|Basketball player Harold Deane||
Bruce Arena was named head coach of the|
U.S. Under-23 National Team. Arena will also coach
the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team.
Academic year 1994-95 was another banner year for U.Va. sports. Under the leadership of head coach Bruce Arena, the men's soccer team won an un precedented fourth consecutive national title (and its fifth in six years). Fourth-year team members Nate Friends, Tain Nix, Clint Peay, and A. J. Wood completed their studies after having played on a national champion ship team every year of their collegiate careers.
The football team, victorious in the 1994 Independence Bowl, finished the year with nine wins, only the third time in the team's history that it has attained this mark. At season's end, the team was thirteenth in the Inside USA /CNN poll and fifteenth in the AP poll.
The women's basketball team was 16-0, the first perfect sixteen-game season in ACC basketball history by either a men's or women's team. ACC Coach of the Year Debbie Ryan picked up her four-hundredth victory. Ryan was named Eminent Woman of the Year by the University's Women's Club.
This was also a banner year for U.Va. fans, who outdid themselves in demonstrating their support for the University's athletes. Thanks to their contributions, the Virginia Student Aid Foundation and the athletics department raised the $500,000 necessary to purchase and install lights at Klöckner Stadium. And this year saw the installation of a turf field at Scott Stadium, thanks to the generosity of alumnus David A. Harrison, III (Col '39, Law '41), a member of the football squad, as was his father.
Athletic Director Terry Holland; President John T. Casteen, III; David A. Harrison, III;
and University Rector Hovey S. Dabney dedicate Harrison Field at Scott Stadium.
Holland, who was the most successful basketball coach in U.Va. history, returned to the University
of Virginia this year as athletic director.
The athletics department works hard to ensure that athletes make the most scholastically of their time at the University. The close relationship between athletics and academics was underscored by the department's gift of $75,000, nearly half of its Independence Bowl earnings, to support the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship. The department created the professorship, currently held by economics professor Kenneth G. Elzinga, with a $200,000 gift from its 1991 Sugar Bowl moneys.
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