2012-13 Year in Review

The 2012-13 academic year was a successful one for the University of New Mexico athletics department.  The program won a total of eight conference championships and competed in the postseason in 11 of UNM’s 21 sports.  In addition, the student-athletes represented the institution well in the classroom, and in the community.

The University of New Mexico won conference championships in the following sports:

*Men’s Cross Country (4th Straight title)
*Women’s Cross Country (5th Straight title)
*Men’s Soccer Regular Season
*Indoor Men’s Track and Field
*Men’s Basketball Regular Season (2nd Straight title)
*Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament (2nd Straight Title)
*Baseball Regular Season (2nd Straight Title)
*Men’s Golf

The women’s cross country team won its third consecutive Mountain Region title, and men’s golf
on the Columbus Regional

Sports that advanced to the postseason were (finish indicated):

Women's Cross Country NCAAs 10th
Men's Cross Country NCAAs 21st
Men's Soccer NCAAs Sweet 16
Men's Basketball NCAAs 2nd Round
Skiing NCAAs 6th
Men’s Indoor Track & Field NCAAs 49th
Baseball NCAAs T-49th
Men's Golf NCAAs T-5th
Men's Outdoor Track & Field NCAAs 28th

In addition, the University finished 51st in the Learfield Directors Cup final standings, which was the fourth-highest finish in school history.  UNM was the third-highest ranked non-BCS school, finishing two spots behind Princeton of the Ivy League.  UNM finished ahead of over 30 BCS conference schools.

Lobo student-athletes, including the cheer and dance teams, logged over 7,000 hours of community service for the third straight year.

Six programs ranked among the top 25 in the NCAA in attendance.  Volleyball, softball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and men’s basketball all ranked in the top 25, with baseball ranked in the top 50.  The men’s basketball team ranked in the top 25 for the 46th straight year, and both men’s and women’s soccer finished fourth nationally in attendance.

The athletic department continued to have a strong presence on the internet.  UNM as of June had over 67,000 likes on its official facebook page, and almost 14,000 followers on Twitter.  Every program now has its own official Twitter account.  The official website of UNM athletics GoLobos.com logged over 7 million hits, and was getting ready to switch to a new look and provider at the end of the year.

ACADEMICS

Academically, Lobo student-athletes posted a 3.21 grade point average for the fall semester, and the 3.23 grade point average for the spring semester, meaning Lobo student-athletes have now attained a GPA of at least a 3.00 for 21 of the past 22 terms.  The 3.23 GPA for the spring was an all-time high for the department, bettering the 3.21 grade point average in the fall of 2012, and the 3.21 in the spring of 2012, meaning the last three semesters have been the best academic semesters for UNM athletics in the department’s history.

UNM received many academic honors on a regional and national level as well.  The Lobos had 185 Mountain West/RMISA/MPSF Academic All-Conference, the most in school history.  That total included a Mountain West leading 111 All-Academic picks in the spring semester.

UNM also had 132 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, which is awarded for having a GPA of 3.5 or better.  That total led the conference, and UNM posted league-highs in 11 sports: baseball (tied with Fresno State with 6), football (tied with Wyoming with 6), men's golf (3), women's golf (5), men's soccer (7), women's soccer (16), softball (tied with Fresno State with 7), women's swimming and diving (14), men's tennis (5), men's track and field (9) and women's track and field (17).

Sixteen student-athletes were honored as members of the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, and five earned Academic All-America honors, both numbers were school records.

In addition, the university had all 21 sports attain the 925 benchmark for the NCAA’s APR (Academic Progress Rate).  It marked the second consecutive year that all 21 sports scored at least a 925.  The following are academic highlights for each individual sport:

Academic GPA Highlights per sport: 
-- Men's basketball: Posted its ninth straight semester with a GPA of 2.71 or higher.

-- Women's basketball: Continued its streak of posting a 3.00 or better every semester since spring of 2001.

-- Football: Had 14 MW All-Academic selections.

-- Men's golf: Posted its 10th consecutive semesters of a 3.0 or better.

-- Women's golf: A 3.05 or higher for 22 straight semesters; 3.01 or higher 32 of past 33 terms. 

-- Men's skiing: Now has 18 straight semesters of a 3.25 or better.

-- Women's skiing: A 3.28 or higher for 23 straight grading.

-- Men's soccer: A 3.12 or higher 14 of past 17 semesters.

-- Women's soccer: Has posted 15 consecutive semesters of 3.16 or better.

-- Swimming/diving: A 3.28 or higher for 13 consecutive semesters.

-- Women's tennis: Has had a 3.05 GPA or higher for 39 straight semesters.

-- Men's track: Its fifth straight 3.0 semester.

-- Women's track: Has posted 3.25 GPA or higher for 17 straight semesters.

-- Volleyball: Has had 20 straight terms at 3.06 or higher.

FUNDRAISING AND FINANCIALS

The athletic department is proud that over 80% of the UNM athletics budget is self-generated.  Ticket sales, advertising sales, Lobo Club donations for scholarships, and gift-in-kind make up a large majority of the self-generated amount.

The Lobo Club had 4,288 members for 2012-13, and raised approximately $9 million in restricted and unrestricted cash, utilized gift-in-kind and major gift pledges to support UNM Athletics ($3.5 million in major gifts, $0.6 million in student-enhancement fund, $2.2 million in gift in kind, and $2.75 million in the Lobo Scholarship Fund).

A total of nearly 300 gift-in-kind partners pledged over $2.2 million, a total that includes numerous local businesses.

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS

The University of New Mexico once again had facility and digital improvements in 2012-13.

Lobo Field’s first phase was completed in time for the 2013 season, with an all-new FieldTurf surface, scoreboard, outfield padding, and bleachers that will seat approximately 1,500 fans.  A lighting project was approved at the end of the academic year, set to being in October.

The first season of play at Branch Field at University Stadium was completed in the fall of 2012.  The installation of a state-of-the-art FIeldTurf football field occurred in August.  The field has saved the university both money and man-hours in maintenance and upkeep.  The Gildan New Mexico Bowl was played on the surface, and 2013 will see high school football games played in on the surface as well.

Plans were approved and finalized for the McKinnon Family Tennis Center, which will begin construction in October.

Plans were also approved for the Mountain West Network, with plans to stream live events from UNM’s facilities.  While UNM Athletics has been a leader in the digital platform on its own, the department at the close of the academic year was at the forefront of this new technology.

The athletics department also developed a mobile app for live stats of home events, www.lobostats.com.

SIGNIFICANT PLANS/RECOMMENDATIONS

With the upgrade in many of UNM’s facilities, the plans are under way to aggressively work to bring major athletic events to the Albuquerque community.  The athletics department will host the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the 2013 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Tournament, and many NMHSAA championships.

APPOINTMENTS/SEPARATIONS OF STAFF

The athletics department added several staff members in 2012-13.

Student Success: Quinton Freeman, Assistant Director Student Success Manager

Student Success: Natalie Williams, Student Success Manager

Men’s Basketball: Craig Neal, Head Coach (promoted from Associate Head Coach)

Men’s Basketball: Lamont Smith, Associate Head Coach

Men’s Basketball: Craig Snow, Assistant Coach (promoted from Director of Operations)

Men’s Basketball: Mike Iuzzolino, Director of Operations

Women’s Basketball: Amy Beggin, Director of Operations (Promoted from Video Coordinator)

Women’s Basketball: Jourdine Erskine, Video Coordinator

Business Office: Lori Ann Salgado, Assistant (moved from Lobo Club)

Compliance Office: Lisa Gilmore, Director of Compliance (moved from Student Success Manager)

Lobo Club: Lauren Adee, Director of Annual Giving

Lobo Club: Chelsea Redmond, Donor Services Coordinator

Football: Apollo Wright, Assistant Coach

Football: Scott Baumgartner, Assistant Coach

Men’s Golf: Jim Garren, Assistant Coach

Women’s Golf: Britney Choy, Assistant Coach

Women’s Soccer: Melanie Thomas, Director of Operations

Softball: Lisa-Ann Wallace, Assistant Coach

Spirit Program: Jacqueline Marcott, Head Coach

Spirit Program: Courtney Schwartz, Asst. Chapparal Coach

Spirit Program: Dustin Truitt, Co-Ed Coach

Spirit Program: Tabitha Griego, Asst. Co-Ed Coach

Spirit Program: Kelly Grice, All-Girl Coach

Spirit Program: Amber Lazo, Asst. All-Girl Coach

Strength and Conditioning: Scott Lucas, Assistant

Swimming and Diving: Julie Weddle, Diving Coach

Training Room: Bob Waller, Head Athletic Trainer

Volleyball: JJ Glavan, Assistant Coach

Volleyball: Allison Buck, Director of Operations

As a whole, the athletic department is proud of the successes that occurred during the 2012-13 academic year, and will continue to strive to represent the university, the city of Albuquerque, and the state of New Mexico in the highest manner possible.

Women’s Soccer (Kit Vela, Head Coach) * 11-7-2, 4-2-1 MW

Mountain West Tournament Runner -Up
Qualified for third straight Mountain West title game.
Recorded fourth straight season of double-figure wins.
Had four players earn Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Kelli Cornell set career records for wins, goals against average, minutes played, games played, and games started.
Team finished fourth in the NCAA in attendance, and finished the season with a 13-match home unbeaten streak.

Men’s Soccer (Jeremy Fishbein, Head Coach) * 17-4-1, 8-2-0 MPSF

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Regular Season Champions

NCAA College Cup Sweet 16
Ranked as high as No. 2 in the polls during the season.
Had 10 players named to the MPSF All-Conference teams.
Advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the second straight year.
Levi Rossi was named a Third Team Academic All-American.
Had three players, Devon Sandoval, Blake Smith and Nik Robson drafted in the MLS Draft.

Football (Head Coach Bob Davie) *4-9, 1-7 MW
Finished fifth nationally in rushing yards per game under new coach Bob Davie.
Defeated New Mexico State in the Rio Grande Rivalry for the first time since 2008.
Had the most improved point differential in the NCAA last season (+25.3 points)
Team had a school record 14 Mountain West All-Academic selections.
Kasey Carrier set Mountain West single-game rushing record with 338 yards.

Volleyball (Head Coach Jeff Nelson) * 20-13, 7-9 MW
Chantale Riddle was named AVCA All-America.
Won three tournament championships during the season.
Lobos had an 11-game winning streak during the season.               
Jeff Nelson was inducted into the Austin (Minn.) High School Hall of Fame.
Nelson, Lexi Ross and Skye Gullatt traveled to China as a part of the USA Development Program.
Riddle and Hannah Johnson participated in the U.S. Volleyball Women’s National A2 Team Development Program.

Men’s Cross Country (Head Coach Joe Franklin)
Mountain West Conference Champions * 21st at NCAA Championships)
Elmar Engholm was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year, and Luke Caldwell won the Mountain West individual title and was an NCAA All-American.
The team won its four consecutive Mountain West Championship.
Joe Franklin was named Men’s MW Cross Country Coach of The Year.
Team finished fourth at the NCAA Regional Meet.
Caldwell, Engholm and Adam Bitchell were all named First Team All-Mountain West.

Women’s Cross Country (Head Coach Joe Franklin)
Mountain West Conference Champions
Mountain Region Champions * 10th at NCAA Championships)
Lacey Oeding became third straight Lobo to win Mountain West individual title.
The team won its fifth consecutive Mountain West championship.
Joe Franklin was named Men’s MW Cross Country Coach of The Year.
Oeding, Charlotte Arter and Josephine Moultrie were all named First Team All-Mountain West.
Josephine Moultrie was named NCAA All-American.

Swimming & Diving (Head Coach Kunio Kono) * 6-4, 6th in MW
Ashlee Erickson qualified to compete in the World University Games trials.
A total of seven swimmers and divers earned All-Conference honors, the most since 2003-04.
Diver Michole Timm competed at the NCAA Championships.
The team tied a program record with 22 All-Mountain Academic selections, and it led all Mountain West swimming and diving programs.

Women’s Basketball (Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez) * 17-14, 8-8 MW
Antiesha Brown was named the Mountain West Sixth Person of The Year.
Caroline Durbin was named Second Team All-Mountain West and was a back-to-back Academic All-American, a first in the program’s history.
Team honored by the WBCA for finishing in the top 25 academically for a sixth straight season.
Team finished in the top 10 nationally in attendance for the 14th straight season.
Won four straight Mountain West road games for the first time in program history.

Men’s Basketball (Head Coach Steve Alford) * 29-6, 13-3 MW
Mountain West Regular Season & Tournament Champions
Second Round of the NCAA Tournament
UNM won both the Mountain West Tournament and regular-season title in the same season for the second straight year
Kendall Williams was named Mountain West Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American.
The team tied a program record with 14 wins outside of The Pit.
Team was ranked No. 10 in the AP Poll and finished in the national rankings for the third time in four seasons.
Tony Snell was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, 20th overall, by the Chicago Bulls.
Had two players compete in the World University Games, with Alex Kirk on Team USA, and Cameron Bairstow winning a silver medal for Team Australia.
Won a fourth regular season title in the last five years, making UNM one of three current programs to make that claim along with Gonzaga and Kansas.

Skiing (Head Coach Fredrik Landstedt) * 4th in RMISA
6th in NCAA Championships
Joonas Rasanen won the NCAA Title in the slalom.
The Lobos had four All-Americans in Rasanen, Chris Acosta (two honors), Mats Rudin Resaland (two honors) and Chris Acosta.
The Lobos finished sixth nationally, the program’s 30th straight top-10 national finish.
Mary Rachel Hofsetter earned Academic All-America honors.

Men’s Tennis (Head Coach Alan Dils) * 14-13, 3-3 MW
Mountain West Tournament Runner-Up
Qualified for the Mountain West title game for the second straight season.
Jadon Phillips was the second straight Lobo to be named the Mountain Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award.
Four Lobos earned All-Mountain West honors, including Phillips who was All-Mountain West for the fourth straight season.                                                                                                              
Four Lobos won at least 20 singles matches on the season.

Women’s Tennis (Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper) * 7-15, 1-7 MW
Michaela Bezdickova was named Mountain West First Team in singles.
Michaela Bezdickova earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors.
Bezdickova and Laura Richardson were named All-Mountain West in doubles.
Bezdickova won 22 matches on the year.

Softball (Head Coach Erica Beach) * 21-35, 3-15 MW
Had four players hit over .290 on the season.
Ten players were named to the Mountain West All-Academic Team.
Seven were also named Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
The team formed “Lobos4OKC” and collected goods for tornado victims in Oklahoma.  Head Coach Erica Beach led a convoy of trucks to deliver in Oklahoma.

Men’s Golf (Head Coach Glen Millican) * Mountain West Champions; NCAA Columbus Regional Champions, 5th in NCAA
The squad won five titles on the season, and head coach Glen Millican was a finalist for national Coach of the Year honors.
James Erkenbeck won the Columbus Regional title, and the team won the team title in Columbus, marking the first time in school history the team won the conference and regional titles in the same season.
Erkenbeck was named Mountain West Player of the Year, and Glen Millican was named Mountain West Coach of the Year
Team advanced to match-play at the NCAA Championships after finishing sixth after stroke play, losing to eventual national champion Alabama in the quarterfinals.
Erkenbeck represented the United States in the Palmer Cup.
Gavin Green and Erkenbeck were both named to the Ping All-America Team.

Women’s Golf (Head Coach Jill Trujillo) * NCAA Regional Participant
Manon De Roey won the Mountain West individual title in a playoff
Sammi Stevens qualified for the NCAA Regionals, meanind UNM has been represented at every regional championship, covering 21 seasons.|
Team recorded a program record 3.79 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the fall semester.
Two players were named to the All-Mountain West squad in De Roey and Stevens.

Baseball (Head Coach Ray Birmingham * 37-22, 25-5 MW
Mountain West Regular Season Champions * NCAA Regional
The team won its second straight Mountain West regular season title, winning all 10 weekend series’.
The Lobos advanced to the NCAA regionals for the fourth consecutive year.
DJ Peterson and Mitchell Garver are named MW Co-Players of The Year and made several All-American teams.
Peterson was drafted 12th overall by the Seattle Mariners, the highest draft choice in program history.  He was one of a program record seven players drafted.
The Lobos led the NCAA in batting average, runs per game, on base percentage, hits, slugging, and doubles per game.
The team had nine All-Mountain West performers and nine Mountain West Players/Pitchers of the Week.
Peterson was the 2012-13 Mountain West Athlete of the Year.

Track & Field (Head Coach Joe Franklin)
Mountain West finishes of 1st (Men’s Indoor), 3rd (Men’s Outdoor), 2nd (Women’s Indoor), 2nd (Women’s Outdoor)
NCAA Finishes of 49th (Men’s Indoor), 28th (Men’s Outdoor)
The men’s team won its first indoor conference championship.
Luke Caldwell earned All-America honors indoors and outdoors.  Coupled with his All-America status in cross country, he is the first person to earn All-America honors in three sports in the same year at UNM.
Floyd Ross earned All-America honors in both indoors and outdoors.
Caldwell was named the Mountain West Student-Athlete of the Year for both indoor and outdoor track and field.
Gabe Aragon and Thomas Trujillo were named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America.
The squad finished 13th in the “Program of The Year” race.