The Collegian
Friday, January 27, 2023



Richmond men's basketball alumni on coaching staff

Former Richmond men's basketball players, Ryan Butler and Peter Thomas, are using their experience playing for coach Chris Mooney helps them relate to current players, Thomas said. Thomas played for Richmond from 2003 to 2007, and he was a junior when Butler came in as a freshman in 2005.


Sweet 16 tournament puts a spotlight on campus admissions

If web traffic is an accurate measure of the nation's interest in the University of Richmond, making it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament is the most interesting thing Richmond has done in years. On March 19, the day the Spiders defeated Morehead State University to advance to the Sweet 16, 12,400 people from outside Richmond's network visited Richmond's website, according to Phillip Gravely, Richmond's web strategies director.

Track & Field

Stellar sports memories relived

It's the fourth quarter for my fellow Collegian seniors and me. I'm sure Papa Spear and the rest of the journalism department had a collective cringe with my lede, which began with probably the most cliche saying in sports, but it's true.


Harper, Anderson, Smith earn Atlantic 10 Conference honors

Richmond has two first-team all-conference selections for the third time in school history. Seniors Kevin Anderson and Justin Harper were named to the first team all-Atlantic 10 Conference team, while fellow senior Kevin Smith was named to the A-10 all-defensive team. The voting was conducted among the 14 head coaches in the conference. The awards add to what has become one of the most successful classes in Richmond men's basketball history.

Colleen Szurkowski fills out a voter registration form at a stand in the commons with the help of Amanda Kleintop. She is one of 375 students who have registered on campus. (Nikki Waterman/The Collegian)

Men's basketball team adopts 14-year-old Nathan Mwenda

Last season the men's basketball team adopted Nathan Mwenda, 14, and the team's time with him has developed from a responsibility to a relationship, head coach Chris Mooney said. Mwenda and the men's team were matched through a non-profit charitable organization called Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, Mooney said. Senior Dan Geriot and Mark Kwolek, associate director of athletic public relations and director of new media, worked together to enter the team into the program two years ago, Mooney said. Geriot heard of the program through the women's lacrosse team and took the idea to Kwolek, he said. "I thought it would be a great idea, and I knew that the type of guys on the team would make whatever child that was paired with us feel part of the program," he said. Mooney said his intentions of teaming up with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation were aimed at deeply influencing a child's life.


Where is everybody?

Considered by the New York Times to be "a comedy empire," Second City is one of America's leading sketch-comedy and improvisational groups to date. Some notable alumni of Second City include the ever-popular leading lady of the hit sitcom Glee, Jane Lynch, our favorite 40-year-old virgin, Steve Carell, and Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert.


Spiders top St. Joe's, 68-58

The University of Richmond men's basketball team defeated Saint Joseph's University, 68-58, on Wednesday night, improving its overall record to 17-6 and 6-2 during Atlantic-10 play. Senior guard David Gonzalvez scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and fellow senior Ryan Butler scored 15 points. The Spiders entered the game 0-7 all-time at Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena, but came out on top for the first time, giving the Hawks their third loss during their last 10 home games. Richmond junior guard Kevin Anderson had nine points, junior forward Kevin Smith had seven points and and junior center Dan Geriot scored six points. The Spiders will return home to the Robins Center at 2 p.m.


Letter: Well done, students

I have expressed disdain in the past for the lack of sports support from the student body and have had trouble understanding the lack of interest.


Dedication to basketball shaped manager's life, influenced teams

During an Atlanta meet-and-greet for young alumni in October, former University of Richmond men's basketball team manager Daniel Woolley told new President Edward Ayers he was upset that Richmond had disbanded its sports management major. "He kind of bit his ear off," his mother, Charlsie Woolley said. Ayers asked Woolley if he would have majored in sports management.