WASHINGTON - The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation proudly announced Saturday that seven inductees will comprise the GW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Mike Brey, Tim Champney, Greg Conden, Kwame Evans, Cathy Joens, Elana Meyers and Kim Warner will be officially inducted during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, February 8, when the men's basketball team plays host to Fordham.
Mike Brey '82
Mike Brey '82, a former student-athlete who competed in men's basketball, will be inducted for the success he achieved beyond GW. One of the most successful college basketball coaches in the country over the past two decades, Brey finished his collegiate playing career as a Colonial in 1982. He led GW with 116 assists in 24 games en route to team MVP honors during the 1981-82 campaign before earning his bachelor's degree in physical education. His coaching career over three decades included time spent under Hall of Fame mentors like Morgan Wootten and Mike Krzyzewski before he became a decorated head coach himself. The Big East Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2011, a year in which he led Notre Dame to 27 victories and was chosen National Coach of the Year by the AP, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com, Brey has 13 20-win seasons to his credit and 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Brey will be honored in a special ceremony on January 14 at the Charles E. Smith Center when GW men's basketball hosts VCU.
Tim Champney '00
Tim Champney '00 was a four-year letterwinner in men's swimming from 1996-2000 and is one of the most decorated swimmers in GW history having garnered 10 Atlantic 10 Championship medals over his career. Champney was the first-ever GW male swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships. He was tabbed as the Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer during the 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons, and tallied eight gold medals at the conference championships as he took home first in the 100 back and 200 back for four straight years. He was also a two-time Academic All-Conference selection in 1998 and 1999. At the conclusion of his collegiate swimming career Champney held or was a part of nine school records and four A-10 records.
Greg Conden '03
Greg Conden '03 was the Atlantic 10 Baseball Pitcher of the Year as a freshman, and is one of the most accomplished pitchers in the history of the GW baseball program. Upon his selection to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame, Conden holds all-time GW records with 35 victories and 62 games started as a pitcher, while ranking third all-time with 286 strikeouts. The single-season wins leader in school history, Conden posted 11 victories during the Colonials' Atlantic 10 Championship season in 2002. He also pitched 14 complete games during his career. A four-year letterwinner, Conden was drafted in the 18th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres and went on to play five seasons of professional baseball.
Kwame Evans '96
Kwame Evans '96 is one of the best players in GW men's basketball history. Evans helped the Colonials to 78 victories and four trips to the postseason during his career, including NCAA Tournament appearances in 1993, 1994 and 1996. During the magical run to the 1993 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, Evans tallied team highs of 19 points in the NCAA first round victory over New Mexico and 13 points against Michigan in the Sweet 16. As a sophomore in 1993-94, Evans was the team's third-leading scorer at 13.2 points per game as GW made the NCAA Tournament once again. He then led the team and the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 19.4 points per game in 1994-95, and again paced the Colonials at 18.7 points per game en route to the NCAA Tournament in 1995-96, earning First Team All-Conference accolades each season. Evans currently ranks fifth on GW's all-time scoring list.
Cathy Joens '04
Cathy Joens '04 was a two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in women's basketball and an honorable mention All-American in 2004. Joens graduated as the best three-point shooter in school history as she set program records for three-pointers in a career with 291, as well as single-season and career three-point field goal percentage. She averaged 14.7 points per game in her career and left GW as the university's third all-time leading scorer with 1,802 career points. Joens was selected to the A-10 All-Conference First Team three times and was named Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004. Joens was a member of four NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2003 Colonials' squad which won the Atlantic 10 Championship. A two-time team MVP, Joens was drafted by the New York Liberty of the WNBA and played two years for the Chicago Sky as part of a successful professional basketball career.
Elana Meyers '07
Elana Meyers '07 was GW softball's first-ever recruit and team MVP in every season. She graduated in 2007 as the Colonials' all-time record holder in nearly every offensive category, then went on to win an Olympic bronze medal in bobsled. Meyers not only threw the first pitch and earned the first win in program history, but also recorded the team's first hit and scored its first run. Meyers is the only Colonial to bat above .400 for a season, doing so in 2006 and 2007. A two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection and GW's first-ever All-Region honoree when she earned first-team accolades in 2007, Meyers was also the A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year for softball and an Academic All-American in 2006 and 2007. Meyers is now a member of the U.S. national bobsled team and won a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Kim Warner '04
Kim Warner '04 was a four-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection in women's soccer and graduated as one of the most prolific players in GW history. Just the third women's soccer player to be inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame, Warner capped her collegiate career third all-time in points (91) and goals (41). The 2002 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, Warner guided the Colonials to the conference championship semifinal match as a junior that season and earned a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region Team. She was also named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team in 2001 and 2003. Warner was a three-time team MVP and helped transform a team that won just three games during her freshman season to back-to-back 10-plus win seasons in 2002 and 2003.
The 2014 GW Athletic Hall of Fame class was voted in by a committee of 12 former George Washington student-athletes, coaches and administrators, who represented a diverse background of sports and eras.