Class of 1979
Major/Minor: Political Science
Douglas was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. His citation is copied below:
Even before coming to Washington College, Doug Byrne accomplished a great deal on the basketball court. A four-year varsity player at Annandale High School, he was selected to the All-Washington, DC Met first team and the Virginia All-State first team in his senior year.
Washington College came to depend on him at both the power forward and center positions, at a time when the schedule included such Division I teams as Duke, Richmond, William and Mary, Navy, UMBC, George Washington, Virginia Union and Loyola College, as well as some of the strongest teams in Divisions II and III. A four-year starter, he was an excellent ball handler and rebounder, and one of the top scorers, entering the 1,000 point club in his senior year. He tallied 276 points in 1975-76, 296 in 1976-77, 347 in 1978 and 443 in 1979, for a total of 1,362 points. His career rebounding total was an astounding 600. The Middle Atlantic Athletic Conference recognized him for three consecutive years as a top player, naming him to its All Conference first team in 1978 and 1979. He was on the Baltimore Sun’s All-State Teams in 1978 (second team) and in 1979 (first team). Additionally, his teammates voted him MVP in 1978 and co-MVP in 1979.
As an undergraduate, Doug was active in the Theta Chi Fraternity and served two years as the assistant coach of the women’s varsity softball team. He graduated with a degree in political science.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Doug Byrnes into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on this second day of October, 2004.