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GW Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct Five New Members

Former GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg headlines the list of five former Colonials to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 23, 2010.
Former GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg headlines the list of five former Colonials to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 23, 2010.

Jan. 6, 2010

WASHINGTON - Membership in the George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame will expand from 131 to 136 on Saturday, Jan. 23, when five newly-elected members will be inducted in ceremonies on campus at the City View Room, 1957 E St., NW.

Members of the media should RSVP to Dave Lubeski at (202) 944-5666 or dlubeski@gwu.edu.

All others should contact Bethany Taibl at 202-994-5581 or btaibl@gwu.edu for ticket information.

This year's Athletic Hall of Fame "Class of 2010" is the 48th elected since the University's Hall was founded in 1959 when seven inaugural members were inducted.

The five inductees are W. Scott Allen '93, Mike Battle '73, Myriah (Lonergan) Cain '96, Li Liu '96 and President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg '88 -`07

W. Scott Allen, winningest coach in the 80-year history of the GW golf program, led the team to its first NCAA berth in 60 years in 2006. He tallied his 1,000th career head-to-head victory at the 2005 Bethany Beach Invitational, and his 1,364 career victories are four times more than any other GW golf coach. Allen coached the Colonials to 13 tournament victories and 41 top-three finishes, both more than all other GW golf coaches combined. In addition to his duties as golf coach, Allen served as the athletic department's Recruiting Coordinator (serving as liaison to Admissions and Financial Aid for all of GW's teams) from 1998-2008.

Allen, who won four letters in golf ('90-'94), was named head golf coach in March 1995. He is a 1993 graduate of GW with a bachelor's degree in political science and minors in history and economics. He gained a master's degree in international affairs in 2000. After starting his collegiate career at the University of Delaware -- where he redshirted his first season -- Allen transferred to GW and lettered in golf four times, starting all four years and serving as team captain for three seasons.

As a player at GW, Allen led the Colonials to what was then its best finish in the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Region when the team finished 12th in his final year. He was named MVP that year and led the Colonials in scoring average and top-five finishes in each of his last two years.

A Class A Member of the PGA of America, Allen also served as the Executive Director for the First Tee of Washington, D.C., from 2001-2008. As Executive Director, he oversaw the largest non-profit youth golf organization in the nation's capital. The First Tee introduced its golf and Life Skills lessons to more than 1,500 kids in 2007 at East Potomac Park Golf Course and Langston Golf Course in D.C.

Allen, who now resides in Wilmington, Del., is head golf coach at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

Mike Battle, a three-year letterwinner and two-time team MVP, began his GW career in 1969 when freshmen were not allowed to play varsity basketball and dunking was prohibited. His career took place prior to the construction of Smith Center and the Colonials practiced in the infamous "Tin Tabernacle" and played home games at Fort Myer.

A 6-foot-5 forward, Battle played alongside fellow GW Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Pat and Mike Tallent, Walter Sczerbiak, and Ronnie Nunn. The team posted a 17-9 record his senior season while competing against some of the best teams in the country.

Battle's physical play and aggressive defense earned him the nickname "Captain Crunch." He was usually assigned to guard the best player on the opposing team including All-Americas and future NBA stars such as Julius Erving, Artis Gilmore, Kermit Washington and Derek Dickey.

Graduating in 1973, Battle was drafted by the NBA's Washington Bullets. He has been living in the Hampton Roads,Va., area for the past 25 years with his wife of 28 years, Ivy, and their two daughters, TaVane and Nekida. Battle has worked in the telecommunications field for the past 12 years and also has worked as a youth counselor. He returned to school in 1997 and began his second career. He founded a non-profit organization in 2005 "Aintbecause Community Development Corporation." The organization's purpose is to teach computer skills to the elderly and underprivileged in the community.

Myriah (Lonergan) Cain becomes the 10th women's basketball player to join the GW Athletic Hall of Fame after a standout career from 1992-96. She helped the Colonials to 95 victories and three NCAA Tournaments, including the program's first Sweet 16 appearance in 1995, during her four seasons.

As team captain during the 1995-96 season, she averaged a career-best 11.9 points as GW captured its second straight Atlantic 10 Championship and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She was the 13th player to join the program's 1,000-point club and currently stands 24th all-time with 1,029 career points and is also in the Top 15 in assists (12th - 343 assists), steals (T15th - 194 steals), games played (T12th - 122 games played) and free-throws made (8th - 310 free throws made). During her four seasons, Lonergan was named to the 1993 A-10 All-Rookie Team and twice received the team's Abbie Oliver Smith Award for academic and athletic excellence in 1994 and 1996.

Cain lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with her husband, Chris, daughter Sophie (7) and son Blue (5). She is a fifth grade teacher at Rocky Hill Elementary School.

Li Liu is considered one of the best volleyball players in the history of the George Washington University volleyball program. She was known as a fierce competitor and a great teammate. Liu started as an outside hitter but quickly distinguished herself as an all-around player who could play virtually any position. Her skills and leadership helped lead the team to Atlantic 10 Championship titles in both 1994 and 1995. She was instrumental in helping the Colonials win NCAA Tournament first-round matches two years in a row. GW's two losses in the NCAA Tournament second round both came at the hands of eventual NCAA champions, Nebraska ('94) and Texas ('95).

In 1994, Liu was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, in addition to being named to the All-Mideast Region and All-Atlantic 10 Conference first teams. She also was a five-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week. While enrolled in intensive English-language-learning courses, as well as taking a full load of regular classes, Liu made the All-Academic Dean's List and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science--testaments to her skill and dedication both off and on the court.

After her graduation from GW, Liu coached collegiate volleyball at Georgetown University for seven years and led her team to the 1999 Big East Championship title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She uses her degree to help people to live healthy lifestyles and, in 2006, she became a full-time Personal Trainer. Born in Harbin, China, Liu now lives in Reston, Va.

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was the 15th president of the University and was instrumental in transforming the athletics program during his time as president from August 1988 to July 2007.

During his tenure, the men's and women's athletic departments merged and winning became a top priority. President Trachtenberg took office during a 30-year drought in men's athletics that began in 1961 in which no GW basketball team made a post-season appearance.

Athletic efforts began to improve on all fronts at the school and after men's basketball hit a low point in 1989 with a 1-27 record, the team began to show gradual improvement leading to a 1991 National Invitation Tournament appearance under first-year coach Mike Jarvis. In 1993, men's basketball went to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first and only time. Trachtenberg was supportive of Coach Jarvis's international recruiting philosophy, which helped produce winning teams. At the end of his tenure as University President, Trachtenberg enjoyed witnessing head basketball coach Karl Hobbs lead the men's basketball team to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in '05, '06 and '07.

During Trachtenberg's 19-year tenure as president, several Colonials teams advanced to the postseason including the following in the NCAA Tournament: men's basketball (7); women's basketball (13); baseball (3); men's soccer (3); volleyball (4); women's soccer (1); women's rowing (1) and eight NCAA Regional appearances by gymnastics and one by men's golf.

Currently, he is the President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service at GW. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he and his wife Francine Zorn Trachtenberg live in Washington, D.C. They have two grown sons, Adam and Ben. Trachtenberg plays racquetball as frequently as he can.

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