September 24, 2023

Ultimate Subaru Spotlight: Swimming Faculty Liaison Jason Davidson

Each month, a UMW Athletics Faculty Liaison will be featured in the Ultimate Subaru Spotlight. The faculty liaison program partners a UMW faculty member with every UMW intercollegiate athletic team to strengthen support networks and increase resources for student-athlete success. Ultimate Subaru is committed to the growth and education of UMW Eagles, their hometown team and strives to foster the same values of community as the UMW Faculty Liaison program.  Faculty Liaisons will serve as mentors and role models to student-athletes while being involved in team activities. For more information about the program contact Faculty Athletic Representative, Dr. Lynne Richardson.

Dr. Davidson still competes in World Championship marathons and triathlons today and is a USAT All-American!!

Dr. Davidson still competes in World Championship marathons and triathlons today and is a USAT All-American!!

Faculty Liaison’s Name:  Jason W. Davidson

Sport:  Swimming

Years at UMW: 15

Position/Title: Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

What was your favorite sport growing up? Briefly describe your favorite memory playing or watching it.  Cycling – Competing in the 1992 U.S. Olympic Cycling Trials

Where is your favorite place around town to get a bite to eat? Breakfast at Mercantile

If you could pick one superpower to have, what would it be and why? The ability to get my grading done without having to do it. Grading is the only part of my job that I don’t like, so it would be great to not have to do it!

Other than the sport you partnered with, what is your next favorite sport and why? Triathlon because it is demanding, complex, and rewards consistent hard work.

If you were a Head Coach and could pick three words to motivate your team and hang in their locker room, which words would you choose? Never give up! (There’s a story behind this one for me.)

What does a great leader look like to you? Someone who can tap so deeply into their team that they can get each and every person to do something that she/he didn’t think possible.

What is a must-read for UMW Student-Athletes? Matt Fitzgerald’s Iron War

What is the best advice you have ever heard given to a college graduate? Find what you are passionate about and do that with all your heart.

Finally, if you were hanging out on Ball Circle picking the brains of four professional/famous athletes (living or deceased), who would they be? Jesse Owens, Gino Bartali, Michael Phelps, and Gwen Jorgensen

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