Erika Proko Hamilton '03

Erika Proko Hamilton ’03 completed her athletic career as one of the most decorated athletes in the history of Washington and Lee.

Proko Hamilton was a four-year letterwinner for the women’s tennis team, serving as a team captain for her senior season.  She was nationally-ranked in both singles and doubles all four seasons, competing in the NCAA Division III Individual Championships every year.

Proko Hamilton earned All-America honors a total of six times, reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship three times and the semis of the Singles Championship twice.

A four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and the 2003 ODAC Player of the Year, she completed her career with a 92-20 singles record and a 104-27 doubles mark.  She graduated as the all-time leader in doubles wins and enters the Athletic Hall of Fame still ranked third.  Her singles record remained fourth in school history as of her induction.

During her four seasons, W&L produced an 86-12 overall record, won three ODAC titles and advanced to four NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, including a third-place finish in 2002 and a runner-up finish in 2003.

A three-time Academic All-District selection, Proko Hamilton was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Scholar-Athlete in 2002 and she was presented with the ITA Division III Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award.  Additionally, she received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, served on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport Committee.

The 2000 W&L Outstanding First-Year Female Athlete of the Year and 2003 Pres Brown Award Winner as the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year, Proko Hamilton also received the ODAC’s Marjorie Berkeley Award as the conference’s top female scholar-athlete in 2003.  In 2003, she was also named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award which was televised on ESPN.

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