George Washington Colonials

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George Washington Colonials
Logo
University George Washington University
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Patrick Nero
Location Washington, D.C.
Varsity teams 24 teams (11 men, 13 women)
Basketball arena Charles E. Smith Athletic Center
Baseball stadium Barcroft Park
Soccer stadium GW-Mount Vernon Athletic Complex
Mascot George, the Colonial
Nickname Colonials
Fight song Hail to the Buff and Blue
Colors Buff and Blue[1]
         
Website www.gwsports.com

The George Washington Colonials are the athletic teams of George Washington University of Washington, D.C.[2] The Colonials compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference[3] for most sports.

Teams[edit]

A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, George Washington University sponsors teams in ten men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[4]

Notes

Men's basketball[edit]

The GW Colonials men's basketball team plays its home games in the Charles E. Smith Center, which is also shared with other GW Colonials athletic programs. The team competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference. It qualified for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2014 for the first time since 2007 and won the NIT Tournament Championship in 2016. The Colonials' head coach is Maurice Joseph.

Baseball[edit]

The GW Colonials baseball team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of George Washington University.[5] The team is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at Tucker Field in Barcroft Park, Arlington, Virginia. The Colonials are coached by Gregg Ritchie.

George Washington's first baseball team was fielded in 1891.

Soccer[edit]

The GW Colonials men's soccer team competes in NCAA Division 1 Men's Soccer in the A10 (Atlantic 10 Conference) along with 13 other teams. The program began in 1967 and has earned two A10 Championships in 2002 and 2004 and two regular-season A10 titles in 1992 and 2011. The team made it to the NCAA Tournament 3 times, including the Round of Sweet 16 in 1989.

The GW Colonials men's soccer team has won the DC College Cup twice in 2007 and 2008. The cup is a competition between four Washington DC Universities including George Mason University, American University, and Howard University.

Women's gymnastics[edit]

The women's gymnastics team is coached by Margie Foster Cunningham, and assisted by both, Barry Kistler and Jeff Richards. In the 2013-2014 season, the Colonials were led by senior captains, Taylor Henderson, Kayla Carto, and Betsy Zander.

Other sports[edit]

The gymnastics team competes as a member of the East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Men's rowing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, not by the NCAA; GW's men compete in the SIRA.

Sailing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association, not by the NCAA; GW's men and women compete in the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association

Squash is sanctioned by the College Squash Association (CSA), not by the NCAA.

The men's and women's water polo teams compete as members of the Southern-East Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association.

Discontinued teams[edit]

Football[edit]

George Washington University's football program ran from 1881 to 1966.

The final George Washington game came on Thanksgiving Day, 1966, when the team lost to Villanova, 16–7. GW ended the season with a 4–6 record (conference: 4–3) and Jim Camp was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year.[6] On January 19, 1967, the Board of Trustees voted to end the football program. Poor game attendance and the expense of the program contributed to the decision. A former GW player, Harry Ledford, believed that most people were unwilling to commute into Washington, D.C., which did not have a metro rail at the time, on Friday nights to RFK Stadium. Additionally, Maryland and Virginia were nationally competitive teams that drew potential suburban spectators away from GW.[7]

Facilities[edit]

Source[8]

Sport Men Women
Baseball
Barcroft Park
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Basketball
Charles E. Smith Athletic Center
Cross Country
Bull Run Park
Gymnastics
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Charles E. Smith Athletic Center
Golf
Laurel Hill Golf Club
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Lacrosse
-
GW Athletic Fields
Rowing
Thompson Boat Center
Sailing
Washington Sailing Marina
Soccer
GW Athletic Fields
Softball
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GW Athletic Fields
Squash
Lerner Health and Wellness Center
Swimming
GW Swim Center
Tennis
GW Tennis Center
Water Polo
Charles E. Smith Athletic Center
Volleyball
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Charles E. Smith Athletic Center
Water Polo
Charles E. Smith Athletic Center

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Approved George Washington Athletics Logos & Colors". 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  2. ^ "The George Washington University". Gwu.edu. 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Atlantic 10 Conference Official Athletic Site". Atlantic10.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  4. ^ "George Washington Athletics Official Athletic Site". Gwsports.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  5. ^ "George Washington Colonials". d1baseball.com. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  6. ^ When we played football: the GW boys of fall, 1890-1966, The GW Hatchet, August 30, 1999.
  7. ^ When we played football: the GW boys of fall, 1890-1966, The GW Hatchet, August 30, 1999.
  8. ^ "Facilities". gwsports.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-18. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 

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