The George Washington University: Women's Gymnastics

Margie Foster-Cunningham
Margie  Foster-Cunningham

Hometown:
Gloversville, NY

Last College:
Alma Mater: Penn St. '82

Position:
Head Coach

E-mail:
mfcgym@aol.com



08/12/2013

GW Gymnastics Adds Four Newcomers for 2014 Season

Four Freshmen Increase Roster Size to 18 - the Largest in Program History

07/22/2013

@GWGymnastics Adds Jeffrey Richards as Assistant Coach

New Full-Time Assistant Brings 25+ Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience to GW

03/22/2013

GW Gymnastics Honored at EAGL Banquet

Colonials Place Four on All-EAGL First Team; Kistler Named Assistant Coach of the Year

01/31/2013

GW Athletics to Host Homecoming This Weekend

Men's and Women's Basketball Games, Tailgate Party, Title IX Celebration Highlight Weekend

01/10/2013

GW Gymnastics Hosts Season-Opening Lindsey Ferris Invitational on Sunday

Colonials Welcome Cornell, Penn, North Carolina and Temple to Smith Center


2015 NCAA Southeast Region 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)
2011 EAGL Coach of the Year
11 NCAA Regional Appearances


Margie Foster-Cunningham begins her 32nd year at George Washington and her 31st season at the helm of the program in 2015-16. As the longest tenured head coach at GW, Foster-Cunningham leads the Colonials into their 12th season as a member of the competitive East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL).

In the Colonials' 11 seasons in the EAGL, Foster-Cunningham has helped 27 gymnasts receive 61 All-Conference honors. Seventeen of those gymnasts went on to qualify for NCAA Regional competition. Additionally, 46 of her gymnasts in those 11 seasons have combined for 92 Academic All-EAGL certificates.

Foster-Cunningham led the Colonials to their most succesful season in program history in 2015. GW won its first-ever EAGL Championship, set three new program records for overall team score (196.875), vault (49.50) and floor exercise (49.45), finished with a 22-3-1 record and qualfiied for NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2002. Additionally, freshman Cami Drouin-Allaire became the program's first-ever All-American when she earned Second Team Vault honors from the the National Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Association (NACGC/W). Drouin-Allaire also became just the second student-athlete in program history to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.

Also in 2015, the Colonials captured their first-ever outright individual event championships since joining the EAGL. Freshman Jillian Winstanley, the 2015 EAGL Rookie of the Year, captured the uneven bars title at the EAGL Championship with a score of 9.875 while Drouin-Allaire earned the vault championship with a school-record tying 9.95, the third time in 2015 that she achieved that score. Additionally, freshman Sara Mermelstein was the co-champion on floor exercise (9.85).

At the NCAA Auburn Regional, the Colonials had four podium appearances across four events and the all-around, the most by a single team in GW's NCAA Regionals history.

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-American 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 graduated from St. Lawrence University, continued his career playing professional ice hockey in France for two years and is now in Law School at Villanova University. Jessie graduated from East Carolina University where she was a member of the Women's Soccer Team and Connor is a graduate of St. Lawrence University where he played ice hockey.

Margie Foster-Cunningham's Year-by-Year Record

TOTAL
Year
Schools
Overall
Wins
Overall
Loses
Conference Finish
Notes
1986
George Washington
11
18
6th*
1987
George Washington
15
20
6th*
1988
George Washington
19
21
6th*
1989
George Washington
18
19
5th*
1990
George Washington
18
23
6th*
1991
George Washington
27
11
T-3rd*
NCAA Regionals
NCAA Southern Region Coach of the Year
1992
George Washington
27
6
2nd*
NCAA Regionals
NCAA Southern Regional Coach of the Year
1993
George Washington
26
10
2nd*
NCAA Regionals
1994
George Washington
30
15
2nd*
NCAA Regionals
1995
George Washington
26
18
2nd*
NCAA Regionals
1996
George Washington
27
8
2nd*
1997
George Washington
17
14
2nd*
NCAA Regionals
1998
George Washington
20
18
1st*
Atlantic 10 Champions
NCAA Regionals
1999
George Washington
14
16
1st*
Atlantic 10 Champions
2000
George Washington
21
11
1st*
Atlantic 10 Champions
NCAA Regionals
2001
George Washington
22
12
1st*
Atlantic 10 Champions
NCAA Regionals
2002
George Washington
19
14
1st*
Atlantic 10 Champions
NCAA Regionals
2003
George Washington
14
11
--
2004
George Washington
16
8
--
2005
George Washington
17
17
5th^
2006
George Washington
12
22
6th^
2007
George Washington
15
24
5th^
2008
George Washington
13
18
6th^
2009
George Washington
12
14
6th^
2010
George Washington
6
20
7th^
2011
George Washington
9
22
8th^
EAGL Coach of the Year
2012
George Washington
12
19
7th^
2013
George Washington
19
18
4th^
2014
George Washington
15
17
5th^
2015
George Washington
22
3 (1 tie)
1st^
EAGL Champions
NCAA Regionals
NCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year
TOTAL
30 seasons
539
467
.535

* - Atlantic 10 Conference Finish
^ - East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Finish
GW was Independent from 2003-04

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