Springtime, however, is bright for the Hoos where a number of the teams are nationally ranked and provide some of the most exciting sports in the Commonwealth.
- Men's tennis is ranked #1
- Baseball is ranked #11
- Women's lacrosse is ranked #9
- Men's lacrosse is ranked #4 and has been #1
- Women's golf is #3
- Women's rowing is #15
Men's lacrosse coach, Dom Starsia, seems in awe of the Cavaliers' across-the-board successes:
This spring has been astonishing in a lot of ways. It does create a competitive atmosphere that is healthy for everybody.
UVA has done it with hard work by athletes, quality coaches, and providing full funding for all sports. That means teams have full coaching staffs and the maximum number of scholarships for every sport. Donors put up big bucks to build a baseball stadium and indoor tennis facility, among other improvements, that didn't make the headlines of JPJ Arena or Scott Stadium. It wasn't always this way - as recently as 2001 a UVA committee recommended dropping baseball and men's tennis to club status. There's more in Spring Sports Flourishing at Virginia.
It seems to me that UVA athletics is doing many things right and successes will also bloom in the marquee sports that grab fans' attention. I'm waiting for that year when I can just smile, or smirk, when I greet one of my many friends who are rabid VA Tech supporters. ;>)