Four Freshmen Increase Roster Size to 18 - the Largest in Program History
New Full-Time Assistant Brings 25+ Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience to GW
Colonials Place Four on All-EAGL First Team; Kistler Named Assistant Coach of the Year
Men's and Women's Basketball Games, Tailgate Party, Title IX Celebration Highlight Weekend
Colonials Welcome Cornell, Penn, North Carolina and Temple to Smith Center
2011 EAGL Coach of the Year
Two-time NCAA Southern Region Coach of the Year (1991 & 1992)
Four-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (1988, 1998, 1999 & 2001)
11 NCAA Regional Appearances
Margie Foster-Cunningham begins her 31st year at George Washington and her 30th season at the helm of the program in 2014-15. As the longest tenured head coach at GW, Foster-Cunningham leads the Colonials into their 11th season as a member of the competitive East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL).
In the Colonials' ten seasons in the EAGL, Foster-Cunningham has helped 22 gymnasts receive 46 All-Conference honors. Seventeen of those gymnasts went on to qualify for NCAA Regional competition. Additionally, 39 of her gymnasts in those ten seasons have combined for 80 Academic All-EAGL certificates.
GW made history during the 2014 season, setting new program records on both vault (49.225) and uneven bars (49.20). Additionally, freshman Chelsea Raineri became the first GW Gymnast to earn a major end-of-season award in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League when she was named Rookie of the Year. Raineri is also the first Colonial gymnast to win an EAGL Championship after being named Co-Champion on vault at the championship meet.
After graduating from Penn State in 1982, Foster-Cunningham remained in University Park to work toward her master's degree in health and physical education at the Motor Learning/Motor Control Sports Research Institute. The A-10 Coach of the Year in 1988, 1998, 1999 and 2001, Foster-Cunningham's impact has been felt most in the Colonials' record book, having coached every gymnast in GW's Top 10 for each event.
As an athlete, Foster-Cunningham was a five-time All-America at Penn State and led the Nittany Lions to a national championship in 1980. That year she was a finalist for the prestigious Broderick Award, given to the most outstanding collegiate gymnast.
The Gloversville, NY, native represented the United States at the 1979 World University Games and helped the U.S. place third, its highest finish in the history of the Games at the time.
The former Nittany Lion served a two-year team as the NCAA Southeast Regional Chair and six years as the Vice President of the National Association of Women's Gymnastics Coaches (NAWGC). Foster-Cunningham is currently in her fourth year as the Chair of the Ethics Committee for Gymnastics, after serving on the committee for four years.
A former board member on the NACGC for eight years, Foster-Cunningham also owns the Chantilly Academy of Gymnastics in Northern Virginia. She resides in Ashburn, VA, with her husband Jerry, and their three children: Jeremiah, Jessie and Connor. Jeremiah (25) graduated from St. Lawrence University, continued his career playing professional ice hockey in France for 2 years and is now in Law School at Villanova University. Jessie (23) recently graduated from East Carolina University where she was a member of the Women's Soccer Team and Connor (21) is at St. Lawrence University where he plays ice hockey.
Margie Foster-Cunningham's Year-by-Year Record
^ - East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Finish
GW was Independent from 2003-04