Athletics News

GW Athletics and Recreation Expands Development Efforts

GW alumna and Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Tanya Vogel will serve as Assistant Director of the expanding Athletics Development department.

Jan. 11, 2012

As part of the ongoing expansion of the Athletics Development staff at George Washington University, Tanya Vogel has been named Assistant Director of Athletics Development. Vogel will focus primarily on annual giving for the Department of Athletics and Recreation, and will report to Dr. Scarlett Schmidt, Senior Executive Director of Athletics Development/Associate Athletic Director.

"I'm honored to continue to serve George Washington University in this new capacity," said Vogel. "This University has been a major part of my life for the last 19 years, so there is no better career move for me than to a position in which I can dedicate myself to fundraising and giving to a University that has already given me so much. I am incredibly eager for this opportunity to work under Scarlett, and to remain so closely tied to the Athletics Department and GW as a whole."

After a four-year standout career as a soccer student-athlete with the Colonials, Vogel served as her alma mater's head coach for the last 12 seasons. Hired in January 2000, Vogel won 82 games as head coach of GW's women's soccer team. She was also an active fundraiser for women's soccer, cultivating relationships with alumni, parents and boosters of the program. In 2002, Vogel became the first women's soccer player inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame. She also holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in exercise and sports science from GW and completed her MBA at GW in 2006.

"As I have just recently started my tenure at George Washington, to have someone to work alongside me who is as talented, driven and loyal to this University as Tanya is, really sets up the Athletics Development office for great success," said Schmidt. "Her considerable passion and well-earned reputation makes Tanya the ideal person to serve as Assistant Director of Athletics Development."

Having directed the University of Delaware Athletic Fund since 2007, Dr. Schmidt established a culture of philanthropy for UDAF by building strong and mutually beneficial relationships across the University, donor, athletic alumni and season ticket holder communities. At GW, Dr. Schmidt and Vogel will work under the leadership of Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero and Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Mike Morsberger to ensure GW's ability to fund and support all teams and programs at levels commensurate with the upper echelon of the Atlantic 10 Conference and the NCAA.

"Tanya has developed an extraordinary rapport with her colleagues not only within the Athletic Department but across campus," said Nero. "This opportunity is a strong fit for her, and I am certain she will thrive in this role. It is paramount to the long-term success and financial health of our intercollegiate sports, club sports, and the Lerner Health and Wellness Center that this new Athletics Development office operates at maximum productivity and efficiency. Tanya's hire will help to ensure that happens."

A comprehensive national search for an Associate Director of Athletics Development is also underway. The Associate Director will focus on major gift fund-raising for Athletics and Recreation. Additionally, an Executive Assistant for the newly formed Athletics Development office will be hired.