2004 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Sheila S. Hoben was a prime contributor to the George Washington University Department of Athletics staff for more than 20 years. Joining the coaching staff in 1977 as head women's tennis coach, her teams amassed an impressive mark of 74-29 in seven seasons. And the year after turning the coaching reigns over to Sally Bolger (1984), the Colonials women's team won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship.
Even more significant than her coaching accomplishments in one sport were her achievements and vital contributions in the area of academics. During her career as Academic Coordinator for the GW Athletic Department, Hoben created and implemented programs to assist student-athletes in successfully balancing their obligations to their sport and in the classroom.
Programs such as orientation for freshmen student-athletes, career development workshops, tutoring assistance, academic counseling, plus an innovative academic recovery program for students in academic difficulty are testimony to her creative energy and dedication to helping all students in the athletic program fulfill their academic potential while also meeting the demands of Division I athletic obligations.
Since its inception in 1982, GW's Academic Support Program for athletes has maintained a graduation rate of better than 90 percent of its student-athletes, thanks to the support of the University and to the outstanding job that Sheila and her colleagues did during her tenure.
Before retiring in 2000, she impacted literally thousands of lives of young men and women in 20 intercollegiate sports with her unending and selfless devotion to the human development side of the University's student-athlete population.
A native of Winnetka, Ill., Hoben gained a bachelor's degree in English at Wisconsin-Madison in 1963. She also earned a master's degree in Education and Human Development at GW in 1981. Though retired from GW, Sheila is hardly retired. She is an active volunteer for the Alexandria-Arlington Coalition for the Homeless as well as a mentor for recovering homeless families in Alexandria. She and her husband, James, have two children, Kimberly and Merrick, and two grandchildren.