July 25, 2014

UMW to Host First Athletics Gala, May 22

The University of Mary Washington will hold its first athletics gala on Thursday, May 22, to benefit UMW Athletics. The gala, hosted by NFL Hall-of-Famer and former Washington Redskins football player Darrell Green, will be held at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center beginning at 6 p.m.

Green came to UMW last spring as special assistant for student–athlete development and public relations. He has worked as both an adviser and a mentor for UMW student athletes since his arrival.

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DeAngelo Hall

Green will be joined by special guests DeAngelo Hall and Pierre Garçon of the Washington Redskins.

“The gala will allow us to showcase our department,” said Philip Pierce, director of athletic development and promotions, noting UMW’s emphasis on student athletes’ academic and athletic excellence.

The gala will feature a silent auction and live music at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and guest speakers at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 for single tickets, or $1,000 for a table of 10. A portion of ticket purchases are tax deductible.

With an initial fundraising goal of $20,000, Pierce hopes the gala will become an annual event at UMW.

“[It will] provide a platform for us to share our story and raise resources that play a crucial role in our support for more than 400 student athletes,” said Pierce.

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Pierre Garçon

The University of Mary Washington Dining Services by Sodexo is the Gala’s exclusive title sponsor, while Virginia Lottery has claimed the first of three additional sponsorship opportunities. The Eagles’ Athletic Department is still looking for two other patrons.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit umweagles.com/gala, or contact Pierce at (540) 654-1153(540) 654-1153 or ppierce@umw.edu.

Coach Pens Lyrics to New UMW Fight Song

The University of Mary Washington now has a fight song to call its own, thanks to the lyrics of Corey Hewson, coach of the women’s soccer team. Hewson beat out 10 other submissions to a recent contest sponsored by the Department of Athletics and the Office of Student Activities. The winners were announced at Devil-Goat Day on Thursday, April 24.

Cedric Rucker, associate vice president and dean of student life, presents awards to Corey Hewson (right) and Ronald May (left).

Cedric Rucker, associate vice president and dean of student life, presents awards to Corey Hewson (right) and Ronald May (left).

Hewson, who received a master’s degree in education from UMW in 2005, and runner-up Ronald May, a sophomore business major, contributed the lyrics to “Soar, Eagles, Soar,” a composition by Paul Murtha, a world-class composer and arranger for the United States Army Band. Murtha has long been associated with UMW as a member of the UMW Faculty Brass Quintet and an arranger for the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra.

Philip Pierce, director of athletic development and promotions, Jim Ford, director of the UMW Pep Band, and Kevin Bartram, maestro of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, reviewed each anonymous submission and voted on their top choice. Freshman Hannah Morgan, an English and computer science double major, received third place and Garrett O’Brien, a sophomore economics and anthropology double major, received an honorable mention.

The fight song will be heard at university athletic and student events.

“We want the song to last and be a part of the UMW culture and tradition,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Doug Searcy.

UMW Women’s Rugby Team Headed to Nationals

The University of Mary Washington women’s rugby team will soon cap off a highly successful 2013-2014 season by competing in the USA Rugby National Championship at Penn State University on April 26 and 27.

The UMW women's rugby team is headed to the national championships.

The UMW women’s rugby team is headed to the national championships.

The Eagles received an automatic bid to nationals after their Division II Women’s Capital Collegiate Rugby Conference win in November. Under the leadership of coaches Kris Kabza and Bill Lucas, this marks the team’s eighth appearance at the event, more than any other Division II women’s rugby team in the country.

UMW will enter the Round of 16 at the national championships, with a chance to advance to the Round of 4 at Stanford University in May. At Penn State, UMW will face the Kent State University on Saturday, April 26 and Appalachian State or American University on Sunday, April 27.

The team has a long history of success before the recent establishment of the Capital Conference. Between 1998 and 2012, UMW finished in first place 13 times and finished second twice in the Virginia Rugby Union Division II league. From 1998 to 2010, UMW won five championships in the Mid-Atlantic Territorial Championships. Only one other team comes close with four wins.

UMW women’s rugby, a club sport since 1985, competes in both the spring and fall. For more information about the team, visit http://www.marywashwomensrugby.com/.

UMW Outdoor Tennis Complex Named for Former Athletic Director

The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors recognized former women’s tennis coach and athletic director Dr. Edward Hegmann by naming the outdoor tennis facility in his honor in a ceremony on Wednesday. The facility is named the Edward Hegmann II Tennis Complex.

Edward Hegmann (center) poses with UMW All-American players Tyler Carey '15 and Lindsay Raulston '14.

Edward Hegmann (center) poses with UMW All-American players Tyler Carey ’15 and Lindsay Raulston ’14.

During his 36-year tenure, Hegmann built UMW Athletics into one of the nation’s top Division III programs. For more information about Hegmann’s legacy, visit http://www.umweagles.com/edceremony.

‘All In’ the Game

Coach Caitlin Moore '08 motivates the women's lacrosse team to succeed.

UMW Swimmer Brings Home Two National Championships

On the heels of claiming a new NCAA record and two national championships, University of Mary Washington junior Alex Anderson claimed another prize on Saturday, March 22: Swimmer of the Meet at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

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Junior Alex Anderson

Anderson finished second in the nation in the 200 yard IM on Wednesday, and on Thursday, he broke his own national record in the 400 IM at 3:49.25, more than a second faster than his previous mark. On Friday, he claimed the national title in the 200 yard butterfly.

The reigning UMW Male Athlete of the Year, Anderson is the first multiple national champion individual in any sport in the university’s history, as he now has three national championships on his mantel.

Senior Jessica Singer gained All-America Honors and set a Capital Athletic Conference record in the 1650 yard free.

“I am so proud of all my swimmers for the way they competed here in Indianapolis this week,” said Coach Abby Brethauer. “They made me proud to be called their coach.”

Making History

The men's basketball team competed in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Championships.

Family Ties

Senior Sam Partonen keeps the basketball team together, on and off the court.

Board to Name Tennis Complex for Former UMW Athletic Director

The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors voted to name the outdoor tennis courts the Edward H. Hegmann II Tennis Complex to honor the accomplishments and outstanding contributions of the university’s first athletic director. A dedication ceremony is planned for April 2014.

Ed Hegmann, the university's first athletic director, received the Washington Medallion in 2012.

Ed Hegmann, the university’s first athletic director, received the Washington Medallion in 2012.

“It’s only fitting that the outdoor facility bear Ed Hegmann’s name,” said Ken Tyler, who took over as UMW’s athletic director after Hegmann’s retirement in 2012. “Dr. Hegmann has left a strong and lasting legacy at UMW.”

Hegmann was instrumental in the design and construction of the multi-venue outdoor Battleground Athletic Complex, which includes the 12-court tennis complex and the indoor University Tennis Center. Completed in 1999, the outdoor tennis complex consists of 12 lighted hard-surface courts with seating for 600 spectators.  UMW has hosted the men’s 2006 NCAA national championship, the 2005 and 2010 women’s national championships as well as 10 regional competitions.

During Hegmann’s 36-year tenure, he also oversaw the expansion of the athletic program from six to 23 sports and was a major catalyst in the development of the university’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the William M. Anderson Center multi-use convocation center completed in 2011. Under Hegmann’s direction, 22 sports advanced to the national championships with five different teams competing in the Final Four.

UMW's Tennis Complex

UMW’s Tennis Complex

Hegmann directed the women’s tennis team for 23 years and led the Eagles to three national championships, including the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national title in 1982 and the NCAA Division III titles in 1988 and 1991. He gained eight Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards and captured nine straight CAC championships. He was named the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 1988 and again in 1999.  In addition, he was inducted into the MWC/UMW Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s Collegiate Tennis National Hall of Fame. In 2012, the Board of Visitors awarded Hegmann one of the university’s most prestigious awards, the Washington Medallion, given for extraordinary service.

“Dr. Hegmann’s contributions to this university are significant in number and impact,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “He will always be remembered for the transformative role he played here.”

Alumni Return to UMW for Homecoming

 

Hundreds of alumni returned to the University of Mary Washington the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 26 for Homecoming. For the first time in more than 15 years, students and alumni tailgated at the Battleground Athletic Complex on Saturday.

On Saturday, the field hockey team beat Capital Athletic Conference rivals Frostburg State University 11 to 2 and the men’s soccer team defeated Frostburg 2 to zero. The women’s soccer team lost a tough game to the Bobcats 3 to 1.

The weekend also included the five-year reunion for the Class of 2008, a concert by Grouplove in the Anderson Center, and a gathering in the alumni tent at the Battleground Athletic Complex.