Sports and Service Go Hand-in-Hand for UMW Rugby Team

Senior Redmond Manierre helps with the UMW rugby team's service project at Micah Ecumenical Ministries

In the heat of a June afternoon, members of the University of Mary Washington rugby team took a break from summer vacation to give back to the community. Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the UMW rugby logo, they hoisted large back trash bags from a pick-up truck two or three at a time and delivered them to Micah Ecumenical Ministries in downtown Fredericksburg. Misty Lozano of Micah Ecumenical Ministries accepted the bags – full of donated clothing for those the non-profit organization helps – with a smile and hugs for the UMW students. “You are incredible,” she said. “Thank you!” For the rugby players, the donation was just one small way to make a difference to their community. “I found an overwhelming sense that people wanted to help and they really wanted to do as much good as they could,” said senior Redmond Manierre. The 60- to 70-member club team, known as the “Mothers” after the university’s namesake, emphasizes volunteering and service, as evident in … [Read more...]

UMW Names Ken Tyler Director of Athletics

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Ken Tyler has been named director of athletics at the University of Mary Washington. Tyler comes to UMW after serving as director of athletics at West Virginia Wesleyan College, an NCAA Division II school in Buckhannon, W.Va. Tyler succeeds Edward Hegmann, who is retiring from the university next month after 36 years. Tyler begins work at UMW in June. “I am delighted that Ken Tyler has accepted our offer to become our next director of athletics,” said UMW President Richard V. Hurley. “I am impressed by his experience, his enthusiasm and his ideas on how to advance our athletic program.” Tyler has been at West Virginia Wesleyan since July 2008, overseeing the largest athletic department in the state of West Virginia, with more than 500 student athletes and 19 varsity sports. While in Buckhannon, Tyler’s programs swept the President’s and Commissioner’s Cups for overall athletic excellence in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference each year of his tenure. "I am … [Read more...]

UMW Athletic Director Edward Hegmann Announces Retirement

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University of Mary Washington Athletic Director Dr. Edward Hegmann has announced that he will retire at the end of the school year, his 36th as an administrator at the Fredericksburg university. During his tenure, Hegmann built UMW Athletics into one of the nation's top Division III programs and leaves a lasting impression as one of the most influential people in the 100 year-plus history of the school. “Ed Hegmann has left an indelible mark on this university,” said UMW President Richard V. Hurley. “He will be sorely missed but remembered for his contributions to the success of our athletic program for years to come.” “Mary Washington athletics staff members and student athletes have given me 36 years of thrilling memories that will bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart forever,” said Hegmann. A Pittsburgh, Pa. native, Hegmann earned his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, his master’s degree from Springfield College and a doctorate from Temple … [Read more...]