1997 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Derya O. Yavalar earned four varsity letters in men's soccer ('72-75) and was standout in each of the four seasons. While more than 30 years have passed since he played his final college match for GW, Yavalar still shares the school record for most goals scored in a match (5) and is second to only Mario Lone ('92) in career goals with 34. He also is among the GW all-time points leaders list with 80 points and 12 career assists.
Yavalar was a key factor in the Colonials' earning their first appearance in the NCAA men's soccer tournament in 1974. As a junior, he scored 15 goals in 11 matches and was 28th in the nation in scoring while earning All-South soccer team honors in '74 as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association. He also earned All-South honors in '75 playing for Coach Georges Edeline, a 1988 GW Athletic Hall of Fame electee.
A native of Izmit, Turkey, Yavalar came to America in 1970 and enrolled at Lewiston (N.Y.) Porter High School as a senior. There he learned to speak English and led his soccer team to its first championship. He then earned a college scholarship to GW and helped develop the young Colonials program while also maintaining a 3.5 GPA and gaining an electrical engineering degree from the University. Yavalar also earned a master's degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins in 1989.
President/CEO/Founder of Omni Communications, Inc., Yavalar lives in Baltimore with his wife, Mary Doherty-Yavalar. He has a daughter, Selin, who played on the GW women's soccer team and a son, Aksel.