Tanya Vogel to Take Administrative Position Within GW
Nov. 8, 2011
WASHINGTON - George Washington University's women's soccer coach Tanya Vogel announced today that she will be transitioning into administration at GW, and will no longer serve as head coach of the women's soccer team.
After a four-year standout career as a soccer student-athlete with the Colonials, Vogel served as her alma mater's head coach for the last 12 seasons. Hired in January 2000, Vogel took the reigns of a program that won just three games in 1999 and has since added 82 victories, including back-to-back 10-plus win seasons in 2002 and 2003. Vogel mentored 12 all-conference performers during her tenure, and her team won their first GW Women's Team Academic Excellence Award and was recognized by the NSCAA with the College Team Academic Award in 2010.
"I have had the true honor and utmost privilege of coaching my alma mater for the last 12 years, and I'll be forever grateful to all of the student-athletes that I have worked with over that time," said Vogel. "From the senior class that was here when I was a freshman student-athlete, to the freshman class on this year's squad that I coached, I have had the delight of learning from two decades of strong women athletes in the GW soccer program. I am positively thrilled to pursue this new opportunity in athletics, as I know that my decision comes at a time when the women's soccer program is in a great position for success moving forward. I want to give special thanks to our SWA, Mary Jo Warner, for her mentorship over the past 12 years, to Jack Kvancz for the leadership that he provided for me and for all of athletics, and to Patrick Nero, for his full support and the great opportunity to be a part of his administration during the next chapter of my life here at GW."
As a player at GW, Vogel was part of the school's most successful season in 1996 when the Colonials (10-7-4) earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. She continues to rank sixth all-time at GW in scoring with 52 points (21 goals, 10 assists). Vogel served as team captain during her junior and senior seasons and was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team in 1996. She also was named to the Academic All-Conference squad. Vogel garnered third-team All-America honors from Soccer Buzz Magazine and first-team Regional All-America accolades from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) that same year. In 2002, Vogel became the first women's soccer player inducted into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame. Vogel holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in exercise and sports science from GW and completed her MBA at GW in 2006.
"Under Tanya's stewardship our women's soccer program has been a source of pride for this university, not only on the playing field, but with their success in the classroom and the example that her players have set for all of our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "While her players will certainly miss her, we are thrilled that Tanya has decided to keep her considerable talents at GW, as her impact across all of athletics has already been felt by so many during her great tenure here to date."
Vogel completed her playing career in 2004 as a member of the Cleveland Internationals of the W-league, where she also played for the Rochester Ravens, Maryland Pride, Northern Virginia Majestics and Cleveland Internationals. She also participated on the United States Soccer Festival squad in 1999 and 2003, leading the Region I team to the National Championship in 2003.
"Tanya is an extremely loyal member of the GW community, having served as both a student-athlete and as a head coach," said Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Mary Jo Warner. "She has developed a wonderful rapport with colleagues within the department and across campus. This opportunity is a perfect fit for her and I am certain she will be successful in this next chapter of her life."
"Tanya has been an outstanding player, coach, colleague and friend for all of GW athletics," said GW Gymnastics coach Margie Foster-Cunningham, the longest tenured head coach at George Washington. "She is a no-nonsense coach who challenged her players to achieve, and in the process, she taught them the joy of learning and achievement and helped shape her athletes' careers and future successes, really making a difference in the lives of student-athletes. The GW athletics family is fortunate that Tanya's impact will continue to be felt across all of athletics with her decision to transition into administration. Her positive outlook and pride in GW is a model for us all."
In addition to her work at GW, Vogel continues to develop young soccer players in the DC Metro area through her work at various camps and clinics. She currently serves as head coach of four Bethesda Academy U-10 girls' teams. Vogel recently completed her four-year term on the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee where she chaired the NCAA Women's Soccer Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee.