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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Roadrunners To Open Conference USA Play On Saturday Night
The football team will open its Conference USA schedule at UTEP (2-2) on Saturday night and kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

This week’s game will be televised locally on KMYS-CW 35, which is available in the San Antonio market on AT&T U-Verse (35/1035HD), DirectTV (35), DISH Network (35), Grande Communications (7/807HD), Time Warner Cable (7/1212HD) and over the air (35.1).

The radio broadcast on Ticket 760 AM will begin with the two-hour pregame show at 5 p.m. (CT).

UTEP Official Watch Parties Set
There will be several local official watch parties for Saturday night's football game UTEP (7 p.m./CT). Below is a list of the official UTSA Alumni Watch Zones presented by SACU.

· The Block Food Park & Patio Bar (14530 Roadrunner Way)
· Buffalo Wings & Rings (203 North Loop 1604 West)
· Freetail Brewing Company (4035 North Loop 1604 West)
· The Hangar Bar & Grill (8203 Broadway)
· Stonewerks Big Rock Grille at Lincoln Heights (corner of Broadway & Basse Roads)
· Stonewerks Big Rock Grille at The Rim (5807 Worth Parkway)
· Stonewerks Big Rock Grille at The Vineyard (1201 North Loop 1604 West, Suite 101)

Laura Neugebauer-Groff vs. Oregon

Neugebauer-Groff Posts 500th Career Victory
Head volleyball coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff posted her 500th career victory in a sweep (25-18, 25-15, 25-16) of North Texas on Sunday at the Convocation Center. The Roadrunners improved to 11-5 overall and the two-time defending Conference USA Regular Season Champions moved to 2-0 in league play.

Neugebauer-Groff now owns a career record of 500-246. Before coming to UTSA, she compiled a 256-62 record in eight seasons at St. Mary’s. In her 14 seasons with the Roadrunners, the 2014 C-USA Coach of the Year has led the program to four conference championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and coached 48 all-conference players.

The Roadrunners will begin a three-match conference road swing on Friday at UAB. Their next home contest isn't until Sunday, Oct. 18, against Marshall.

Sheehan Honored By League Office
Women's cross country runner Kerstin Sheehan was named the Conference USA Athlete of the Week on Tuesday. The junior from Kingwood finished third in the field of 44 distance runners and led the Roadrunners to a second-place tie at Friday's Islanders Splash in Corpus Christi. Sheehan and UTSA will return to action at Friday's Longhorns Invitational in Austin.

Alamodome vs. Kansas State

UTSA Football Home Attendance Ranks Third In Conference USA
Heading into its eight-game Conference USA football schedule, UTSA ranks third in the league in home attendance.

The Roadrunners have averaged 27,065 against non-conference opponents Kansas State (Sept. 12) and Colorado State (Sept. 26). Marshall leads the league with an average of 31,453, while Southern Miss is second at 29,842.

UTSA ranks seventh among the 12 Football Bowl Subdivision schools in Texas. The Roadrunners have outdrawn SMU (26,587), Texas State (25,907), UTEP (22,322), North Texas (19,602) and Rice (18,296). UTSA stands behind Texas A&M (103,402), Texas (88,366), Texas Tech (58,482), TCU (46,957), Baylor (44,055) and Houston (32,868).

Volunteers Needed For The Alamo Invitational
Scoring volunteers are needed for the The Alamo Invitational in memory of Maryb S. Kauth women’s golf tournament on Oct. 25-27 at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.

Volunteers are needed to work shifts from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, and 7:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Volunteers can work one, two or all three days. Lunch will be served every day.

If you can volunteer for one or more rounds, please contact Brad Parrott via email at or by phone at (210) 458-4909. Please indicate the days that you will be able to help.

Zander Lozano mug shot

Lozano Leads UTSA To Sixth Place At Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational
Zander Lozano registered his second straight top-10 finish to lead the UTSA men's golf team to a sixth-place showing at this week's Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.

The sophomore from Fair Oaks Ranch carded a 2-over-par 212 that included a career record-tying 67 in the second round in registering his fourth overall top 10. The Roadrunners were sixth with an 872 (290-289-293) in the 12-team field and will return to action on Oct. 5-6 at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.

Final Thoughts
Beginning in Spring 2002, local banker Joe McKinney and accounting firm executive David Worley chaired a committee composed of civic leaders and university officials to explore the feasibility of bringing football to UTSA.

For more than two years, the UTSA administration and these key community leaders discussed major issues surrounding Roadrunners football and its place in the strategic plan of the university.

As part of their research, committee members and university representatives made numerous visits to universities and individuals seeking input and best practices for a new football program.

Early in the process, a committee contingent traveled to the American Football Coaches Association headquarters in Waco to visit with Executive Director Grant Teaff.

"You have a bird nest on the ground," the former Baylor head coach said. "The Alamodome is one of the best football stadiums in the country. You should be having Fiesta there six Saturdays every fall."

Coach Teaff's familiarity with the San Antonio community may have come from his son in law, Russ Bookbinder, the executive director of San Antonio Sports and former vice president of the San Antonio Spurs. Or maybe the long-time high school and college coach formed his opinion after numerous visits to the Alamo City.

Somehow he knew San Antonians love to eat, drink and be merry. Whether it's Fiesta, the Fourth of July or a UTSA football game, they enjoy hanging out with friends and family, and diving into good food.

Coach Teaff's words ring loudly through my mind before each of our home games at the Alamodome. Our loyal tailgaters are always lined up before the gates open to position themselves for the land run to their favorite spots. Once they fire up the grills, they help create one of the best tailgating scenes around.

During the past five years, a new San Antonio tradition has been established. Visiting fans and NCAA officials are amazed at how quickly UTSA fans have established a festive game day atmosphere.

Coach Teaff is recovering at home after being hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs. We want to wish him a speedy recovery and let him know we're having Fiesta six Saturdays this fall in the Alamodome parking lots. Coach Teaff, you got it right!

Thanks for all that you do for UTSA Athletics. Hope to see you soon at all of our home events.

Go Runners!


Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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