GW Alumni Red Auerbach, Jennifer Shasky Calvery Honored as Atlantic 10 Legends
Conference Honored Inaugural Class During Men's Basketball Championship
March 21, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - George Washington basketball alumni Red Auerbach and Jennifer Shasky Calvery were among 32 former men's and women's basketball student-athletes honored as part of the inaugural class of Atlantic 10 Legends last weekend at Barclays Center.
The Legends were recognized during an awards brunch the morning of the A-10 Women's Basketball Championship game and the men's basketball semifinals.
"To be a legend in the Atlantic 10 Conference is very special," Calvery said. "It's amazing to me to be honored with Red Auerbach. He used to come to many of the men's and women's games when I played. I have a special memory of him talking to me when I was shooting alone in the Smith Center and giving me advice, which is something that I'll treasure always. Being able to be honored with him is truly special."
The late Arnold `Red' Auerbach was a star guard for GW from 1937-40, helping the Colonials compile a 39-18 record during his career. He was labeled as a defensive specialist, but he also led GW in scoring as team captain his senior season. Auerbach earned his bachelor's degree in 1940 and master's degree a year later at GW before embarking on one of the most successful careers in professional sports history.
Auerbach spent three years as a player and four years as a coach in the Basketball Association of America, then a year as coach of the NBA's Tri-Cities Blackhawks before being named head coach of the Boston Celtics in 1950. During 16 seasons as Boston's coach, Auerbach led the Celtics to nine NBA titles - including a record eight straight from 1959-66. He then served as Boston's general manager from 1966-84 and team president and vice chairman from 1984 until his death in 2006, capturing an additional seven NBA titles during his time in the Celtics' front office. His combined 16 championships make him the most decorated team official in NBA history.
Auerbach was inducted into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame in 1959 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968, and he was named one of the NCAA's 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes in 2006. Auerbach remained a GW basketball season ticket holder until his death in 2006, and a banner and red seat honor him inside the Charles E. Smith Center.
Jennifer Shasky Calvery is a three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection, including the 1990 Rookie of the Year. In 1992, Calvery was named A-10 Tournament MVP after leading the Colonials to their first A-10 championship with 16 points in a 62-57 win over Rutgers in the title game. Calvery was a member of GW's first two NCAA Tournament teams in 1991 and 1992, advancing to the second round each season.
The 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, Calvery was also an outstanding student who was a four-time A-10 Academic All-Conference selection and two-time Academic All-District honoree.
Inducted into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999, Calvery was a prolific three-point shooter who still owns the school record for three-point percentage in a game (1.000 - 7-for-7) and ranks sixth all-time at GW with 195 career triples. Calvery averaged 14.0 points per game in her career, the fifth-best scoring average in program history, and she also ranks fifth in points (1,643), eighth in steals (242), 12th in blocks (85) and 16th in rebounds (565).