Eight Inductees Enter GW Athletic Hall of Fame
Feb. 18, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation proudly inducted Mike Bassett (baseball), Tina Brown (women's rowing), Jack Kvancz (athletic director), Ingrid Wicker-McCree (volleyball), Joe McKeown (women's basketball coach), Chris Monroe (men's basketball), Shawnta Rogers (men's basketball) and the late Jim Tarr (men's tennis) into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame today.
At a ceremony attended by Russ Ramsey (chair of the board of trustees), Allan From (board member), Steven Knapp (GW president), Bob Chernak (senior vice provost and vice president of student and academic services) and Patrick Nero (director of athletics and recreation), in excess of 200 people gathered for the induction ceremonies of the 49th class of the GW Athletic Hall of Fame. GW's Athletic Hall of Fame was founded with seven inaugural members in 1959, a group which included the late Red Auerbach.
The inductees will be permanently enshrined in the David and Abbie Friedman Family Foundation George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame located on the mezzanine level of Charles E. Smith Center.
Mike Bassett concluded his career as one of the best players in GW baseball history. He was selected by Cincinnati in the 11th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft after setting seven career records, five of which are still standing as he holds the school record for games played, at bats, RBIs, home runs and total bases. A two-time A-10 All-Conference First Team selection, he was named to the NCAA All-America Team in 2002, and was also selected to the NCAA All-East Region First Team and named Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Tournament that season.
Tina Brown is one of the most accomplished women's rowers in the history of the George Washington University. The 1990 Lynn George Outstanding Female Athlete Award recipient, Brown was instrumental in helping the GW Varsity 4 to some of its best finishes in program history, including consecutive second-place finishes at Collegiate Nationals. She competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and later returned to GW as an assistant coach under Paul Wilkins and helped guided the Colonials to an unprecedented run of success.
Jack Kvancz oversaw GW's growth to 22 Division I intercollegiate sports during his 17-year tenure as Director of Athletics and was involved in several capital improvements in GW's athletic facilities, including the recent renovation of the Charles E. Smith Center. He also oversaw the construction of the Lerner Health & Wellness Center, and was instrumental in upgrading the athletic facilities at the Mount Vernon campus. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, and served on the prestigious NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Committee from 1998-2003.
Ingrid Wicker-McCree was a member of the George Washington women's volleyball team from 1985-89. She currently serves as North Carolina Central University's Director of Athletics. She began her career at NCCU as the head coach of both the women's volleyball and softball programs, and became the first coach in school history to win conference championships in multiple sports. Wicker-McCree is also a three-time Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Coach of the Year and she was inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Joe McKeown is a record five-time Atlantic 10's Coach of the Year and is GW's all-time winningest coach with 441 career wins. His teams averaged over 23 wins in his 19 seasons. In 1991-92, he led the Colonials to a national ranking of 6th, the highest ever ranking for any GW women's athletics program. His 1996-97 team advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, he led the team to a 28-4 record and broke the school record with an .875 winning percentage. McKeown led GW to 15 NCAA tournament appearances, and he won the A-10 regular season or tournament title 14 times.
Chris Monroe is GW men's basketball's all-time leading scorer with 2,249 career points. His career point total is also the third-most of any player in A-10 Conference history. He ranks 10th all-time in rebounding at GW with 712 career boards, making him one of just four players to be inside the program's career Top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. He was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman and followed with A-10 All-Conference honors each of the following three seasons. A three-time team MVP, Monroe also holds GW career records in free throws made and attempted.
Shawnta Rogers helped GW to postseason appearances in every season during his tenure. As a senior, Rogers was named the A-10 Player of the Year after leading the conference with 20.7 points and 6.8 assists per game. He also led the nation with 103 steals that season. The Baltimore product holds GW program records in assists and steals and ranks sixth all-time with 1,701 points. Rogers earned A-10 All-Conference accolades all four seasons, including All-Defensive Team awards from 1997-99, and is still the only GW player ever chosen as A-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year.
Jim Tarr competed in both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles spots as a standout for the men's tennis team. During Tarr's tenure, GW was a member of the Southern Athletic Conference, and on the strength of his play the Colonials won three straight Southern Conference championships. Tarr won both singles and doubles conference championships three straight years from 1958-60, with two of his doubles crowns won with his brother, Jack. Tarr still holds a spot in the Southern Conference record books, as he sits atop the list with three conference doubles titles and six combined titles won.