Reed's Reflections: A Letter from the Director of Athletics

Georgetown's fall season begins on Friday, August 23 when women's soccer hosts William & Mary.

Aug 23, 2013

A new academic year and the beginning of the fall sports season are now upon us. As we look to embrace all the challenges ahead, it's worthwhile to pause and reflect upon this moment in time. This is a very exciting era to be a Hoya. We are especially proud to be a vital part of the Georgetown University community.

TRADITIONS EVOLVE. This year, we will see the next step in the evolution of the BIG EAST Conference. Make no mistake; this is not "the new BIG EAST." This is THE BIG EAST. At Georgetown, we are looking forward to seeing the positive results from all the work that has gone into this transition. The buzz surrounding a successful first week for our media partner FoxSports 1 has been the talk around McDonough this week. We enjoyed the network debut on Saturday morning and we anticipate outstanding quality productions, as well as increased television coverage of our conference.

Taking the next step forward requires proven leadership. We are extremely fortunate to have a high-caliber leader like Commissioner Val Ackerman. I am personally excited for her vision for the future of our conference. Her experience and knowledge will serve the BIG EAST well.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS. The games begin today. As we all work toward a culture of winning on the Hilltop, let me cite some excellent ambassadors who will set the tone during the fall season. Brian Wiese and our men's soccer program were recently selected first in the preseason BIG EAST poll and No. 3 in the nation. Dave Nolan and the women's soccer team was selected No. 18 in the country and second in the BIG EAST. Steve Neumann was named the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year on the men's side. For the women, Daphne Corboz was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Emily Menges -- the Defensive Player of the Year, and Emma Newins -- the Goalie of the Year. Such acknowledgements have developed into the expectation for our coaches and student-athletes. After witnessing firsthand the hard work and dedication of both teams, I know that neither is looking to settle for preseason honors.

The volleyball and field hockey teams also arrived on campus earlier week to begin training camp to prepare for their upcoming BIG EAST seasons. These teams have truly embodied the term "student-athlete." Coach Arlisa Williams' volleyball team earned the BIG EAST's Team Academic Excellence Award for having the highest grade point average of any team in their sport. The field hockey program, under coach Tiffany Hubbard, had 21 student-athletes named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.

Football begins its third week of training camp, with opening day less than two weeks away. Kevin Kelly and his staff have done a remarkable job turning this program into a force to be reckoned with in the Patriot League. We're very proud of Dustin Wharton for earning preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors. Again, we know the preseason honors will not be enough to keep the team satisfied and if Saturday's scrimmage is any indication, we are in for an exciting season on the Hilltop.

ATHLETIC RECOGNITION. In September, we will host our annual Athletic Recognition Event, where we honor some of the true standouts associated with our program over the past year. I am pleased to announce our awardees:

Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award Brian Wiese, Head Coach, Men's Soccer
Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Female Athlete Shikara Lowe '13, Softball
Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Male Athlete Otto Porter '15, Basketball
Outstanding Contribution to Athletics Award Irene and L. Edward Shaw '66
Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete Award Andrew Riemer '13, Men's Soccer

All of these honorees are very deserving. They each contribute in a special way to make Georgetown one of finest institutions in the world. As we move closer to the men's and women's soccer season, a special thank you to Irene and L. Edward Shaw for their generous gift for the renovations and upgrades to the newly-named Shaw Field.

TEACHING. I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from many impressive colleagues during the course of my career, but a wise woman once said, "you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." This summer, Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Leadership and Development, Dr. Mike Lorenzen and I taught a leadership course to graduate students in Georgetown's Sports Industry Management program. It's was an opportunity for Dr. Lorenzen and me to share our life and career experiences with a group of young sports professionals and future colleagues. In addition, Georgetown Athletics hosted participants of the NCAA Leadership Institute in July. It was another opportunity to share our experiences with other professionals in the industry and to expose them to the wonders of the Hilltop!

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES. The following is a brief list of some of the marquee athletic-related events taking place this fall. Please be sure to add them to your calendar. We enjoy having you join us on the Hilltop and on the road as often as possible.

September 8 M. Soccer vs. New Mexico
September 19 W. Soccer vs. Central Florida
September 20-21 M&W Tennis - Georgetown Classic
September 27 Athletic Recognition Event
September 28-29 Homecoming
        Football vs. Princeton
        W. Soccer vs. Xavier
        M. Soccer vs. Creighton
        Field Hockey vs. Louisville
        M&W Crew -- Head of the Potomac
October 4 Swimming & Diving - Potomac Relays
October Sailing - Tom Curtis Regatta
October 12 Football vs. Fordham
October 25 Basketball Tip Off (formerly Midnight Madness)
October M. Golf - The Georgetown Intercollegiate
November 8 M. Basketball -- Armed Forces Classic - South Korea
November 8-9 Georgetown Crew Celebration Weekend
November 21-24 M. Basketball -- Tip Off Classic - Puerto Rico

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November 17
M: 2nd; W: 2nd
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
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November 17
L, 3-2
Providence
McDonough Arena
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BEDN
November 18
1:00 PM
Colgate Senior Day
Cooper Field

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November 18
12:00 PM
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Capital One Arena

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November 18
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.

Live Scoring
November 18
6:00 PM
Creighton
McDonough Arena
November 18
All Day
IC4A Championships
New York, N.Y.
November 18
All Day
NCAA Championships
Louisville, Ky.
November 18
All Day
NCAA Championships
Louisville, Ky.
November 18
All Day
ECAC Championships
New York, N.Y.
November 19
2:00 PM
George Washington
Washington, D.C.
November 19
1:00 PM
SMU
Shaw Field
November 19
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.

Live Scoring
November 24
8:30 PM
Auburn
Nashville, Tenn.
November 25
6:00 PM
Richmond
Richmond, Va.

TBD
99.1 WNEW-FM
November 25
8:30 PM
Chattanooga
Nashville, Tenn.
November 26
3:00 PM
Northwestern
Nashville, Tenn.
November 28
8:30 PM
Maine
Capital One Arena

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
November 29
7:00 PM
Florida International
McDonough Arena
December 3
6:30 PM
Coppin State
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 7
8:30 PM
Howard
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 7
7:00 PM
Minnesota
McDonough Arena
December 9
2:30 PM
North Carolina A&T
Capital One Arena

FS2
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 10
2:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C.
December 16
12:30 PM
Syracuse
Capital One Arena

CBS
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 20
7:00 PM
North Texas
Capital One Arena

FS2
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 21
6:00 PM
VCU
Richmond, Va.
December 23
12:00 PM
Alabama A&M
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 27
6:30 PM
Butler
Capital One Arena

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
December 28
7:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

BEDN
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December 30
4:30 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 30
2:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

BEDN
January 2
9:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 2
2:00 PM
Xavier
McDonough Arena

BEDN
January 5
7:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena

BEDN
January 6
12:00 PM
Creighton
Capital One Arena

FSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 6
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 7
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 9
6:30 PM
St. Johns
New York, N.Y.

FS1
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January 10
7:00 PM
Villanova
McDonough Arena

BEDN
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January 12
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

BEDN
January 13
12:00 PM
Seton Hall
Newark, N.J.

FS1
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January 13
1:00 PM
American/George Washington
Washington, D.C. (American University)
January 14
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.

BEDN
January 17
6:30 PM
Villanova
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
January 19
7:00 PM
Marquette
McDonough Arena

BEDN
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January 19
TBA
VCU 41
Richmond, Va.
January 20
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Capital One Arena

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 20
1:00 PM
Drexel
McCarthy Pool
January 20
TBA
VCU 41
Richmond, Va.
January 21
2:00 PM
Depaul
McDonough Arena

CBSsn
January 24
8:30 PM
DePaul
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
January 26
7:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

BEDN
January 27
8:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 28
2:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

FS2
February 2
6:00 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
February 3
6:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 3
1:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.

BEDN
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February 3
2:00 PM
Seton Hall/Providence
Berkeley (N.J.) Aquatic Club
February 4
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
February 4
TBA
Temple
Washington, D.C.
February 6
8:30 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 9
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 9
TBA
Monmouth N.J.
Washington, D.C.
February 10
4:00 PM
Seton Hall
Capital One Arena

CBSSN
106.7 WJFK-FM
February 11
2:00 PM
St. Johns
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 13
6:30 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 13
12:00 PM
Towson
Arlington, Va.
February 16
8:00 PM
Depaul
Chicago, Ill.

BEDN
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February 16
4:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C.