GW Athletics Unveils Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Class to be officially inducted on February 3rd
The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation proudly unveiled during Colonials Weekend eight individuals who will comprise the GW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Kimberly Beck (women’s basketball), Kristin Davidson (women’s soccer), Gene Guarilia (men’s basketball), Megan Hogan (women’s cross country), Yegor Mescheriakov (men’s basketball), Matt Osbourne (men’s soccer), Mary Jo Warner (administration) and Tim Zebroski (baseball) will comprise the 2018 Class. When they are officially inducted during Homecoming Weekend on February 3, 2018, the GW Athletic Hall of Fame will see its membership rise to 168.
Kimberly Beck served as the point guard for the women's basketball team during the most dominant stretch of play in program history, helping the Colonials to four straight NCAA Tournaments, 101 victories, four Atlantic 10 regular-season titles and consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in 2007 and 2008. A two-time Honorable Mention All-American and three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection, Beck is one of the few players in A-10 history to win the conference's three major awards. She was the A-10 Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2005, the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year and the 2008 Player of the Year. She was also a three-time All-Defensive Team honoree. She continues to be GW's all-time assists leader (717) while ranking second in steals (295), third in three-pointers (229) and 15th in scoring (1,395).
After spending her freshman year on the women's basketball team, Kristin Davidson joined the women's soccer squad her sophomore year and led the team in scoring with seven goals en route to A-10 All-Conference Team and All-Tournament Team honors. The Brookfield, Wisconsin, native can still be found throughout the women's soccer record book. Since graduating in 1996, she continues to rank among GW career leaders in goals (10th, 18), assists (1st, 19), and points (6th, 55), as well a single-season tally of assists (3rd, 6). The two-time All Conference First Team member helped lead the Colonials to the Atlantic 10 West Championship title and earned an All-Conference Second Team nod in her final season when she helped GW to the 1996 NCAA tournament.
6-foot-6 forward Gene Guarilia was a beast on the boards for GW men’s basketball from 1956-59 and parlayed that talent into the most decorated NBA playing career of any Colonial. He averaged a double-double in each of his three seasons, beginning with a team-best 17.1 points and Southern Conference-leading 18.6 rebounds per game in his debut 1956-57 season. His 447 total rebounds that year remain the ninth-most in a single-season in SoCon history. In 1957-58, he provided 15.8 points and 11.1 rebounds over 23 games to earn First Team All-SoCon accolades. As a senior in 1958-59, he provided 14 points and 12 rebounds on a GW team that came within a point of reaching the conference title game, capturing Second Team All-Tournament honors. He's 32nd all-time at GW with 1,136 points and one of three GW players with over 1,000 career rebounds (1,019). He was a second round pick of the Boston Celtics in 1959 and went on to win four NBA Championships with GW legend Red Auerbach's Celtics from 1960-63.
The most decorated performer in the history of GW's cross country program, Megan Hogan graduated as a two-time NCAA All-American and a three-time NCAA Championship participant. She won back-to-back Atlantic 10 Individual Championships in 2009 and 2010, including a record-setting, sub-17 minute performance for her second A-10 title. She was also a two-time Atlantic 10 Cross Country Performer of the Year and a two-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year. She concluded her incredible career with an eighth-place finish out of 253 competitors at the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 2010.
A versatile 6-foot-9 forward from Minsk, Belarus, Yegor Mescheriakov was the epitome of student-athlete for GW's four men’s basketball postseason teams of the late 1990s. He earned All-Atlantic 10 honors in each of his four seasons from 1995-99, and was also a three-time A-10 All-Academic Team and 1999 Second Team Academic All-America selection who completed his undergraduate degree in just three years. As a freshman, he averaged 9.7 points and was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team as GW reached the NCAA Tournament. He then led the Colonials with 16.6 points per game, including a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double average to earn A-10 All-Championship Team honors, en route to a Second Team All-Conference selection as a sophomore on GW's 1997 NIT team. GW returned to the NCAA Tournament in 1997-98 as Mescheriakov provided 12.7 points per game and garnered Third Team All-Conference accolades. He then set career-high marks of 17.6 points and 6.8 rebounds as he and Shawnta Rogers led GW back to the NCAA Tournament in 1998-99. Over 116 career games, Mescheriakov helped GW to 80 victories with 81 double-digit scoring games and 22 games with 20-or-more points. He ranks eighth all-time at GW with 1,645 points and was named to the All-Century Team in 2001.
A gifted forward, Osborne still ranks second on the GW men’s soccer team’s all-time scoring list after piling up 45 goals and 20 assists from 1999 to 2002. The England native set the single-season record for points as a senior with 19 goals and 11 assists, which earned him a spot on the Atlantic 10 first team for a second time. He led the Colonials to the NCAA Tournament that season and was later named the A-10 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He moved on to play professionally with the Northern Virginia Royals of the United Soccer League.
In 1977, Mary Jo Warner started her career at GW as an Assistant Director of Athletics and was later named Director of Women's Athletics. She held that title until 1988, when she was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics and became the Senior Woman Administrator. Warner retired in 2014 after 37 years of providing leadership in athletic administration, at the university, and in conference and national levels. Warner has been selected to serve on several NCAA committees throughout her career. A member of the NCAA Research Committee from 1996-2000, she served as Chair for her final two years. Prior to that, she served on the NCAA Council from 1992-96. In 1996, she was named the NACWAA District III Administrator of the Year, and in the fall of 2000, the GW Rowing Team honored Warner by christening a new shell, the "Mary Jo Warner".
Tom Zebroski's name can still be found throughout the GW Baseball record book. He continues to hold GW's career records for both hits (299) and runs (213) while still ranking amongst the top-ten in games played (T-3rd, 213), at-bats (3rd, 841), home runs (9th, 32) and stolen bases (T-10th, 50). He was named both the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Student-Athlete of Year in 2010 after leading the conference with 18 home runs, as well as GW's single-season program records of 103 hits, 75 runs scored and 175 total bases. He garnered a plethora of accolades during his career including being named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-Academic District II First Team pick as a senior. He was also a member of the conference's All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2007.
The 2018 GW Athletic Hall of Fame class was voted in by a committee of 11 former George Washington student-athletes, coaches and administrators, who represent a diverse background of sports and eras.
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