Slip Sliding Away

August 6, 2006

Remember when everything slowed to a crawl in the summer, especially during the dog days of August, when kids would pile into the station wagon and head to the beach or the mountains to seek relief from the oppressive heat. Not anymore -- at least on college campuses. Today is the unofficial end of summer at Georgetown. How can that be? It's August 6, for pete's sake.

Back in the dark ages before the academic year was time-shifted forward, an endless summer almost seemed possible. It lasted past Labor Day and you showed up on campus in mid-September for the start of the fall semester. With those days long since gone, the date of arrival of new students has been peeled back to August 26.

Today, Georgetown summer ends for me because the Kenner basketball league concludes its season this afternoon; and tomorrow, Hoya football players show up to begin their pre-season regimen. They will be followed in short order by the volleyball, men's and women's soccer, and field hockey athletes.

Just what athletic-related developments did the now so-over summer bring? For starters:

July is the new August, and it must have been one of the hottest on record. Suffering through the heat were the many sports and youth camps that have proliferated on the Hilltop, along with youth leadership-in-Washington programs for high schoolers who fill the Georgetown dormitories during the hazy days of June and July. But no summer slowdown any more, the campus has been humming for the past two months. In fact, when I drifted into the Tombs last Friday for a quiet lunch, the place was packed with college and high school students and a smattering of parents doing the college tour circuit with their rising prep seniors.

Rev. Otto Hentz SJ welcomed former Hoyas Unlimited president Bob Flanagan '78 to the Hilltop where his son Mike was playing in a one-day lacrosse team camp

Don't look now but, in case you missed it, the Georgetown campus is now bustling with golf carts. I used to think that pedestrian traffic might be an issue -- with the influx of students living in the Southwest Quad. No worries there, but next time you are on campus, watch out for the ubiquitous carts. Now if we could just fit in the master plan a few par 3 holes.

Last month, I wrote of the departure of Hoyas Unlimited director, Jen Montgomery. Happily, her recently named replacement is Allison Rubin, a former assistant director to Jen who, for the past year, has filled the position of director of Integrated Communications and has played a significant role in the development of the athletic department's web capabilities. Allison will insure a very smooth transition for the Hoyas' faithful.

Members of the women's golf team will welcome a new head coach, Patricia Frohna-Post, when they return later this month. She replaces former coach Leland Keyser and Connie Isler '05, acting coach for the past year. Connie will continue her efforts to compete on the professional circuit.

Pick-up games in McDonough often feature Hoya alums who return to campus during the summer months: Joe Touomou '99, who worked with the Indiana Pacers for two years and was a grad assistant under Quin Snyder at Missouri, is now scouting internationally for the NBA as well as assisting in skills development for young NBA aspirants. Other alums spotted include Gerald Riley '04, Kevin Braswell '02, Anthony Perry '01, Nat Burton '01, and few of the big fellas.
Joe Touomou (right) in front of McDonough with brother Raymond, an aspiring med student currently engaged in clinical research at GW
Gerald Riley '04 in McDonough with men's basketball trainer Lorry Michel

Julie Allen has just accepted a position as assistant coach of the Georgetown volleyball team. She and fellow newcomer Michelle Chatman will assist first-year head coach Arlisa Hagan.

Recent sports medicine hire, Joe Haren, follows in the footsteps of long-time Hoya head trainers Harry Crowley, Joe Kuczo, and Doug Huffman. Doug is staying on the staff of the new and expanded sports medicine area in an associate role. A feature on Joe is linked here.

Kim Simons Tortolani, former head women's lacrosse coach, was named manager of the 2006-07 U.S. Women's Developmental lacrosse team. More detail is available at this link.

As reported earlier on sister site,, we mourn the loss this summer of former Georgetown professor and men's basketball timekeeper and fan, Robert Baumiller, SJ. His obituary and funeral homily are linked here. In the good old days of Hoop post-season road trips with Fr. Baumiller, you could always count on having Sunday mass said right at our own Hoya hotel. And back then, the Hoyas always kept playing straight through Sunday. I also remember when it was time to head to NYC for the Big East tournament, you could count on riding the train with the good Father and his elderly mother, whom he would treat to a pleasant weekend in the Big Apple. Requiescant in pace.

Rev. Robert C. Baumiller, S.J. (1931-2006)

Summer is unofficially over. Let the new year unofficially begin.

"Whoah God only knows, God makes his plan;
The information's unavailable to the mortal man.
We're workin' our jobs, collect our pay;
Believe we're gliding down the highway,
when in fact we're slip sliding away."

-- Paul Simon


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