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@GW_Volleyball Summer Blog Series: Timmer Time #1

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Hello GW Volleyball Family, Friends and Fans, 

 I am excited to share with you my experiences here at GW this summer. My name is Jordan Timmer and I am a junior setter. I am majoring in biology and am from Lowell, Michigan. Our fall schedule was just released and we are ready to have another great season building from where we left off in the spring. This spring our team grew together as one unit with one goal. We grew on and off the court, in the classroom, weight room and closer together. I have no doubt that this upcoming season will be one for the books, I am excited to have everyone back together and getting better each and every day.

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BKC3-21-14-188.jpgOn Monday, June 2, ESPN.com published the first part of its series of the Top 50 coaches in men's college basketball.  The list was compiled via a vote of ESPN's Forecast panel - 100 ESPN writers, editors, broadcasters and researchers to rate college basketball coaches on all aspects of running a program.

While GW men's basketball Coach Mike Lonergan didn't crack the Top 50, former college hoops coach and current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla weighed in on the most underrated coaches in the country and those he felt were omitted from the Top 50.

"There are five Atlantic 10 coaches on this Top 50 list but no Lonergan. I get it. He is not yet a household name. But coaches know coaches and Lonergan has the utmost respect of his peers," wrote Fraschilla regarding Coach Lonergan.

Aside from helping GW to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 and its second-most wins in program history with 24 in 2013-14, Coach Lonergan has been one of the most consistently successful coaches in college basketball over the past two decades.  He is one of the winningest coaches in all of NCAA Division I, ranking 21st among active coaches with a .676 winning percentage (424-203) and 37th on the active victories list, and has averaged more than 20 wins per season during his 21 years as a collegiate head coach.  And he's signed to be the coach in Foggy Bottom through 2020-21.  Pretty good for underrated.

After the jump, read Fraschilla's full ESPN Insider account on the underrated Coach Lonergan.


@GW_Volleyball Summer Blog Series

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Each week during the summer the 22&G Blog will bring you blog posts from one of three GW Volleyball student-athletes.

The blog series will focus on the unique journeys of Natalie Leger, Jordan Timmer and Kelsey Newman

Each year, DigitalHoopsBlast.com's Andy Pawlowski recounts the best practices in sports digital and social media, focusing primarily on basketball, across the top conferences in the country.

In DHB's recent countdown of the top 10 great ideas from the Atlantic 10, GW led its conference counterparts with three selections.

Check out which three ideas made the cut after the jump.

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@GWGymnastics Names 2015 Captains

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Rising seniors Elena Corcoran and Courtney Willoughby have been named the captains of the 2015 George Washington gymnastics team after a team-wide vote at the conclusion of the 2014 spring semester.

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On Tuesday, May 20, GW men's basketball Head Coach Mike Lonergan joined his boys from Bowie, The Junkies, at The Prime Rib in Maryland Live! Casino for a taping of Table Manners, a half-hour television show on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Coach Lonergan's taping concluded the third season of Table Manners, with an air date expected this fall.

Until then, head over to the jump to get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of Coach Lonergan's Table Manners segment with the Junkies.

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GW baseball senior Owen Beightol and junior Ryan Xepoleas were each named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team by College Sports Madness on Wednesday.

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My Kenyan Adventures

George Washington lacrosse junior Mackenzie Jones has packed up and traveled to Kenya for the next six weeks as she works with Coaches Across Continents - an international non-profit organization that works with local leaders, teachers and sports coaches in developing communities around the world on sports for social change projects.

Since opening in 1975, the Charles E. Smith Center has always been a magnet for the nation's most influential politicians, entertainers and athletes.  Since the facility's transformation in 2010 though, some of the best athletes and franchises in the world have routinely used the Smith Center for practice and training sessions.

This past Saturday, May 10, the Indiana Pacers were the latest team to use the Smith Center as they prepared to face the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center in the NBA Playoffs.

Check out more from the Pacers practice, as well as other high-profile athletes and teams to grace the Smith Center hardwood...

Two GW softball players were named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams by College Sports Madness last week, headlined by second baseman Megan Linn, who was tabbed Freshman of the Year.

The website also selected Linn to the All-Conference First Team while placing junior shortstop Victoria Valos on the All-Conference Second Team.

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