The George Washington University: Women's Gymnastics

Margie Foster-Cunningham
Margie Foster-Cunningham
Gloversville, NY

Last College:
Alma Mater: Penn St. '82

Head Coach

30th season at GW



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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)
10 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.

Prior to joining the EAGL, Foster-Cunningham experienced tremendous success with the Colonials in the Atlantic 10 Conference as she led GW to five consecutive league titles in the final five years of the A-10, and was voted Coach of the Year four times for her accomplishments. She also had the privilege to coach three A-10 Most Outstanding Performers and three Most Outstanding Rookie Performers.

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.

Foster-Cunningham's Year-By-Year Record
(as a Head Coach)

YearSchoolW-LConference FinishNotes
1986 GW11-18 6th*
1987 GW15-20 6th*
1988 GW19-21 6th*
1989 GW18-19 5th*
1990 GW18-23 6th*
1991 GW27-11 T-3rd*NCAA Regionals / NCAA Southern Region Coach of the Year
1992 GW27-6 2nd*NCAA Regionals/NCAA Southern Region Coach of the Year
1993 GW26-10 2nd*NCAA Regionals
1994 GW30-15 2nd*NCAA Regionals
1995 GW26-18 2nd*NCAA Regionals
1996 GW27-8 2nd*NCAA Regionals
1997 GW17-14 2nd*NCAA Regionals
1998 GW20-18 1st*NCAA Regionals
1999 GW14-16 1st*
2000 GW21-11 1st*NCAA Regionals
2001 GW22-12 1st*NCAA Regionals
2002 GW19-14 1st*NCAA Regionals
2003 GW14-11 --
2004 GW16-8 --
2005 GW17-17 5th^
2006 GW12-22 6th^
2007 GW15-24 5th^
2008 GW13-18 6th^
2009 GW12-14 6th^
2010 GW6-20 7th^
2011 GW9-22 8th^EAGL Coach of the Year
2012 GW12-19 7th^
2013 GW19-18 4th^
2014 GW15-17 5th^
TOTALS 29 Seasons 517-464 .527

* Atlantic 10 Conference Finish
^ EAGL Conference Finish
GW was Independent from 2003-04
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