William and Mary Athletics

The College of William and Mary sponsors 23 varsity sports, and competes in the Colonial Athletic Association, with the exception of men's and women's gymnastics (ECAC).

Evidence of the College’s success can be found in the fact that W&M has finished among the top 100 nationally in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings in 14 of the past 19 years, while placing first among Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) programs 10 times. The Directors’ Cup, which was created by the NACDA and USA Today in 1993-94, is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men’s and women’s.

W&M has produced more CAA Championships than any program in the league’s history with 123. The Tribe continued to pile up the awards in 2014-15, as seven teams earned conference titles and student-athletes combined to earn 175 all-league selections.

Along with its accomplishments on the field of play, the Tribe is just as successful in the classroom, epitomizing the term student-athlete. In the NCAA’s inaugural Academic Progress Report in 2005, W&M ranked fourth among Division I teams, which was the highest of any athletic scholarship-granting school and of any public school. Since the inception of the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, W&M has produced 62 honorees, more than any school in the conference.

Prominent Tribe Alumni

Wade Barrett (Men's Soccer) - Former Professional Soccer Player and current Houston Dynamo Assistant Coach

Lynn Norenberg Barry (Women's Basketball) - Special Advisor, WNBA; Formerly Head of USA Women's Basketball

Adin Brown (Men's Soccer) - Goalkeeper, Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer

Eileen Cardillo (Women's Cross Country/Track and Field) - Rhodes Scholar

Kathy Carter (Women's Soccer) - Executive Vice President, Business Development, Soccer United Marketing

Michael Clemons (Football) - CEO, Toronto Argonauts

Jill Ellis (Women's Soccer) - Head Coach, U.S. Women's National Team (2015 World Cup Champions)

J.D. Gibbs (Football) - President of Joe Gibbs Racing

Steve Jolley (Men's Soccer) - Former Professional Soccer Player for the New York Red Bull of Major League Soccer

Paul Larsen (Men's Swimming) - Rhodes Scholar

Mike Leach (Football) - Long Snapper, Arizona Cardinals

Sean Lissemore (Football) - Defensive Lineman, San Diego Chargers

Sean McDermott (Football) - Defensive Coordinator, Carolina Panthers

Elizabeth McMorrow (Women's Track and Field/Cross Country) - Attorney

Curtis Pride (Men's Soccer, Basketball) - Former MLB Player and current head baseball coach at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Kristen Schimke-Jones (Volleyball) Event Coordinator, Nike International

Jon Stewart (Men's Soccer) - Host of the "Daily Show" on Comedy Central

Marcus Thornton (Men's Basketball) - Guard, Boston Celtics

Mike Tomlin (Football) - Head Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XLIII Champions)

Will Smith (Men's Soccer) - Co-Founder, Monrovia Football Academy

Alan Williams (Football) - Defensive Backs Coach, Detroit Lions

For a list of the College's prominent alumni, click here.

The Recruiting Process

1. If you have an interest in attending William and Mary and competing on an intercollegiate team the first step is to contact the head coach. Phone and email numbers are available on the staff directory.

2. In most cases you will be asked to provide general personal, academic and athletic information to allow the coach to evaluate your credentials.

3. Prospective students are permitted unlimited unofficial visits to the campus for the purposes of evaluating the academic and athletic program.

4. Selected prospects will be invited to campus for an official visit. Prospects may make only one official visit to an institution and are limited to a maximum of five official visits in the recruiting process.

5. Coaches make recruiting and scholarship decisions based on the following:

a. Academic credentials; admissions office must approve for admission.
b. Roster spots available and program needs at the time.
c. A good fit with coaches, student-athletes and program. We want individuals who want William and Mary because of both the academic and athletic challenges.
d. Individuals are recruited both as scholarship and nonscholarship athletes. Scholarship allocations are limited by budget and NCAA individual and team financial aid limitations.

6. Keep in mind that this is a very competitive process both on the academic and athletic side. As a prospective student and student-athlete you are encouraged to maintain control of the situation and to show initiative and interest through the process. If you have questions ask the coach.

7. William and Mary does offer athletic scholarships in most but not all sports.

8. Athletic Scholarships are awarded based on the coach's recommendation. The College of William and Mary is part of the National Letter of Intent Program and students entering college for the first time who are offered an athletic scholarship will sign both a William and Mary Financial Aid Agreement and a National Letter of Intent (NLI).

9. Under the NLI program there are designated signing periods by sport. Once an individual signs a NLI to attend a specific university any change in that decision would result in the loss of athletic eligibility. Be sure to read the entire NLI document prior to signing the agreement. With any NLI you should receive a separate document which specifies the amount of the athletic scholarship.


1. All students must complete an admissions application. If you know that William and Mary is one of your top choices you are encouraged to complete an admissions application early in the process. The application is available online at www.wm.edu or a link to the specific admissions office site is provided below.

2. The College has both an early and regular decision admissions process. The specific dates and deadlines for each review process are noted on the admissions department website. Generally, early decision offers of admission are made in early December and the regular admissions decisions are forwarded the 1st of May. Keep in mind that if you apply early decision, you have said W&M is your top choice and if offered admission you will accept.

Institutional Financial Aid

1. All students are encouraged to apply for need-based financial aid.

2. The first step in the process is to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is suggested that you submit the application electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Our federal school code number is 003705.

For more detailed information on financial aid and specific filing dates, please visit the William and Mary Financial Aid Office site at www.wm.edu or use the link provided below.

Facts About William and Mary

For more than 300 years, William and Mary has been a symbol of academic distinction in America. Now, in its fourth century, the College is prepared to educate the leaders of the 21st century.

The College of William and Mary was founded in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II of England. Four Presidents of the United States received their education at the College - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler.

William and Mary was the first college to institute an honor code of conduct. The premier academic society, Phi Beta Kappa, was founded by William and Mary students in 1776. The Society of the Alumni, founded in 1842, is the sixth oldest alumni group in the nation. Now the College is designated as a "Public Ivy", and ranks sixth among all public universities in 2015 (U.S. News and World Report).

• W&M ranked sixth among all public universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.

• W&M is one of only eight U.S. institutions of higher education designated a “Public Ivy.”

• W&M maintained the second highest graduation rate in the nation among public research institutions in 2010.

• W&M ranked as the seventh “Best Value” among college and universities in the nation in 2015 according to Kiplinger.

• W&M ranked second nationally for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.

• W&M ranked 33rd overall among the nation’s best universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.

• W&M ranked as the hottest small public university in the nation, according to an analysis by U.S. News and World Report in 2005.

• Three U.S. presidents were educated at William and Mary – Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler.

• The College’s student/faculty ratio is approximately 12/1. Eighty-five percent of William and Mary’s classes have fewer than 40 students.

Click HERE for more W&M facts and statistics.

The City of Willliamsburg and the State of Virginia

The College of William and Mary is located in one of the most historic towns in America, Williamsburg. Located in the heart of Virginia's Historic Triangle, Williamsburg traces its history back over 350 years.

Today, with a population of 14,068 Williamsburg still plays an important role in the state of Virginia. With the College, it is a center of higher education, and with Colonial Williamsburg, it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state.

Nearby to Williamsburg are other noted historic and recreational areas. Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America is located just outside of town on the James River. The site of George Washington's decisive victory over the British, Yorktown is a short drive down the Colonial Parkway from Williamsburg.

An hour's drive away are both Richmond, the capital of Virginia, and Norfolk, home of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet and the largest naval base in the world. Just beyond Norfolk is Virginia Beach, one of the largest beach resort areas on the East Coast. It offers an excellent beach on the Atlantic Ocean and a three-mile long boardwalk.

The College is located in historic Williamsburg, VA, approximately 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., midway between Richmond and Norfolk, and the campus is approximately 1,200 acres including picturesque Lake Matoaka and the College Woods. Adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg, the Ancient Campus section is restored to 18th-century appearance.

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