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Tribe Club Annual Report 2017-18

Mission Statement

The Tribe Club is critical to the success of William & Mary student-athletes. Private gifts raised by the Tribe Club enable our student-athletes to excel at the highest level of competition by funding athletic scholarships, operating needs, and capital projects. Members of the Tribe Club are alumni, friends and advocates for William & Mary Athletics who recognize the value of the intercollegiate athletic experience and enthusiastically participate in the promotion, support and success of William & Mary student-athletes. Join the Tribe Club and take pride in the integral role your contribution plays in the achievements of William & Mary Athletics now and in years to come.

Letter from the A.D.

Dear Tribe Club Members,

On behalf of William & Mary Athletics and the Tribe Club, we are delighted to provide you with the highlights of the 2017-18 athletic year. This past year was filled with a lot of excitement and success, including two Tribe teams advancing to the NCAA postseason, four CAA championships, five scholar athletes of the year and 163 student-athletes who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. We remain unwavering in our commitment to excellence on the field and off, and in our pursuit to provide our student-athletes with a world-class experience.

The backbone of the William & Mary Athletics program is the generosity of our supporters, and your support last year provided approximately $6.5 million for our student-athletes and coaches. Your passion for William & Mary Athletics helps give us the tools for success to help us boldly pursue excellence. You are simply essential for excellence!

GO TRIBE!

Sincerely,

Samantha K. Huge

Executive Committee

Chairman, John Mitrovic

President, Kathryn Litten

Secretary, Marc Elim

Treasurer, Jessica Muskey

Past-Chairman, Mark Boddy

Metro DC Regional President, Robert Wright

New York Regional President, Brandon Heroux

Peninsula Regional President, Kelley Crisci

Richmond Regional President, Robert McKetta

Tidewater Regional President, Evans Poston, Jr.

At-Large - Metro DC, Ernest Benjamin, Jr.

At-Large - Richmond, Matthew Brantingham

At-Large - Metro DC, Michael Callahan

At-Large - Peninsula, Glenn Crafford

At-Large - Peninsula, Christopher Dawson

At-Large - Tidewater, Jennifer Duffy

At-Large - Peninsula, Gilbert Elston

At-Large - Metro DC, Ronald Holmes

At-Large - Peninsula, Stephen Huebner

At-Large - Other States, Steven Jolley

At-Large - Richmond, Shawn Knight

At-Large - Peninsula, Michelle Krewinghaus

At-Large - Richmond, Jeffrey Lunardi

At-Large - Peninsula, Joshua Lustig

At-Large - Western Virginia, Mark Moran

At-Large - Richmond, C.J. Muse

At-Large - Peninsula, Robert Newsome, Sr.

At-Large - Tidewater, Larry Pendleton, Jr.

At-Large - Peninsula, Barbara Ramsey

At-Large - Other States, Cabell Rosanelli

At-Large - Tidewater, Scott Saal

At-Large - Metro DC, Elizabeth Trumbull

At-Large - Richmond, Missy Wycinsky

Student-Athlete Representative, Brett Barden

Student-Athlete Representative, Katie Webber

Conference Champions

W&M claimed four conference titles last season - men's soccer, women's tennis, men's cross country and men's swimming. In total, W&M has earned 140 CAA Championships - more than any other program in the league's history.

W&M Athletics Leads the Way with Nine NCAA Public Recognition Awards

The William & Mary Athletics department was honored once again with the announcement of the NCAA's Public Recognition Awards. The NCAA Public Recognition program honors teams that rank in the top 10% nationally of their sport on the Academic Progress Rating (APR), one of the three major academic success ratings that the national office administers. This is the second year in a row that W&M has earned nine awards, and the sixth in a row with six or more.

The Tribe's nine recognized programs for the 2016-17 school year include men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, and the women's track & field team. For women's soccer this is the first award in the 13-year history of the Public Recognition program, and for the track & field team, it's the first award since 2007-08. The women's golf team was recognized for the seventh year in a row, the men's golf team for the fifth year in a row, and both the men's soccer and swimming programs won for the second year in a row. Women's swimming won for the fourth year in a row, and both the men's and women's gymnastics teams have won for the last three years in a row. In the 13-year history of the recognition program, the Tribe has won 101 awards total.

Coaches of the Year

Four W&M coaches were honored as Coaches of the Year in 2017-18 – Forest Braden (CAA Men’s Cross Country), Matt Crispino (CAA Men's Swimming), Tyler Thomson (CAA Women’s Tennis) and Bo Morris (ECAC Assistant Men’s Gymnastics).

All-Americans

Since 2000, 134 William & Mary athletes have garnered ‘All-America’ status. This year, two W&M student-athletes represented the Tribe as one of the best athletes in the country at their sport, while two others garnered Academic All-America status. Congratulations to these athletes on such tremendous success.

Antonio Bustamante, Men's Soccer

Leia Mistowski, Women’s Track & Field

Ryder Bell, Men's Soccer (Academic)

Jacopo Gliozzi, Men's Gymnastics (Academic)

Senior Athletes of the Year

These awards are presented on behalf of the Tribe Club to the most outstanding performers from all of William & Mary Athletics in 2017-18. Each year, various senior student-athletes are nominated by their coaches for the Senior Athlete of the Year Award. The impressive pool of candidates is then narrowed to recognize the most impressive male and female performers in the senior year. This year’s winners are Leia Mistowski (women's track & field), pictured to the right, Erin Menges (field hockey) and David Cohn (men's basketball), pictured below.

Leia Mistowski - Women's Track & Field

One of the nation’s top hammer throwers, Leia Mistowski earned NCAA All-America honors during her junior and senior seasons and was selected as the 2018 Colonial Athletic Association Field Athlete of the Year. Additionally, she was a four-time CAA Champion and set the school and conference records in the hammer throw.

Senior Athletes of the Year

Erin Menges - Field Hockey

Honored as the Colonial Athletic Association Defender of the Year during her final two seasons, Erin Menges became just the second player in the league’s history to garner the distinction twice. Additionally, she became the first player in W&M history to be named to all four all-conference teams in her career. Following her senior season, she was Named to the National Development Squad.

Senior Athletes of the Year

David Cohn - Men's Basketball

One of the greatest players in school history, David Cohn finished his career as W&M’s all-time assist leader (490) despite playing just three seasons with the Tribe. Additionally, he owns the program’s records for single-season assists (207 in 2017-18), career assist average (5.3), single-season assist average (6.7 in 2017-18), career assist-to-turnover ratio (2.66) and single-season assist-to-turnover ratio (2.81 in 2015-16). A two-year captain, he was an All-CAA selection in 2018 and signed a professional contract overseas.

Tribe Club Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

Aubrey Mason, Sr., Volunteer of the Year - Tina and John Novogratz

Jimmy Maloney Friend of W&M Athletics - Chuck and Louise Williams

Region of the Year - Tidewater

Alumni Athlete Giving Challenge

The 2017-18 Alumni Athlete Giving Challenge was extremely successful, as 33.2 % of former athletes, and an impressive 42.8% of young William & Mary alums (graduates within the last 10 years), made gifts to the Tribe. The Men’s Overall Challenge, sponsored by BAM (Brand Activation Maximizer), finished in the following order: 1) Men’s Gymnastics, 2) Men’s Soccer, 3) Men’s Basketball. The Women’s Overall race was a close one: 1) Women’s Gymnastics, 2) Women’s Soccer, 3) Women’s Swimming. The Young Alum competitions were also fun races this year with the Men finishing: 1) Gymnastics, 2) Basketball, 3) Soccer, and the Women finishing: 1) Gymnastics, 2) Lacrosse, 3) Swimming.

10 for the Tribe

Since 2014, the Tribe Club has seen incredible dedication from our student-athletes – not only in competition or in the classroom – but to their team. This stems from 10 for the Tribe, an educational effort that asks student-athletes to pay it forward. Last year, Brett Barden '18 (men's swimming) and Katie Weber '19 (women's gymnastics) spearheaded the effort and maintained 100% participation. Together the duo raised nearly $16,000 in support of William & Mary Athletics, due, in part, to private gifts matching all funds raised 2:1.

One Tribe One Day Success

One Tribe One Day is William & Mary’s effort to acquire as many donors as possible in a single day. This year a record number of donors (12,770) gave to William & Mary, and 2,425 of those donors made a gift specifically to Tribe Athletics. This accomplishment allowed the Athletics Department to capture the most number of Total Donors in the Gerdelman School and Unit Competition, which awarded Athletics an additional $15,000 from One Tribe One Day thanks to the Gerdelman’s! The total Athletics raised during One Tribe One Day was an extraordinary $451,000 to benefit our student-athletes. We appreciate all of our donors who contributed to this incredible effort during the One Tribe One Day!

Donors to Athletics in 2017-18

A complete list of supporters who made a gift to Tribe Athletics during 2017-18 is available by clicking here.

2018-19 Calendar of Events

The Lord Botetourt Affair* - Feb. 8

Athletics Excellence Luncheon* - Feb. 10

Celebration of Women's Athletics - Mar. 30

W&M Athletics Hall of Fame* - May 4

Tribe Club Pro-Am - June (TBA)

Football Alumni Reunion - June 22

*Indicates Invite Only

Tribe Club Staff

Bobby Dwyer | Sr. Assoc. A.D., Development | rtdwye@wm.edu
Al Albert | Assoc. Dir. of Athletics Development | afalbe@wm.edu
Julie Leach | Asst. Dir. of Athletics Development | jsleach@wm.edu
Jean Beall | Business Manager | jebeal@wm.edu
Peggy Lukas | Asst. to Sr. Assoc. A.D. | psluka@wm.edu

Ways to Give

Online gifts: Make a gift quickly and securely by clicking here.

Cash gifts: Gifts can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Payments may also be made in monthly or quarterly installments – the perfect way to plan and manage your support of Tribe Athletics within a budget

Matching gifts: Companies and organizations often match gifts made by their employees, doubling – sometimes tripling – the initial gift value and its benefits. Visit www.matchinggifts.com/wm to learn if your employer matches gifts. Please enclose the applicable matching gift form with your contribution.

Unrestricted gifts: Gifts made without any designation go directly toward funding scholarships for women’s athletic programs, men’s basketball and football.

Restricted gifts: Gifts designated to a particular sport or fund. Gifts must have a sport restriction noted on the check or pledge form.

Gifts-in-kind: Athletics costs can be greatly reduced by the donation of products or services for which you receive donor credit at cash value. Gifts-in-kind must be properly appraised through the donor’s efforts.

Special gifts: Gifts other than cash or goods give long term stability to the Tribe Club. Gifts through real estate, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, life insurance policies and other types of bequests can provide positive financial and tax results for both the contributor and Tribe student-athletes. Be sure to consult with your financial advisor before making such a decision.

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