GW Baseball's Sheridan Inducted into UMW Athletic Hall of Fame
Colonials' Associate Head Coach Built Division III Program into National Power
Feb. 3, 2014
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - George Washington baseball Associate Head Coach Tom Sheridanwas one of five inducted into the University of Mary Washington Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday in a ceremony at Jepson Alumni Center.
Sheridan served as the head baseball coach at the University of Mary Washington from 1988 until 2012, building the program from scratch and leading the Eagles to over 500 victories, 11 NCAA Tournaments and 20 straight winning seasons during his 25-year tenure - one of only 10 coaches in the history of Division III baseball to earn such accomplishments.
A nine-time Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Coach of the Year, Sheridan is one of just a handful of NCAA Division III coaches to amass 500 victories. He has also had 15 of his players move on to play professional baseball, ranking among the most in the nation among Division III schools.
His 579 victories are the eighth-most among Division I, II and III coaches in the state of Virginia while his .672 winning percentage is the fourth highest ever in the state of Virginia among all collegiate coaches with 10 or more years of experience.
The UMW baseball program was recognized by the NCAA as one of the winningest baseball teams of the decade from 1991-2000. The Eagles appeared in 17 CAC Championship games during his tenure while achieving national rankings during parts of 18 seasons.
Only the third coach to be inducted into the UMW Athletic Hall of Fame, Sheridan also became a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
In his first season at GW in 2013, Sheridan played a major role in the Colonials winning 15 league games and returning to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2006. Under Sheridan's guidance, the GW pitching staff posted its lowest ERA since 2004 and the lowest number of walks since the 2003 season.
The pitching staff was very strong in Atlantic 10 Conference games, allowing the second-fewest hits and third-fewest runs while posting a 3.13 ERA, which ranked fifth in the league. Compared to the 2012 season, the pitching staff posted a 37 percent reduction in walks, hit batters and wild pitches.