Five Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed five members at its 16th annual induction in October. The class includes longtime men’s soccer and men’s tennis coach Roy Gordon, six-time track and field All-American Yurissa Mitchell ’00, three-time tennis All-American Lea Schon ’01, two-sport All-American Stefanie Teter ’96, and baseball All-American Jin Wong ’97. Gordon, who recently retired after 34 years with the University, was one of the most successful NCAA soccer coaches, winning 432 games. UMW’s first coach in men’s soccer and tennis, he was an eight-time CAC Coach of the Year in soccer and a five-time NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year. In addition to leading UMW to nine NCAA Division III tournaments, he led the men’s tennis team to five CAC championships and its first NCAA tournament in 1997. Mitchell gained six All-America honors, earning status for both indoor and outdoor track and field in her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. She still holds … [Read more...]

UMW Athletics Cheer Special Olympians

UMW athletes got behind competitors in the Special Olympics Fun Run on Campus Walk in October. Not only did the UMW students boost the spirits of the athletes, they made new friends and helped send more than $5,000 to Special Olympics Virginia. Photos by Clint Often. More than 350 UMW student-athletes lined the course and cheered for runners in the Run with the Law 5K and Special Olympics Fun Run Oct. 22. The UMW athletic department and the Fredericksburg City Police co-hosted the event, which raised more than $5,000 for Special Olympics Virginia. Compliments, ovations, and smiles made the runners feel “extra special,” said Carrie Dyer, Special Olympics Virginia director of development. Several Mary Washington students accompanied some of the 75 Special Olympians throughout the race. “I was truly blown away by the support of the UMW athletes,” Dyer said. After a 5K run, President Richard V. Hurley welcomed everyone to campus. The final event was the Fun Run, which began at … [Read more...]