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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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UTSA Football Fiesta Spring Game To Take Place This Saturday
The Fifth Annual UTSA Football Fiesta Spring Game presented by Health Texas will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Alamodome. Admission is free and doors at the north and south entrances will open at noon. Fan seating will be located on the east side of the Plaza Level. Concessions will be available and an autograph session with the players will take place on the field after the game.

Parking is available for $15 per space in Lots A and B. Gates to the parking lots will open at 11 a.m. Tailgating will be allowed in Lot B only. Please note that the Fiesta Carnival will be located in Lot C and it also opens at 11 a.m.

UTSA students, faculty and staff may catch a ride with a bus service provided by UTSA Transportation with departures beginning at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Convocation Center. The return service will leave from Lot A just south of the Alamodome up to 30 minutes following the conclusion of the game.

Softball To Host UTEP, Rowdy Readers This Weekend
The softball team (27-14, 9-5 C-USA) will return home from a season-long 11-game road trip this weekend to host UTEP (13-29, 8-7 C-USA) for a three-game Conference USA series. The set will begin with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and a single game at the same time the following day.

Elementary school students who participate in the Rowdy Readers program will take part in the opening ceremonies on Sunday. Throughout the school year, UTSA student-athletes visit local elementary schools to serve as mentors helping students with reading and other subjects. Students will join the UTSA players on the field for the national anthem and will take part in an autograph session following the game on the field.

UTSA Roadrunners Shop

H-E-B To Open First-Ever UTSA Roadrunners Shop
UTSA Athletics sponsor H-E-B will hold a grand opening celebration for the first-ever UTSA Roadrunners Shop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, April 20, at its store located at IH-10 and De Zavala Road.

The UTSA Roadrunners Shop will carry men’s, women’s and children’s UTSA apparel, souvenirs and tailgating gear for game days along with year-round wear.

“H-E-B has had a longstanding relationship with UTSA, and we’re proud to be in Roadrunner Country,” said Dya Campos, H-E-B Public Affairs Director and UTSA alumna. “We’re excited to be able to give our customers the opportunity to take their UTSA Roadrunner pride to the next level.”

The UTSA Roadrunners Shop is the first-ever store to open in the San Antonio area and the second similar store to open inside an H-E-B.

In 2013, a Baylor Bear Gear Shop opened its doors inside a Waco H-E-B store.

Cheerleaders Finish Second At National Competition
The UTSA small coed cheerleading team finished second in the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) competition last week in Daytona Beach, Fla. The coed intermediate team finished third in its division, and the Roadrunners’ group stunt team finished fourth.

The UTSA small coed team was the only team out of 120 in the competition to earn a perfect 10.0 score in any skill category. The Roadrunners scored the perfect 10 in jumps and posted the highest cumulative scores in baskets and jumps. The small coed team finished behind Louisville for the championship, and outpointed North Carolina State, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech and USC.

San Antonio Quarterback Club To Kick Off Spring Lineup
The San Antonio Quarterback Club will kick off its spring series with three luncheons featuring assistant football coaches from around the state. All meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. at Earl Abel’s Restaurant (1201 Austin Highway) unless announced differently. The May lineup of speakers includes TCU Co-Defensive Coordinator Chad Glasgow (May 4), Baylor Defensive Line Coach Chris Achuff, Baylor Defensive Coordinator Phil Bennett and Baylor Offensive Coordinator Kendal Briles (May 11) and Texas Tech Associate Head Coach Mike Jinks (May 18).

For the fifth consecutive year, head football coach Larry Coker will lead off the fall Quarterback Club speaker lineup on Sept. 14 at Earl Abel’s. Each week during the football season, UTSA assistant coaches will precede the featured speaker and will provide an update on the Roadrunners’ season. Click here for more information on SA QB Club membership and luncheons.

Former Roadrunner Named Coach of the Year
In his first season as a collegiate men’s basketball head coach, former UTSA player Jon Havens of Richland College in Dallas has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Coach of the Year. Havens led the Thunderducks to the 2015 NJCAA Division III Championship.

Havens came to Richland from NCAA Division II Northeastern (Okla.) State where he served as an assistant from 2010-14. He also had assistant positions at Texas-Pan American and St. Edwards.

A four-year starter at UTSA, Havens was an All-Southland Conference selection and left the Roadrunners with the fourth-most career assists in school history. He graduated from UTSA in 2004.

ESPN Desportes
On Tuesday, ESPN Deportes visited the UTSA Main Campus in advance of the USA/Mexico men's soccer match that will be played tonight at the Alamodome. The station cut in with three live shots and taped additional segments featuring reporter Alba Galindo visiting with UTSA students in front of the Roadrunner statue near the Sombrilla.

Final Thoughts
Football season is more than four months away but today offers a red letter day. Today is the season ticket renewal deadline for fans who want to guarantee that they keep their same seats from last year. Today also is the last day to request parking in order to have the opportunity to be included in the initial allocation of parking spots, which will be assigned in May.

Hopefully, you already have renewed your season tickets and have requested parking for the 2015 season. If not, there’s still time. UTSA Ticket Office representatives will be on the phones until 8 p.m. Call (210) 458-UTSA (8872) to make sure you are in your seats when the Roadrunners host Kansas State on Sept. 12 at the Alamodome.

Fans also may renew or purchase new season tickets online. Click here to renew your seats today and here to purchase new season tickets now.

The Fifth Annual UTSA Football Fiesta Spring Game presented by Health Texas will be played at 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Alamodome.

The Spring Game will mark the conclusion of the Roadrunners’ spring season of 15 workouts. It will pit the offense (white/QBs in orange) against the defense (navy) and consist of four 12-minute quarters with normal clock rules in the first half and a running clock in the second following a 10-minute halftime. The offense and the defense will use an adjusted scoring system to determine the winner. It should be fun.

Last week, the 2015 UTSA Football Challenge was launched to encourage season ticket holders to help the Ticket Office identify potential new season ticket holders and win valuable gifts and prizes. Click here for more information on the Football Challenge.

Season ticket holder Dana Rozelle responded to my thoughts on the Football Challenge with the following email.

“I saw your newsletter today and read about losing 15 percent of season ticket holders. I wanted to let you know that even though my son is being sent to Guam for two years, I renewed his seat. I put my deposit down on four seats the very first day they were available, back before we even had players.

“While my son is in Guam, his wife and my two grandsons (soon to be three grandchildren!) will be attending the games this season. My grandsons are four and eight, and know all the chants and love UTSA football. Once the baby needs his/her own seat, I’ll add another seat.

“I just wanted you to know that some of us have been following the program from the day it was announced and will continue to follow and support the team. It is a fun family event attending the games and the kids love to tailgate!”

Please help us share this message with your friends, family and neighbors. The Roadrunners are playing a top-notch home schedule this season with games against Kansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Rice and Middle Tennessee. Season tickets including all six home games can be purchased for as little as $78.

If you know anyone who is a football fan and does not have UTSA season tickets, please call the UTSA Ticket Office at (210) 458-UTSA (8872) and provide a telephone number or email address. We’ll give them a call and share our story. Thank you, Ms. Rozelle, for sharing your story.

Hope to see you this weekend at the Spring Game or the softball games on campus and thank you for all that you do for UTSA Athletics.

Go Runners!


Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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