Bill Mayew established a legacy of athletic and academic success as a member of the men’s basketball team from 1994-97. The Kenosha, Wisc., native began his career as a reserve for Coach Jerry Wainwright’s club and developed into one of the Colonial Athletic Association’s top performers by his senior year.
In 1996-97, Mayew served as a co-captain on the first UNCW team to win the regular season championship in the CAA, reaping a host of honors. He was named First-Team All-CAA and to the league’s All-Defensive unit. In addition, Mayew was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player and collected the Thomas V. Moseley Award as the school’s top student-athlete.
Mayew was presented many other awards as well. A four-time CAA Scholar-Athlete, he was UNCW’s first and only recipient of an NCAA post-graduate scholarship, won the CAA’s prestigious Dean Ehler’s Leadership Award and captured UNCW’s Chancellor’s Cup for Academic Excellence in 1997.
Mayew’s No. 35 jersey was retired on Mar. 5, 1997, and he was selected by school officials to represent UNCW at the inaugural CAA Legends program at the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship.