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Dear Bears Fans,

Greetings from the CGA, where it appears that spring has finally arrived! In this issue of Inside the Bear Den, we will share with you an “inside perspective” on some unique aspects of our varsity athletic program.

An incredible accomplishment in CGA athletics history occurred in March in Indianapolis when men’s swimmer 2/c Christian Brindamour captured the NCAA Division III crown in the 50-yard freestyle event – making him the fifth cadet ever to win an NCAA individual championship. You can read more about him in this issue.

Here are a few snapshots of other interesting features in this issue.
  • Softball catcher 2/c Jessie Richardson is off to a hot start at the plate this season and has emerged as one of the best hitters in NCAA Division III.
  • The men’s lacrosse team has two outstanding assistant coaches, and role models, in CGA grads and former players LT Pat Powers and LT Mike Higbie. 
  • Women’s basketball point guard 2/c Brittney Zimmerman’s leadership helped steer CGA’s women’s basketball team to its 2nd highest win total ever – next season, she’ll make an interesting transition by becoming an assistant coach for the Bears.
  • Coming off their most successful season ever, CGA’s baseball team has a new asset in new pitching coach Joe Witkowski – whose professional experience has helped CGA’s young arms mature quickly.
  • CGA Track All-America selections – 1/c Adam Scalesse and 1/c Dave Wohlhaupter – continue to reach new heights of success as they finish their college careers.
In this issue, please note the column written by Assistant AD for Compliance Chris Parsons, where he shares important information regarding the NCAA’s “contact” rules and how they apply to Bear Club members. We welcome any/all questions that you may have regarding contact rules, which is an important element of Institutional Control as specified by the NCAA.

We hope you enjoy this publication, and appreciate your tangible support of the CGA athletic program and our nearly 600 cadet-athletes. Please know that your support truly does make a difference.

Tim Fitzpatrick  Go Bears!

Tim Fitzpatrick
Director of Athletics