GW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 to Include Eight Inductees
Dec. 2, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation proudly announced today that eight inductees will comprise the GW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Mike Bassett, Tina Brown, Jack Kvancz, Ingrid (Wicker) McCree, Joe McKeown, Chris Monroe, Shawnta Rogers and the late Jim Tarr will be inducted on Saturday, February 18, when the men's basketball team plays host to Saint Joseph's.
Mike Bassett ('02) concluded his career as one of the best players in GW baseball history. In his senior season, he helped the Colonials to their fourth Atlantic 10 Championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years. Bassett was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft after setting seven career records, five of which are still standing. Bassett currently holds the GW record for games played (231), at bats (846), RBIs (254), home runs (62) and total bases (535) while ranking second all-time in runs (198), hits (290) and doubles (59). He also owns single-season records for games (63), at bats (241) and RBIs (77). The Paramus, N.J., native was named to the NCAA All-America Team following his senior season in 2002, and is a two-time A-10 All-Conference First Team selection.
Tina Brown ('90) is one of the most accomplished women's rowers in the history of George Washington University. The 1990 Lynn George Outstanding Female Athlete Award recipient, Brown was instrumental in helping the GW Varsity 4 to some of its best finishes in program history, including victories at the 1990 Dad Vail Regatta and consecutive second-place finishes at Collegiate Nationals (1989-90). Brown is one of three female rowers from GW to represent the United States at the national level, as she competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Brown returned to GW in 1993 as an assistant coach and helped head coach Paul Wilkins guide the Colonials to an unprecedented run of success. She currently serves as head rowing coach at Orcas Island Rowing Association in Olga, Wash.
Jack Kvancz served as GW's Director of Athletics for 17 years and currently acts as a Special Advisor to the Athletics and Recreation Department. During his tenure, Kvancz oversaw the growth to 22 Division I intercollegiate sports, and was involved in several capital improvements in GW's athletic facilities during his tenure in Foggy Bottom, including the recent renovation of Charles E. Smith Center. Kvancz also oversaw the construction of the Lerner Health & Wellness Center, which opened in August of 2001, and affords students a state-of-the-art recreational facility. He was also instrumental in upgrading the athletic facilities at GW's Mount Vernon campus, which houses a synthetic turf field for soccer and lacrosse, an 11-court tennis complex, a softball diamond and a pool. Before coming to GW, Kvancz served as Director of Athletics at George Mason University for 12 years, where he planned and developed an academic support unit and five new athletic facilities, including the 10,000-seat Patriot Center. In 2003, he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, and his basketball expertise landed him a position on the prestigious NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Committee from 1998-2003.
Ingrid Wicker-McCree ('89) was a member of the George Washington women's volleyball team from 1985-89. After her career as a student-athlete with the Colonials, Wicker-McCree began her professional career as a two-sport coach before making the transition into athletic administration. Currently, Wicker-McCree serves as North Carolina Central University's Director of Athletics. She began her career at NCCU as the head coach of both the women's volleyball and softball programs, and became the first coach in school history to win conference championships in multiple sports with NCCU's first-ever conference titles in softball (1998) and volleyball (1999, 2004, 2005). Wicker-McCree is a three-time Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Volleyball Coach of the Year and she was inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Wicker-McCree received the CIAA Leadership Award for Service and was named the CIAA Senior Woman Administrator of the Year in the spring of 2006.
Joe McKeown is widely recognized as one of the top women's college basketball coaches in the game. A record five-time winner of the Atlantic 10's Coach of the Year Award (1991, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2007) and two-time National Coach of the Year nominee (1995, 1997), McKeown is George Washington's all-time winningest coach in terms of wins (441) and winning percentage (.741), as his teams averaged over 23 wins in his 19 seasons from 1989 to 2008. In 1991-92, he led the Colonials to a national ranking of 6th, the highest ranking for any women's program in the history of GW athletics. From 1991 to 1998, the team posted eight consecutive 20-win seasons, including five A-10 titles. His 1996-97 team, which advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, won 22 consecutive games during the season and finished the Atlantic 10 portion of its schedule with a perfect 16-0 record. In 2007, he led the team to a 28-4 record, with a perfect 14-0 conference mark, and broke the school record with an .875 winning percentage. McKeown is now a successful head coach at Northwestern University.
Chris Monroe ('03) scored 2,249 points during his four-year career as a student-athlete at GW from 1999-2003, the most of any student-athlete in the 98 seasons of the Colonials men's basketball program. His career point total is also the third-most of any player in Atlantic 10 Conference history. He also ranks 10th all-time in rebounding at GW, making him one of just four players to be inside the program's career Top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. Monroe starred at Good Counsel High School in nearby Hyattsville, Md., before attending GW. He was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2000 and followed with A-10 All-Conference honors each of the following three seasons - Third Team All-Conference in 2001, Second Team All-Conference in 2002 and First Team All-Conference in 2003. A three-time team MVP, Monroe also holds GW career records in free throws made (720) and attempted (1,096), and he now plays professionally in the Ukraine, after formerly playing pro ball in Austria, Hungary, France, Greece, Italy and Iran.
Standing 5-foot-4, Shawnta Rogers ('99) helped GW to four postseason appearances in his four seasons from 1995-99, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1996, 1998 and 1999. His senior season in 1999 is recognized as one of the best single-season performances in program and Atlantic 10 history. Rogers was named the A-10 Player of the Year and the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner as the nation's top senior men's basketball player under 6-foot tall that season. He led the A-10 with 20.7 points per game and 6.8 assists per game, and paced the nation with 103 steals in guiding the Colonials to a 20-9 overall record and a NCAA Tournament appearance. The Baltimore product holds GW program records in assists (634) and steals (310) and ranks sixth all-time with 1,701 points. He also owns single-season marks with 86 three-pointers, 196 assists and 103 steals. Rogers earned A-10 All-Conference accolades all four seasons, including All-Defensive Team awards from 1997-99. He was on the A-10 All-Rookie Team in 1996, the A-10 Third Team in 1997, the A-10 Second Team in 1998, and the A-10 First Team honors in 1999. He is still the only GW player ever chosen as A-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year.
A four-year standout for the George Washington men's tennis team from 1956-60, Jim Tarr ('60) competed in both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles spots throughout three of his four seasons with the Colonials. During Tarr's tenure, GW was a member of the Southern Athletic Conference, and on the strength of his play the Colonials won three straight Southern Conference championships. Tarr won both singles and doubles conference championships three straight years from 1958-60, and two of his doubles crowns were won with his brother and teammate, Jack Tarr, in 1958 and 1959. Though his career concluded 61 years ago, Tarr still holds a spot in the Southern Conference record books. Amongst the conference leaders for most individual doubles titles won, Tarr sits atop the list, tied with four others, with three conference doubles titles. He is also tied for first with two others for most combined conference titles, with six. Tarr, who lived in Atlanta, Ga., and was a longtime pilot for Delta Airlines, passed away in March of 1995 after battling cancer.