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NCAA Division III Week - Friday Profiles: UMW's Faculty Athletic Liaisons

Today we end our celebration of the NCAA Division III week.  The University of Mary Washington plays in the Capital Athletic Conference and competes within the conference against Christopher Newport University, York College, Wesley College, Southern Virginia University, Frostburg State University, Marymount University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Penn State Harrisburg, and Salisbury University.  We have formidable competition, but compete well in all sports.  Go Eagles!

Four years ago we began a faculty liaison program in UMW Athletics.  A faculty member volunteer is assigned to a specific team and interacts with them in a variety of ways throughout the year.  Their involvement adds another dimension to the experiences of the student athletes on their team!  Below are the volunteers, their academic discipline and/or home, and the teams they are supporting in 2017-18.  Please thank them when next you see them.


Dave Henderson (Accounting) – Men's Soccer

Dianne Baker (Biology) – Women's Tennis

Parrish Waters (Biology) – Field Hockey

Venitta McCall (Education) & Jason Davidson (Political Science) – M&W Swimming

Stephen Davies (Computer Science) – Women's Basketball

Joe Romero (Classics) – Men's Golf

Debra Steckler (Psychology – Women's Golf

Kim Gower (Management) – Women's Lacrosse

Ken Machande (Accounting) - Men's Lacrosse

Dan Hirshberg – Men's Tennis

Louis Martinette – Men's Basketball

Zach Whalen (English) – M&W Cross Country

Dave Kolar (Psychology) – Women's Soccer          

Margaret Ray (Economics) – Equestrian

David Rettinger (Psychology) - Softball

Woody Richardson (Management) – Volleyball

Lynne Richardson (Marketing) – Baseball

Tim O'Donnell (Communications) – M&W Track & Field


We hope you have learned a few things this week about UMW student athletes, NCAA's Division III,  and the Capital Athletic Conference.  Please thank YOUR student athletes for representing the University of Mary Washington with integrity and honor in the classroom and in their chosen sport.  They represent us well!  Finally thank the coaches, training staff, and administrators who spend countless hours ensuring the safety and well-being of this significant population of students at UMW.