Dear Fordham Community,

Against all the odds, Fordham basketball had a remarkable year. The men’s team finished with a 25-8 record, making it to the semifinals of the A-10 championship this weekend. The women achieved an 18-12 record, securing their seventh straight postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament berth. Both teams played with fierce determination and talent—they simply never gave up. No team in the nation had more come-from-behind victories after the half than our Fordham men’s team.

This in a year when the football team also made us proud with their 9-3 season, making it to the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs. Fordham water polo won its second consecutive Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship this fall, to earn the Rams their second straight trip to the NCAA Championship. I won’t list all of our teams here, but you get the idea.

Do you know what makes me even prouder? Our student-athletes have a collective GPA on par with, and sometimes higher, than the collective average. They have higher retention, graduation, and employment rates. They learn from their wonderful coaches, and from each other, an extraordinary level of discipline, teamwork, and leadership.

I also need to thank the whole student body because if there were a March Madness for college basketball fans, we would clearly win. For all of you students and alumni who packed the Rose “Thrill” gym, for the thousands of you who came to the Barclays Center—for those who painted letters on your chests (well done, front row, well done) and shouted your heart out—I think our own Vince Lombardi and Vin Scully would have been very proud.

All my best,

Tania Tetlow