Jack the Bulldog

THE HOYA HOOP CLUB HISTORY

The fall of 1906 was the beginning of something special at Georgetown. The University's director of physical education, Maurice Joyce, introduced the game of basketball to students in the newly-constructed Ryan Gymnasium. Seventy-two years later, another special something was added to the mix. Alumni and fans of Georgetown basketball were introduced to the newly-formed Hoya Hoop Club. The club did not simply arrive fully grown. Hoyas Unlimited, the fund raising and support group for all Georgetown sports, had established a "Committee on Basketball" in 1976 and devoted virtually all its resources over the following two years to increasing interest for the men's program on the Hilltop.

The investment paid off. Staffed by Brian McGuire (C'72) of the Athletic Department and supported by a strong group of alumni volunteers, the Committee met regularly for two years with then Athletic Director Frank Rienzo and Head Men's Basketball Coach John Thompson, Jr., to discuss the needs of the rapidly improving program. One member of the committee (and later president of the Hoya Hoop Club), Dr. Anthony Fernicola (C'42, M'45), was quoted in the 1982 Hoyas game day program as saying, "after meeting with Coach Thompson, a group of us decided that the basketball team needed the kind of support, financial and otherwise, that was on level with where the basketball program was." The Committee sponsored the first men's basketball banquet in the spring of 1977. They soon realized that an expanded organization would be needed to supplement the University's growing expenses associated with building a championship-caliber basketball program. The group subsequently developed the concept and mission statement of the Hoya Hoop Club. Simply stated, the Hoya Hoop Club was and is a support and advocacy group of loyal alumni and friends of Georgetown with a particular interest in advancing the men's basketball program.

By the fall of 1978, the Hoya Hoop Club was standing on its own two feet -- and just in time too. The Hoyas were undergoing their own transformation. With a line-up led by John Duren, Craig "Big Sky" Shelton and freshman sensation Eric "Sleepy" Floyd, Georgetown surprised a heavily-favored Syracuse team with a 66-58 win at Cole Field House to capture the 1979 ECAC.

This ECAC victory secured the Hoyas a spot in the NCAA tournament for just the fourth time in school history. More significantly, it became the first of 14 consecutive trips to the "Big Dance." Further evidence of prescient timing by the Hoya Hoop Club came in the post-season with the featured Magic Johnson-Larry Bird match-up and the growth of the NCAA tournament, which that year joined the World Series and the Super Bowl as the nation's most-watched sports spectacles.

The Hoya Hoop Club was not the first support club for a specific sport at Georgetown. Both the Georgetown Gridiron Club and Spiked Shoe Club were already established prior to the Hoya Hoop Club. The Hoya Hoop Club, however, quickly grew to be the largest support organization at Georgetown, both in number of members and total dollars raised (annually and all-time). In 1979, its first year of alumni outreach, the club consisted of 77 members who contributed over $5,000 to the men's basketball program. By 1983, the Hoya Hoop Club had over 1,000 current members whose annual financial support totaled over $100,000. In the ensuing decades, thousands more would join the Hoya Hoop Club; to date, Hoya Hoop Club members have contributed tens of millions of dollars in support of Georgetown Men's Basketball.

Over the years, the club's members have distinguished themselves by giving more than just financial support. Anecdotes from those early days of the Hoya Hoop Club abound. Dr. Fernicola drove his family to virtually every Georgetown home game during the 1970's and 1980's -- no small feat considering they lived more than three hours away in Allenhurst, New Jersey. And following the semi-final game at the 1982 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, Dr. Fernicola flew from the Crescent City to Newark to perform emergency surgery on a close friend. He returned to the Big Easy in time to rejoin his family at tip-off for the championship game against North Carolina.

The late Raymond O'Brien (C'49, L'51) was another Georgetown alumnus who often drove to games from his home in Elizabeth, New Jersey. At games, Ray would attempt to use his persuasive trial attorney skills to educate the referees on properly applying the rules. Such individuals have left a lasting legacy of inspiration for the many dedicated club members today. You only have to walk into Verizon Center at any home game to see Hoya Hoop Club member Joe Lonardo (C'69) sitting courtside, engaging in a good-natured banter with the referees, or former Hoya Hoop Club presidents, including Jim Brown, Bill Rich, Joe Guarriello, Frank Lacey, Wayne Cyron, Michael Karam and Al Bozzo, celebrating after a Hoya win.

The Hoya Hoop Club remains the largest varsity athletics support club at Georgetown University. The club is led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and elected officers. Each Board member serves a three-year term. The officers are voted on every other year.

The funds contributed by Hoya Hoop Club members are used to support Georgetown Men's Basketball in a myriad of important ways. Financial support is applied to team, department and University expenses including but not limited to player and manager scholarships, travel, equipment, salaries and recruiting. Furthermore, enhancements to the playing surfaces at Verizon Center, McDonough Arena and Yates Field House as well as renovations to the team's locker room would not have been possible without the generosity of members of the Hoya Hoop.

The Hoya Hoop Club continues to host the men's basketball annual awards banquet at season's end. In addition, the Hoya Hoop Club established an award in honor of Dr. Anthony Fernicola shortly after his death in 1990. The award is presented periodically to an individual for outstanding dedication and service to the men's basketball program.

Past Presidents of the Hoya Hoop Club
1978-1980: Harry J. Smith (F'41)
1980-1982: Anthony R. Fernicola (C'42, M'45)
1982-1984: James R. Brown (B'66)
1984-1986: Joseph L. Guarriello (B'71, L'74)
1986-1988: Francis T. Lacey (C'67, L'70, L'78 )
1988-1992: Richard F. Regensburg (C'69)
1992-1994: William L. Rich (C'68, M'72, R'76)
1994-1998: Wayne F. Cyron (C'67)
1998-2005: Michael E. Karam (F'72, L'76, L'82)
2005-2013: Alfred R. Bozzo, Jr. (B'85)

Speakers at the annual awards banquet have included:

Dan Rather, TV news anchor (first speaker)
Bill Bradley, Senator
PJ Carlesimo, College Coach
Dave Gavitt, BIG EAST Commissioner
Petey Green, TV personality
Al McGuire, TV sports commentator
Billy Packer, TV sports commentator
Bill Raftery, TV sports commentator
George Raveling, College Coach
Dean Smith, College Coach
Ralph Wiley, Author and commentator

 
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October 20
7:00 PM
Navy
Cooper Field
October 20
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 21
2:00 PM
Fordham Family Weekend
Cooper Field

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October 21
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
Shaw Field

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October 21
12:00 PM
Uconn
Storrs, Conn.

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October 21
7:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
October 21
All Day
MAISA Womens Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
October 21
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 21
All Day
Kings Point Dinghy Open
Kings Point, N.Y.
October 22
1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

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October 22
9:30 AM
Richmond
Cooper Field
October 22
11:30 AM
Elon
Cooper Field
October 22
12:00 PM
Sacred Heart
Fairfield, Conn.

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October 22
2:30 PM
Virginia Tech
Cooper Field
October 22
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 22
All Day
MAISA Womens Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
October 22
All Day
Kings Point Dinghy Open
Kings Point, N.Y.
October 22
All Day
Head of the Charles HW/LW
Boston, Mass.

Results
Championship 4+ - 1:16 p.m. Lightweight 4+ - 1:16 p.m. Lightweight 8+ - 1:48 p.m.
October 22
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 22
All Day
Head of the Charles
Boston, Mass.

Results
Lightweight 4+ - 1:30 p.m.
October 23
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 24
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 25
2:00 PM
Providence
Shaw Field

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October 26
2:00 PM
Xavier
Shaw Field

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October 27
2:00 PM
Villanova
Cooper Field
October 27
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
October 28
1:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
October 28
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

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October 28
11:00 AM
James Madison
Cooper Field
October 28
12:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
October 28
1:00 PM
Maryland
Cooper Field
October 28
3:00 PM
Stony Brook
Cooper Field
October 28
All Day
Head of the Schuylkill LW only
Philadelphia, Pa.
October 28
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Kenosha, Wis.
October 28
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Kenosha, Wis.
October 28
All Day
War Memorial Regatta
Geneva, N.Y.
October 29
1:00 PM
La Salle
Cooper Field
October 29
2:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
October 29
All Day
War Memorial Regatta
Geneva, N.Y.
October 29
All Day
Princeton Chase
Princeton, N.J.
October 29
All Day
Princeton Chase HW/LW
Princeton, N.J.
October 30
All Day
USF Intercollegiate
TPC Tampa, Tampa, Fla.
October 31
All Day
USF Intercollegiate
TPC Tampa, Tampa, Fla.
November 1
2:00 PM
Creighton
Shaw Field

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November 3
4:00 PM
Rutgers/Pittsburgh/Seton Hall/Villanova
New Brunswick, N.J.
November 3
6:00 PM
St. Johns
McDonough Arena
November 3
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 3
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 3
All Day
ICSA Mens and Womens Singlehanded National Championships
Tampa, Fla.
November 4
2:00 PM
Lafayette Homecoming
Cooper Field
November 4
10:00 AM
Rutgers/Pittsburgh/Seton Hall/Villanova
New Brunswick, N.J.
November 4
6:00 PM
Seton Hall
McDonough Arena
November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
All Day
ICSA Mens and Womens Singlehanded National Championships
Tampa, Fla.
November 4
All Day
Head of the Occoquan HW/LW
Fairfax Station, Va.
November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
All Day
Head of the Occoquan
Fairfax Station, Va.
November 5
All Day
ICSA Mens and Womens Singlehanded National Championships
Tampa, Fla.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 10
6:00 PM
Marquette
Milwuakee, Wis.
November 10
All Day
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 10
All Day
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 11
12:00 PM
Bucknell
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 11
All Day
Coed Atlantic Coast Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
November 11
All Day
ICSA Match Racing National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
November 11
All Day
Womens Atlantic Coast Championships
New London, Conn.
November 12
12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Capital One Arena

FSN
TBD
November 12
2:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
November 12
All Day
ICSA Match Racing National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
November 12
All Day
Coed Atlantic Coast Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
November 12
All Day
Womens Atlantic Coast Championships
New London, Conn.
November 14
7:00 PM
Howard
McDonough Arena
November 15
7:00 PM
Mount St. Marys
Capital One Arena

FS2
TBD
November 16
7:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Baltimore, Md.
November 17
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 17
6:00 PM
Providence
McDonough Arena

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November 18
1:00 PM
Colgate Senior Day
Cooper Field
November 18
12:00 PM
UMES
Capital One Arena

FSN
TBD
November 18
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
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
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 24
8:30 PM
Auburn
Nashville, Tenn.
November 25
6:00 PM
Richmond
Richmond, Va.

TBD
TBD
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/FS2
TBD
November 29
7:00 PM
Florida International
McDonough Arena
December 3
6:30 PM
Coppin State
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
December 7
8:30 PM
Howard
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
December 7
7:00 PM
Minnesota
McDonough Arena
December 9
2:30 PM
North Carolina A&T
Capital One Arena

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

CBS
TBD
December 20
7:00 PM
North Texas
Capital One Arena

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

FS1
TBD
December 27
6:30 PM
Butler
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
December 28
7:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

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December 30
4:30 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

FS1
TBD
December 30
2:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

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January 2
9:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

FS1
TBD
January 2
2:00 PM
Xavier
McDonough Arena

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January 5
7:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena

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January 6
12:00 PM
Creighton
Capital One Arena

FSN
TBD
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
TBD
January 10
7:00 PM
Villanova
McDonough Arena

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

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

FS1
TBD
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
TBD
January 19
7:00 PM
Marquette
McDonough Arena

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