Paul Wilkins, GW Athletic Hall of Fame

Paul C. Wilkins served as head coach of men’s and women’s rowing for 15 years from 1981 through ’96. A former Colonials rower and coxswain himself (’76-80), he also was an assistant coach for a year prior to assuming the head coaching duties. Wilkins’ achievements as Colonials coach cannot be easily measured. He was a selfless, team-serving mentor who has touched the lives of more than 2000 rowers either as a coach or teammate at GW.

His contributions as a coach have been formally recognized by the highest levels within the sport of rowing. In 1989, he was selected to the U.S. coaching staff for the World University Games at Duisberg, Germany. Since 1984, GW athletes participating in and pursuing national team games and camps – incluging two-time U.S. Olympian and GW Athletic Hall of Famer Michelle Knox Zaloom – have sought and received Paul’s guidance.

A graduate of Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va., Wilkins earned a bachelor’s degree in English from GW in 1981 and since then has been effectively communicating with athletes, students, alumni and the local, national and international rowing communities. In addition, he has used rowing to aid and develop GW worldwide recognition with institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge universities in England and Hitotsubashi and Tokoyo universities in Japan.

Wilkins resides in Long Beach, Calif., with his wife, Jennifer Keene, also a GW crew graduate (’84). Paul now coaches at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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Alan Nadel, GW Athletic Hall of Fame

Alan Nadel, a 1971 graduate who five years later gained his law degree at GW, becomes the first athlete from the school’s crew program to gain Hall of Fame membership, He was a three-year crew letterman, a two-year captain of the squad and in 1970 was the team’s most valuable oarsman.

While gaining his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Nadel, 42, has successfully pursued a career in the field of law. He is a founding partner in the firm of Panitch, Schwarze, Jacobs & Nadel, which specializes in patent, trademark and copyright low in Philadelphia, Pa. An active alumnus for the past 20 years, he is a member of the University’s Reunion ’91 Class of ’71 Committee. Nadel and his wife, Marcy, who have two children, Russell and Fran, reside in Wyncote, Pa.

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Tina Brown, GW Athletic Hall of Fame

Tina Brown (’90) is one of the most accomplished women’s rowers in the history of George Washington University. The 1990 Lynn George Outstanding Female Athlete Award recipient, Brown was instrumental in helping the GW Varsity 4 to some of its best finishes in program history, including victories at the 1990 Dad Vail Regatta and consecutive second-place finishes at Collegiate Nationals (1989-90).

Brown is one of three female rowers from GW to represent the United States at the national level, as she competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Brown returned to GW in 1993 as an assistant coach and helped head coach Paul Wilkins guide the Colonials to an unprecedented run of success.

She currently serves as head rowing coach at Orcas Island Rowing Association in Olga, Wash.

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Linda Miller, GW Athletic Hall of Fame

Linda S. Miller was a two-year Colonials letter winner in women’s rowing in 1993 and ’94 after transferring to GW from Boston University. Her efforts helped to elevate the women’s program. Miller, elected captain as a senior by her teammates, was a member of the GW Varsity 8 that won the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Regatta. She also won a bronze medal at the Champion International Regatta (now the ECAC League Championship).

For the next six years, Miller trained full-time for the U.S. National Team (’94-2000) in an effort to pursue her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete. During that time, she was a member of the national team at the 1997, ’98 and ’99 World Rowing Championships. She won a bronze medal in the women’s pair at the 1998 World Championships at Cologne, Germany and a silver medal in the women’s eight at the ’99 World Championships in St. Catharine’s, Canada.

In 2000, Miller became GW’s third women’s rowing Olympian when she earned a seat in the U.S. women’s eight at Sydney, Australia. Racing in the premier event six years after concluding her GW rowing career, Miller helped the U.S. to a sixth place finish.

A native Washingtonian and a member of the Potomac Boat Club, Miller, is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. Married to Martin Lowenfish, she and her husband live in Washington, have one son, Luke. Earning a Master of Public Policy at GW in 2005, she is now a policy analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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