Dear Alumni, Parents, and Eph Fans,
It was a marvelous spring for the Ephs! Although colder and rainier than some would have liked, our teams worked hard and put in some great performances. Winning of our 22nd Director’s Cup in 24 years was the perfect cap for the year. This accomplishment provides a moment to reflect on all the work our support staff, grounds crew, coaches, and athletes put in to make this such a special place for students to strive, grow, and achieve.
Athletes and coaches once again garnered many honors and accolades. Williams had 306 students named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team which requires at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Additionally 47 athletes were named to All-NESCAC Teams in their respective sports.
In baseball, Doug Schaffer ’19 was named NESCAC Player of the Year and Kellen Hatheway ’19 was named NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. In softball Jessica Kim ’19 took home the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year title while and Mara Kipnis ’22 was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Men’s lacrosse had a record-breaking season with NESCAC Rookie of the Year Jake Haase ’22 and NESCAC Coach of the Year George McCormack. In golf, the women’s team placed second at the NCAA Championship for the second year in a row. Golfers Cordelia Chan ’19 and Sam Goldenring ’20 both won the NCAA Individual Championship titles. Men’s Crew won the New England team championship for the first time since 2001. There are truly too many highlight reel moments, memories, and accolades to capture here. Please visit our Ephsports site for full stories and videos.
We end each semester with a departmental educational and team building day. This year, in addition to some time to enjoy each other’s company, Campus Safety and Security presented on ways to manage or de-escalate tense situations involving spectators at athletic events. In particular, we discussed ways to make the game environment reflective of our values of fair play and sportsmanship, and how we might make it a more inclusive and enjoyable place to be. We started the work that day, but will be continuing throughout the year to identify what we might do to live up to and enforce the sportsmanship statement we read at every game; we will be looking for your help in doing so. The NESCAC sportsmanship statement can be found online by clicking here.
We also spent time that day discussing the recent admissions scandals to reaffirm our processes and commitment to maintaining the integrity of the Williams admissions process. I am confident we have the structures and coaches in place to do so.
Folks often ask, “What do you and the coaches do over the summer?” While there is a different rhythm and some family and vacation time, everyone remains quite busy over these months. There are lots of camps where our coaches share their knowledge and passion for their sport, or where they identify possible future Ephs. There is a great deal of recruiting, planning, equipment ordering, and professional development happening.
This year saw the retirement of Gary Guerin, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations for forty years. We had a wonderful party for him where many friends and colleagues shared their remembrances of working with Gary. We will certainly miss him! I am sure many of you remember him fondly and join me in wishing him joy and relaxation in his retirement.
Director of Athletics