May 24, 2024

UMW Athletics Announces Soccer Fundraising Initiative

Efforts are underway to name UMW's championship soccer field for Roy Gordon, founding coach of the men's soccer team.

Efforts are underway to name UMW’s championship soccer field for Roy Gordon, founding coach of the men’s soccer team.

The University of Mary Washington’s championship soccer field has long been associated with Roy Gordon, founding coach of the men’s soccer team. Now efforts are underway to name the field in his honor, while funding future improvements for the competition field and soccer stadium as a whole.

Gordon served the University of Mary Washington and its intercollegiate athletics program, especially the men’s soccer program, with distinction, dedication, and loyalty for 34 years. His men’s soccer teams captured 386 total wins, won eight Capital Athletic Conference titles, and advanced to nine NCAA tournaments. Since the Eagles made their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1985, their cumulative record under Gordon’s leadership was 329-133-33, for an outstanding .698 percent.

One of the most respected college soccer coaches in the nation, Gordon repeatedly earned regional and national awards. He was named the Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year eight times, selected as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional Coach of the Year on five occasions, and named Virginia State College Division Coach of the Year an impressive four times. Gordon became one of only eight head coaches in Division III history to surpass 400 career wins, in 2007. Gordon received the NSCAA’s prestigious Honor Award in 2009, and was named to the NSCAA Hall of Fame in 2023.

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

UMW Basketball to Host “Camo Night” for Jan. 15 Doubleheader

The UMW women’s and men’s basketball teams will host “Camo Night” for their Jan. 15 doubleheader against nationally-ranked rival Christopher Newport University. All fans are invited to wear camouflage clothing to the games. In addition, free food, prizes, and giveaways will add to the festivities. One lucky fan will have the chance to win a new car from UMW corporate partner Ultimate Automotive, who is sponsoring the evening’s games. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.

UMW Athletics Wins Richard C. Cook CAC All-Sports Award for First Time Since 2005

The University of Mary Washington combined seven CAC championships with six second-place finishes to snap Salisbury University’s reign and capture the 2012-13 Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award.  It is UMW’s first championship since the 2004-05 year. The Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award is named in honor of Richard “Dick” Cook, who was the first commissioner of the CAC and served the conference for 15 years before retiring in 2007. “We are extremely proud and excited to win the Capital Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy” said UMW Athletic Director Ken Tyler. ”This outstanding accomplishment is the direct result of our talented student-athletes, our dedicated coaches and support staff, and our strong commitment to a broad-based program.  It’s a great day to be an Eagle!” Mary Washington captured the CAC trophy in men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s cross country, field hockey and women’s indoor track & field on the way to scoring 156.0 overall points.  Salisbury also captured seven team championships, but ended the year with 155.5 points. UMW also gained top honors in the Women’s Commissioner’s Award chase for the second time in three years, scoring 90.0 points in 11 championship sports.  Salisbury placed second in the women’s sports standings with 85.0 points.  The Eagles tied Salisbury for the Women’s Commissioner’s Award in 2010-11. In addition to the seven championships, UMW finished second in men’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field and women’s basketball on the way to the school’s conference-leading 12th time in the 22-year history of the CAC. On the men’s side, Salisbury compiled 70.5 points in 10 championship sports to win the Men’s Commissioner’s Award.  UMW totaled 66.0 points in the men’s sports while two-time defending champion York College of Pa. was third with 64.5 points. Salisbury collected the championship hardware in baseball, men’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, volleyball, women’s lacrosse and softball.  The Sea Gulls also finished second in men’s and women’s tennis, women’s indoor track & field and men’s lacrosse after finishing first in the regular-season standings. York, with team championships in men’s cross country, men’s soccer and men’s golf, took third place across the board, scoring 121 all-sport points, 56.5 women’s points and 64.5 men’s points.  The Spartans also finished second in women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse and during the regular season in men’s lacrosse. St. Mary’s outdueled Frostburg State for fourth place in all three categories.  SMC, which won championships in men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse, totaled 79.5 all-sport points while Frostburg State, boasting a title in women’s soccer, had 73.0 points. Wesley (48.5) edged Marymount (41.5) for sixth place in this year’s all-sports chase.  The Wolverines topped MU in the men’s standings, 27.5-11.5, but the Saints, who won the 2013 CAC women’s basketball crown, held a 30.0-21.0 advantage in women’s sports.