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Bricks & Mortar
a long-term game plan for success
Gill, at center, celebrates with U.Va. teammates. Now with the
Boston Cannons, he won Rookie of the Year honors in Major League
men's soccer team dominated the ACC, finishing the regular season
undefeated for the first time since 1995. Coach George Gelnovatch
(College '87) was named the ACC Coach of the Year and served as
an assistant coach on the U.S. World Cup team, which was led by
former Virginia coach Bruce Arena. Three of our alumni, Claudio
Reyna (College '95), Tony Meola (College '91), and Jeff Agoos (McIntire
'91), were also on the World Cup team. Coach Steve Swanson and the
women's soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament,
sparked by the outstanding performance of Lori Lindsey (College
'03), who was named U.Va.'s top female athlete for 2001-2002.
and women's lacrosse also had exceptional years. The men's team
advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the third time in four years
before losing to eventual national champion Syracuse 12-11 in two
overtimes. Conor Gill (College '03), a two-time first-team All-America
selection and a three-time All-ACC selection, was named U.Va.'s
top male athlete of the year. Mark Koontz (McIntire '02) became
the first defenseman in ten years to win ACC Player of the Year
the men's lacrosse team, the women's team finished third in the
nation, thanks to the depth of its talent. Lauren Aumiller (College
'03) and Tiffany Schummer (College '02) were named first-team All
Americans, and Amy Appelt (College '05) won honors as ACC Rookie
of the Year. Men's coach Dom Starsia and women's coach Julie Myers
were both named ACC Coach of the Year.
football and basketball seasons had their highlights as well. On
the gridiron, the Cavaliers defeated Clemson on the Tigers' home
turf for just the third time in thirty-five years of competition.
The men's basketball team upset third-ranked Duke by three points.
Venues for Fans and Players
quality of our sports facilities is an important measure of the
University's commitment to varsity athletics and plays a critical
role in our ability to attract top recruits. This year, the baseball
stadium was transformed into one of the best ballparks in the ACC.
Fans who once hunched together on cold metal bleachers now sit in
a comfortable covered grandstand. The improved facility, designed
by VMDO Architects of Charlottesville, also offers new concession
areas, a new press box, a home locker room and clubhouse, and stadium
lights that permit night games for the first time. The playing surface,
which was replaced during the recent campaign through the support
of former players and other donors, has been named in memory of
Thomas Edward Davenport (Curry '53). A former captain of the Cavalier
baseball team, Ted Davenport oversaw the Virginia Student Aid Foundation
and fund raising for athletic scholarships for thirty years.
is next in line. The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board
of Visitors approved schematic plans for a new multipurpose arena
and convocation center, which will be located across Massie Road
from University Hall. The design includes a horseshoe-shaped, 15,000-seat
sports and special events venue with contiguous practice courts,
coaches' offices, a weight training room, a club lounge, and twenty
luxury suites. The University has received two $20 million gifts
for the arena, one from an anonymous donor and another from alumnus
Paul Tudor Jones II (College '76), chair of the Greenwich, Conn.-based
Tudor Group of Companies. Adding other major commitments, including
$1 million from Anthony F. Markel (College '64) of Richmond, approximately
$48 million has been raised for the $130 million project. Its expected
completion date is 2006.
Providing a Foundation for Excellence
Department of Athletics has taken decisive steps to bolster its
financial foundation, ensuring its long-term ability to sustain
competitive programs. In October 2001, Director of Athletics Craig
Littlepage presented the Board of Visitors a plan for improving
the overall sports program, while maintaining academic excellence,
fiscal prudence, and compliance with NCAA and federal regulations.
The plan calls for additional operating support, much of it to come
from private contributions.
Alecko Eskandarian of the men's soccer team, which dominated
the Department of Athletics developed ambitious ten-year goals aimed
at achieving a 100 percent graduation rate, complying fully with
Title IX, winning at least seventy conference championships and
twelve national titles, and providing the scholarships, facilities,
and operational resources necessary to recruit and develop the best
student-athletes in the country. As part of this effort, the department
has made it a priority to fund all of the 309 full scholarships
it is allowed to offer by the NCAA by 2005. Acquiring these resources
will be the responsibility of the Virginia Student Aid Foundation,
which has been renamed the Virginia Athletics Foundation and given
the expanded role of conducting all athletics fund-raising activities.
by Ellerbe Becket in conjuction with VMDO Architects, the 15,000
- seat arena is scheduled for completion in 2006.
Debbie Ryan accepted the post as head coach, the women's basketball
team didn't even have its own locker room.
were no scholarships, and the budget was so tight that players
carpooled to away games. It was a hard season. The Cavaliers
won only eight of their twenty-five games. It was Coach Ryan's
first-and as it turns out, only-losing year. A full quarter-century
later, Coach Ryan is a U.Va. institution. She has been named
ACC Coach of the Year seven times, has led her team in the NCAA
Tournament nineteen times in a row, and, in the process, has
compiled a 561-200 record.
more important, she has been a driving force in achieving
gender equity for women's sports. Today the women's team has
the same facilities and same advantages as the men's team.
This year, Virginia added women's golf as its twenty-fifth
varsity sport, appointing Jan Mann as head coach. Coach Mann,
who compiled an outstanding record as head coach at UNC Wilmington,
is just the latest beneficiary of Coach Ryan's groundbreaking