UTA OWNS CONFERENCE CUP. For the third time since the award was initiated in 1997, UTA has claimed the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup. The honor recognizes the top athletic department based on conference standings in each sport sponsored by the SLC. The Mavericks nished with 170 points, winning regular-season conference championships in volleyball, softball and men’s tennis in 2002-03. UTA has won the cup every other year since 1998-99.
TOP SCHOLAR-ATHLETES NAMED. Track and eld star Kajsa Haglund and softball player Ali Lommel were named co-Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, and Josh Daniel of the men’s basketball team was named Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the annual UTA all-sports banquet in April.
TENNIS COACH NAMED. Christian Wassmer has been named head coach of the men’s tennis team in addition to his job as women’s coach. A two-time SLC Women’s Coach of the Year, he guided the Lady Mavs to a 46-match conference win streak from 2001-03. He replaces Patric DuBois as head coach of the men’s team. DuBois resigned in August to head the Recreation and Wellness Center at Northwestern State University.
CORRIE NETS HONORS. UTA’s David Corrie was named SLC Men’s Tennis Student- Athlete of the Year and was elected to the 2003 Verizon District VI All-Academic Team. Nathan McGregor was named SLC Newcomer of the Year in men’s tennis.
GOLFERS HONORED. Anthony Estorga was named SLC Newcomer of the Year and rst-team All-SLC by the league’s coaches, while Jordan Krantz earned the conference’s Student-Athlete of the Year honor.
TRACK TEAMS FALL SHORT OF TITLES. The UTA women’s track team ni shed t hird and the UTA men fourth at the 2003 Southland Conference Track and Field Championships. For the women, Kajsa Haglund repeated her titles in the 800 and 1,500 from a year ago. She also qualified for the NCAA meet in the 1, 500. Other NCAA qualifiers included Rukaiya Holland in the 100-meter dash for the women and Clement Taylor in the 100-meter dash and Paul Whitty in the 110-meter hurdles for the men.
SOFTBALL COACH, PLAYERS RECOGNIZED. Debbie Nichols-Hedrick was a unanimous choice as SLC Coach of the Year, while junior Katy Cox was named SLC Pitcher of the Year and designated player/outfielder Beverly Rowan the league’s Utility Player of the Year. Outfielder Melanie Williams was named All-SLC first team.
HOOPSTERS LEAD ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM. Senior Josh Daniel and juniors Donny Beacham and Roy Johnson were named to the five-man Southland Conference All-Academic Team for men’s basketball.
TRACKSTERS EARN ACADEMIC HONORS. James Mannering, Calvin Portley Jr. and Josh Rosenthal were selected to the SLC All-Academic Team in men’s track. Kajsa Haglund was named to the women’s SLC All-Academic Team for the second year in a row.
BASEBALL HITS IT BIG. Third baseman Ryan Roberts was named SLC Baseball Player of the Year and Hitter of the Year. He was also named to the All-South Central Region first team and to three All-America teams. Roberts was joined on the all-conference first team by outfielder Hunter Pence. Outfielder Robby Deevers and pitcher Mike Snapp were named to the conference’s All-Academic Team.
MAVS IN THE MINORS. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Ryan Roberts in the 18th round of the June baseball draft. The Milwaukee Brewers drafted pitcher Ricky Stover and outfielder Robby Deevers. Two players signed as free agents: catcher Dustin Bozarth with the San Francisco Giants and pitcher Aaron Pullin with the Anaheim Angels.
ASSISTANT JOINS STAFF. Kaleb Canales has been named men’s basketball assistant coach. Canales earned a kinesiology degree from UTA in 2001 and was a student assistant coach here from 1999-2001. For the past two years, he’s been a high school assistant coach in Laredo.
UTA APPOINTS SID. Bill
Petitt, formerly assistant sports information director at U.T.
San Antonio, has been named SID. Petitt replaces Mickey Seward, who
left in July to become sports information director at Berry College
in Rome, Ga. Petitt served as SID at West Texas A&M, promotions
director at KCRS radio in Midland and sports editor for the Kerrville
Daily Times before spending the last three years at UTSA.