- "Exercise and recreation ... are as necessary as reading; I will say rather more necessary, because health is worth more than learning. A strong body makes the mind strong."
*Thomas Jefferson, W&M Class of 1762

Athletic Excellence
• William and Mary became the first school in the Colonial Athletic Association to reach 100 CAA titles in the fall of 2010, sweeping the men's fall sports to bring its total to 101 conference championships since 1983-84.  The men's cross country team (#99), men's soccer (#100), and football teams (#101) all continued the tradition of Tribe excellence on the field.

• In 2009-10, both the football team and the men's cross country team reached the pinnacle of their sports with top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships.  Football reached the national semifinals for the second time in six years (2004) before falling 14-13 to eventual national champion Villanova, while the cross country team placed fifth at the NCAA meet, its best finish since taking fourth in 1973.

• Both the men's indoor track team and the men's basketball team also made a splash on the national scene.  Basketball had one of the most successful seasons in school history with a 22-11 record, reaching the CAA Championship game and taking on North Carolina in the first round of the NIT.  It was just the second post-season berth in school history.  The indoor track team was represented on the feet of Jon Grey at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships, who ran the second-fastest time in school history at 5,000m to take fifth place individually and secure a 40th-place team finish.

• Several teams also had individuals compete at the NCAA Championships.  In the swimming pool, Katie Radloff capped her spectacular four-year career with her fourth appearance at the national meet, swimming the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles.  Also in the winter, the men's gymnastics team sent eight athletes to the NCAA Championships led by senior Derek Gygax, who was a finalist for the Nissan-Emery Award.  The men's and women's outdoor track and field team were each represented by one athlete at the national finals, with Harry Miller finishing 15th in the 3,000m steeplechase and Nicole Kazuba (making her third NCAA appearance) taking 16th in the pole vault.  The men's tennis doubles team of Keziel Juneau and Sebastien Vidal fell in the first round of the NCAA Championships to the eventual national runners-up.

• In total for 2009-10, the Tribe had 182 athletes earn all-conference recognition and eight were named Player of the Year for their sports.

• Nine of the College's athletes earned All-American honors in 2009-10, bringing W&M's total to 23 All-Americans over the last five years.  In football, both Adrian Tracy and Sean Lissemore were All-Americans for one of the best defenses in the country, before going on to be drafted into the NFL in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.  Cross Country's run to the top of the NCAA Championships was fueled by three All-Americans in Jon Grey, Patterson Wilhelm, and Colin Leak.  It was the first time that W&M has ever had more than one All-American finisher at a single NCAA meet.  Grey would come back in the winter as well to earn his second All-America certificate, taking fifth in the 5,000m at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships.  On the volleyball court, Lindsey Pflugner became the first Tribe volleyball player named All-American by the AVCA, and on the pitch, soccer forward Andrew Hoxie collected his certificate from the NSCAA before being drafted in the third round of the MLS Superdraft.  Lacrosse teammates Grace Golden and Sarah Jonson rounded out the Tribe's All-American ranks, Jonson doing so despite missing half of the year with injury.

Academic Success
• The Tribe's athletic accomplishments do not come at the expense of its student-athlete's academic responsibilities, as William and Mary had five teams rank in the top 10 percent of their sport for Academic Progress Rates among all Division I programs and received a Public Recognition Award by the NCAA.

• In the most recent NCAA survey on graduation rates, William and Mary athletic teams set the standard for academic excellence.  13 of the 21 teams measured had a 100 percent graduation success rate.

• The College's Athletics Department showed a Federal Graduation Rate of 95 percent among its student-athletes who entered school on athletics scholarships in the 2003-04 athletics year in data released by the NCAA in 2010.  In contrast, the national average for student-athletes was 79%, and the overall score for all W&M students was 91%.

• There have been 48 student athletes elected to Phi Beta Kappa in the past 12 years, most recently Brielle Paolini of the women's golf team and Rebecca Allred of the women's track team in 2009-10. Four Rhodes Scholars were W&M student-athletes.

• In 2002-03, the CAA created a Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in each of its sports, and not surprisingly, W&M has set the pace with 33 winners in the eight-year history of the award. Additionally, three Tribe standouts were named as the CAA's Overall Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Adam Hess in 2004, Keith Bechtol in 2007, and Ryan Overdevest in 2008).

• Tribe senior Nat Baako capped off his four-year career on the soccer pitch in the fall of 2010 by being named the NSCAA Senior College Men's Soccer Scholar All-America National Player of the Year.

• The men's gymnastics team won its fourth CGCA National Academic Team Title in 2007-08, posting the top overall GPA across all levels of collegiate gymnastics.

William and Mary - A College of Champions

NCAA Championships (2)
Men's Tennis (2)
1947, 1948

AIAW Championships (1)
Women's Golf (1)
1981

NAIA Championships (1)
Women's Gymnastics (1)
1983

USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (13)
Men's Gymnastics (13)
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

CGCA National Academic Team Champions (4)
Men's Gymnastics (4)
1991, 1992, 2002, 2008

CAA Championships (101)
Baseball (1)
2001
Men's Cross Country (18) 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Women's Cross Country (17) 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Football (1) 2010
Men's Golf (1) 1985
Women's Lacrosse (1) 1992
Men's Soccer (7) 1983, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2010
Women's Soccer (10) 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2011
Women's Swimming and Diving (1) 2007
Men's Tennis (3) 1988, 1990, 2005
Women's Tennis (20) 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Men's Track and Field (4) 1992, 1993, 2003, 2004
Women's Track and Field (10) 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
Volleyball (8) 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2001

A-10 Football Championships (3)
1996, 2001, 2004

ECAC Championships (8)
Men's Gymnastics (3)
1992, 1994, 2006
Women's Gymnastics (4) 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003
Men's Cross Country (1) 2006

Southern Conference Championships (48)
Men's Cross Country (15)
1955, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Football (4) 1942, 1947, 1966, 1970
Men's Soccer (1) 1976
Men's Indoor Track and Field (11) 1957, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Men's Outdoor Track and Field (12) 1957, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Wrestling (5) 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1977