Hired in April of 2011, Patrick Nero has brought significant experience managing all aspects of NCAA Division I sports to GW. Previously, Nero served as Commissioner of the America East Conference, where he held numerous NCAA leadership roles, including serving on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, NCAA Management Council and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors. His experience also includes stints as Director of Athletics at the University of Maine, Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Miami (Fla.), Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Marquette University, Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations at Lamar University, and Director of Athletic Development at his alma mater, Providence College.
Under Nero's leadership, with guidance from the GW Board of Trustees and the university, a five-year strategic plan was released which articulated the commitment of the university to building and sustaining a world-class Department of Athletics and Recreation. The athletic achievement reached by the Colonials under Nero has mirrored the success that George Washington student-athletes strive for in the classroom and in the community, as he has also implemented a community service requirement for all student-athletes, in addition to the creation of a leadership academy and life skills program to prepare student-athletes for life beyond GW.
October 14, 2013
Q: I'm thrilled to have seen that so many GW basketball games will be televised nationally this season. Will there be additional regional broadcasts? - Brian, Oakton, VA
A: The A-10's television package is exceptional for us as we continue to strive to showcase our student-athletes and their accomplishments to national audiences. With at least 14 national broadcasts between our men's and women's basketball teams this coming season, we're thrilled. Similarly, we'll soon reveal a regional television package that will almost double our television exposure in the area with more than 10 combined regional broadcasts for our basketball programs. In all, GW fans will be able to see no fewer than 25 televised games this season, far and away the most we've ever been able to offer.
July 7, 2013
Q: Following the renovation project to the Smith Center and Barcroft Park, as well as the field upgrade for soccer and lacrosse, what is the next facilities project that GW will undertake? - Sean, New York, NY
A: The upgrading of all of our athletics facilities is a top priority. This summer we're putting additional work into the Smith Center, which includes the refurbishment of our basketball and volleyball court with a new design that pays tribute to our location in the heart of the nation's capital. We're also giving our men's and women's basketball locker rooms a massive facelift, which will elevate our locker room and team room facilities to rival any other school in our conference and match any other university in our area.
We're also resurfacing the tennis courts on the Mount Vernon Campus, and making improvements to our softball field which will include a new scoreboard. The coaches' offices at the Mount Vernon Campus are also being remodeled.
Additionally, the opportunity to build a new boathouse for our rowing programs is a project we hope to see become a reality soon. We are hopeful that recent progress with the National Park Service will allow this to happen.