The support from alumni is a powerful component in this environment. In a variety of ways, alumni help to ensure that future classes can pursue their goals and continue their individual pathways to success. In November 2021, Chris ’78 and Andrea Borch and their foundation gave a $5 million gift to establish an endowment for cross-country and track and field scholarships. And this past February, the university dedicated the new Davis and Faxon Training Facility at REK, a 100% donor-funded project designed to position Furman’s golf programs to compete at the highest levels. Men’s soccer alumni, too, have raised money to endow the program, including a scholarship gift from Major League Soccer player Walker Zimmerman ’15 and his wife Sarah Tucker Zimmerman ’15.
At the highest levels
• 3 NCAA Team Tournament Qualifiers
• 6 Southern Conference Player of the Year awards
• 5 Southern Conference Championships
• 2 Southern Conference Coach of the Year awards:
– Robert Gary, Men’s Cross-country
– Robert Gary, Women’s Cross-country
Women’s tennis ranked as high as 19th nationally, a program record, after defeating No. 26 Alabama and 24th-ranked Texas Tech at the Blue Gray Tournament. Furman concluded the 2022 season with a 22-7 overall record and claimed the Southern Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by capturing its 21st SoCon Championship. The Paladins, who made their 14th appearance in the NCAA tournament, were led by SoCon Player of the Year Julia Adams ’22, who ranked 38th nationally.
Furman’s cross-country teams won their ninth consecutive SoCon Championships in Fall 2021. Bethany Graham ’24 was honored as the SoCon Female Runner of the Year and earned an All-American citation at the NCAA Championships. Cameron Ponder ’22, the SoCon Male Runner of the Year, helped the Paladin men, who ranked as high as 10th nationally, to a second-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
Women’s basketball posted its first 20-win season since 2000, and small forward Tierra Hodges ’22 was named consensus SoCon Player of the Year. Men’s basketball coach Bob Richey became the first Paladin men’s basketball coach to record four seasons with 20 or more victories and the fastest coach in program history to reach 100 career victories.