The new stadium - the Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field - named in honor of Eff and Patty Martin, and their children, Andrew, Christine and Julia '09 ? is a 1,000-seat pavilion, which features a state-of-the-art press box, filming positions and restroom facilities. The project will be completed in the spring of 2011.
"The great generosity of the Martin family is going to make a serious difference for the better in William & Mary's athletic program. Our lacrosse and soccer teams will finally have a facility commensurate with their own excellence. We are very grateful," said Taylor Reveley, president of the College.
Eff and Patty Martin began their relationship with William & Mary when Julia selected the College to continue her education after graduating from the Menlo School in Atherton, Calif. "We quickly fell in love with William & Mary - its traditions, academic opportunities and the people," explained Eff. "Patty and I have had a great experience at William & Mary - one of the best experiences of ours and Julia's lives."
Frequent visitors to campus and spectators at games, the Martins bonded with Julia's teammates and their parents. ?This [supporting the lacrosse and soccer programs] is our opportunity to continue our relationship with the College,? said Eff. ?We know the rising seniors and their parents, and would enjoy the opportunity to watch them play in the new stadium.?
"The magnitude of this gift from the Martin family is truly transforming for our women's lacrosse, and men's and women's soccer teams," said Terry Driscoll, director of athletics. "The Martin Family Stadium creates an invaluable recruiting tool for our coaches as it clearly demonstrates the level of commitment the programs receive. Also, their generosity will provide our fans with a venue, which is second-to-none in our league and will stand alongside any in the nation."
Sharing her father's passion for athletics, Julia was a four-year standout lacrosse player at Menlo School, earning multiple U.S. Lacrosse regional All-America honors. She also spent a two-year stint as member of the Pacific Region team that was coached by former Tribe assistant coach Tara Hannaford '01, who recruited Julia to William & Mary.
As a member of the Tribe lacrosse squad, Julia made appearances in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tournament three of her four seasons, including helping the squad to back-to-back regular season titles as a junior and as a senior. Julia co-captained the 2009 squad that set a school record for conference wins. She graduated with a degree in kinesiology, and an art minor. Currently, Julia serves the College as an assistant media relations director in charge of video production for the athletic department.
The Martin Family Stadium will be the second major facility upgrade in the last six years for the lacrosse and soccer programs, as the teams first moved into Albert-Daly Field for the 2004-05 athletics year. The privately funded, all-grass playing surface was a much needed enhancement for all three programs in terms of seeking bids to host post season competitions.
Tribe Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Christine Halfpenny
"We are absolutely thrilled with the addition of the Martin Family Stadium. Words cannot even begin to express our appreciation for the Martin family. Albert-Daly Field is a wonderful playing facility, and the addition of this stadium immediately enhances the game-day experience for both the student-athlete and fans. This facility will have a positive impact on our current group of student-athletes and alumnae and help attract future prospects for generations to come."
Tribe Head Men's Soccer Coach Chris Norris
"The men's soccer program is extremely grateful for the opportunities created by the Martin family's generosity. The stadium allows us to attract top quality opponents to Williamsburg and provides us with a tremendous recruiting tool. It is going to significantly enhance our fan experience and will give our campus and the local community a great venue to enjoy for years to come."
Tribe Head Women's Soccer Coach John Daly
"Having a stadium at Albert-Daly Field will further enhance the reputations of all three sports utilizing the facility. It is an exciting time for the Tribe women's soccer program."
• William and Mary lacrosse has made seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
• The Tribe lacrosse program has produced 45 All-American and 17 U.S. National Team members.
• W&M lacrosse has recorded double-digit win campaigns and advanced to the CAA Tournament during each of the last three seasons. The Tribe hosted the conference tournament as the league's top-seeded team in 2008 and 2009.
• Since the 2004 season when head coach Chris Norris took the helm of the men's soccer program, the Tribe has gone 54-45-19, making the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008. In the first round of the NCAA tournament that season, the Tribe played host to the Winthrop Eagles, advancing with a 3-1 victory.
• Since 2004, men's soccer has earned 17 All-CAA honors in total, with Andrew Hoxie being named CAA Player of the Year and a NSCAA All-American in 2009.
• The William and Mary Tribe women's soccer program has been one of the best in the country, racking up a NCAA-record 28 consecutive winning seasons. Under the tutelage of head coach John Daly, the College has won nine CAA titles and made 20 NCAA tournament appearances in his 23-year tenure at the school.
• During Daly's tenure, 13 W&M players have garnered 29 All-American honors, most recently in 2008 when both Dani Collins and Claire Zimmeck both earned the distinction.