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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NCAA Tournament bracket

Men's Tennis To Face LSU In Opening Round Of NCAA Tournament
The Conference USA Tournament Champion men's tennis team (17-8) will face LSU (17-8) in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship at 3 p.m. next Friday, May 8, at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

The Roadrunners are making their fourth overall NCAA postseason appearance and second (2012) under fifth-year head coach Jeff Kader.

The winner of Friday's match will face either No. 2 national seed and region host Baylor (21-5) or Bryant (8-11) in the second round at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

Click here or call the Baylor Ticket Office at (254) 710-1000 to purchase tickets.

You can click here to watch the team's reaction to the bracket announcement and interviews with Coach Kader, Tomas Stillman and Joel Rubio.

The complete NCAA Tournament bracket can be found here.

Greg Sheen mug shot
Greg Sheen

Sheen Named Soccer Head Coach
Greg Sheen has been hired as our head soccer coach. A former Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Coach of the Year, he will enter his third season with the program after spending the 2014 season as interim head coach and previous campaign as an assistant.

Sheen helped stabilize the Roadrunners this past year as the interim head coach and recruited a talented incoming class for this fall. He signed San Antonio Express-News Player of the Year Nicole Galan and her Express-News Super Team teammate Sam Batley. Both are from San Antonio Reagan High School and will begin their UTSA careers next fall.

Sheen came to UTSA from Wright State where he spent three seasons as associate head coach. He also has served as head coach at Morehead State (2004) where he was the OVC Coach of the Year and worked as an assistant at Dayton (1999-2003) and Miami (Fla.) (2008-09). Sheen played pro soccer for the A-League’s Atlanta Ruckus and the Atlanta Attack in the National Premier Soccer League. He is a native of Arlington.

Softball To Close Regular Season At Home This Weekend
The softball team will travel to No. 14 Baylor (31-11) for a 6 p.m. contest tonight for its final non-conference game of the regular season.

The Roadrunners (31-17, 13-7 C-USA) then will return home to face Louisiana Tech (29-15, 12-6 C-USA) in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a single game at 1 p.m. the following day to close the regular season.

UTSA currently sits in third place in the West Division and already has secured one of the eight spots in the C-USA Tournament, which will be played from May 7-9 in Miami, Fla.

Baseball Bounces Baylor, Will Head To Louisiana Tech This Weekend
UTSA (27-18, 12-9 C-USA) used a six-run fifth inning to take a 6-3 victory against Baylor (17-27) on Tuesday at Roadrunner Field.

Trailing 3-0 heading into the fifth, the Roadrunners batted around with five hits including a two-run double by Trent Bowles.

The Roadrunners bullpen then held off the Bears the final three-and-a-half innings aided by two double plays and sterling defensive play on a cold, windy night.

UTSA will hit the road this weekend for a three-game Conference USA series at last-place Louisiana Tech (20-21, 5-15 C-USA).

Roadrunners Road Trips logo

Roadrunners Road Trip to Make First Stop On Tuesday In Houston
The Fourth Annual Roadrunners Road Trip circuit kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Lane) in Houston.

Head football coach Larry Coker will lead a contingent from UTSA Athletics, Development, the Alumni Association and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar available. Admission is $10 for UTSA Alumni Association members and $15 for non-members. Fans also may place advance orders for 2015 Road Trip T-shirts by clicking here.

There will be additional stops later this month in the Rio Grande Valley (May 19), Austin (May 21) and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (May 22).

Track & Field Begins Replacing Large Senior Class
A total of 16 seniors (nine men/seven women) are entering the stretch run of their final season as a Roadrunner.

UTSA will make the trek north to Austin on Saturday for the Longhorns Invitational and that will be their final tune-up for this year's Conference USA Outdoor Championships, which are scheduled for May 14-17 in El Paso. National competition then will take place the next two months in both Austin (preliminary rounds from May 28-30) and Eugene, Ore. (semifinal and championship rounds from June 10-13).

To begin the process of replacing the large senior class, head coach Aaron Fox has announced 20 signees from November's early signing period as well as earlier this month.

Below is the list of newcomers expected to join the Roadrunners next fall.

Men (5)
Luca Chatham, middle distances (Dallas, Texas/Wilson HS)
Kyren Hollis, middle distances (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS)
Desmond Jefferson, sprints (Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker HS)
Corey Jennings, throws (Bandera, Texas/Bandera HS)
Patrick Prince, hurdles (Conroe, Texas/Oak Ridge HS)

Women (15)
Yulisa Abundis-Carbajal, distances (Aptos, Calif./Aptos HS)
Mayte Arredondo, distances (Whitney, Texas/Whitney HS)
Shalise Borden, throws (Marana, Ariz./Marana HS/Central Arizona JC)
Tameyah Carroll, hurdles (Katy, Texas/Morton Ranch HS)
Jacky Chasteler, throws (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo HS/Saddleback [Calif.] JC)
Tembrey Clouser, sprints (Allen, Texas/Allen HS)
Christy Gilbert, hurdles (Round Rock, Texas/Westwood HS)
Colleen Gilbert, middle distances (Round Rock, Texas/Westwood HS)
De’Stini Henderson, sprints (Dallas, Texas/Bishop Dunne Catholic HS)
Mia Hicks, throws (Conroe, Texas/Oak Ridge HS)
Sydney Howells, sprints (Round Rock, Texas/McNeil HS)
Dallas O’Connell, throws (San Antonio, Texas/Castle Hills First Baptist HS)
Cierra Pena, sprints (Harlingen, Texas/South HS)
Gabriyella Torres, jumps (Port Isabel, Texas/Port Isabel HS)
Emily Voss, distances (Katy, Texas/Katy HS)

San Antonio Quarterback Club To Kick Off Spring Lineup On Monday
TCU co-defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow is the guest speaker as the San Antonio Quarterback Club kicks off its spring series of luncheons at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at Earl Abel’s Restaurant (1201 Austin Highway).

Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett (May 14) and Texas Tech associate head coach Mike Jinks (May 18) will round out the spring series.

Larry Coker will lead off the QB Club fall series on Sept. 14. UTSA assistant coaches will precede the featured speakers at each luncheon throughout the fall.

Click here more information about becoming a member and this year's lineup of luncheons.

Rowdy Readers at Braun Station Elementary School
Track & field student-athletes (back row left) Kaila James and Stephanie Wangui visited Braun Station Elementary school recently as part of the Rowdy Readers program. Also pictured is UTSA assistant coach Lavera Morris and Principal Jack Funhouser (back row right).

Final Thoughts
We are closing out the 2014-15 academic and athletics year and our student-athletes are being encouraged to “Finish Strong!”

Taking final exams and chasing conference championships simultaneously requires focus, discipline and determination, but that is required to be a successful collegiate student-athlete.

The entire UTSA family of staff, coaches and student-athletes gathered Monday to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and say goodbye to our seniors. The Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) put the agenda together and selected an international theme to celebrate 48 international student-athletes from 20 different countries. A sampling of different foods from each country was served, and members of SAAC decorated the tables with items from their home countries.

The seniors recognized Monday night are unique and special. Most of them began their Roadrunners careers in the Southland Conference, moved to the Western Athletic Conference for one year and competed for their final two seasons in Conference USA. They met the challenge of moving into the more difficult Football Bowl Subdivision and maintained UTSA’s level of competitiveness throughout the transition. They believed in our vision and matched the elevated skill level of their new peers. We are extremely proud of and thankful for their efforts.

Please take a moment to watch the Senior Video from Monday's All-Sports Awards Banquet by clicking here.

Each year UTSA Athletics pays the University more than $5 million to fulfill student-athlete scholarships. As we complete the current academic year, I hope that you have contributed through ticket purchases and donations to help house, feed and educate more than 350 UTSA student-athletes. Without your support there would be no end-of-year celebration and no graduating seniors.

Every dollar that we receive goes toward elevating the student-athlete experience regardless of how big or small your contribution is. Each year the University raises more than $21 million. Eighty-six percent of that total comes from donations of $500 or less, so whether you are a large donor or a season ticket holder, your contribution helps our student-athletes finish strong. You help make a difference in our competitive and academic results and in our student-athletes’ lives beyond UTSA. Click here for more information and to give today.

Our final home softball regular season series is this weekend and our final home baseball series will be next weekend. Thanks for all you have done and all that you will do in the future to support the Roadrunners. Come help our softball and baseball teams “finish strong” and gain momentum for their postseason tournaments.

Go Runners!


Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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