July 23, 2024

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 http://www.umweagles.com/programs.

“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.

Tyler Publishes Article in Athletic Management Magazine

Ken Tyler, director of athletics and department chair of athletics, health and physical education, published an article in Athletic Management magazine in its October/November issue. The article describes UMW Athletics’ engagement in the Fredericksburg community. A description of the story and a link to the full story is below:


Most athletic departments reach out to their local communities by providing volunteer hours. The University of Mary Washington goes 10 paces further, with an extensive and innovative community engagement program.



Tyler Strikes a Chord with Richmond Baseball Fans

Ken-PitchUMW Athletics Director Ken Tyler earned the admiration of Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball fans when he threw a perfect strike to kick-off Fredericksburg Night at the Diamond. Tyler joined more than 150 Richmond-area alums and nearly 500 baseball fans from throughout Fredericksburg and surrounding counties in what is becoming a highly anticipated end-of-summer tradition.

FREE Richmond Flying Squirrels Baseball Tickets

Human Resources has 200 tickets to give away to UMW faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis to see the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Our own Ken Tyler, athletics director, will throw out the first pitch for Fredericksburg Community Night at the  baseball game.

The first pitch will take place around 6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:10 p.m. We’d love to have a large contingency of UMW constituents there, wearing UMW gear, to cheer him on. Get your tickets today at the HR front desk in the Fairfax House.

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. “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 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.”

Athletics Department Hosts Rappahannock Rotary Club

On Wednesday, July 10, the Athletics Department and Director Ken Tyler hosted the Rappahannock Rotary Club at the Anderson Center.  The program was planned to introduce former Redskins defensive back Darrell Green to the club members. Mr. Green has been hired by the UMW Athletics Department as special assistant for student athletic development and relations. He credited a remark from President Hurley as the impetus for his decision to join the UMW staff.  It was a quote from the UMW video, “A Small School With a Big Heart”:

“I often say to people, close your eyes and imagine what a college campus looks like, and you’ll be standing on the University of Mary Washington’s campus in Fredericksburg.” (see http://www.umw.edu/a-small-school-with-a-big-heart/ )

The meeting was chaired by Vice President for Administration and Finance Rick Pearce who was recently elected president of the Rappahannock Rotary Club.

For the Free Lance-Star article, see:  http://news.fredericksburg.com/umwbeat/2013/07/10/darrell-green-talks-to-rotary-club-at-umw/


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.