Largest Gift Ever to Women’s Athletics at Vermont Endows Basketball Head Coaching Position

Betty ’93 and Paul Mayer of Shelburne, Vermont have made an extraordinary gift in support of women’s basketball at the University of Vermont (UVM), Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman announced this afternoon before the team tipped-off against the University at Albany.  The gift is the largest ever made exclusively to a UVM women’s athletics program and will permanently endow the Elizabeth F. Mayer ’93 and Paul J. Mayer, M.D. Women’s Basketball Head Coach.

Third-year Head Women’s Basketball Coach Alisa Kresge becomes the first ever women’s coach at UVM to hold an endowed position and also the first in the history of the America East conference.  With their gift, the Mayers have added UVM to a short—and prestigious—list of universities with endowed women’s basketball coaches that includes Stanford, Notre Dame, Cornell, Dartmouth, Drake, and the University of Miami.

“Today is a very special day for the University of Vermont and I know that I represent all of Catamount Country in expressing my deepest appreciation to Paul and Betty for this historic gift,” said UVM Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman ’89. “Their passion, commitment and generosity to UVM Athletics, and specifically to our women’s basketball program, is truly exceptional and will be instrumental in helping current and future Catamount student-athletes build upon the rich and proud tradition of UVM Women’s Basketball.”

“We would like to thank these beautiful and wonderful student-athletes for using both their basketball and academic skills,” said Betty Mayer.  “Their drive for perfection and their special individual personalities working together as a team are evident.  They share that personal relationship with us, their fans, and the young people who look up to them as role models.  We have loved getting to know these ladies—how lucky we are that they came to UVM for their college years!”

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