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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Conference USA Tournament Champions

Men's Tennis To Learn NCAA Tournament Assignment Next Tuesday
UTSA head coach Jeff Kader and his Conference USA Champion men’s tennis team await the announcement of the NCAA Division I Championship bracket next Tuesday, April 28.

The Roadrunners knocked off a pair of nationally ranked teams last weekend to win the league's tournament title and earn its automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

No. 1 singles player Tomas Stillman pulled out a three-set victory against Tarun Sarut to give the Roadrunners a narrow 4-3 win against Southern Miss on Friday in the quarterfinal round in Norfolk, Va.

Joao Riquelme then outlasted Theophile Lanthiez in three sets at No. 5 to help the Roadrunners to a 4-2 semifinal-round upset of No. 58 Old Dominion on Saturday.

In the championship match against No. 54 Rice, Stillman rallied for a three-set win against Srikar Alla to help UTSA to a 4-2 win on Sunday. The Roadrunners ran their record to 17-8, a program record for wins in a season, and it also marked the second conference crown for Kader in his five years as head coach. He also led UTSA to the 2012 Southland Conference Tournament Championship.

The NCAA Division I Championship bracket will be announced via a live video stream on ncaa.com at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday, April 28.

The first round is scheduled for Friday, May 8, at various campus sites.


Randee Crawford vs. UTEP
Randee Crawford

First-Place Softball To Visit Houston Baptist, Florida Atlantic This Week
Alone in first place atop Conference USA's West Division standings at 12-5, UTSA (30-14) will begin a five-game road trip with a non-conference game against Houston Baptist (10-27) at 3 p.m. today. The Roadrunners then will travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to visit Florida Atlantic (30-15, 11-6 C-USA) for a three-game league series this weekend.

The Roadrunners moved on top of the division standings and reached 30 wins for the first time since 2006 with a three-game home sweep of UTEP last weekend.

Designated player Randee Crawford earned C-USA Player of the Week honors on Monday after she hit .556 with a pair of homers and eight RBIs against the Miners.

Crawford and teammate Meagan Low lead C-USA with 15 home runs each this season. Crawford also leads the league with 56 RBIs, the most since Jessica Rogers set the school record with 64 in 2005.


Volleyball To Close Spring Season On Friday Night On Longhorn Network
The defending Conference USA Regular Season Champion volleyball team will look to close out an undefeated spring exhibition season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday when it travels to Austin to face Texas in a match that will be televised on the Longhorn Network and streamed online at watchespn.com.

So far this spring, the Roadrunners have defeated TCU, Sam Houston State, Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas Tech. The Longhorns, who advanced to the national semifinals last season, are 6-2 this spring.


Ringholt, Pew Selected As UTSA Student-Athletes Of The Month
James Ringholt (men's basketball) and Lindsey Pew (women’s track & field) have been selected by Athletics Academic Services as the UTSA Student-Athletes of the Month for April.

Selected for their academic achievements and community involvement, Ringholt is a freshman center from Brisbane, Australia, while Pew is a senior pole vaulter from Mesa, Ariz.


Baseball To Host Southern Miss This Weekend
Fresh off last night's 11-3 home victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UTSA (24-17, 10-8 C-USA) will return to league play this weekend with a three-game series against Southern Miss (22-14-1, 9-8 C-USA) this weekend at Roadrunner Field. First pitch in Friday's lid-lifter is slated for 6 p.m. and that will be followed by single games at 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.


Proudfoot To Highlight Baseball Student Ministry Night
Former UTSA pitcher and current contemporary gospel recording artist Ryan Proudfoot will be featured in a postgame concert following next Tuesday's baseball contest against Baylor at Roadrunner Field. Members of the Christian student-athlete group The Locker Room are promoting the Student Ministry Night to on-campus registered student organizations. UTSA fans are invited to join Proudfoot and students on the right field berm for the concert following the game.


Roadrunners Road Trips logo

Fourth Annual Roadrunners Road Trip To Visit Four Locations
The fourth annual Roadrunners Road Trip will visit four different locations in the state during May. Head football coach Larry Coker will lead a contingent from UTSA Athletics, Development, the Alumni Association and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Following is the four-stop schedule.

May 5 (Houston) — 6:30 p.m. — Texans Grille, 12848 Queensbury Lane, Suite 208, Houston

May 19 (Rio Grande Valley)— 6:30 p.m. —The Social Club, 205 Conquest Boulevard, Edinburg

May 21 (Austin)— 6:30 p.m. —Opal Divine’s Penn Field, 3601 South Congress Ave., Suite K, Austin

May 22 (Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex)— 6:30 p.m. —Learfield Sports, 2400 Dallas Parkway, Suite 500, Plano

Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar at each event. Admission is $10 for UTSA Alumni Association members and $15 for non-members. Fans also may place advance orders for a 2015 Road Trip T-shirt by clicking here. You also can click here for more information on this year's Road Trip.


Final Thoughts
The UTSA football team said its final goodbye to 37 seniors including the program’s Original 18 signees at its Football Awards Banquet on Friday at Pedrotti’s Ranch. It was a memorable evening that included a choked-up Athletics Director trying to describe the incredible contribution these young men made to the new football program, the university and the San Antonio community.

Most of the 37 seniors signed on with head coach Larry Coker and his staff before UTSA played its first football game. The Original 18 spent an entire year practicing in 2010 without ever playing a game. Over the past four seasons, these youngsters have worked toward earning a college degree while establishing a football program that has moved from independent status to becoming a competitive member of Conference USA. I still tear up just thinking of their contributions.

A special moment came when senior wide receiver Seth Grubb was presented with the Lynn Hickey Excellence Award. The Excellence Award is presented each year to a football student-athlete who displays character, extra effort, drive, teamwork and leadership both on and off the field. The award is voted on by the team only.

Seth exemplifies the entire UTSA football program. He was a little known, undersized (5-foot-9, 185 pounds) wide receiver from La Vernia, a small school just east of San Antonio. He walked on during the fall of 2010, later earned a scholarship and became a valuable member of the team as both a receiver and a special teams player. Off the field he was an exemplary student, led a team Bible study and even influenced his younger brother, Aaron, to walk on and earn a scholarship.

There are about 36 other similar stories among the young men who picked up their framed jerseys on Friday night. They came to UTSA with little fanfare, strapped on used shoulder pads and drove two miles to practice at a high school field early each morning. All they asked for was a chance — a chance to play major college football — and UTSA gave it to them, along with a chance to earn a college degree. Most, if not all of them, will earn that degree this year or next.

On Monday night, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs Brad Parrott and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Josh Daume made a presentation on “The Realities of College Recruiting” to 80 Comal ISD parents and student-athletes at Smithson Valley High School. They did it as a public service to help parents understand and assist their sons and daughters in attaining their dreams of playing college athletics. A similar presentation for Northside ISD parents and student-athletes is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 27 at Paul Taylor Fieldhouse (7001 Culebra Road).

Sitting in the crowd Monday night at Smithson Valley or at Paul Taylor may be the next Seth Grubb — a young man or a young woman who just wants a chance to play college sports. That’s why I grow weepy talking about the Original 18 and this group of seniors. They just wanted a chance and UTSA was able to give it to them. I feel really good about that.

If you know of a middle school or high school that would like to hear “The Realities of College Recruiting” presentation, please contact Brad Parrott at (210) 458-4909 or Brad.Parrott@utsa.edu. We would like to address as many groups of 30 or more high school and middle school parents and student-athletes as possible this spring and summer.

Thanks for all that you do to support UTSA Athletics. I hope to see you this weekend at one of our baseball games against Southern Miss at Roadrunner Field.

Go Runners!

Sincerely,

Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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