By ALICEN HACKNEY
This past year, UMW athletics has had their spotlight shined and brightened. Collectively the varsity teams have done better this year than years previous, all while also succeeding academically.
By OLIVIA TAYLOR
It was announced on March 30 that Ken Tyler, University of Mary Washington athletic director, will not be continuing on in the position. Tyler was informed that his contract that expires in June would not be renewed.
By JOHN WRAY
As the University unthaws from a very cold and rainy winter with only one good snow day in the books, the campus is ready for spring and to feel the warm weather again. Some of the most excited students on campus are the ones that are involved in spring sports.
By GRACE WINFIELD
The University of Mary Washington has recently obtained two new vehicles. Both vehicles have been given to the UMW Athletics department in hopes to expand and simplify the recruiting process for potential players.
By OLIVIA BRIDGES
The rosy hues of the sun began to fade as 412 people from the University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg community gathered near the Bell Tower. Glowing figures covered with strokes of neon paint stood at the start line, in the evening hours, waiting excitedly for the clock to strike eight. As the run commenced, the rhythmic thumping of participants’ feet drowned out the music that was playing throughout Campus Walk for UMW’s 5k “Glow Run.”
By TAYLOR OSTROM
The University of Mary Washington’s equestrian team has enjoyed riding horses at Hazelwild Farm for 40 years now. After initial talk of the Hazelwild program no longer being a part of UMW, it was made public that this relationship will continue in the future. Until recently, financial problems threatened to eliminate Hazelwild Farm as UMW’s riding location. However, through communication and compromise, UMW’s athletic department and Hazelwild were able to come to an agreement.
By JOHN JAMISON
A new head coach in addition to an unprecedented 32 players on the athletic honor- roll, signals a new direction for the University of Mary Washington’s men’s lacrosse team this spring.
By DELLA PREAS
This past weekend, members of the University of Mary Washington track and field team came out to commemorate an event 35 years in the making. The first new track and field facility since 1979 was dedicated and opened up for use by both the team and the surrounding community.
By JONATHON MYERS
“Townies,” or residents of the local area who are not enrolled at the University of Mary Washington, have been playing basketball at the Goolrick gyms and interrupting team practices, in some cases some even refuse to leave when told. The thought that complete strangers can wander onto campus at their leisure and use our facilities is a scary reality to some.
BY MIKEY BARNES
Saturday, Oct. 24, was not just homecoming for the students of the University of Mary Washington, it was a very special day for the men and women rugby teams, as well as the rest of the athletic department at Mary Washington.
By SEAN KINSLOW
The athletic department at the University of Mary Washington hosted the first ever Eagle Leadership Academy late this summer, at which 34 student athletes and their coaches attended this event. The Leadership Academy’s goal is to help student athletes develop as leaders both in sports and in life after college.
Sports at the University of Mary Washington are as competitive and popular as ever. With 500 student athletes and 23 men’s and women’s varsity teams, athletics is now much of what the school is known for.
For the first time in more than 15 years, Homecoming at University of Mary Washington will welcome a wide-spread American sports tradition: tailgating. Through the Athletic Department, UMW alumni can now choose from 44 parking spots reserved specifically for tailgating during Homecoming.
At the recent University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors (BOV) meeting, Ken Tyler, athletic director at UMW, presented the 26-page Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Strategic Plan, “Soar Like an Eagle,” which outlines the goals of the department for the years of 2012-2018.
By JOSH FURNARY
The athletic department signed a one-year contract, effective Jan. 1, 2013, with Nike and Best Supply Network (BSN), the country’s largest distributor of team sports apparel and equipment.
By JOSH FURNARY
As the fall 2012 semester winds down and the prospect of exams loom, it seems inevitable to nostalgically look back over the past few months. Yet, as one looks back during this time of year, many in the athletic department are fixed squarely on the future.