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M. DIANNE MURPHY
Director of Athletics

On the University's athletic performance in 2005:

1) The continued excellence of women's cross country. They once again captured the Ivy League title this year—their fourth in a row! Especially inspiring was the performance of All-American Caroline Bierbaum, CC'06, who finished second in the nation at the NCAA Cross Country championships this fall.

2) Yet another Ivy League championship title for men's fencing. Likewise, wrestling and archery made strong showings at national championships.

3) The  selection of Robert Kraft, CC'63, as this year's recipient of the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award. He is the first former Columbia student-athlete to receive this prestigious honor.

What's ahead?

1) Continued growth and success of men's basketball under head coach Joe Jones. (Our 5-0 start is not a mirage!)

2) Success for the women's basketball team under new coach Paul Nixon.

3) A great turnout of former Columbia athletes for the inaugural Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner (February 18, 2006).

Source of Inspiration in 2005

The Education of a Coach, by David Halberstam. A fascinating look at the career and life of Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots. It shows that confidence does not have to breed arrogance, and that hard work, attention to detail and preparation are assets to any career.