ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Marymount (Va.) University athletic department is proud to announce the newest addition to the athletic website: The Driver's Seat. This segment will consist of a weekly feature every Friday to the website, bringing you stories that you can't just see on the playing field, court or pool. Taking the reins of the segment is tenured writer and local, David Driver. Below, David introduces himself...
My connections to Marymount athletics go way back – perhaps before some current student-athletes were even born. I grew up in Harrisonburg, Va. and soon after my wife and I moved to the D.C. area I became the sports editor of the weekly Arlington Courier.
I thoroughly enjoyed covering high school and college sports in Arlington and was able to follow Marymount athletics at a time the Saints women's basketball team was among the best in the country under Head Coach Bill Finney, who was always very helpful and appreciative of any coverage a young reporter could provide.
Sadly I was covering Marymount when men's basketball player Pablo Coto passed away in 1993. I remember talking to him before a game on a day his coach, Webb Hatch, allowed for me to travel with the team for an away game at Bridgewater College.
Since I grew up a few miles from Bridgewater my mother made some of her famous chocolate chip cookies and I passed them around the Saints team van after that game – it took about five minutes for the container to come back empty.
A few years ago I was able to meet Saints volleyball coach Beth Ann Wilson when my daughter was looking at college options. While my daughter decided on a school a little further from home, I would have welcomed the chance for my her to play for coach Wilson.
With that as a backdrop I am excited to begin a stint as a special consultant to the Marymount athletic department, under the guidance of Director of Athletics Jamie Reynolds – who once played for Finney – and Director of Athletic Communications Kyle Gurganious.
I have covered college sports as a journalist for about 25 years in Virginia and the nation's capital. As a former Division III college baseball player (bad field, no hit), I realize there are many good stories to tell even if a student-athlete isn't at the Division I level or headed to a pro sports career.
Weekly Feature Stories:
- 08/10/17: Introducing the 2017 Hall of Fame Class... Julia Ralston
- 08/01/17: Introducing the 2017 Hall of Fame Class... Annetta Benjamin
- 03/09/17: Rogers seeks Final Four, this time as coach
- 03/06/17: March is Athletic Trainers Month
- 02/21/17: Despite big-time pedigree, Wilson comfortable in her own Division III skin
- 02/13/17: Wescott provides uncanny leadership for Saints lacrosse
- 02/06/17: Hoop teammates rally around sophomore McNulty
- 01/30/17: Rogers brings overseas experience to the Saints
- 01/20/17: As team's only senior, Laux provides leadership for Saints hoops
- 01/16/17: Native of Poland sets a big example for men's volleyball
- 12/19/16: Whittaker is all in as new Strength and Conditioning Coach
- 12/12/16: Lacrosse product Sody now a leader as Director of Alumni Relations
- 12/02/16: Swim program aids development of local youth
- 11/21/16: Hoops tournament, scholarship pay tribute to Pablo Coto
- 11/11/16: Veterans Day has special meaning for MU athletics
- 11/07/16: Service with a smile for volleyball's Clark
- 10/31/16: Soccer player Valenti fights the good fight
- 10/21/16: Women’s lacrosse team forges bond with young students in Arlington
- 10/7/16: Wilson becomes a fixture as Saints volleyball coach
- 9/30/16: Chartier prepares for National Championship this weekend in triathlon
- 9/26/16: Hillenbrand does double duty with soccer, bodybuilding
- 9/16/16: Assistant Swim Coach Scott conquers English Channel
- 9/09/16: Rahaman doesn't let obstacles get in her way