The University of Mary Washington athletic department staff opened the 2012-13 school year with a two-day retreat at The Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va. on August 14-15. The staff participated in group meetings, heard a guest lecture from Radford University Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg, and developed subcommittes for the department's new strategic plan, to be completed by December.
“Our department retreat was a great success", said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. "We had some terrific discussions, got some real work done, bonded with and learned about each other, and had a lot of fun. We are grateful to Peter Faraone and the staff at the Homestead for making this trip possible and enjoyable. It was an unbelievable way to kick off the year!”
The staff also saw a skeet shooting exhibition and competed for the title of "Department Skeet Shooting Champion", which was won by field hockey coach Lindsey Elliott. Members of the staff also played a round of golf at the Homestead's Old Course, which has hosted many U.S. presidents and carries the distinction of having the oldest first tee in the United States.