The Cavalier football team, which was ranked nineteenth in the College & Pro Football Newsweekly preseason poll, played the 1994 Carquest Bowl on New Year's Day. The 1993-94 men's basketball team also played postseason ball, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This was the University's sixteenth postseason appearance in seventeen seasons.
Women's teams turned in especially strong performances. The women's basketball team won its fourth consecutive ACC regular season championship and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Midwest Regional. Under the leadership of coach Fred Binggeli, who is entering his tenth year at the University, the women's cross country team finished seventeenth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Binggeli was named ACC Coach of the Year for both women's cross country and women's indoor track.
The University's women athletes also made great strides off the playing field. As a result of a plan implemented two years ago, the percentage of financial aid offered to women athletes is now equal to the percentage of women in the University's athletic program. With the addition of women's crew as a varsity sport in 1995-96, the University will take a major step toward its next goal, increasing the number of women participating in intercollegiate athletics until it equals the percentage of women in the student body.
Debbie Ryan, women's basketball coach for more than a decade, is one of the reasons that women's sports programs at the University have been able to move forward. Ryan, a graduate of the Curry School of Education, this year pledged $50,000 to the Virginia Student Aid Foundation to help the group rebuild University Hall and establish more scholarships for nonrevenue sports.