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Damian Polla

Class of 1997

Tennis Hall Of Fame Citation

In an era of national dominance for Washington College men’s tennis, Damian Polla stood out amongst his peers. A two-time NCAA Division III National Singles Champion, Damian led the Shoremen to Washington College’s first two NCAA Division III National Team Championships in any sport. Damian’s collegiate accomplishments rank him as one of the best Washington College athletes of all time and as one of the greatest NCAA Division III tennis players in history.

Damian is one of only four Washington College tennis players—male or female—to earn All-America honors four times in both singles and doubles. In addition to winning the 1995 and 1997 NCAA Division III National Singles Championships, he advanced to the singles semifinals in 1996 and to the doubles championship match in 1994. A four-time All-Centennial Conference first-team selection, Damian was the lone Division III representative on the Rolex All-Star team in both 1995 and 1997.

During Damian’s four years at Washington College, the Shoremen were unquestionably the dominant men’s tennis program in Division III, winning the 1994 and 1997 NCAA Division III National Championships. The Shoremen amassed 66 overall wins during his four years and lost just three matches against Division III opponents, with two of those coming in the 1995 and 1996 NCAA Tournaments, respectively. During the Shoremen’s 1997 national-championship run, Washington went the entire season without allowing a single Division III opponent to score more than two points in a match. Washington cruised to four Centennial Conference Championships with Damian on the team, never allowing more than one point against any conference opponents over four years.

The Washington College Athletic Department recognized Damian with the Eldridge Eliason Award, the Thomas Reeder Spedden Medal and the Alfred Reddish Award at the end of his senior year, making him the only student-athlete in Washington College history to win all three of those honors. He also won the Thomas Reeder Spedden Medal as a junior, making him one of only two student-athletes to ever win that award twice.

Damian graduated cum laude with a B.A. in economics with a grade-point average of 3.5 and later went on to earn an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University. A native of Bahia Blanca, Argentina, Damian returned to his home country after graduation to begin a career in banking. While working for WestLB, he moved to New York following a promotion to Director of Structured and Corporate Finance for Latin America. He recently moved back to Argentina to continue developing deals for the bank in the region.

Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Damian Polla into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this fourth day of October, 2008.