Claudio was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. His citation is copied below:
Even though Coach Fred Wyman recruited Claudio Gonzalez, it was Professor George Shivers who ultimately was responsible for Claudio attending Washington College. For nearly five months, Dr. Shivers tutored Claudio in the English language, thus assuring the future All-American’s admission as a transfer student.
Born in Mexico City, Claudio did not start playing tennis until he was 16—late compared to his contemporaries.
In his first season of competition for Washington College in 1985, Claudio led his team to a record 17 victories and a regional ranking. The following year, he was instrumental in the College’s initial appearance in the NCAA Division III national team tournament. The team finished seventh in the nation. In 1987, Claudio burst onto the national scene in collegiate tennis. He captured the Middle Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Conference singles championship, becoming the first Shoreman to win a conference singles title. At the NCAA national singles championships, Claudio reached the quarterfinals, qualifying him for All-American honors. Returning as a graduate student in 1988, Claudio was part of a third straight Middle Atlantic Conference Championship team and another “Final Four” finish.
He is one of only five players in Washington College tennis history to register 100 or more singles wins (113). With his 74 doubles victories, he has an overall winning percentage of .760. Claudio was voted his team’s most improved player in 1986 and upon graduation received the Thomas Reeder Spedden Medal.
Aside from all of Claudio’s individual accomplishments, he laid the foundation for subsequent Washington tennis teams. The “Mexican Connection” he established produced six All-Americans (three men and three women) over a twelve-year span.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Claudio Gonzales into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on this second day of October, 2004.