Men's Swimming and Water Polo Earn Jamison Awards
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Men’s Swimming and Water Polo Earn Jamison Awards

LEXINGTON, Va. - The men's swimming and diving and women's water polo programs are the winners of the 2018-19 Don Jamison Team Academic Achievement Awards, announced recently by the office of Cadet-Athlete Development.

The Colonel Don Jamison Team Academic Achievement Award recognizes a men's team and a women's team who have distinguished themselves by their superior academic achievement. The award is earned by which team's cadet-athletes have accumulated the greatest number of individual academic honors from the VMI Athletic Academic Honors Program relative to the size of its membership. The award is presented to the winning team at the conclusion of the academic year. The winning team is honored with a plaque, and recognition on the academic honors webpage of the VMI Athletics Website and the academic honors board in the Cadet-Athlete Development Office in Carroll Hall.

“It is very gratifying to have the team earn the Jamison Award for 2018-19,” said head women’s water polo coach Ryan Pryor.  “We stress academics as our first priority and the award is an annual goal of ours.  I’m very proud of the academic work that all of our athletes put in.”

“It is a great honor for our men’s team to be the recipients of the Jamison Award,” said head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach Andrew Bretscher. “Each year we come up with goals for the season, and one of the most important is our academic goals. The men’s team stepped up their efforts last year in every regard, allowing them to not only perform in the pool, but also in the classroom. This award is a huge accomplishment for them, and I know they will continue to better themselves in order to win this award again in the future.”

The award is named for Dr. Don Jamison, longtime professor of Civil Engineering and VMI athletic department employee. Jamison, a 2013 inductee into the VMI Sports Hall of Fame, was a former VMI tennis coach, academic advisor and civil engineering professor emeritus. He served as the Keydet tennis coach from 1968-1984, and supervised academic advising for cadet-athletes for an eight-year tenure that ended in 2002. He has also spent several years as a special assistant to the athletic director.

Jamison taught civil engineering at the Institute for nearly 40 yards and served as head of the civil engineering department from 1971 to 1978 and 1984 to 1991. He led VMI tennis to a 17-win season in 1981.