbilt student-athletes go pro in something other than sports, dozens of Commodore alumni have started their working lives by playing for pay. Some are very high profile. David Price, the 2007 SEC Athlete of the Year, was the starting pitcher in the 2010 All Star Game. Quarterback Jay Cutler continues to lead a quintet of Commodores with the Chicago Bears. Brandt Snedeker, the 2007 PGA Rookie of the Year, continues to find his way onto golfâ€™s leader boards while Luke List hones his game primarily on the Nationwide circuit. Jovan Haye and Jamie Winborn play for the hometown Tennessee Titans. Julie Ditty, a 2009 Vanderbilt Hall of Fame inductee, had a strong year on the World Tennis Association tour. In all, there are currently 21 former Commodores playing professional baseball in the minor leagues. Price, Pittsburgh Pirate third baseman Pedro Alvarez and Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Minor are on Major League rosters. At least 10 former menâ€™s basketball players plan to play professionally for European or other foreign teams. And fourteen former Commodores were on NFL preseason rosters.
David PRICE Tampa Bay Rays
Julie DITTY WTA Tour
2007 PGA Rookie of the Year
â€™Dores in the NFL Chicago Bears Above from left to right: D.J. MOORE Jay CUTLER Chris WILLIAMS Hunter HILLENMEYER Earl BENNETT
New York Giants
Jonathan GOFF Washington Redskins
Todd YODER Buffalo Bills
Marcus BUGGS Tennessee Titans
Jovan HAYE Jamie WINBORN
Shaping the Future of Vanderbilt Athletics
National Commodore Club (Financial Years 2007-2010)
Facility renovations and expansion â€˘ McGugin Center Phase 1 â€˘ Indoor golf practice facility at The Legends Club
Annual scholarship support through the National Commodore Club
New gifts, new pledges and documented bequests toward these areas totaled almost $10 million from more than 4,000 donors to Athletics. Our deepest thanks to our donors for this extraordinary generosity.
Looking Ahead Significant progress has been made on the phase 1 renovation of McGugin Center. That project proceeds on schedule with completion slated before September 1, 2010. Phase 2 is being evaluated and conversations are ongoing with alumni, parents and friends who have indicated their interest in helping Vanderbilt provide facility improvements that give our students every chance to succeed. As of this printing, pledges and gifts toward the development of an indoor golf practice facility at the Legends Club total almost $1 million toward the $2.3 million needed to build. Donors continue to show their interest in endowed scholarship support for our student-athletes. Since 2006 when the endowment focus first was initiated, a total of almost $20 million has been committed to scholarship endowment through gifts, pledges and documented bequests.
$2.4M $2.3M $2.2M
3,100 3,000 2,900
Athletics Development (Financial Years 2007-2010)
$14M $12M $10M
$4M $2M $0
Your Membership Matters Progress toward growth of the National Commodore Club was stalled in 2010, an indicator of the likely toll the national economy and recent Nashville floods have had on our fans. The NCC will remain a high focus and priority in the year ahead, because it is the best way to support all 325 of our student-athletes as they compete athletically in one of the toughest conferences and academically at one of the most rigorous universities in the country. Your membership matters!
New Gifts & New Pledges
In fiscal year 2010, the Athletics Development team remained focused on three key fundraising areas:
$4M $3.5M $3M $2.5M $2M $1.5M $1M $500,000 $0
$1.2M $500K 2007
Financial News (Financial Years 2007-2010)
Salaries and fringes (35%)
SEC revenue (39%)
University subsidy (28%)
Supplies and expenses (14%)
Ticket income (14%) Gifts (6%)
Recruiting and travel (9%) Other (5%) Debt services and reserves (6%) Plant (6%) Game expenses and guarantees (5%)
Endowment income (4%) Sponsorship/signage royalties (3%)
ANNUAL REPORT OF STUDENT ATHLETICS 09-10