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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015  

Roadrunners Soccer To Begin Regular Season Play On Sunday
The soccer program will open its 10th season of play with a 7 p.m. contest on Sunday against Sam Houston State at Park West Athletics Complex.

The Roadrunners will look to improve on their 6-2-1 all-time record in home openers. UTSA then will play nine consecutive matches away from home before returning to the Alamo City for an Oct. 2 contest against Marshall.


Volleyball Alumni Match To Take Place This Weekend
The reigning two-time regular season Conference USA Champion UTSA volleyball program will host its annual alumni match at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Convocation Center. A meet and greet will follow two hours later.

The Roadrunners, who return five of their six starters from a year ago in addition to four newcomers, will open the season next weekend at the Bearkats Invitational and they will open their home slate at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 against preseason No. 13 Oregon.


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Fiscal Year Deadline For RAF Giving Approaching
The deadline for Roadrunner Athletic Fund members to make their gifts for the 2014-15 membership year is August 31. All benefits associated with 2014-15 giving levels will be distributed during the 2015-16 athletics season beginning Sept. 1.

Donors who give $2,500 or more will have access to the DOCUmation Roadrunner Lounge on the field at the Alamodome before all home football games. The Roadrunner Lounge opens 90 minutes before kickoff and closes when the band enters the field. Appetizers, soft drinks and water will be available to all guests this season, compliments of DOCUmation. A cash bar also will available.  

Meanwhile, donors who give $1,000 or more will have access to the Hall of Fame (HOF) Club on the suite level at all home football games. The HOF Club opens 90 minutes before kickoff and remains open through halftime. Soft drinks and water are complimentary to all HOF Club guests and bar drinks and a buffet-style meal are available for purchase. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to interact with UTSA student-athletes and coaches at halftime each game.  

Donors that have access to the hospitality areas also will receive “Beat” buttons, compliments of Guillermo’s, while supplies last. Each “Beat” button will be unique to the opponent the football team is playing that game.  

Donors who give $1,000 or more also will receive an exclusive Rowdy Bobblehead this year.

To make a gift or inquire about your 2014-15 giving level, please contact the Roadrunner Athletic Fund at (210) 458-GIVE (4483) or click here.


All 2015 UTSA Football Games Now on Television
UTSA and Learfield/Roadrunners Sports Properties announced last week that the Roadrunners’ Conference USA opener on Oct. 3 at UTEP will be televised on KMYS-CW 35 in San Antonio. All 12 2015 regular season UTSA games now are scheduled to be televised.

Jay Howard (play-by-play), Don Harris (analyst) and Jim Goodman (sidelines) will call the action from the Sun Bowl and the 7 p.m. (CT) broadcast will be preceded by a 30-minute pregame show that will be produced by Quarter Moon Productions.

KMYS-CW 35 is available in the San Antonio market on AT&T U-Verse (35/1035 HD), DirecTV (35), DISH Network (35), Grande Communications (7/807 HD), Time Warner Cable (7/1212 HD) and over the air (35.1).


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OrangeandBlueDay.com Discounts Growing
More than 150 local businesses and organizations have joined the UTSA Business Alliance and many are offering loyal Roadrunners fans discounts on Fridays before UTSA football games.  

Go to OrangeandBlueDay.com to find local businesses offering discounts on everything from food to legal services to Roadrunners fans who visit their establishments wearing orange and blue on Fridays before UTSA games.

Discounts are offered by official UTSA Athletics sponsors and members of the UTSA Business Alliance.

If your business would like to become an official sponsor of UTSA Athletics, you can call Bobby Jordan at (210) 458-6243.

To purchase a Business Alliance ticket package and get more information on OrangeandBlueDay.com, please call the UTSA Ticket Office at (210) 458-8872.


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Season Ticket Books Are In The Mail
Football season ticket holders have begun receiving their 2015 tickets and parking passes. Ticket booklets with UTSA head coach Larry Coker on the cover went out this week to those who ordered and paid for their tickets in full before June 1. Those fans who ordered tickets this summer will begin receiving their tickets later this week.  

Persons purchasing tickets now should receive their tickets within one week. Anyone who has paid for their 2015 season tickets in full and not received them should contact the ticket office at (210) 458-UTSA (8872) to check on the delivery status.

Away game football tickets also are available for order through the UTSA Ticket Office. Fans may purchase away game tickets by clicking here or calling the ticket office. Seat locations at away game stadiums will be assigned approximately one month before the game.


Dana Mecke at NACAC Championships
Dana Mecke

Former UTSA Athlete Represents USA At NACAC Championships
Former UTSA cross country and track & field star Dana Mecke represented the United States at the NACAC Championships from Aug. 7-9 in San Juan, Costa Rica.

One of the most decorated UTSA student-athletes in history, Mecke finished fourth in a close 800 meters race between the best runners from North America, Central America and the Caribbean regions.

Mecke earned the opportunity to represent the United States by placing seventh at the USA Track & Field National Championships earlier this summer in Eugene, Ore. The Smithson Valley High School product earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees while competing at UTSA. She was named Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year in both track & field and cross country back in 2008.  

Former UTSA assistant coach Rose Monday is coaching Mecke, who works as a bio-medical engineer in addition to her training. Monday recently coached Team USA at the IAAF World Relay Championships in the Bahamas and she was the head women’s coach for the Pan American Games last month in Toronto, Ontario. Monday also has been selected to serve as Team USA’s assistant distance coach for the 2016 Olympic Games.


VIA Adds I-35 Game Day Park & Ride Location
VIA has added a fifth park & ride location for UTSA football games at the Alamodome. Inexpensive and convenient bus service to and from the game now will be provided from the Randolph Park and Ride location the intersection of IH-35 and Loop 410 near Windsor Park Mall.

Additional park & ride service locations will be on the UTSA Main Campus, UTSA Downtown Campus, Crossroads Mall and Madla Transportation Center.  

Service to the Alamodome will begin two-and-a-half hours before kickoff and the last returning bus to each of the five locations will depart from the Alamodome 45 minutes after the end of the game.

For departures from the UTSA Main Campus, pick up is at Margaret Tobin and Walter Brennan and parking will be available in the Tobin Parking Garage at Margaret Tobin and John Peace Boulevard. Special event tokens from any VIA location will cost $2.50 each way ($5 round trip).


Seats For Soldiers Increases Sales Goal
The IMG/Learfield Ticket Sales staff has surpassed the 2,000 mark in sales of football tickets in the Seats for Soldiers program.  

“Our staff is committed to selling Seats for Soldiers on every phone call,” IMG/Learfield Ticket general manager Aaron Johnson said. “We are more than excited and proud of this achievement and have increased our goal for this season from 2,500 to 3,500.”

Throughout the spring and summer, IMG/Learfield sales agents have been asking Roadrunners fans to purchase single game tickets for military families. This year’s total sales have doubled from a year ago.  Companywide, IMG/Learfield sells more than 22,500 college football tickets each year and distributes these tickets to military families.


2015 Midnight Lights

Final Thoughts
More than 500 student-athletes, coaches and staff began the new school year together with a Tailgate Party on Monday in front of the Convocation Center. Later that evening, thousands of Roadrunners gathered with President Dr. Ricardo Romo at the UTSA Main Campus entrance for fireworks and lighting of the UTSA signs. Optimism and energy flows as the students return to campus for the 2015-16 academic year.

During the past few years, we have asked our students and fans to be “All In” with their giving to the various programs and their attendance at home events. We’ve asked our student-athletes to create a “family” culture with trust and accountability from all. In our initial meetings with teams this year, we have asked student-athletes to be “intentional” Roadrunners. Unlike “family” and “All In,” the term “intentional” may need some explanation.

We want to start a Roadrunners revolution in San Antonio and throughout all of South Texas. For UTSA Athletics to grow and engage the total support of our existing and potential fans, we must be the intentional instigators. We cannot sit back and wait for our public to initiate the revolution.

In the past few days alone, we have seen the beginning of the revolution.

Victoria's Secret Pink UTSA store

More than 200 businesses have joined the UTSA Athletics Business Alliance and 25 are offering discounts to Roadrunners fans who wear orange and blue on the day before football games. The Victoria Secret Pink stores are offering a full line of UTSA and Roadrunners merchandise (pictured left), KENS 5 television station will be featuring UTSA student-athletes doing the weather on select Thursday mornings and CPS Energy is working on a series of advertisements recognizing outstanding academic and athletics accomplishments of our student-athletes.

These are just a few indicators that an intentional Roadrunners revolution has begun.

I know of two great examples of communities that have been intentional in their development of sports programs.

In the last 30 years, Indianapolis has relocated the Colts to a new stadium, attracted the NCAA Headquarters and built new homes for the Indiana Pacers and its Triple A baseball team.

Just 11 years ago, TCU was in Conference USA and the Mountain West five years ago. With the help of Fort Worth and its fan base, the Horned Frogs have renovated their football and basketball stadiums, made significant strides in their baseball program and came within an eyelash of competing in last fall’s inaugural College Football Playoff.

The intentional efforts of both these places have achieved successes once thought impossible.

My hope for the new school year is that you will help fuel a Roadrunners revolution by becoming an “intentional” supporter of our program. A very simple way is to participate in orange and blue days each Friday this fall. Spread the revolt to your friends and neighbors and get them to the football home opener against Kansas State on Sept. 12. We pledge that our staff and teams are going to be Roadrunner fanatics in all that we do.

With the right intentions, our great university and city will place UTSA in the national limelight as one of the great up-and-coming institutions of higher learning. Be a part by intentionally fanning the flames of the Roadrunners revolution.

Go Runners!

Sincerely,

Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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Upcoming Schedule Of Events  
Aug. 23 Soccer Sam Houston State   7 p.m.

Aug. 28 Volleyball vs. Montana (Bearkats Invitational)   2 p.m.

Aug. 28 Soccer vs. Abilene Christian (Texas Longhorns Invitational)   4:30 p.m.

Aug. 28 Volleyball vs. Prairie View A&M (Bearkats Invitational)   4:30 p.m.

Aug. 29 Volleyball at Sam Houston State (Bearkats Invitational)   11:30 a.m.

Aug. 29 Volleyball vs. Tulane (Bearkats Invitational)   4:30 p.m.

Aug. 30 Soccer vs. North Carolina (Texas Longhorns Invitational)   10:30 a.m.


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