GW alumni everywhere got to sit back and savor a little slice
of victory in March. For the first time, the GW mens
basketball team won the Atlantic 10 tournament. And perhaps
more important to many alumni, who attended this fine school
in the middle of basketball-loving Washington, D.C., the best
part about the season was something else.
It was the Colonials who were the lone representatives
from the Washington area in the mens NCAA tournament.
No Georgetown. No Maryland. Just GW. And it was beautiful.
The front page of the March 14 Washington
Post carried a supersized photo of the team. Local TV sports
news coverage for the week was dominated by Colonials. It
was a time for GW alumni to boast and brag. In a way, it didnt
matter if the team would go on to win one game in the tournament.
The point was that they were going to the big danceand
no one else from around here was doing the same.
GW loves its basketball. The womens
team has consistently performed well over the years under
the steady coaching of Joe McKeown, and this year was no
exception. The team finished the season with a 23-9 overall
record after becoming
co-champions of the A-10 West Division and making its 12th
NCAA Tournament appearance (losing only to top-ranked UNC
But something had been missing for the mens
team in recent years. And perhaps now it is backbrought
back by Coach Karl Hobbs, who joined the team as head coach
four seasons ago. This years class was Hobbs first
senior class, so to speak, and his selection of players and
his coaching of them since his arrival at GW shone through
in the victories this year.
We hope to see more of this excitement
next year. And we hope to see more alumni back at the games
and at regional game-viewing receptions across the country.
Heather O. Milke, MBA 02, Editor
For complete coverage of the mens
and womens basketball seasons, see GW
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