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Callie Flipse
Callie  Flipse

Men's Water Polo & Women's Swimming (Inducted 2000)



Callie L. Flipse, a men's water polo and women's swimming standout for four years ('85-88), had a historic career becoming the first woman in Colonials athletic history to compete on a men's varsity team in a NCAA recognized sport. Flipse not only competed on the men's team, she excelled. As a four-year water polo starter, she scored 50 goals and was named co-captain and most valuable player (MVP) of the squad in her senior season.

As an international water polo competitor, she competed on three U.S. national women's water polo teams, traveling to France, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Also a veteran of six U.S. Olympic Festivals, she collected gold medals in 1987 and '89, and silver medals in '85 and '91 while playing for U.S. East teams.

After graduating from GW with her bachelor's degree in personnel management in 1988, Flipse then coached in men's water polo team for four seasons ('88-'91) and in three of the four years ('88, '90 and '91) was named Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Coach of the Year. She is one of very few women to coach a men's team, particularly one at the NCAA Division I level.

The native of Coral Gabels, Fls., who earned her MBA at GW in 1991, was boys and girls water polo coach at her high school alma mater, Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Fla., as well as serving as the school's Director of Athletics. Her boys team has won the Florida state championship twice ('95 and '97) and her girls team took third in the state in 1995. Her athletic program was consistently at the top in the state for a school its size.