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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Brock Hartson mug shot John Bormann mug shot
Brock Hartson John Bormann

Hartson, Bormann Selected In Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
UTSA battery mates Brock Hartson (Cleveland Indians/21st round) and John Bormann (Pittsburgh Pirates/24th round) were selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft earlier this month.  

Hartson already has signed and was assigned to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the Class A New York-Penn League, while Bormann agreed to terms and was assigned to the Bristol Pirates in the Appalachian Rookie League.

Hartson posted a 3.54 ERA and a 6-4 record as a starting pitcher during his junior campaign in 2015. The Pearland native threw three complete games and struck out a team-best 76 batters.

Meanwhile, Bormann finished the year batting .273 with 59 hits, 44 runs, 33 RBIs and a team-high 18 hit by pitches. The senior catcher from Seguin threw out 18 would-be base stealers and picked off five to lead Conference USA.


American Sports Network

American Sports Network Selects Five UTSA Games For Telecasts
Conference USA announced last week that the American Sports Network (ASN) has selected five UTSA football games for broadcast on its national network of syndicated stations this fall.

ASN will televise the Roadrunners’ home games against Louisiana Tech (Oct. 10), Old Dominion (Nov. 7) and Rice (Nov. 21) and road games at Southern Miss (Oct. 17) and North Texas (Oct. 31).  All five games are slated to kick off at 6 p.m.

ASN is available in the San Antonio area on KMYS CW-5, WOAI-2 and Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Listings in other markets can be found by clicking here.

Currently 11 of UTSA’s 12 games in 2015 have been selected for national or regional telecasts (click here for a complete listing of game broadcasts and times).


Whitney Flannel mug shot Keyunta Hayes mug shot Jurmarcus Shelvin mug shot
Whitney Flannel Keyunta Hayes Jurmarcus Shelvin

Trio Earns All-America Accolades
Whitney Flannel, Keyunta Hayes and Jurmarcus Shelvin all earned All-America honors at this month's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were contested from June 10-13 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Flannel matched UTSA's 19-year-old record in the high jump and became the program's first All-American in eight years following her 11th-place finish on the final day of the four-day meet. She soared over the bar in 5-11 ¼ (1.81m) on her third and final attempt and that tied the standard established Lynse Leal all the way back in the 1996 campaign. The senior from West Columbia, who earned second-team All-America accolades with her placing, cleared the opening height of 5-7 ¾ (1.72m) on her first try and it took her three jumps for her to get over 5-9 ¾ (1.77m). She was unable to continue after missing on all three of her attempts at 6-0 ½ (1.84m).

Meanwhile, Hayes and Shelvin both were unable to advance to the national 400-meter hurdles final on the opening night.

Hayes circled the oval in 51.68 in the second of three semifinal heats, which was good for 18th place in the field of 24 hurdlers, and Shelvin clocked a 53.36 in the opening section of the evening and that ranked 23rd. Both garnered honorable mention All-America laurels with their finishes. It marked the third certificate of Hayes' decorated four-year career and first for Shelvin, who has one more year of eligibility remaining.


Three Home Tournaments Highlight Golf Schedules
Three UTSA-hosted tournaments highlight the 2015-16 men’s and women’s golf schedules.  

The Roadrunners men will open the spring season by hosting the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational from Feb. 8-9 at historic Oak Hills Country Club. The men also will host the Lone Star Invitational from March 21-22 at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.

Meanwhile, the women will host the annual Alamo Invitational from Oct. 25-27 at Briggs Ranch.

Click here to view the complete men's slate and here for the women's ledger.


Volleyball Slate Features Ranked Opponents
The 2015 UTSA Volleyball schedule announced earlier this month features four tournaments in Texas, three matches against nationally-ranked teams from 2014 in addition to the Roadrunners serving as host for the Conference USA Tournament.  

November's C-USA Tournament will be the first postseason event that UTSA has hosted since joining the league in 2013. The Roadrunners captured their second consecutive C-USA Regular Season Championship last fall.

Click here for a complete look at this season's schedule. 


David Glasco II/Dieter Cantu
Dieter Cantu (left) and former UTSA football player David Glasco II (right) are trying to make a difference in the Alamo City with their work through Position of Power, a non-profit organization founded by Cantu.

Final Thoughts
When student-athletes arrive on the UTSA campus, they are made aware of the athletic department’s mission statement, which reads in part, “Our mission is to guide, inspire and support our students to excel academically, athletically and socially. Above all else we develop productive, service-minded leaders.”

It’s heart-warming and gratifying when one of our own is recognized for giving back to his or her community.

KENS5.com's David Flores recently wrote an article about former UTSA football player David Glasco II and his work with local gangs (click here to read the full article).

Glasco II graduated in December 2014 with a degree in communications. The San Antonio Wagner product was one of the “Original 18” football players who signed with UTSA back in February 2010 and he spent a season practicing before playing in the Roadrunners’ inaugural season in 2011.

On Sunday, Glasco II helped mediate a meeting between rival gang leaders at Rainbow Hills Park in west San Antonio near Lackland Air Force Base. The “Peace Convention” was organized by Position of Power (POP), a non-profit organization founded by Dieter Cantu.

Glasco II and Cantu met three years ago while attending classes at UTSA.

Going into the meeting, Glasco II told Flores, “We’re realistic. We understand Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the least we can do is try to make things better. When you have a passion for something and you’re determined, I think you can do anything.”

Glasco II reports that Sunday’s meeting went very well.

“Small steps were taken,” he said. “I just want to give something back to the community. I’m blessed because I went to school on a full scholarship, so I want to give something back to people who are not as blessed as me.”

Glasco II is working as a payroll clerk in the Judson ISD’s transportation department while he prepares to take the law school admissions test in October. To this point, he and Cantu have run POP with their own resources. They hope the publicity and positive results from Sunday’s summit will help them to receive government and private grants to support their work. 

This week, Glasco II will address incoming freshmen and transfer football players enrolled in life skills classes. That’s where all student-athletes are introduced to the athletic department’s mission statement and they will begin learning what it means to excel socially.

Providing an example of a service-minded leader may be the best way to teach this powerful message. Hopefully, witnessing the work of a former student-athlete who has grasped and implemented the concept of giving back will help these newest Roadrunners to follow. 

Thank you for helping us to help our student-athletes and encourage them to help others and I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

Go Runners!

Sincerely,

Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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