May 26, 2024

Tickets Now On Sale for UMW Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on June 18

UMW Athletics' Hall of FameTickets are now available for the 25th induction ceremony for the University of Mary Washington Athletic Hall of Fame, to be held Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Fredericksburg Nationals Ballpark Club. Tickets are $40 each.

Our 25th class of inductees:

  • Tennis standout Mitzi Kimball ’89
  • Basketball great George Bunch ’99
  • Multiple-time All-American in women’s lacrosse Briana Gervat ’02
  • Multiple-time All-American in field hockey Brynn Maguire ’06
  • Dominating softball pitcher Kirsten Rowell ’09
  • Longtime sports information director Clint Often

An up-to-date vaccination card or a negative COVID test–within 24 hours for antigen tests, or 72 hours for PCR rapid tests–is required. Also, UMW event policy requires masks indoors for all individuals–regardless of vaccination status–and requires masks at all times for unvaccinated attendees.

The evening will begin with heavy hors d’oeuvres and bar at 5:30 P.M. in the outdoor concourse area of the club, keeping in mind COVID safety protocols. Hors d’oeuvres and the bar will be available until 6:30 P.M., when the program will begin inside the club.

To purchase tickets for the event, please visit

Alum, Sports Exec, Scores Spot in Top ‘Forty Under 40’

Just like it was yesterday, Mike Shane ’04 remembers the Washington Nationals making the playoffs nearly a decade ago. “An hour after the game ended, stands were still packed. Everyone was cheering as the players took a lap around the field, high-fiving their fans,” said Shane, who spent 13 years moving up through the organization. […]

Often Receives 25-Year Award from College Sports Information Directors of America

Assistant Athletic Director of Communication Clint Often

Assistant Athletic Director of Communication Clint Often

UMW Assistant Athletic Director of Communications Clint Often was recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA) for his 25th year of service in college sports information. Read more.


Longtime Administrator and Coach Dana Hall to Retire at End of Spring Semester

Dana Hall, UMW's Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Associate Athletic Director

Dana Hall, UMW’s Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Associate Athletic Director

After 34 years of faithful service to the University of Mary Washington, Dana Hall, the Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Associate Athletic Director, has announced her retirement, effective at the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

“During her long and renowned career as both a coach and administrator, Dana has had a positive and lasting impact on countless student-athletes, coaches, staff and the University at large that, will be felt for years to come,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Catullo. “She will be remembered for her contributions to the success of our athletic department and small college athletics.”

“I am incredibly grateful to Dr Edward Hegmann, Jr, for giving me the opportunity to work at Mary Washington for the past 34 years,” said Hall. “My career as an assistant coach, head coach, faculty and administrator game me the opportunity to works with hundreds of young men and women in the classroom and competitive arena. I will always cherish the relationships and friendships formed during my career at Mary Washington.”

Hall was promoted to the full-time administrative role of Senior Associate Director of Athletics in 2013, where among her accomplishments were the introduction of the sport management minor, which now thrives, as well as her success as the director of the men’s and women’s golf programs for the past two years. Prior to the full-time move into administration, Hall coached the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams simultaneously for 21 years, and women’s lacrosse for 23 seasons.

Hall was an assistant athletic director in addition to her coaching duties from 1998–2013 where she was in charge of student-athlete educational and community engagement programs, SAAC, and other duties as assigned by the Athletic Director.

Hall has designed and implemented numerous new programs for the athletic department in 2014; including a student-athlete leadership academy, assistant coach monthly professional development seminars, and monthly head coach round table discussions on hot topics in coaching.

Since taking over the field hockey and lacrosse programs at UMW in the fall of 1990, Hall’s teams received bids to 18 NCAA Championship Tournaments (10 in lacrosse and 8 in Field Hockey) and advanced to three Final Four Championships (1993 Field Hockey, 2001 Women’s Lacrosse & 2002 Women’s Lacrosse). Hall has collected over the years numerous coaching honors; the most prestigious being named the 2001 NCAA Division III National Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year by, and the National Coach of the Year in field hockey in 1993 by the NFHCA. With a career lacrosse coaching record of 260-149 and a career field hockey coaching record of 276-126-3, Hall won 536 games as a collegiate coach, with a career winning percentage of .663 over a 23-year coaching career at Mary Washington. In addition, Hall coached field hockey and women’s lacrosse at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA.

Professionally, Hall has served on countless NCAA Regional and National selection and All-American selection committees for both field hockey and women’s lacrosse. She has also served the University of Mary Washington over her tenure as a member of the university budget committee, the Presidential Academic Task Force committee, and numerous selection committees for new positions.

A multi-sport athlete at Frostburg State University, Hall earned all-state honors in field hockey and lacrosse, as well as playing basketball and track & field for the Bobcats. An associate professor of health and physical education, Hall is a mother of two daughters and a grandmother of six. She resides in Spotsylvania, Va.

Limited Tickets Remain for 2020 UMW Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Feb. 8

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 24th class on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in the University Center Ballroom. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m. Your ticket includes dinner and the induction ceremony; a cash bar also will be available.

The UMW Athletic Department is proud to announce this year’s induction class. Inductees include basketball standouts Justin Baker ’07 and Patricia Long ‘84, baseball All-American Eric Fitzgerald ’08, tennis All-American Kevin Loden ’03, legendary field hockey and lacrosse coach Dana Hall, and the 2002 final four women’s lacrosse team.

Join us as we celebrate these UMW standouts!

Tickets can be purchased at the link below.

Tickets on Sale for UMW Athletic Hall of Fame, Feb. 8


Established in 1996, the University of Mary Washington Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes the top individuals and teams in the history of the athletic program at the school.

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department is proud to announce the 2018-19 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction class. Inductees include former NCAA record holder and All-American Caitlin Erickson Moore ’08, All-America women’s basketball record breaker Liz Hickey ’08, standout baseball star Joe Kruper ’92, men’s basketball star Mike Lee ’07, and long-time successful coach of women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse Kurt Glaeser.

Erickson graduated as the NCAA Division III season record holder for points per game in a season, and still ranks in the top five all-time in Division III in points and assists in a season. Upon graduation, she held school records for career points (303), season points (143), season assists (81), and points (14) and assists (10) in a game. She led the nation in assists per game and points per game in her senior season en route to All-America honors. She continues to represent UMW in a positive light as the highly successful head coach of the program in which she thrived.

Hickey is the only athlete in any sport in school history to have her number retired, as she graduated as the only three-time All-American in women’s basketball history. She ended her career as the NCAA Division III career leader in blocked shots, with 509, and helped the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2007 Division III Final Four. A two-time CAC Player of the Year and two-time regional player of the year, Hickey scored 1,370 points in her career, and was named as the UMW Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008. She was subsequently named to the Capital Athletic Conference Silver Anniversary Team, honoring the top 25 players in conference history.

Kruper was at the forefront of Mary Washington developing into a national power in the early 1990s, and still ranks as the program’s all-time leader in career triples. He is one of only 10 Mary Washington players to be named as a first team all-conference selection three times, and was a two-time all-region selection. He batted .430 as a freshman en route to conference player of the year honors, and struck out just one time the entire season. He posted a career batting average of .384, with an on-base percentage of .490 and a slugging average of .563. His defensive prowess included a .975 career fielding average, as he committed just 13 errors in four years in 520 chances.

Lee was the top player as Mary Washington emerged as a regional power in the mid 2000s, finishing his career with 1,564 points, the second-most in program history. He remains the school’s record holder in three-point baskets in a game (11), three-pointers in a career (323), as well as three-point attempts in a game, season, and career. He was awarded the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, and also gained first team All-CAC honors in a career that saw the Eagles win 68 games, the most in any four-year span in program history to that point.

Glaeser was a longtime successful coach for the women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse programs at Mary Washington, leading both to NCAA Tournament appearances. In soccer, he coached the Eagles to 12 conference titles and 12 NCAA Championship appearances, including the final four in 1992 and the elite eight in 1997 and 1998. His 244 victories rank as among the most in Division III history, and his 71.0 win percentage is among the best ever in Division III. Glaeser also led the men’s lacrosse program to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, ranking as high as 12th in the nation. His combined 428 career wins in 27 years leave a lasting legacy in both programs’ histories.

The induction will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the UMW University Center at 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. social hour.

UMW Athletics Teams with Rivals to Move Game Programs to Digital Format

Long-time Capital Athletic Conference rivals University of Mary Washington, Salisbury University, and St. Mary’s College have jointly agreed to move production of game programs for most sports to a digital format beginning in the fall 2017 seasons. The joint effort, in addition to saving an immense amount of paper throughout the school year, will also save the institutions thousands of dollars in printing costs each year.

Game programs, which typically are given out at each home contest, provide rosters, schedules, and game notes for each event. That information, as well as much more, is now found online at any given school’s athletic website. UMW programs will be available prior to each contest at

“Converting our media content to digital format will enable us to promote our teams and student-athletes in a more efficient manner and will provide some cost-savings to our department”, said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. “Our different social media platforms will provide greater flexibility and will enhance the experience for student-athletes and fans. “

“Digital programs”, which have been adopted at most NCAA Division III Championships in lieu of hard copies, can include links to more in depth information found online.

Larger schools such as Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin have eliminated printing media guides, instead providing the information to the media and fans digitally online. Major League Baseball has also ceased printing their traditional preseason guides in print format, instead offering the publications to the media online.

“We feel this is a good time to not only provide our fans with a greater in game experience by providing a much greater source of information than a fold over piece of paper can, but also do our part to save the environment and cut an unnecessary cost by moving to the digital world”, said UMW Assistant Athletic Director Clint Often. “We will open a new era for our fans to access unlimited information at their fingertips while they are watching our events.”

Digital programs will be available from both schools on their athletic websites, and will be accessible through social media such as Twitter and Facebook. They will include hyperlinks to both opponents’ schedules, results, box scores, player profiles, and game summaries.

Tyler Speaks at Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Roundtable

On Thursday, Aug. 11, UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler spoke as a guest presenter at the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Roundtable at the Hyatt Place. Tyler shared lessons regarding employee management, communication, and culture, and talked about the importance of mentors and learning every day as a leader.

Eagle Nation Day, Sept. 12

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department will host the third annual Eagle Nation Day on Saturday, Sept. 12. The free family-fun event is held at UMW’s Battleground Athletic Complex off Hanover Street and designed to be a place where area children can meet and play games with college athletes while enjoying many other exciting activities. This year’s theme is Healthy Habits, Happy Kids.

“We want to emphasize how important it is to take care of your body even at a young age and to get outside, play and be active,” said Philip Pierce, the Director of Athletic Development and Promotions.

Giant inflatables, interactive exhibits, play spaces, arts and crafts, horse and pony rides are just a few of the free attractions that create a carnival-like atmosphere. Each year the event has grown in popularity, becoming a community outreach opportunity for local partners.

“This is a way that UMW Athletics can give back to the community that has lifted up our student-athletes and a great opportunity for our sport teams to inspire hundreds of children right here in our backyard,” said Pierce.

Also making appearances are local beloved mascots Buzzy the Bee (B101.5), Seymour the Dinosaur (CMOR), Pouches the Kangaroo (FredParent), and Sammy D. Eagle (UMW).

“We really want to connect with the community, and to have Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford residents look at UMW as their hometown college team,” said Ken Tyler, director of Athletics.

Tyler will make his annual Eagle Nation Address to the crowd at 10:30 a.m., recognize all local Special Olympic Athletes in attendance, followed by a group photo opportunity for the children with UMW Eagles Student Athletes.

The doors will open at 9 a.m. and activities will not wind down until noon as the Women’s Soccer team warms up for their 12:30 p.m. match vs. Coast Guard. The event is co-sponsored by Fredericksburg Field House, B101.5, Children’s Museum of Richmond-Fredericksburg, and Fredericksburg Parent and Family. For more information, call (540) 654-1153.

Back to School Day Kicks Off UMW Athletics Promotions, Sept. 5

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department’s promotional calendar will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 5, for Fredericksburg Area’s “Back to School” Day. For both the 10 a.m. field hockey game against DePauw University as well as the 1 p.m. men’s soccer game against Eastern Mennonite University, the first 100 school-aged children in attendance will receive a FREE lunchbox, courtesy of UMW Athletics. Admission is free of charge.