2012-13 Louisiana Tech Bulldog Golf Media Guide
Media guide for 2012-13 Louisiana Tech Bulldog golf.
Senior SAM FORGAN www.LATechSports.com #WeAreLATech h o m e fa c i l i t y o f t h e L o u i s i a n a T e c h b u l l d o g s SQUIRE CREEK GOLF COURSE 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Content General Information................................................................2 The 2012-13 Louisiana Tech golf team information guide is a publication of the Athletics Media Relations Office. It has been designed as a source of information for the news media and Bulldog golf fans. Every effort has been made to include pertinent and timely information. Should you need additional information such as feature material and/ or statistics, please direct your inquiries to the media relations office. News releases, photos and other services are available to accredited members of the news media. Current releases, statistics and photos can also be obtained at LATechSports.com. Editors: Malcolm Butler Contributors: Butler, Louisiana Tech News Bureau, Louisiana Tech Marketing and Public Relations Department Covers, Layout and Design: Donnie Bell Design Photography: Donny Crowe, Tom Morris, Darrell James, James Garner, Matt Lange, Donald Page. Welcome to the Family...........................................................3 Head Coach Jeff Parks..........................................................30 Assistant Coach Brad Pullin..................................................31 2012-13 Roster......................................................................32 Sam Forgan..........................................................................33 Victor Lange..........................................................................34 Jack Lempke.........................................................................35 Brandon Newton..................................................................36 Ben Robinson.......................................................................37 Chandler Vilcheck..................................................................38 Travis Wilmore......................................................................39 2011-12 Results.....................................................................39 Western Athletic Conference...............................................44 All-Time Records..................................................................45 All-Time Conference Results................................................48 All-Time WAC Teams.............................................................49 University President Dr. Dan Reneau...................................50 Athletic Director Bruce Van De Velde....................................51 Athletic Administation..........................................................52 Adminstrative Support..........................................................57 Athletics Council/Head & Assistant Coaches.......................58 Athletic Mission Statement Embody excellence in everything we do. Develop student-athletes to maximize their potential in mind, body and spirit. Bring pride, admiration, and loyalty to the University family, community and state. Win with integrity. Athletic Vision Louisiana Tech University will be a conference leader in performance by investing strategically in student-athletesâ€™ development, providing superior facilities, and enhancing program support to achieve a local and national image of success and dominance. www.LATechSports.com 1 General School Information 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Location: Ruston, La. Founded: 1894 Enrollment: 11,250 Affiliation: NCAA Division I Nickname: Bulldogs Colors: Red and Blue Home Course: Squire Creek Country Club (Choudrant, La.) Year Opened: 2002 President: Dr. Dan Reneau Athletic Director: Bruce Van De Velde Associate AD/SWA: Mary Kay Hungate Coaching Staff Head Coach: Jeff Parks Alma Mater: Mississippi State, 1993 Volunteer Assistant Coach: Brad Pullin Media Relations Associate AD: Malcolm Butler Golf Contact: Malcolm Butler Send all bowling requests to: Malcolm Butler, Associate AD â€“ Media Relations E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Phone: (318) 257-3144 Cell Phone:(318) 614-4513 Athletics Web Site: LATechSports.com Twitter: @LATechMButler Mailing/Shipping Address: Thomas Assembly Center, Room 164 Ruston, La. 71270 Alphabetical Roster Name Sam Forgan Victor Lange Jack Lempke Brandon Newton Ben Robinson Chandler Vilcheck Travis Wilmore Ht 6-2 5-10 5-11 5-8 6-0 5-11 6-1 Class Exp Hometown (Previous School) Sr./3L Stowmarket, England (Stowmarket HS) Fr./HS Johannesburg, South Africa (Leeuwenhof College) Jr./2L Frisco, Texas (Frisco Wakeland HS) Fr./HS Ruston, La. (Cedar Creek HS) Fr./HS Droitwich, England (Stowe School) So./1L Bluffton, S.C. (Hilton Head Christian Academy) Jr./2L Alexandria, La. (Holy Savior Menard HS) Team Information Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 4/4 Newcomers: 3 Coaches Jeff Parks - Head Coach Brad Pullin - Volunteer Assistant Coach Letterwinners Returning (4) Sam Forgan Jack Lempke Chandler Vilcheck Travis Wilmore Letterwinners Lost (4) Jonathan Bale Cody Blankenship Patrick Blunt Cody Santone Newcomers (3) Victor Lange Brandon Newton Ben Robinson 2 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE we are louisiana tech university welcome to the family “ Louisiana Tech will be a top research university. And every top research university in the United States has a top athletic program. That’s our goal. We’re developing a road map for Tech athletics. ” -- Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau www.LATechSports.com 3 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE SQUIRE CREEK GOLF COURSE HOME FACILITY OF THE LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS Squire Creek Golf Course is the home to the Louisiana Tech golf team. It is a private, members-only facility, which features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio. The course has twice been ranked number one in the state of Louisiana, and was ranked as one of the top 10 best new courses in America by Golf Digest. Squire Creek Country Club features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio. The 7,105 yard, par 72 course is ranked number one in Louisiana. The magnificent Fazio design allows golfers to enjoy golf in its purest form, and challenges players at every hole. The layout features not only a rewarding golf experience, but also lush landscapes and beautiful scenery, for picturesque views around every turn. 4 www.LATechSports.com The Squire Creek course is designed to blend harmoniously with the surrounding natural terrain, subtly enhancing color and texture variations around each hole. By combining the aesthetic pleasures of an enjoyable game in an exquisite environment, Squire Creek provides its members the ultimate living and golfing experience. 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Squire Creek Golf Course hosted the 2005 Western Athletic Conference championships, the US Open Qualifier in 2009, the Southern Junior in 2011, and the Vicky Hurst Under Armour AJGA in 2012. www.LATechSports.com 5 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Squire Creek also offers a state of the art training facility, which features dual bays with retractable doors for indoor or outdoor use, motion analysis and launch monitor. The use of the training facility is a privilege that only Bulldog golf team members, Squire Creek golf members, or golf school trainees can enjoy. 6 www.LATechSports.com AMM3D Motion Analysis System We utilize the Advanced Motion Measurement 3D Optical Analysis System to capture, measure and display the 3 dimensional motion of your full golf swing. The AMM3D measures your hips, shoulders, arms, wrist, hands and head, and how far you move up and down and side to side, while capturing your tilts, bends, rotations, and speed. It defines your kinematics sequence, or the efficiency of your golf swing, and helps us to predict and prevent future injuries due to improper form. 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE V1 Pro Video Analysis System V1 video is used to show a 2 dimensional view of your swing faults. It is a very powerful tool that provides real-time visual feedback and the software tools to identify your technical flaws so that we can quickly correct them. TRACKMAN TRACKMAN is a radar unit that measures both club delivery and the full trajectory of your golf shot. It measures ball spin, launch angle, and speeds of both the club and ball. It is a great tool to help with club fitting and yardage control. SAM Putting Lab This system analyzes your putting stroke in 28 different parameters from club path to face angles to the rhythem of your stroke. It has parameters of the tour players to give guidance in a proper putting stroke. www.LATechSports.com 7 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE PRACTICE FACILITIES Squire Creek Golf Course boasts some of the top practice facilities in the South. It has a designated short game area with two greenside bunkers and up to 50-yards worth of pitching and chipping area. It has a fairway bunker practice area and several mounds for uneven lie practice. 8 www.LATechSports.com It has a 10,000 square foot driving range tee which includes five target greens with bunkers to work on your accuracy. The Bulldogs have access to Pro-V1 range balls. The Bulldogs have use of a private practice tee at the opposite end of the driving range which is located adjacent to the training facility. 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE It has four putting surfaces to work on short game, two of which are Bermuda grass Tifeagle greens and two of which are Bent grass greens. The largest is a 12,000 square foot Bermuda grass surface. A bunker exists next to the 5,500 square foot Bent grass putting green which gives the Bulldogs another area of green side bunker practice. Typically the green speeds range from 10 to 13 on a stimp meter. www.LATechSports.com 9 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE this is Louisiana Tech At Louisiana Tech YOU are not a number, YOU are family. louisiana tech s classified as a National Tier 1 University, i the only Carnegie Doctoral/High Research University and the only SREB Doctoral Four-Year 2 Research University in north Louisiana; also the only university in north Louisiana to earn a spot on the 2012 Best Colleges National Universities list. s ranked as the top university in the state for i mid-career median pay for graduates, according to the 2011-12 College Salary Report from PayScale.com. In addition to its top spot in the state, Louisiana Tech was ranked among the top 30 of all universities in the southern United States. is ranked as one of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges in the nation by Kiplinger’s Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. saw 90 percent of first-year and senior students rate their entire educational experience at the University as “good or excellent,” according to a 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) report. All classes are taught by full professors, not teaching assistants 10 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE More than 700 companies worldwide travel to campus eAch yeAR to RecRUit loUisiAnA tech gRAdUAtes Louisiana Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau is known as one of the top collegiate presidents in the country and a staunch supporter of both academics and athletics. “ Louisiana Tech University is a family of students, instructors, staff, friends and alumni. We are teachers, doctors, engineers and artists. We are moms and dads, newlyweds, retirees and rookies on the job. Let us help you realize your dreams as we continue to realize the University’s dreams together. Join the family. ” -- Dr. Dan Reneau, University President Quarter System – Big Advantage for the Student-Athlete Louisiana Tech has a unique advantage of being on the quarter system as opposed to the semester system. The quarter system provides significant advantages for the students: Lighter workload (take 3 classes instead of 5) Shorter academic sessions (12 weeks instead of 18) More frequent breaks during and between academic sessions ore opportunities to withdraw or drop a class and still M remain TOPS eligible www.LATechSports.com 11 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE student-athlete helping put the student into is committed to the success of Louisiana Tech’s student-athletes. The Bulldog Achievement Resource Center (BARC) Programs Provided by BARC Tutoring and group help sessions in all subjects upplemental instruction from students who have S already successfully completed a certain course Writing assistance Advising opportunities eferral program for students needing additionR al assistance omputer labs and study hall C space “If you want to really be noticed, and not be just another student at a university, Tech is your best choice … a family-oriented atmosphere where people care. Everyone is great around campus and in town, and there are lots of things to do here if you step out and explore. My first-year college experience has been great. ” – Courtney Hayes, So. (Las Vegas, Nev.) 12 www.LATechSports.com OLIVIA LUKASEWICH 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Soccer standout Olivia Lukasewich was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award following her outstanding career at Louisiana Tech. During her fouryear career, she led the Lady Techster soccer team to its best four-year stretch in program history. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and graduated Magna Cum Laude. “Don’t pass over Tech because it is a small school or in a small town. The atmosphere is great and very supportive of the school. I love the small class sizes; the teachers know you by name and you get much more personal attention than you might be able to get somewhere else. It really is a family atmosphere. ” – Jack Lempke, Jr. (Frisco, Texas) Lisa Merritt and BRAD HERMAN team up in the Louisiana Tech athletics academic center to help the University’s studentathletes excel in the classroom and ultimately earn their degrees, something that is the No. 1 goal for the administration and coaches at Tech. “Tech has helped me mature into the student I am today. I started slowly, but Tech was very inspirational with helping me work toward my overall goal because my professors and coaches taught me that through hard work and faith, all things are possible. I’ve met people here who will be my friends for the rest of my life. Just as Tech will be. ” – Philip Longino, Jr. (Houston, Texas) www.LATechSports.com 13 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE tomorrowâ€™s graduate todayâ€™s freshman is louisiana tech saw 94 student-athletes earn Academic All-WAC accolades in 2011-12. saw nine of its programs record their highest multi-year APR scores ever while five registered their highest single year APR score ever. Four of the programs also earned a perfect 1,000 score on the single year rate. aw the Bulldog football program earn the 2011 Academic s Achievement Award presented by the American Football Coaches Association for graduating over 75 percent of its football studentathletes. saw the Bulldog golf program earn an NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking in the top 10 percent in multi-year APR for their respective sport. 14 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Louisiana Tech student-athletes recorded an all-time high four-year graduation success rate of 72 percent which ranked as the second highest in the state among Division I football-playing public institutions and among the best in the nation. louisiana tech boasts the University of Louisiana System’s highest graduation rate at 54.2 percent. boasts the ULS’ fastest time to completion for first time baccalaureates at 4.7 years. boasts the ULS’ highest average freshman ACT scores at 23.8. www.LATechSports.com 15 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE louisiana tech campus life Welcome to University Park Your home away from home Itâ€™s a community of Tech students who want the convenience of on-campus living and the privacy and sophistication of hightech, spacious apartments and townhouses with a signature Louisiana Tech view. University Park Amenities 2- and 4-bedroom designs Townhouse features a spiral staircase to a loft with two bedrooms and a bath Private bedroom phone and cable television Kitchen equipped with range and refrigerator High speed internet access A pedestrian bridge provides easy, direct access from UP to the heart of campus 16 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Tolliver Hall -a cyber café with plasma TVs, webcams and wireless internet and a McAlister’s Deli Student Center -a large cafeteria-style area that allows students to choose from a variety of eating establishments including, Chick-Fil-A and Burger King as well as a cafeteria Local Restaurants -students get plenty of Louisiana flavor as Ruston is full of local restaurants that range from a little Cajun spice to southern down-home cooking Quadrangle -one of the most frequented areas of campus where students hang out under century-old oak trees to study and socialize lambright intramural Center -an on-campus recreational facility which includes a brand new $12.5 million swimming complex which just opened this spring. The facility also includes a rock-climbing wall, basketball courts, racquetball courts, a bowling alley, men’s and women’s weightrooms, an indoor track, saunas, steamrooms and a variety of cardio equipment www.LATechSports.com 17 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE student activities Tech students are some of the best fans in the South as all of the Universityâ€™s athletic teams have great followings on game days whether football, basketball or any of the 16 NCAA Division I sanctioned programs. louisiana tech The Miss Tech pageant is just one of many annual student events on campus, including unity step shows, Greek Week, Spring Fling, homecoming, talent shows, concerts, intramurals, sporting events, student organizations, theatrical and musical productions and more. 18 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Construction on the brand new $12.5 million recreational and competitive swimming pools was completed this spring. The facility connects to the existing Lambright Intramural Center and is the final phase of a $50 million recreational construction project on campus that included new tennis courts, track and bowling alley. An atrium connects the two facilities and includes a rock-climbing wall as well as Counter Culture, a cafĂŠ complete with sandwiches, soups, smoothies and a variety of drinks. www.LATechSports.com 19 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE success success breeds Louisiana Techâ€™s Athletic Department: accepted an invitation to join Conference USA in an all-sports move starting July 1, 2013. won the NCAA Pack the House Challenge for the WAC for the fifth straight year, the only school in the country to win it four straight years. finished sixth in the Excellence in Management Cup (presented by Texas A&Mâ€™s Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics), marking the third straight year it earned a Top 10 ranking. set an annual fundraising record with gifts totaling $6 million while the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC) set a record for annual membership with 1,252 donors. 20 www.LATechSports.com On the playing fields: 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Bulldog football ended the season on a seven-game winning streak to capture the 2011 WAC Championship – first since 2001 – and earned a berth in the Poinsettia Bowl against 15th-ranked TCU. Track stars Chelsea Hayes (long jump, USA), Jason Morgan (discus, Jamaica) and Ayanna Alexander (triple jump, Trinidad) all qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Bulldog basketball upset No. 1 seed Nevada and advanced to its first ever WAC Tournament championship game under first-year head coach Mike White. Lady Techster outfielder Dacia Hale tied the NCAA Division I softball single game record with 11 RBI in 17-7 win over perennial NCAA Tournament power Fresno State. Bulldog golf earned its highest end-of-the-year ranking in program history, finishing 77th and barely missing its first ever NCAA Regional appearance. Lady Techster basketball recorded its 38th straight winning season and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the eighth time in 11 years. Scotti Culton and Olivia Lukasewich became the first Tech soccer players to play professionally. Alena Erofeyeva won 19 singles matches, falling one short of tying the Lady Techster tennis program record set in 1982 while tennis won the most matches in a season since 1994. Bulldog pitcher Phil Maton was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team. Adriano De Souza was named the ninth head coach in the history of the Lady Techster volleyball program. Bowling posted double digit wins against Top 20 ranked programs during the season. Ryan Allen won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter, the only player from a non-BCS school to win a national award. www.LATechSports.com 21 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Quest for Excellence – Meeting the Needs of Tech’s Student-Athletes The construction of a 90,000-plus square-foot multipurpose facility in the south end zone of Joe Aillet Stadium will benefit every student-athlete at Louisiana Tech University. Student-Athlete Benefits Include: New academic center New state-of-the-art sports medicine facility New strength and conditioning complex New coaches offices and locker rooms for football, baseball, soccer, tennis, softball, golf and track and field Video room with state-of-the-art capabilities New auditorium for team and departmental meetings 22 www.LATechSports.com More than $12 million of the projected $20 million has already been committed as the project is moving forward and could break ground as soon as spring of 2013. Tech alums Steve Davison (pictured), Terry Bradshaw and Drake Mills form the Leadership Team that is spearheading the fundraising for the facility, along with Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Louisiana Tech already ranks among the state and conference leaders in student-athlete graduation rate and in Academic Progress Report rate, and the new academic center will further enhance and emphasize the University’s commitment to the classroom. Since Louisiana Tech joined the WAC in 2001, its athletic programs have captured 29 team championships and dozens of individual titles. Louisiana Tech has contracted with renowned sports architectural firm Populous to develop a master facility plan. Populous has created some of the most recognizable professional sports venues in the country: Yankee Stadium Busch Stadium AT&T Park Pepsi Center PNC Park PETCO Park Oriole Park at Camden Yards Reliant Stadium “ Quest for Excellence is a watershed event in the history of our athletics program and, through the private contributions of our friends and supporters, will put our University shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most progressive and respected programs in the nation. ” - Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau “ This project addresses many of the needs of our student-athletes, enhances recruiting and provides a source of pride for our alumni and fans. Our vision is a quest for excellence and a desire, focus and commitment to be an institution that values academic and athletic excellence. ” – Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde www.LATechSports.com 23 MALONE louisiana tech’s 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE BROOKS prominent alumni Louisiana Tech continues to give back on a global level in every profession and every day, either on center stage or behind the scenes. Tech alums seize the opportunity on campus to make a difference off it; because of you, the University’s influence spreads, now more than ever. Leon Barmore: Best winning percentage of any other coach in history of NCAA women’s basketball, five-time Hall of Famer Albert Bourland: Retired President of Daimler-Benz Washington, Inc., manufacturer of Mercedes Benz Terry Bradshaw: Member of FOX NFL Sunday, NFL Hall of Fame, No. 1 pick in the 1970 NFL draft, winner of four Super Bowls Kix Brooks: Songwriter, guitar player, entertainer, Tech fan, host of American Country Music Countdown John D. Caruthers, Jr.: President of the Seven States I-69 Mid-Continent Highway Coalition Tara Collins: Developer of the MediKin Hematology Teaching Vein, a “hands on” way of understanding blood disorders and diseases, especially HIV/AIDS James Davison: Developer of Squire Creek Country Club, Board of Directors for Genesis Energy, former Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System POST BRADSHAW POON WEATHERS CARUTHERS Benny Denny: CEO of Bank of Ruston, President of Louisiana Tech University Foundation Rosemary Ellis: Editor of Good Housekeeping Magazine A.C. Hollins, Jr.: Vice-President/Director of Operations & Infrastructure for National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), Las Vegas Emily Howell and Julie Bartlett Stephenson: Back-toback recipients of “Teacher of the Year” award in Louisiana, high school division, in 2012 and 2011; Jenny Marie Blalock was 2011 Louisiana Elementary School Teacher of the Year 24 www.LATechSports.com HOWELL WYLY 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Sandy Johnson: President/owner of Barrios Technology in Houston; earned NASA’s highest award – the George M. Low Award for Quality and Excellence, won twice – and in 2004 received NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Public Service Medal. Michael McCallister: Chairman of the Board/CEO of Humana, Inc., which employs 30,000 nationwide and has revenues of $33 billion Eddie McGough: Senior Vice President for Alcon Laboratories, a global medical company specializing in eye care products Hilton Nicholson: CEO of Sixnet, member of FCC Advisory Board Mervin Parker: Corporate Forestry Manager of Hunt Forest Products, a privately held company with more than 65,000 acres of timberland owned and managed and more than 700 employees in the state of Louisiana Scott Poole: Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Roy O. Martin Lumber Company, one of the largest independently owned forest products companies in the South Glen Post, III: Chief Executive Officer and President of CenturyLink, which employs nearly 48,000, has operating revenues of $4.596 billion on a consolidated basis and is the third largest telecommunications company in America Max Watson, Jr.: Founder and President of BMC Software, Inc.; named by Forbes Magazine in Top 15 of 200 Best Small Companies Teresa Weatherspoon: Named one of the top 15 players in WNBA history, Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer, coach of the Lady Techsters basketball team, Olympic gold medalist and Wade Trophy winner Sam Wyly: Co-founder of Green Mountain Energy, Maverick Capital, Ranger Capital Group, Michaels Stores, and Sterling Software, Inc. NICHOLSON ELLIS DENNY DAVISON www.LATechSports.com JOHNSON 25 BARMORE Karl Malone: Two-time NBA MVP , Ruston-area businessman, member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, second-leading scorer in NBA history 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE sports medicine center More than 3,800 square feet of athletic training facility built in 2001. Contains: swimex therapy pool cardiovascular equipment training tables private staff offices physicians examination room dr. william bundrick Keith Bunch is the head athletic trainer at Louisiana Tech University and is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is in charge of the Dr. William Bundrick Sports Medicine Center and taking care of the Bulldog football players. Louisiana Tech football can claim one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country as one of its own. Dr. William Bundrick lettered for the Bulldogs in the late 1950s before graduating and moving on to the LSU Medical School in New Orleans. Today, he is not only the Bulldogs team physician, but he is also the benefactor of the Sports Medicine Department located in the Charles Wyly Athletic Center – home of the Tech football program. 26 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE weightroom karl malone New State-of-the-Art Equipment Damon Harrington is the head strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech and is a certified member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. During his six years at LA Tech, more than 25 of the Bulldogs strength and conditioning records have been broken. 8 powerlift nine-foot combo power racks with platforms 8 powerlift glute ham machines 15 hammer strength machines 2 sets of iron grip GX dumb bells (5 to 150 lbs) Louisiana Tech legend Karl Malone recently funded the new state-of-the-art equipment in the Karl Malone Weightroom. Malone was considered one of the most wellconditioned athletes in the history of the NBA. www.LATechSports.com 27 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE USA … USA … USA … as in Conference USA After a 12-year affiliation in the highly-respected Western Athletic Conference, Louisiana Tech will make the all-sports move to Conference USA on July 1, 2013. The 14-team league will include eight schools in the central time zone as Louisiana Tech will boast natural geographic rivalries with a host of outstanding academic and athletic universities including Tulane, Southern Miss, Rice, Tulsa, UTSA, North Texas and UAB. The league also includes highlyrespected institutions (outside of the central time zone) in UTEP , FIU, Charlotte, Old Dominion, Marshall and East Carolina. More than a thousand supporters showed up at the Thomas Assembly Center on May 4 when Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky extended the official invitation to Tech President Dan Reneau. 28 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE MARSHALL OLD DOMINION EAST CAROLINA TULSA CHARLOTTE NORTH TEXAS UTEP LOUISIANA TECH UAB SOUTHERN MISS TULANE UTSA RICE FIU ON THE MAP (TENTATIVE 2013) CUSA Highlights 144 Bowl appearances (64 since 1994) 118 NCAA Appearances in Men’s Basketball 10 Men’s Basketball Final Four Appearances, five National Championship game appearances and one National Championship 2002 NIT Champions (Memphis) and 2001 NIT Champions (Tulsa) 51 NCAA appearances in Women’s Basketball (38 since 1994) 112 NCAA Appearances in Baseball (73 since 1995) 12 College World Series Appearances, with five in a row (2003 National Champions Rice) 26 NCAA appearances in Volleyball in the last 14 years Two Softball College World Series Appearances Two Men’s Soccer College Cup Appearances 17 Men’s Golf National Championships Two Women’s Golf National Championships 32 National Championships in Track and Field and Cross Country Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau and Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde sign the contract making the University an official member of C-USA. www.LATechSports.com 29 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE JEFF PARKS Head Coach Since Jeff Parks was hired as the head coach for Louisiana Tech three years ago, the Bulldog golf program had taken strides forward each season, including last year when it was on the verge of making the first NCAA Regional appearance in program history. After an impressive fall and spring season that saw the team record five Top 5 finishes and an 81-46 record, the Bulldogs climbed into the top 70 in the country heading into 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships. Tech was on the brink of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. However, the ultimate goal of winning the WAC Championship and competing in the NCAAs eluded Tech as a fifth-place finish in the three-day, 54-hole event at Rio Secco Golf Course in early May wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs fell out of the Top 70 and contention for the bid. As disappointing as the end to the season was for Parks and Co. it was just one more step in the right direction and something the program and returning players can build upon heading into 2012-13. “We were close last year, and as proud as I was of what we were able to accomplish as a team, we still missed out on our ultimate goal, ” Parks said. “We were close. We just didn’t finish as strong as we needed to in order to qualify for regionals. We can use it as a learning experience as we head into this season. ” Senior Cody Blankenship – who returned from a snowboarding accident that sidelined him for the previous season – became just the third Bulldog to ever earn All-WAC honors. Blankenship registered five Top 20 finishes while recording an overall mark of 409-142 during the season. While the Bulldogs were succeeding for most of the year on the course, they were also excelling off of it as the Tech golf program earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking in the top 10 percent in multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) for their respective sport. Seven members of the team also earned Academic All-WAC accolades. The previous season (2010-11) saw the Bulldogs capture two team titles - the Squire Creek Invitational in October and the Jim West Intercollegiate in April - marking the first time since 2004-05 a LA Tech team had accomplished the feat. Tech also recorded its top finish ever in the Western Athletic Conference Championships as the Bulldogs finished fourth in the nine-team field, surpassing its previous best of fifth place on two previous occasions. After opening the fall season with a pair of top five finishes, Parks and Co. also earned its highest ranking ever moving up as high as 59th in Golfstat.com. This ranking shattered the previous high of 98th achieved twice during the previous 20 years. Along the way, freshman Jack Lempke became the first Bulldog to ever earn the WAC Freshman of the Year honor - an impressive feat for Parks first signee since taking over the program. Senior Clinton Shepard also picked up some hardware, earning second team all-conference accolades following an impressive season that saw him record six top 20 finishes. These accomplishments came just one year after Parks inaugural year on the job, a 2009-10 season that saw the Bulldogs open some eyes. After defeating seven top 100 ranked teams at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate hosted by Ole Miss in early April, the Louisiana Tech golf team moved up into the top 100 in the Golfstat.com rankings. In 11 tournaments during the fall and spring, the Bulldogs recorded a mark of 78-76-3, including 23 wins over teams ranked in the Top 100 in the country. In the spring-only events, Tech was 49-34-1. Most of Tech’s damage against the Top 100 teams came towards the end of the year as the Bulldogs bested 15 ranked teams in its last four tournaments. Finding just the right lineup was a challenge for Parks as he saw seven of the 10 players on his roster record at least one Top 12 finish each this year. Parks and Co.’s most impressive performance might have come when they placed in a tie for fifth at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate hosted by Ole Miss at Reunion Golf and Country Club. In that event, all five of the Bulldogs placed in the Top 40 out of 75 golfers as Tech defeated a total of seven Top 30 www.LATechSports.com 100 ranked teams, including knocking off Southeastern for the first time this year while also besting 51st ranked UCF . The Bald Knob, Ark. native was named one of the “Best Teachers in Louisiana” by Golf Digest. In 2001, he was recognized by the golf publication as one of the “Best Teachers in Colorado. ” His awards do not stop there though as Parks was named the PGA Gulf States Teacher of the Year in 2006. A devotee to modern technology, Parks has earned certification through the Titleist Performance Institute. He is a level three certified golf professional and a level two biomechanics professional. He has tested over 100 touring professionals using special 3D technology. During his lessons with the Bulldogs, Parks utilizes the AMM3D motion analysis system and V1 video to dissect a golfer’s full swing. He uses TRACKMAN, a sonar radar, to measure a golfer’s ball-flight characteristics and SAM Putting LAB to measure a golfer’s putting motion. Parks, who has been a Class A PGA Professional for over 15 years, was the vice president of golf instruction at GolfTEC in Denver for five years. At GolfTEC, he helped develop the company’s own video, motion and impact analysis software. Tech’s first-year head coach played golf at Graceland College before graduating from the professional golf management program at Mississippi State in 1993. After graduating from the school, he became the first assistant professional at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, before moving on to Golf TEC in 1996. Parks is a certified Titleist, Ping, Taylormade, Nike, Callaway, Mizuno, Cleaveland and Nakashima clubfitter. He has given over 8,000 golf lessons and has published numerous articles in GolfTips. He is married to the former, Laurie Lawshe of Goodman, Mississippi, and the couple has a 10-year-old son Jack and a six-year-old daughter Emmie. 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Brad Pullin Assistant Coach Brad Pullin serves as the volunteer assistant coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldog golf team. Pullin has been in the golf business for over 13 years and was elected to the PGA in 2007 . Along with being a Level 2 certified TPI instructor, Pullin is also certified in both TaylorMade, Titleist and Ping Fitting. Among his many accomplishments, Pullin won the Army National Guard Scholar Athlete Award in 1997 and the Acushnet PGA Apprentice Scholarship Award in 2007 . Pullin graduated from Louisiana Tech in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He is married to the former Sarah Graham and the couple has four children: Reeves, Kate, George and James. www.LATechSports.com 31 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE 2012-13 Louisiana Tech Golf Roster Name Sam Forgan Victor Lange Jack Lempke Brandon Newton Ben Robinson Chandler Vilcheck Travis Wilmore Ht 6-2 5-10 5-11 5-8 6-0 5-11 6-1 Class Sr./3L Fr./HS Jr./2L Fr./HS Fr./HS So./1L Jr./2L Exp Hometown (Previous School) Stowmarket, England (Stowmarket HS) Johannesburg, South Africa (Leeuwenhof College) Frisco, Texas (Frisco Wakeland HS) Ruston, La. (Cedar Creek HS) Droitwich, England (Stowe School) Bluffton, S.C. (Hilton Head Christian Academy) Alexandria, La. (Holy Savior Menard HS) Lempke Newton Vilcheck Wilmore Lange Robinson Forgan 32 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE forgan Stowmarket, England (Stowmarket HS) 6-2 • SR • 2L 2011-12: Earned Academic All-WAC honors … Was one of only two Bulldogs to compete in all 11 tournaments during the season … Registered a team-best 73.7 scoring average in 32 rounds … Twelve of his 32 rounds were even par or better, including a season-low 67 in the second round of the Squire Creek Invitational … Recorded six Top 20 finishes during the season, including five Top 10 finishes … Tied for fifth at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference championships (73-7572=220) … Shot a one-under-par total of 215 to tie for ninth at the Argent Financial Classic (71-74-70=215) … Tied for seventh at the Squire Creek Invitational (72-67-76=215) … Tied for ninth at the Memphis Intercollegiate (73-78-72=223) … Tied for 10th at the Rice Intercollegiate (73-73-71=217) … 2010-11: Earned Academic All-WAC honors … Competed in all 11 events during the year ... Helped lead Tech to two team titles during the season as the Bulldogs captured the Squire Creek Invitational and the Jim West Intercollegiate ...Recorded a 73.54 scoring average in 31 rounds of golf ... Twelve of his 31 rounds were even par or better ... Recorded six top 20 finishes during the year, including three top 10 finishes ... Tied for third at the Bulldog Classic (69-78-70=217) ... Tied for fifth at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate (71-67-70=208) ... Finished sixth at the Jim West Intercollegiate (70-68-78=216) ... Also recorded top 20 finishes at the Rice Intercollegiate (71-74-71=216, T11th), WAC Championships (75-81-70=226, T13th) and BancorpSouth Intercollegiate (73-73=146, T17th) ... 2009-10: Competed in three tournaments for the Bulldogs as a true freshman ... Recorded a 76.55 scoring average in those events ... Shot a 65 in the second round of the Squire Creek Invitational, which ties for the third lowest round in recorded Bulldog golf history ... His top finish was tied for 40th at the Bulldog Classic hosted by LA Tech ... Also tied for 44th at the Squire Creek Invitational ... High School: Did not compete in golf at Stowmarket High School ... Anglian League: Played five years, three years at the junior level and two at the men’s level ... In 2007 , he won the Suffock Schools Championship ... One year later, his team won the league and he helped his team win the Suffock Junior Team Shield. Personal: Full name is Sam Louis Forgan ... Son of Andrew and Joanne Forgan ... Has two brothers, Ben and Jack ... Born May 15, 1990, in Kingslynn, England. Year Rounds Strokes Average Low Round Best Finish 2009-10 9 689 76.6 65, SCI T40th, BC 2010-11 31 2280 73.6 67 , SHI T3rd, BC 2011-12 32 2359 73.7 67 , SCI T5th, WAC Totals 72 5328 74.0 65, SCI T3rd, BC sam www.LATechSports.com 33 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Johannesburg, South Africa (Leeuwenhof College) 5-10 â€˘ FR â€˘ HS High School: Won the South African Under 19 Match Play Championship in 2011 at Maccauvlei Golf Course ... Previous winners of this event include Trevor Immelman, Tim Clarke and Charl Schwartzel ... Finished second in the Under 19 Stroke Play event preceding the match play event ... Finished second at the 2012 Northern Open Stroke Play event held at Randpark Golf Club, shooting 69, 68, 71 and 69 ... This is one of the oldest and most prestigious events in South Africa ... It is considered the third most important after the Amateur Strokeplay and Matchplay Championships ...Also played provincial golf for Central Gauteng Union (the strongest union in South Africa) since age 12 and represented the union in all age groups ... Represented the South African Golf Union at the Jakarta Junior Golf Championships in 2011 ... Named the Gauteng Province Junior Golfer of the Year in 2011 ... Personal: Full name is Victor Stephen Lange ... Parents are Richard and Suzette Lange ... Born Sept. 21, 1993 in Johannesburg, South Africa. lange Victor 34 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE lempke Frisco, Texas (Frisco Wakeland HS) 5-11 • JR • 1L 2011-12: Earned Academic All-WAC honors … Competed in seven of the 11 tournaments during the season … Recorded a 75.7 scoring average in 20 rounds … Registered four rounds of par or better … Recorded one Top 20 finish … Tied for 17th at the UTA Waterchase Invitational (74-72=146) … Tied for 25th at the Squire Creek Invitational (77-72-73=222) … Shot a season-low round of 71 at both the Sam Hall Intercollegiate and the Rice Intercollegiate … 2010-11: Became the first LA Tech golfer to ever be named the WAC Freshman of the Year ... Earned Academic All-WAC honors … Competed in eight of the 11 events during the year ... Helped lead Tech to two team titles during the season as the Bulldogs captured the Squire Creek Invitational and the Jim West Intercollegiate ...Recorded a 74.54 scoring average in 24 rounds of golf ... Six of his 24 rounds were even par or better ... Registered three Top 20 finishes during the year ... Opened his college career by shooting a four-under-par 67 in the first round of the Sam Hall Intercollegiate ... Finished tied for 12th at the Squire Creek Invitational (78-73-72=223) ... Tied for 19th at the Jim West Intercollegiate (72-7675=221) ... Tied for 20th at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate (67-73-73=213) ... High School: Lettered four years on the varsity golf team at Frisco Wakeland High School in Texas for coach Casey Wohlers ... Helped lead the Wolverines to the District 9-4A title in 2007 and 2008 ... Led the team to a runner-up finish at the State Preview 3A in 2008 ... Won six high school titles in just over three years ... In four fall tournaments this year, he recorded three top 5 finishes and one win ... Recorded seven top 10 finishes in 10 Legends Junior Tour Tournaments in 2009 ... Was the 2007 regional medalist (69-71) ... Was the 2008 State Preview runner up (7276) ... Was the 2008 District 9-4A champion (71-67) ... Was the 2009 Big Burrito Challenge champion (75-69) ... Other Golf Experience: Was the 2005 Northern Texas Professional Golfer’s Association (NTPGA) Tour Championship winner ... Named the 2005 NTPGA Player of the Year ... Also captured the 2006 D.A. Weibring Junior Classic championship, the 2008 Texas Cup championships, the 2009 NTPGA Tour championship and was named the 2009 NTPGA Masters Tour Player of the Year ... Personal: Full name is Jack Stuart Lempke II ... Son of Sara and Jack Lempke ... Has one sister, Maria ... Is ranked in the Top 5 percent of his class ... Is a National Honor Society member ... Born Dec. 10, 1991. Year Rounds Strokes Average Low Round Best Finish 2010-11 24 1789 74.5 67 , SHI T12th, SCI 2011-12 20 1513 75,7 71, Twice T17th, WI Totals 44 3302 75.0 67, SHI T12th, SCI Jack www.LATechSports.com 35 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE newton Ruston, La. (Cedar Creek HS) 5-8 • FR • HS High School: Lettered five years for coaches Scott Sills, Kyle Hill and Eddie Moss at Cedar Creek High School ... Won the Louisiana Class A individual title four straight years (freshman through senior) while leading Cedar Creek to the team title all four years ... 4-time all-state and allregion ... Won the Jason Moss Award as a junior ... Named academic allstate Class A as a senior ... Finished first at regionals in 2009 and 2010, second in 2011 and third in 2012 ... Won the Tournament of Champions at Tamahka Trails (Marksville, La.) in 2011 which features the top five finishers in each class at the state meet ... Featured in SI.com’s Faces in the Crowd ... Personal: Full name is Brandon Layne Newton ... Son of Joe and Tina Newton ... Has one brother, Logan ... Born March 21, 1994 in West Monroe, La. Brandon 36 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE robinson Droitwich, England (Stowe School) 6-0 • FR • HS College (High School): Attends Stowe School in Buckinghamshire ... Ranks second in age group at Faldo Series World Final, Northern Ireland ... Won the UK Faldo Series Championship -- Holinwell eagling the sixth playoff hole to qualify for final ... Finished the year 40th on English Golf Union Junior OOM (5th best U16) ... Had two other top 25 finishes in R&A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club) World Golf Amateur ranking events (Welsh Open Youths and Midland Open Amateur) ... Member of English Golf Union Midland Regional Squad and the Worcestershire Men’s Squad .... (2010): Won the South Staffordshire Junior Championship ... Unbeaten for Stowe School in Gerald Micklem Trophy ... Finished four at the Worcestershire Boys Amateur ... Member of EGU Midland Regional Squad ... (2009): Finished third at the UK Schools Tournament ... Was a quarterfinalist in West of England Amateur and St. Andrews Boys Championship ... Finished third in the Midland Junior Champion of Champions... Member of EGU Midland Regional Squad.... Personal: Son of Jeremy and Fiona Robinson ... Has one brother, Tom ... His father was a European Tour member from 1987 through 2002 ... Father played collegiately at Florida State and both his father and grandfather played on the Walker Cup (his grandfather was a Walker Cup captain) ... Born Sep. 21, 1995 in Worcester, England. ben www.LATechSports.com 37 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Bluffton, S.C. (Hilton Head Christian Academy) 5-11 • SO • HS 2011-12: Competed in three tournaments as a true freshman … Recorded a 79.0 scoring average in nine rounds … Tied for 56th at both the Squire Creek Invitational and the Argent Financial Classic … High School: Lettered five years for coach Doug Langhals at Hilton Head Christian Academy ... Helped lead the Eagles to the state tournament where the program finished second in 2008 and third in 2010 ... Named all-region every year and was selected to the all-state team in 2010 ... Named to the all-tournament teams at the Lowcountry Classic and the Magnolia Invitational ... Also played basketball and football for the Eagles ... Other Golf Experience: Played in the Southern Junior at Squire Creek in June where he finished in the top 15 ... Won the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Winter Championship ... Won the HJGT Fall Championship ... Finished second at the Hilton Head Island Amateur at the age of 15 ... Is ranked 21st in his class in the state of South Carolina ... Takes lessons from Todd Anderson, the PGA Teacher of the Year ... Currently ranks No. 1 in the HJGT, which is a regional tour that includes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina ... Personal: Full name is Chandler Marsh Vilcheck ... Son of Ken and Renee Vilcheck ... Has one brother, Garrett, and two sisters, Mary Katherine and Kendall ... Born Dec. 13, 1991 in Greenville, South Carolina ... Age 18. Year 2011-12 Totals Rounds Strokes Average Low Round Best Finish 9 711 79.0 76, Twice T56th, SCI 9 711 79.0 76, Twice T56th, SCI vilcheck Chandler 38 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE wilmore Alexandria, La. (Holy Savior Menard HS) 6-1 • JR • 1L 2011-12: Earned Academic All-WAC honors … Was one of two Bulldogs to compete in all 11 tournaments during the season … Recorded a 74.7 scoring average in 32 rounds … Registered six rounds of even par or better … Recorded a pair of Top 10 finishes … Finished second at the Memphis Intercollegiate (70-75-73=218), the top finish of his career and the top individual finish for any Tech player in 2011-12 … Tied for sixth at the UTA Waterchase Invitational (70-74=144) … Tied for 21st at the LSU National Invitation (76-73-74=223) … 2010-11: Competed in three events during the season ... Helped lead Tech to two team titles during the season as the Bulldogs captured the Squire Creek Invitational and the Jim West Intercollegiate ... Recorded a 76.77 scoring average in nine rounds of golf ... His best performance of the year was a 15th place finish at the Bulldog Classic (78-71-73=222) ... Also shot a one-underpar 71 in the second round of the Squire Creek Invitational ... High School: Lettered on the varsity for coach Randy Wilmore (father) for four years at Holy Savior Menard ... Was the state runner-up at the Class 2A level as a sophomore while leading the team to the state title ... Was the regional champion as a sophomore ... Finished in the top five at state as both a junior and senior ... Led the team to third in state as a junior and senior while being named team MVP ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Won the 2008 Louisiana Golf Association State Junior Tournament ... Qualified for the US Junior Amateur in the summer of 2009 ... Tied for 15th at the American Junior Golf Association Stars of Texas Junior Tournament in the summer of 2009 ... Won three tournaments on the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour during the past few years ... Personal: Full name is Travis Hammett Wilmore ... Son of Randy and Susan Wilmore ... Has one brother, Thomas ... Born Nov. 15, 1991 in Alexandria, La. Year Rounds Strokes Average Low Round Best Finish 2010-11 9 691 76.77 71, Twice T15th, BC 2011-12 32 2389 74.7 70, 3 Times 2nd, MI Totals 41 3080 75.1 70, 3 Times 2nd, MI travis www.LATechSports.com 39 2011-12 Louisiana Tech 2011-12 Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Team Results (Sep 07, 2012) Tournament Results 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE 9/12-13/2011 -- Sam Hall Intercollegiate Hattiesburg CC -- Hattiesburg, Miss. Par 71, 6882 yards -- 15 teams, 84 players Louisiana Tech 292 282 Forgan, Sam 72 70 Lempke, Jack 74 71 Wilmore, Travis 72 70 Bale, Jonathan 76 77 Santone, Cody 74 71 287 74 73 76 66 74 861 216 218 218 219 219 +9 +3 +5 +5 +6 +6 8th t-34th t-41st t-41st t-46th t-46th 9/19-20/2011 -- UTA Waterchase Invitational Waterchase Golf Club -- Ft. Worth, Texas Par 72, 7289 yards -- 19 teams, 100 players Louisiana Tech 297 292 589 Wilmore, Travis 70 74 144 Lempke, Jack 74 72 146 Santone, Cody 76 72 148 Forgan, Sam 77 74 151 Bale, Jonathan 81 75 156 10/3-4/2011 -- Squire Creek Invitational Squire Creek CC -- Choudrant, La. Par 72, 7105 yards -- 13 teams, 75 players Louisiana Tech 291 282 Forgan, Sam 72 67 Santone, Cody 71 70 Blankenship, Cody# 73 71 Bale, Jonathan 76 73 Blunt, Patrick# 71 73 Lempke, Jack 77 72 Wilmore, Travis 72 81 Vilcheck, Chandler# 77 76 +13 E +2 +4 +7 +12 5th t-6th t-17th t-24th t-44th t-70th 289 76 74 72 71 77 73 71 80 862 215 215 216 220 221 222 224 233 -2 -1 -1 E +4 +5 +6 +8 +17 2nd t-7th t-7th t-9th t-17th t-19th t-25th t-32nd t-56th 10/17-18/2011 -- David Toms Intercollegiate Southern Trace CC -- Shreveport, La. Par 72, 7048 yards -- 11 teams, 60 players Louisiana Tech 299 302 290 Forgan, Sam 72 74 72 Santone, Cody 76 73 71 Wilmore, Travis 74 78 74 Blunt, Patrick 86 77 73 Lempke, Jack 77 82 80 2/13-14/2012 -- UTSA Oak Hills Invitational Oak HIlls CC -- San Antonio, Texas Par 71, 6765 yards -- 15 teams, 83 players Louisiana Tech 294 294 292 Bale, Jonathan 71 71 77 Blankenship, Cody 76 71 73 Wilmore, Travis 74 73 73 Forgan, Sam 73 79 69 Santone, Cody 0 0 0 2/20-21/2012 -- Rice Intercollegiate Westwood Golf Club -- Houston, Texas Par 72, 7184 yards -- 15 teams, 81 players Louisiana Tech 291 292 Forgan, Sam 73 73 Blankenship, Cody 72 72 Wilmore, Travis 75 75 Bale, Jonathan 77 72 Lempke, Jack 71 76 Vilcheck, Chandler# 79 79 891 218 220 226 236 239 +27 +2 +4 +10 +20 +23 9th 13th t-17th t-39th 59th 60th 880 219 220 220 221 +16 +3 +4 +4 +5 7th t-22nd t-25th t-25th t-30th 293 71 75 72 75 77 76 876 217 219 222 224 224 234 +12 +1 +3 +6 +8 +8 +18 6th t-10th t-19th t-32nd t-46th t-46th 71st 40 www.LATechSports.com 2011-12 Louisiana Tech 2011-12 Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Team Results (Sep 07, 2012) Tournament Results 3/11-13/2012 -- Argent Financial Classic Squire Creek CC -- Choudrant, La. Par 72 -- 9 teams, 56 players Louisiana Tech 288 292 Blankenship, Cody 71 71 Forgan, Sam 71 74 Santone, Cody 72 73 Bale, Jonathan# 74 72 Blunt, Patrick 74 76 Wilmore, Travis 75 76 Lempke, Jack# 76 76 Vilcheck, Chandler# 84 83 3/16-17/2012 -- Border Olympics Laredo CC -- Laredo, Texas Par 72, 7125 yards -- 16 teams, 89 players Louisiana Tech 301 307 Blankenship, Cody 73 77 Blunt, Patrick 77 77 Santone, Cody 75 76 Wilmore, Travis 78 77 Forgan, Sam 76 79 3/31-4/1/2012 -- LSU National Invitation University Club -- Baton Rouge, La. Par 72 -- 12 teams, 66 players Louisiana Tech 292 299 Bale, Jonathan 72 78 Wilmore, Travis 76 73 Blankenship, Cody 72 78 Forgan, Sam 78 70 Santone, Cody 72 80 Lempke, Jack# 79 77 4/9-10/2012 -- Memphis Intercollegiate Colonial CC -- Memphis, Tenn Par 72, 7334 yards -- 12 teams, 69 players Louisiana Tech 302 305 Wilmore, Travis 70 75 Forgan, Sam 73 78 Blankenship, Cody 76 75 Santone, Cody 83 77 Bale, Jonathan 84 79 4/30-5/2 -- WAC Championships Rio Secco GC -- Henderson, Nevada Par 72, 7313 yards -- 8 teams, 40 players Louisiana Tech 304 305 Forgan, Sam 73 75 Bale, Jonathan 76 76 Santone, Cody 74 80 Blankenship, Cody 81 74 Wilmore, Travis 85 80 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE 285 72 70 70 71 73 73 78 77 865 214 215 215 217 223 224 230 244 +1 -2 -1 -1 +1 +7 +8 +14 +28 2nd t-6th t-9th t-9th t-15th t-29th 31st 45th 56th 292 73 70 76 73 82 900 223 224 227 228 237 +36 +7 +8 +11 +12 +21 t-5th t-18th t-23rd t-37th t-42nd t-73rd 296 71 74 75 78 76 78 887 221 223 225 226 228 234 +23 +5 +7 +9 +10 +12 +18 t-5th t-19th t-21st t-29th t-35th t-42nd 54th 300 73 72 76 80 79 907 218 223 227 240 242 +43 +2 +7 +11 +24 +26 7th 2nd t-9th t-18th t-56th t-59th 293 72 72 74 75 77 902 220 224 228 230 242 +38 +4 +8 +12 +14 +26 5th t-5th t-14th t-21st t-26th t-38th www.LATechSports.com 41 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE 2012-13 Louisiana Tech 2011-12 Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Individual Results (Jan 14, 2013) Individual Results Bale, Jonathan Tournament Dates Rnds Scores Par Rank W-L Sam Hall Intercollegiate UTA Waterchase Invitational Squire Creek Invitational UTSA Oak Hills Invitational Rice Intercollegiate Argent Financial Classic LSU National Invitation Memphis Intercollegiate WAC Championships SEASON TOTALS 9/12-13/2011 9/19-20/2011 10/3-4/2011 2/13-14/2012 2/20-21/2012 3/11-13/2012 3/31-4/1/2012 4/9-10/2012 4/30-5/2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 26 76-77-66=219 81-75=156 76-73-71=220 71-71-77=219 77-72-75=224 74-72-71=217 72-78-71=221 84-79-79=242 76-76-72=224 1942 Avg. 74.7 +6 +12 +4 +3 +8 +1 +5 +26 +8 +3 t 46th/84 t 70th/100 t 17th/75 t 22nd/83 t 46th/81 t 15th/56 t 19th/66 t 59th/69 t 14th/40 - 38-45 30-69 58-16 61-21 35-45 41-14 47-18 10-58 26-13 346-299 Blankenship, Cody Tournament Dates Rnds Scores Par Rank W-L Squire Creek Invitational UTSA Oak Hills Invitational Rice Intercollegiate Argent Financial Classic Border Olympics LSU National Invitation Memphis Intercollegiate WAC Championships SEASON TOTALS 10/3-4/2011 2/13-14/2012 2/20-21/2012 3/11-13/2012 3/16-17/2012 3/31-4/1/2012 4/9-10/2012 4/30-5/2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 24 73-71-72=216 76-71-73=220 72-72-75=219 71-71-72=214 73-77-73=223 72-78-75=225 76-75-76=227 81-74-75=230 1774 Avg. 73.9 E +4 +3 -2 +7 +9 +11 +14 +2 t 9th/75 t 25th/83 t 19th/81 t 6th/56 t 18th/89 t 29th/66 t 18th/69 t 26th/40 - 66-8 58-24 62-18 50-5 71-17 37-28 51-17 14-25 409-142 Blunt, Patrick Tournament Dates Rnds Scores Par Rank W-L Squire Creek Invitational David Toms Intercollegiate Argent Financial Classic Border Olympics SEASON TOTALS 10/3-4/2011 10/17-18/2011 3/11-13/2012 3/16-17/2012 3 3 3 3 12 71-73-77=221 86-77-73=236 74-76-73=223 77-77-70=224 904 Avg. 75.3 +5 +20 +7 +8 +3 t 19th/75 59th/60 t 29th/56 t 23rd/89 - 56-18 1-58 27-28 66-22 150-126 Forgan, Sam Tournament Dates Rnds Scores Par Rank W-L Sam Hall Intercollegiate UTA Waterchase Invitational Squire Creek Invitational David Toms Intercollegiate UTSA Oak Hills Invitational Rice Intercollegiate Argent Financial Classic Border Olympics LSU National Invitation Memphis Intercollegiate WAC Championships SEASON TOTALS 9/12-13/2011 9/19-20/2011 10/3-4/2011 10/17-18/2011 2/13-14/2012 2/20-21/2012 3/11-13/2012 3/16-17/2012 3/31-4/1/2012 4/9-10/2012 4/30-5/2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 32 72-70-74=216 77-74=151 72-67-76=215 72-74-72=218 73-79-69=221 73-73-71=217 71-74-70=215 76-79-82=237 78-70-78=226 73-78-72=223 73-75-72=220 2359 Avg. 73.7 +3 +7 -1 +2 +5 +1 -1 +21 +10 +7 +4 +2 t 34th/84 t 44th/100 t 7th/75 13th/60 t 30th/83 t 10th/81 t 9th/56 t 73rd/89 t 35th/66 t 9th/69 t 5th/40 - 50-33 56-43 68-6 47-12 53-29 71-9 47-8 16-72 31-34 60-8 35-4 534-258 42 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 Louisiana Tech 2011-12 Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Individual Results (Jan 14, 2013) Individual Results Lempke, Jack Tournament Dates Rnds Scores Par Rank W-L 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Sam Hall Intercollegiate UTA Waterchase Invitational Squire Creek Invitational David Toms Intercollegiate Rice Intercollegiate Argent Financial Classic LSU National Invitation SEASON TOTALS 9/12-13/2011 9/19-20/2011 10/3-4/2011 10/17-18/2011 2/20-21/2012 3/11-13/2012 3/31-4/1/2012 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 20 74-71-73=218 74-72=146 77-72-73=222 77-82-80=239 71-76-77=224 76-76-78=230 79-77-78=234 1513 Avg. 75.7 +5 +2 +6 +23 +8 +14 +18 +4 t 41st/84 t 17th/100 t 25th/75 60th/60 t 46th/81 45th/56 54th/66 - 43-40 83-16 50-24 0-59 35-45 11-44 12-53 234-281 Santone, Cody Tournament Dates Rnds Scores Par Rank W-L Sam Hall Intercollegiate UTA Waterchase Invitational Squire Creek Invitational David Toms Intercollegiate UTSA Oak Hills Invitational Argent Financial Classic Border Olympics LSU National Invitation Memphis Intercollegiate WAC Championships SEASON TOTALS 9/12-13/2011 9/19-20/2011 10/3-4/2011 10/17-18/2011 2/13-14/2012 3/11-13/2012 3/16-17/2012 3/31-4/1/2012 4/9-10/2012 4/30-5/2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 26 74-71-74=219 76-72=148 71-70-74=215 76-73-71=220 0-0-0=0 72-73-70=215 75-76-76=227 72-80-76=228 83-77-80=240 74-80-74=228 1940 Avg. 74.6 +6 +4 -1 +4 E -1 +11 +12 +24 +12 +3 t 46th/84 t 24th/100 t 7th/75 t 17th/60 t 9th/56 t 37th/89 t 42nd/66 t 56th/69 t 21st/40 - 38-45 76-23 68-6 43-16 0-0 47-8 52-36 24-41 13-55 19-20 380-250 Vilcheck, Chandler Tournament Dates Rnds Scores Par Rank W-L Squire Creek Invitational Rice Intercollegiate Argent Financial Classic SEASON TOTALS 10/3-4/2011 2/20-21/2012 3/11-13/2012 3 3 3 9 77-76-80=233 79-79-76=234 84-83-77=244 711 Avg. 79.0 +17 +18 +28 +7 t 56th/75 71st/81 56th/56 - 19-55 10-70 0-55 29-180 Wilmore, Travis Tournament Dates Rnds Scores Par Rank W-L Sam Hall Intercollegiate UTA Waterchase Invitational Squire Creek Invitational David Toms Intercollegiate UTSA Oak Hills Invitational Rice Intercollegiate Argent Financial Classic Border Olympics LSU National Invitation Memphis Intercollegiate WAC Championships SEASON TOTALS 9/12-13/2011 9/19-20/2011 10/3-4/2011 10/17-18/2011 2/13-14/2012 2/20-21/2012 3/11-13/2012 3/16-17/2012 3/31-4/1/2012 4/9-10/2012 4/30-5/2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 32 72-70-76=218 70-74=144 72-81-71=224 74-78-74=226 74-73-73=220 75-75-72=222 75-76-73=224 78-77-73=228 76-73-74=223 70-75-73=218 85-80-77=242 2389 Avg. 74.7 +5 E +8 +10 +4 +6 +8 +12 +7 +2 +26 +3 t 41st/84 t 6th/100 t 32nd/75 t 39th/60 t 25th/83 t 32nd/81 31st/56 t 42nd/89 t 21st/66 2nd/69 t 38th/40 - 43-40 94-5 43-31 21-38 58-24 49-31 25-30 47-41 45-20 67-1 2-37 494-298 www.LATechSports.com 43 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE 2011-12 ALL-WAC FIRST TEAM Name Justin Shin, Jr. Kevin Lucas, Sr. Jay Myers, Sr. Jarred Bossio, Sr. T. J. Kua, Sr. School New Mexico State Nevada San Jose State Idaho Hawai‘i Second Team After completing its 50th year of intercollegiate competition, the Western Athletic Conference continues to evolve and feature some of the nation’s best programs. One thing that remains unchanged is the persistent nature of the schools in the WAC to advance their programs to contend at Player of the Year: Jay Myers, Sr., San Jose State the top levels of the NCAA. Freshman of the Year: Sean McMullen, Idaho Coach of the Year: John Kennaday, San Jose State The WAC provides its student-athletes the chance to travel to scenic destinations and gain exposure in some of the nation’s most diverse markets. In addition, the WAC’s student-athletes work to achieve the highest levels of success with the academic support of their respective institutions. The WAC has experienced tremendous success over the years. Since 2000, a total of 43 football teams have been invited to bowl games, including more than half of its teams in 2008 with a record-tying five. The conference has sent teams to BCS bowl games three times since 2006. In men’s basketball, the WAC has sent at least two teams to the NCAA Tournament in 24 of the past 29 seasons. In baseball, the WAC has boasted two national champions since 2003. In women’s basketball, Louisiana Tech basketball has played in all but three NCAA postseason tournaments during its history. In 2001, the WAC partnered with ESPN for coverage of football and basketball giving the conference national exposure from one of the most respected broadcast entities in the country. The WAC also officially added WAC.tv in 2006 to give fans streaming internet access to many of its postseason championships including volleyball, soccer, swimming and diving, basketball, softball and baseball. The WAC is the sixth oldest among the nation’s 11 Division I-A conferences. Its history traces back to July 27, 1962, when the original six-team league of Arizona, Arizona State, Brigham Young, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming began competition. The first championship was held in November 1962, when Arizona won the men’s cross country title and New Mexico followed with the first WAC football title. Arizona finished second in the NCAA College World Series and, less than three years later, Arizona State claimed the league’s first NCAA title when the Sun Devils won the College World Series trophy. Fresno State was the last WAC school to earn an NCAA team title when it won the College World Series in 2008. Since 1962, several changes have occurred. UTEP and Colorado State became members in September 1967, while Arizona and Arizona State withdrew on June 30, 1978. The WAC then added San Diego State (1978), Hawai‘i (1979) and Air Force (1980). Before 1990, the WAC sponsored championships only in men’s sports. However, a merger with the High Country Athletic Conference formed a single conference under one administrative structure, and the 1990-91 athletic year was the first in which both men and women competed under the WAC name. Fresno State was added in 1992, and then in 1996, the women’s programs from Air Force and Hawai‘i along with six new schools (UNLV, Rice, San Jose State, SMU, TCU and Tulsa) came into the WAC. Air Force, Brigham Young, Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah and Wyoming withdrew on June 30, 1999. Nevada (2000), Boise State (2001) and Louisiana Tech (2001) were added while TCU withdrew following the 2000-01 season. In 2005, Idaho, New Mexico State and Utah State joined the WAC after Rice, SMU, UTEP and Tulsa withdrew. Boise State withdrew prior to the 2011-12 season. The current membership began on July 1, 2012 when the WAC added Denver, Seattle, UT-Arlington, UTSA and Texas State to replace withdrawing members, Fresno State, Hawai‘i and Nevada. Boise State returns in 2013-14 in all sports except football. The WAC has had just six commissioners in its history. Paul Brechler was named the first leader of the conference and held the position from 1962-1968. He was followed by Wiles Hallock (1968-71), Stan Bates (1971-80), Dr. Joe Kearney (1980-94), Karl Benson (1994-2012) and current interim commissioner Jeff Hurd (2012-present). Presently, the WAC crowns team and individual champions in 19 sports – eight men’s and 11 women’s. For the men, there are championships in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. Championships for women are held in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and volleyball. The WAC office has been located in the Denver area since the conference’s inception with the exception of a two-year stay in Phoenix from 1964-66. Name Zachery Fullerton, Sr. Matt Hovan, Sr. Gaston De La Torre, Sr. Cory Oride, Jr. Cody Blankenship, Sr. School New Mexico State San Jose State New Mexico State Hawai‘i Louisiana Tech 44 www.LATechSports.com JEFF HURD, WAC INTERIM COMMISSIONER Jeff Hurd was named interim commissioner of the WAC on March 9, 2012. He has been associated with the conference for more than half of its existence as he joined the WAC staff in 1985 as the Director of Conference Relations. Prior to taking the reins of the 50-year-old conference, Hurd also served as associate commissioner, then as senior associate commissioner where he oversaw communications, television operations and the basketball tournament. He was also responsible for team sport scheduling and was the administrator for football, menâ€™s basketball and baseball. Hurd is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and began his professional career as the Sports Editor of the Hannibal (Missouri) Courier-Post. He also worked for the Tulsa Tribune, was the Sports Information Director at the University of Tulsa and the Director of Public Relations for the Missouri Valley Conference prior to joining the WAC. A native of Minot, North Dakota, Hurd and his wife, Cheri, reside in Centennial, Colo., and are the parents of four children: Shannon, Michael, Kristen and Kevin. www.LATechSports.com 45 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE All-Time Records 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Top 25 Scoring Average (Single Season) Minimum 15 rounds Season Name Rounds Avg. Score 2007-08 Matthew Harvey 32.00 73.34 2010-11 Clinton Shepard 32.00 73.46 2010-11 Sam Forgan 31.00 73.54 2004-05 Preston Smith 31.00 73.65 1997-98 Andre Prejean 30.00 73.70 2011-12 Sam Forgan 32.00 73.72 2006-07 Matthew Harvey 34.00 73.91 2011-12 Cody Blankenship24.00 73.92 2004-05 Derek Busby 36.00 74.03 2006-07 Amrith de Soysa 34.00 74.15 1975 Ken Nicklas 74.30 1977 Billy Perot 74.30 2006-07 Derek Busby 31.00 74.32 2010-11 Cody Santone 29.00 74.41 2009-10 Cody Santone 32.00 74.42 2008-09 Matthew Harvey 32.00 74.47 2010-11 Jack Lempke 24.00 74.54 2010-11 Jonathan Bale 29.00 74.55 2009-10 Jonathan Bale 30.00 74.57 2011-12 Cody Santone 26.00 74.62 1997-98 Sean Richardson 30.00 74.63 2011-12 Travis Wilmore 32.00 74.65 2011-12 Jonathan Bale 26.00 74.69 2009-10 Matthew Harvey 33.00 74.73 2006-07 Trey McNeill 31.00 74.81 Player Career: Wins Season Name Tournament 1962 Roy Pace Gulf States Conference Championships 1975 Ken Nicklaus Indian Invitational 1976 Scott Morgan LA Tech Invitational 1977 Billy Perot NE LA Fall Golf Classic 1978 Billy Perot LA Tech Invitational 1980 John Dowdall Southland Conference 1983 Kirk Lauterbach UALR Spring Invit 1993-94 Chad Dunaway 1997-98 Andre Prejean LA Tech Invitational 1997-98 Seane Richardson UT Martin Tri State Classic 2000-01 Chris Baker Gulf Coast Collegiate Classic 2001-02 Jay Caserta 2004-05 Preston Smith LA Tech Invitational 2004-05 Preston Smith 2004-05 Derek Busby 2005-06 Trey McNeill Rice Intercollegiate 2007-08 Matthew Harvey LA Tech Invitational 2007-08 Amrith de Soysa Rice Intercollegiate Player Season: Par or Better Rounds Season Name Rounds Par or Less 2010-11 Sam Forgan 31.00 12 2011-12 Sam Forgan 32.00 12 1997-98 Andre Prejean 30.00 12 2010-11 Clinton Shepard 32.00 11 1997-98 Sean Richardson 30.00 11 2006-07 Trey McNeill 31.00 11 2004-05 Preston Smith 31.00 11 2008-09 Matthew Harvey 32.00 11 2009-10 Cody Santone 33.00 11 2006-07 Amrith de Soysa 34.00 11 2006-07 Derek Busby 31.00 10 2011-12 Jonathan Bale 26.00 10 2009-10 Jonathon Bale 30.00 9 2007-08 Matthew Harvey 32.00 9 2003-04 Derek Busby 32.00 9 2006-07 Matthew Harvey 34.00 9 2004-05 Derek Busby 36.00 2006-07 Corey Bartlett 37.00 2011-12 Cody Blankenship 24.00 2010-11 Cody Santone 29.00 2011-12 Cody Santone 26.00 2003-04 Preston Smith 32.00 2007-08 Amrith de Soysa 33.00 2005-06 Trey McNeill 36.00 2010-11 Jonathon Bale 29.00 2011-12 Jack Lempke 20.00 Player Career: Par or Better Rounds Seasons Name Par or Less 2006-10 Matthew Harvey 35 2008-12 Cody Santone 32 2002-07 Derek Busby 29 2008-12 Jonathon Bale 28 2005-09 Amrith de Soysa 28 2009- Sam Forgan 25 2005-09 Corey Bartlett 21 2003-09 Preston Smith 21 2007-11 Clinton Shepard 20 2005-07 Trey McNeill 18 1996-99 Seane Richardson 16 1994-98 Andre Prejean 14 1994-98 Matt Jordan 10 2009- Jack Lempke 10 Team Season: Wins Season Coach Tournaments Wins 1975 Wallace Martin 8 6 1974 Wallace Martin 9 3 1976 Wallace Martin 9 2 1977 Wallace Martin 9 2 1990-91 Dick Huston 2 1997-98 Tom Stinson 11 2 1993-94 Tom Stinson 11 2 2004-05 Dr. Jean Hall 14 2 2010-11 Jeff Parks 11 2 2001-02 Tom Stinson 11 1 2006-07 Dr. Jean Hall 13 1 1995-96 Tom Stinson 13 1 Team Season: Par or Better Rounds Season Coach Rounds Par or Less 2010-11 Jeff Parks 32.00 8 2006-07 Dr. Jean Hall 37.00 7 2009-10 Jeff Parks 33.00 5 2007-08 Dr. Jean Hall 33.00 4 2011-12 Jeff Parks 32.00 4 1997-98 Tom Stinson 30.00 3 2004-05 Dr. Jean Hall 36.00 3 2005-06 Dr. Jean Hall 39.00 3 2008-09 Dr. Jean Hall 32.00 2 1993-94 Tom Stinson 27.00 1 2001-02 Tom Stinson 28.00 1 Player: Low Round Season Player Score Tournament Louisiana Tech Invitational (par 72) 1962 Roy Pace 62 2007-08 Matthew Harvey 64 Squire Creek Invitational (par 72) 2000-01 Brad Wright 65 Louisiana Tech Invitational (par 72) 2003-04 Preston Smith 65 Moe Oâ€™Brien Memorial (par 72) 2007-08 Clinton Shepard 65 Squire Creek Invitational (par 72) 2008-09 Matthew Harvey 65 Kauai Collegiate Invitational (par 72) 2009-10 Sam Forgan 65 Squire Creek Invitational (par 72) 2001-02 Brad Wright 66 ULM Intercollegiate Invitational (par 72) 2004-05 Derek Busby 66 Homewood Suites Intercollegiate (par 72) 9 9 9 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 46 www.LATechSports.com 2007-08 2009-10 2011-12 1962 1977 1997-98 1997-98 2001-02 2005-06 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2010-11 2011-12 Team: Low Round vs. Par Season Tournament Score Par or Less Player Low Round vs. Par 2008-09 2008 Kauai Collegiate Invite 277 -11 2006-07 Western Athletic Conf. Champ 280 -8 Season Player Tournament Score Par or Less 2007-08 LA Tech/Squire Creek Classic 282 -6 2007-08 Matthew Harvey LA Tech/Squire Creek Classic 64 -8 2006-07 UALR/First Tee Collegiate 282 -6 2009-10 Sam Forgan LA Tech Squire Creek Classic 65 -7 2008-09 Matthew Harvey 2008 Kauai Collegiate Invite 65 -7 2011-12 Squire Creek Invitational 282 -6 2007-08 Clinton Shepard LA Tech/Squire Creek Classic 65 -7 1997-98 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate 279 -5 2007-08 LA Tech/Squire Creek Classic 283 -5 2003-04 Preston Smith Moe Oâ€™Brien Memorial Invitat. 65 -7 2004-05 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate 283 -5 2000-01 Brad Wright Louisiana Tech Invitational 65 -7 1997-98 Tri State Classic 283 -5 2007-08 Matthew Harvey South Alabama Jaguar Intercol. 66 -6 2010-11 Sam Hall Intercollegiate 279 -5 2004-05 Derek Busby Homewood Suites Inter. 66 -6 2007-08 South Alabama Jaguar Intercol. 284 -4 2000-01 Brad Wright ULM Intercollegiate Invitaion. 66 -6 2006-07 ASU Indian Classic 284 -4 2009-10 Cody Santone The Sam Hall Intercollegiate 66 -5 2001-02 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate 284 -4 2008-09 Matthew Harvey LA Tech/Squire Creek Classic 67 -5 2006-07 U. of Hawaii Fall Intercolleg. 285 -3 2005-06 Corey Bartlett 2006 Louisiana Classics 67 -5 2001-02 Jay Caserta Western Athletic Conf. Champ 67 -5 2011-12 Argent Financial Classic 285 -3 1997-98 Andre Prejean Louisiana Tech Invitational 67 -5 2010-11 Bulldog Classic 285 -3 Team: Low 54 Hole Total Player: Low 54 Hole Total Season Player Tournament Score Season Tournament Score 1962 Roy Pace Gulf States Conf Tournament 207 2010-11 Sam Hall Invitational 846 2008-09 Matthew Harvey La Tech/Squire Creek Classic 208 2006-07 Sam Hall Invitational 855 2010-11 Sam Forgan Sam Hall Intercollegiate 208 2008-09 2008 Kauai Collegiate Invite 859 2007-08 Matthew Harvey La Tech/Squire Creek Classic 209 2009-10 Sam Hall Invitational 860 1997-98 Andre Prejean Louisiana Tech Invitational 209 1997-98 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate 860 2009-10 Joel Thelen David Toms Intercollegiate 209 2011-12 Sam Hall Intercollegiate 861 1997-98 Andre Prejean Hal Sutton Intercollegiate 209 2007-08 Squire Creek Intercollegiate 863 2008-09 Matthew Harvey 2008 Kauai Collegiate Invite 210 2010-11 Jim West Intercollegiate 863 2007-08 Matthew Harvey S AL Jaguar Intercollegiate 210 2006-07 ASU Indian Classic 864 2004-05 Derek Busby Homewood Suites Intercollegiate 210 2011-12 Squire Creek Intercollegiate 865 2009-10 Cody Santone Sam Hall Intercollegiate 210 2009-10 David Toms Intercollegiate 866 2009-10 Jonathon Bale David Toms Intercollegiate 210 2010-11 UTA/ Waterchase Invitational 868 2006-07 Corey Bartlett Sam Hall Intercollegiate 210 2006-07 UALR/ First Tee Collegiate 869 1976 Ken Nicklas Louisiana Tech Invitational 211 2000-01 Brad Wright Louisiana Tech Invitational 211 Team Conference Championships 2010-11 Clinton Shepard Sam Hall Intercollegiate 211 Season Conference Tournament Coach 1962 Jerry Gutledge Gulf States Conf 212 1952 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 2006-07 Amrith de Soysa ASU Indian Classic 212 1953 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 2009-10 Matthew Harvey Sam Hall Intercollegiate 212 1954 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 2009-10 Joel Thelen La Tech/Squire Creek Classic 213 1955 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 2006-07 Trey McNeill 2006 Callis Communications 213 1956 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 1997-98 Seane Richardson Sunbelt Conf 213 1957 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 2006-07 Matthew Harvey Sam Hall Intercollegiate 213 1959 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 2010-11 Jack Lempke Sam Hall Intercollegiate 213 1960 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 2010-11 Clinton Shepard Jim West Intercollegiate 213 1961 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 1962 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet Team Low Round 1963 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet Season Tournament Score 1970 Gulf States Conference Tournament Joe Alliet 2008-09 2008 Kauai Collegiate Invite 277 1980 Southland Conference Tournament Richard Mulroy 1997-98 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate 279 2010-11 Sam Hall Intercollegiate 279 Player Conference Championships 2006-07 Western Athletic Conf. Champ 280 Season Champion Conference Tournament 2007-08 LA Tech/Squire Creek Classic 282 1960 Roy Pace Gulf States Conf Tournament 2006-07 UALR/First Tee Collegiate 282 1961 Roy Pace Gulf States Conf Tournament 2011-12 Sam Hall Intercollegiate 282 1962 Roy Pace Gulf States Conf Tournament 2011-12 Squire Creek Invitational 282 1980 John Dowdall Southland Conf Tournament 2010-11 Sam Hall Intercollegiate 282 2009-10 Toms Intercollegiate 283 Matthew Harvey Cody Santone Jonathan Bale Roy Pace Mark Powell Andre Prejean Andre Prejean Jay Caserta Corey Bartlett Matthew Harvey Joel Thelen Jack Lempke Sam Forgan Sam Forgan 66 Jaguar Intercollegiate (par 72) 66 Sam Hall Intercollegiate (par 71) 66 Sam Hall Intercollegiate (par 71) 67 Gulf States Conference Championship (par 72) 67 67 Hal Sutton Invitational (par 71) 67 Louisiana Tech Invitational (par 72) 67 WAC Championships (par 72) 67 Louisiana Classic (par 72) 67 Squire Creek Invitational (par 72) 67 David Toms Intercollegiate (par 71) 67 Sam Hall Intercollegiate (par 71) 67 Sam Hall Intercollegiate (par 71) 67 Squire Creek Invitational (par 72) 2007-08 LA Tech/Squire Creek Classic 283 2004-05 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate 283 1997-98 Tri State Classic 283 2009-10 The Sam Hall Intercollegiate 284 2007-08 South Alabama Jaguar Intercol. 284 2006-07 ASU Indian Classic 284 2006-07 The Sam Hall Invitational 284 2001-02 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate 284 2009-10 The Sam Hall Intercollegiate 285 2006-07 The Sam Hall Invitational 285 2006-07 U. of Hawaii Fall Intercolleg. 285 2010-11 Bulldog Classic 285 www.LATechSports.com 47 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Louisiana Tech Bulldog Golf Year by Year Conference Championship Finishes Western Athletic Conference 2012: 5th (out of 8) 902 total 2011: T4th (out of 9) 901 total 2010: 5th (out of 9) 876 total 2009: 7th (out of 9) 906 total 2008: 7th (out of 9) 931 total 2007: 7th (out of 9) 877 total 2006: 9th (out of 9) 911 total 2005: 5th (out of 10) 910 total 2004: 10th (out of 10) 914 total 2003: 10th (out of 10) 922 total 2002: 7th (out of 10) 885 total Sun Belt Conference 2001: 10th (out of 11) 923 total 2000: 7th (out of 8) 924 total 1999: 5th (out of 8) 905Â total 1998: 5th (out of 10) 884 total 1997: 8th (out of 10) 891 total 1996: 6th (out of 10) 904 total 1995: 9th (out of 10) 918 total 1994: 8th (out of 10) 882 total 1993: 6th (out of 10) 939 total 1992: 10th (out of 10) 959 total American South Conference 1991: Results Unknown 1990: Results Unknown 1989: Results Unknown 1988: Results Unknown Southland Conference 1987: Results Unknown 1986: 4th (out of 7) 905 total 1985: 4th (out of 7) 882 total 1984: 4th (out of 7) 936 total 1983: 6th (out of 7) 931 total 1982: 2nd (out of 6) 900 total 1981: DQ (out of 6) Incomplete 1980: 1st (out of 6) 892 total 1979: 3rd (out of 6) 909 total 1978: 4th (out of 6) 1,240 total 1977: 4th (out of 6) 1,220 total 1976: 3rd (out of 6) 1,212 total 1975: 2nd (out of 6) 1,186 total 1974: 5th (out of 6) 1,259 total 1973: 3rd (out of 7) 1,208 total 1972: 4th (out of 7) 1,217 total Rio Secco G.C. (Henderson, Nevada) Rio Secco G.C. (Henderson, Nevada) Rio Secco G.C. (Henderson, Nevada) Rio Secco G.C. (Henderson, Nevada) Cinnabar Hill G.C. (San Jose, Calif.) Hidden Valley C.C. (Reno, Nevada) Crane Creek C.C. (Boise, Idaho) Squire Creek C.C. (Ruston, La.) San Joaquin (Fresno, Calif.) The Houstonian (Houston, Texas) Turtle Bay Resort (Kahuku, Hawaii) Trophy Club (Roanoke, Texas) Sage Meadows G.C. (Jonesboro, Ark.) Sage Meadows G.C. (Jonesboro, Ark.) Harbor Oaks G.C. (Pine Bluff, Ark.) The Club at Cimarron (Mission, Texas) Le Triomphe G.C. (Broussard, La.) The Champions Club at Julington Creek (Jacksonville, Fla.) The Springhouse G.C. (Nashville, Tenn.) The Woodlands C.C.- North Course (The Woodlands, Texas) The Bluffs on Thompson Creek (St. Francisville, La.) All-Time Conference Results Walnut Creek C.C. (Mansfield, Texas) Morehouse C.C. (Bastrop, La.) Ruston C.C. (Ruston, La.) Pinewood C.C. (Slidell, La.) Unknown Great Southwest (Grand Prairie, Texas) Pinehills C.C. (Calhoun, La.) Pinehills C.C. (Calhoun, La.) Unknown Huntington Park (Shreveport, La.) Huntington Park (Shreveport, La.) Unknown Lake Charles C.C. (Lake Charles, La.) Unknown Tyrell Park (Beaumont, Texas) Honors Individual Champions 1975 SLC Scott Morgan, Louisiana Tech 74-71-73-72=290 1980 SLC John Dowdall, Louisiana Tech 77-69-72=218 All-Southland Conference 1979 Mark Bradshaw, Randy Carstens 1980 John Dowdall 1981 Freddy Killam 1982 Mark Blackwood, Freddy Killam 1986 Jeff Bogan All-Sun Belt Conference 1997 Matt Jordan 1998 Andre Prejean, Sean Richardson 1999 Kevin Fetzner All-Western Athletic Conference 2005 Preston Smith, second team 2008 Matthew Harvey, first team 2011 Clinton Shepard, second team 2012 Cody Blankenship, second team WAC Freshman of the Year 2011 Jack Lempke, LA Tech 48 www.LATechSports.com 2001-02 Awards First Team Chris Baryla, Jr., UTEP Jonathon Echols, Sr., FSU Franklin Hatchett, Sr., SMU David Inglis, Jr., Tulsa Nick Watney, Jr., FSU Second Team Mike Haack, Sr., Nevada Kevin Henry, Sr., Tulsa Sprague Kolp, Sr., Nevada Brock Mulder, Jr., SMU Jerome Theunis, Sr., SMU All-Time WAC Teams 2005-06 Awards First Team Jarett Hamamoto, Sr., Hawai’i Danny Bowen, Sr., NM State Adam Hagen, Sr., Nevada Graham DeLaet, Sr., BSU Matt Edwards, So., NM State 2009-10 ALL-WAC First Team Grant Doverspike, Sr., FSU Bhavik Patel, So., FSU Jared Becher, Sr., Nevada Ryan Hallisey, Sr., Nevada Tim Madigan, Sr., NM State Second-Team Blake Brown, So., BSU Thomas Kua, So., Hawai’i Scott Smith, Jr., Nevada Gaston De La Torre, So., NM State Justin Shin, Fr., NM State Player of the Year: Tim Madigan, Jr., NM State Freshman of the Year: Justin Shin, NM State Coach of the Year: Mike Watney, FSU 2010-11 Awards First Team All-WAC Tim Madigan, Sr., NM State Bhavik Patel, Jr., FSU Scott Smith, Sr., Nevada Mark Hubbard, Sr., SJSU Damian Telles, So., Idaho Second Team All-WAC Jay Myers, Jr., SJSU Gaston De La Torre, Jr., NM State Jarred Bossio, Jr., Idaho Clinton Shepard, sr., LA Tech Kevin Lucas, Jr., Nevada Player of the Year: Tim Madigan, Sr., NM State Freshman of the Year: Jack Lempke, LA Tech Coach of the Year: Scott Lieberwrith, NM State 2011-12 Awards First Team All-WAC Justin Shin, Jr., NM State Kevin Lucas, Sr., Nevada Jay Myers, Sr., SJSU Jarred Bossio, Sr., Idaho T. J. Kua, Sr., Hawai‘i Second Team All-WAC Zachery Fullerton, Sr., NM State Matt Hovan, Sr., SJSU Gaston De La Torre, Sr., NM State Cory Oride, Jr., Hawai‘i Cody Blankenship, Sr., Louisiana Tech Player of the Year: Jay Myers, Sr., SJSU Freshman of the Year: Sean McMullen, Idaho Coach of the Year: John Kennaday, SJSU 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Player of the Year: Nick Watney, Jr., FSU Freshman of the Year: Graham DeLaet, Fr., BSU Coach of the Year: Tom Duncan, Nevada 2002-03 Awards First Team Chris Baryla, Jr., UTEP David Inglis, Sr., Tulsa Brock Mulder, Sr., SMU Dan Swanson, Sr., UTEP Nick Watney, Sr., FSU Second Team Graham DeLaet, So., BSU Chris Noel, Jr., Tulsa Bryant Reyes, Jr., SJSU Chad Spencer, Jr., FSU Isaac Weintraub, Jr., SJSU Player of the Year: Nick Watney, Sr., FSU Freshman of the Year: Will Dodson, Fr., SMU Coach of the Year: Mike Watney, FSU 2003-04 Awards First Team Matthew Kodama, Hawaii Graham DeLaet, BSU David Ingles, Tulsa Chris Baryla, UTEP Chad Spencer, FSU Second Team Casey Watabu, Nevada Isaac Weintraub, SJSU Chris Noel, Tulsa Will Dodson, SMU Bryant Reyes, SJSU Player of the Year: Chris Baryla, UTEP Freshman of the Year: Colt Knost, SMU Coach of the Year: Jay Loar, SMU 2004-05 Awards First Team Will Dodson, Jr., SMU Colt Knost, So., SMU James Allenby, So., UTEP Ryan Carter, Sr., FSU David Kim, So., SJSU Second Team Preston Smith, So., LA Tech Adam Hagen, , Jr., Nevada Sam Korbe, So., Tulsa Scott Abbott, Sr., SMU Jarrett Hamamoto, Jr., Hawaii Player of the Year: Will Dodson, Jr., SMU Freshman of the Year: Matt Hastings, BSU Coach of the Year: Jay Loar, SMU Second Team John Cassidy, Sr., Nevada Pierre-Henri Soero, Jr., Hawai’i Robert Goff, Sr., NM State Jason Anthony, Sr., FSU Casey Watabu, Sr., Nevada Jonny Rosa, Sr., FSU Player of the Year: Graham DeLaet, Sr., BSU Freshman of the Year: Matt Shaw, FSU Coach of the Year: Scott Lieberwirth, NM State 2006-07 Awards First Team Troy Merritt, Jr., BSU Matt Ryan, So., FSU Taylor Coffman, Fr., Nevada Matt Rippy, So., Nevada Grant Doverspike, Fr., FSU Second Team Travis Toyama, Jr., Hawai’i Freddy Esparza, Sr., NM State Pierre-Henri Soero, Sr., Hawai’i Stephan Stallworth, Fr., SJSU Ryan Hallisey, Fr., Nevada Player of the Year: Taylor Coffman, Fr., Nevada Freshman of the Year: Taylor Coffman, Fr., Nevada Coach of the Year: Rich Merritt, Nevada 2007-08 Awards First Team Troy Merritt, Sr., BSU Grant Doverspike, So., FSU Matthew Harvey, So., LA Tech Chase Cooper, Sr., Nevada Matt Edwards, Sr., NM State Second Team Matt Hastings, Sr., BSU Matthew Ryan, Jr., FSU Ben Weyland, Sr., Idaho Travis Reid, Jr., NM State Tim Madigan, Fr., NM State Player of the Year: Troy Merritt, BSU Freshman of the Year: Tim Madigan, NM State Coach of the Year: Scott Lieberwirth, NM State 2008-09 Awards First Team Grant Doverspike, FSU, Jr. Travis Reid, NM State, Sr. Scott Smith, Nevada, So. Mark Hubbard, SJSU, So. Jared Becher, Nevada, Jr. Second Team Scott Loewen, BSU, Sr. Kevin Lozares, NM State, Sr. Ryan Hallisey, Nevada, Jr. Jarred Bossio, Idaho, Fr. Jay Myers, SJSU, Fr. Player of the Year: Grant Doverspike, FSU Freshman of the Year: Jarred Bossio, Idaho Coach of the Year: Scott Lieberwirth, NM State www.LATechSports.com 49 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE DR. DAN RENEAU University President For over half a century, President Dan Reneau and Louisiana Tech University have shared a reputation for higher education excellence, leadership and performance that is unrivaled anywhere in the State of Louisiana. With a passion for service and a commitment to his University and its constituents, Dr. Reneau has become one of the most respected and admired educational leaders in the history of Louisiana higher education. Dr. Reneau’s many accomplishments at Louisiana Tech began with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1963. He also earned a master’s degree from Tech in chemical engineering in 1964, followed by a doctorate from Clemson University in 1966. Dr. Reneau returned to Louisiana Tech in 1967 as an assistant professor of chemical engineering and quickly distinguished himself as a scholar and researcher. He has published over 80 technical papers in books and journals, edited five books, and attended over 100 international meetings and conferences. In 1972, Dr. Reneau was responsible for establishing Louisiana Tech’s Biomedical Engineering Department – one of the first of its kind in the United States. The department and its undergraduate curriculum became only the fifth program accredited in the nation. The Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program was later awarded a Commendation of Excellence by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Dr. Reneau’s continued vision and leadership resulted in his appointment as Louisiana Tech’s Vice President of Academic Affairs in 1980. In this capacity, he served as chief academic officer to some 400 faculty housed in six colleges and three professional schools, offering 160 different degree programs. During his tenure, every major program with an accrediting agency was awarded accreditation. He was also instrumental in establishing Louisiana Tech’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science. On February 20, 1987, the Board of Trustees for State Colleges and Universities selected Dr. Reneau as the 13th President of Louisiana Tech University. While accomplishments have been many during Dr. Reneau’s tenure as President of Louisiana Tech, some of the most notable include the implementation of selective admissions, achievement of Division I-A football status, establishment of the Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM), construction of a new state-of-the-art Biomedical Engineering facility, attainment of the Carnegie Research University/High Research Activity classification, and the establishment of a 50-acre research park between the Tech campus and downtown Ruston called Enterprise Campus. In 1995, Dr. Reneau was awarded the Distinguished Arthur T. Prescott Professorship in Engineering. In 1999, the Clemson Alumni Association, in conjunction with Clemson University, installed Dr. Reneau as an inaugural Alumni Fellow of the University. The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering selected Dr. Reneau as a 2000 AIMBE Fellow. In 2002, he was awarded the Newell Perry Award by the National Federation of the Blind – the highest honor that is given by the National Federation of the Blind. In recent years, Dr. Reneau has led Louisiana Tech to the University of Louisiana System’s (ULS) highest graduation rate, highest retention rate, highest average freshman ACT score, and fastest time-to-completion rate for first-time baccalaureates as well as achieving record graduate enrollment and doctoral graduates. Dr. Reneau has led Louisiana Tech to a Tier One “National University” ranking by U.S. News & World Report, as well as a designation as an SREB Doctoral Four-Year 2 Research University, a Carnegie Foundation Research University with High Research Activity (RU/H) and a “statewide university” as defined by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Louisiana Tech has been ranked in the nation’s top 10 for graduating students with the least amount of debt for three consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report (2010, 2011 and 2012) and was the highest ranked Louisiana public university in mid-career median pay for graduates, according to PayScale. com (2010). Tech was also north Louisiana’s only public university to make the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. As he enters his 26th year as Louisiana Tech President, Dr. Dan Reneau continues to share his vision for moving Louisiana Tech forward and strengthen his commitment to serving the students and alumni of his University. Through Dr. Reneau’s leadership, Louisiana Tech University has transformed itself from an aspiring regional university into one of the state’s premier research institutions. Dr. Reneau is a native of Woodville, Mississippi and is married to the former Linda Digby of Bernice, whom he met as a student at Louisiana Tech. They have two children, John and Dana, who are also both Louisiana Tech alumni. John currently lives in Las Vegas and Dana lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Jim Bernhard, and their two sons, Michael and Ben. 50 www.LATechSports.com BRUCE VAN Director of Athletics DE VELDE Western Athletic Conference five consecutive years for its marketing and promotions efforts for women’s basketball. Tech has also seen plenty of competitive success since Van De Velde’s arrival at Tech as the Bulldog football team captured the 2011 WAC championship and participated in the Poinsettia Bowl against 15th ranked TCU. The Bulldogs also captured its first bowl victory in more than 30 years with the 2008 Independence Bowl win over Northern Illinois. The Lady Techster basketball team won the 2009 and 2011 regular season Western Athletic Conference titles, and the 2010 WAC Tournament title while the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams won the 2009, 2010 and 2011 league titles. The Bulldog basketball team under the direction of first-year coach Mike White advanced to the program’s first ever WAC Tournament title game in 2011, defeating defending WAC Tournament champion Utah State and regular season WAC champion Nevada along the way. Numerous individual success stories have also occurred under his leadership including sprinter Antoinette Cobb earning the 2010 Honda Inspiration Award and catcher Clint Ewing becoming a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for their work both on the field of completion and in the classroom. In 2011, track star Chelsea Hayes earned the WAC’s Joe Kearney Award while shattering numerous school records and qualified for the United States Olympic team in the long jump. He and his wife Debbie, who is a Kansas State alum and who serves as the development officer in the LA Tech College of Business, are the proud parents of 12-year-old daughter, Ashley who is entering the sixth grade. 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Joining Louisianan Tech University in the spring of 2008, Bruce Van De Velde became director of athletics on March 1, 2010 after serving as deputy director of athletics. During his initial months as director of athletics, Van De Velde led a national search and hired 2011 WAC Coach of the Year Sonny Dykes. Van De Velde also initiated the largest fundraising campaign in athletic department history in the Quest for Excellence, a $20 million initiative to raise private donations to enhance athletic facilities. A veteran administrator Van De Velde has a track record of operating programs with integrity and with the student athlete as the top priority. As director of athletics at three NCAA Division I institutions, those programs have achieved no major rule infractions. This past season Louisiana Tech student athletes achieved their highest graduation success rate in University history. With Louisiana Tech’s invitation to join Conference USA in 2013 Van De Velde and his administrative team have Louisiana Tech poised to reach its highest level of achievement. “This is the dawn of a new era for Louisiana Tech University and a goal we have worked very hard over the past several years to achieve, ” said Tech President Dan Reneau. “I want to publically acknowledge the efforts of Bruce Van De Velde and his team, who were instrumental in telling our story and promoting our vision for the future of Louisiana Tech Athletics. ” Van De Velde has more than two decades of experience at the Division I level as a senior administrator including the University of Oklahoma, University of Missouri, Kansas State University and Utah State University. Van De Velde also has a thorough understanding of coaches and the needs of student-athletes having served as an educator and coach early in his career. On the forefront of national service to intercollegiate athletics Van De Velde has served on numerous NCAA cabinets and committees including NCAA Football Issues Committee, NCAA Championship and Competition Cabinet and the Division IA Athletic Directors Executive Committee. During his tenure in the Big XII Conference he served on the Television Committee and the Conference Bowl Committee. “It is an honor to be the director of athletics at Louisiana Tech University, ” Van De Velde said. “Our vision is to build a program to a level where we can be associated with universities that aspire to academic and athletic excellence at the highest level. ” During his tenure Van De Velde has been instrumental in a number of accomplishments that have helped further the advancement of the University’s athletic department, including: * Leadership and strategic direction for Louisiana Tech’s invitation and transition to Conference USA from the Western Athletic Conference. * Developed and implemented the largest fund raising campaign in athletic department history. Quest for Excellence: The Campaign for Tech Athletics is a $20 million campaign to upgrade athletic facilities. * Reorganized annual giving program doubling the number of donors and increasing annual contributions to the program 140 percent; increased total contributions to intercollegiate athletics from $1.6 million in 2008 to $6 million in 2012. * Hired head football coach Sonny Dykes and head men’s basketball coach Michael White. * Upgraded ticket operations improving customer service, marketing by ecommerce and out bound sales capabilities by partnering with Ticketmaster and the Aspire Group and established a new record for football season ticket sales. * Student-athlete graduate success rate of 71 percent in 2011 was the highest in the history of the university and one of the top graduation rates in the nation. All 16 sports programs were APR penalty free and eight programs achieved their highest APR in school history. In 2010, the Louisiana Tech athletic department was recognized nationally with the PRISM Award for excellence in athletics management under Van De Velde’s leadership. The athletic department was also honored with the Excellence in Management Cup by Texas A&M University for three consecutive years and won the NCAA Pack the House for the www.LATechSports.com 51 Van De Velde’s tenure at Iowa State University included an unprecedented five bowl appearances in six years and the highest national AP football poll ranking (9th) in school history. Iowa State’s 2001 average football attendance of 45,172 reached its highest watermark in 18 years. In 2002 and 2003, total football attendance exceeded 300,000; the most at ISU in two decades. The emergence of the Cyclone football program on a national stage with Van De Velde at the department helm was affirmed in 2002 when Iowa State was chosen to play No. 1 Florida State University in the Eddie Robinson Classic. During Van De Velde’s tenure at Iowa State, the men’s and women’s basketball teams won Big XII conference championships and participated in the 2001, 2002 and 2005 NCAA basketball tournaments. Van De Velde, with a track record for generating revenue, increased the total annual operating revenues for the Cyclone athletic department from $19.6 million to $30 million dollars over a five year period. Revenue generated from fundraising, ticket sales, marketing and corporate sponsorships, licensing, radio and television reached all-time highs during his tenure. In 2005, total fundraising increased from $4.85 million to $8.6 million and the annual giving achieved the highest membership total in its history with more than 6,000 donors participating and a record $4 million dollars in annual contributions. Under Van De Velde’s leadership, over 1,500 new donors joined the National Cyclone Club. Including capital project gifts, scholarship endowments and annual contributions, over $35 million dollars was raised during his tenure. Iowa State’s graduation rate of 89 percent for student-athletes who complete their eligibility was second in the Big XII Conference, and graduation rates for minority student-athletes more than tripled during Van De Velde’s tenure. In 2004-05, Iowa State was one of eight universities nationally to have its football team win a bowl game and have its men and women’s basketball teams participate in the NCAA tournament. The Sporting News in 2001 rated Iowa State as the seventh best athletic program among more than 115 NCAA Division I-A programs nationally. The ranking considered competitive success, graduation rates, fan support and NCAA compliance to determine national rank. During his time as athletic director at Utah State University, Van De Velde made his mark by hiring Stew Morrill as the head men’s basketball coach. Morrill has guided Utah State to nine straight postseason tournaments and is the most successful coach in the history of the Utah State program. While serving as the associate athletic director for football operations under legendary head coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State University, Van De Velde was part of the resurrection of Wildcat football in Manhattan as the program became a national power participating in five bowl games. Van De Velde was recipient of the Admiral U.S. Grant Sharp Award at the 1997 Holiday Bowl for his contributions to the Kansas State football team when the nationally ranked Wildcats finished with a 10-2 record. As the senior associate athletic for external affairs at the University of Oklahoma, Van De Velde served as a senior administrator for the athletic department and oversaw the areas of fundraising, marketing, corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, media relations and licensing. Van De Velde managed units that generated in excess of $35 million in annual revenues. Van De Velde directed the Campaign for Sooner Sports, a $100 million dollar capital campaign to fund facility improvements and scholarships. As associate athletic director for development at the University of Missouri, Van De Velde supervised a $50 million dollar capital campaign for facility improvements for the Sports Park at MU. Van De Velde received the General Robert Neyland Award from the National Football Foundation in 2005 for his service and contributions as an athletic director. Van De Velde currently serves on the 1A Athletic Directors Association Executive Committee and on the NCAA Football Issues Committee. He and his wife Debbie, who is a Kansas State alum and who serves as the development officer in the LA Tech College of Business, are the proud parents of 12-year-old daughter, Ashley who is entering the sixth grade. 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Deputy Athletics Director/ Senior Woman Administrator Deputy Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator Mary Kay Hungate enters her 28th year as a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Department and has proven to be an integral part in the emergence of the University’s programs on the playing fields and in the classroom. Not only does Hungate serve as the sports administrator for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, women’s bowling and women’s volleyball, but she is also in charge of NCAA compliance for all of the university’s 16 NCAA sanctioned programs. As one of the top two ranking administrators in the Tech Athletics Department, Hungate is part of a senior staff that was instrumental in helping the University earn an invitation to join Conference USA starting July 1, 2013. In addition, Hungate and the current senior staff has also garnered a number of national awards, including the 2010 Turnkey PRISM Award which recognizes colleges for managerial excellence across four areas: marketing/branding; fan development; community relations; and customer/client service. The Tech athletics department has also finished in the Top 10 three of the past four years in the Excellence in Management Cup, which recognizes the most efficient athletic departments in the nation. Hungate serves a vital role in the hiring of coaches. Hungate proved instrumental in the decision by former Tech Kodak All-American and WNBA All-Star Teresa Weatherspoon - who played for Hungate in the late-80s - to return to Louisiana Tech in June of 2008. Weatherspoon was promoted to head coach in February of 2009 where she has led the program to a trifecta of Western Athletic Conference titles and two straight NCAA Tournament appearances. She also served as the point person in the hiring process of head women’s soccer coach Kevin Sherry. Sherry led the Lady Techster soccer team to four straight winning seasons (the first ones in program history), the program’s first ever WAC victories and its first appearance in the WAC Tournament in 2010. Another of Hungate’s responsibilities includes overseeing the academic side of the Tech athletics department, another area which has improved drastically as proven by the fact LA Tech’s graduation rate continues to be one of the highest in the state (Federal Graduation Report). This past year Tech student-athletes boasted an all-time high 72 percent four-year graduation success rate while a total of 92 studentathletes earned Academic All-WAC accolades. Tech football was recognized nationally with the Academic Achievement Award presented by the American Football Coaches Association while the Bulldog golf team earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award. For the fourth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech saw impressive improvements in the majority of its Academic Progress Rates (APR) as all 16 of its NCAA sanctioned programs are penalty free for the second consecutive year. Louisiana Tech saw nine of its programs record their highest multi-year APR scores ever while five registered their highest single year APR score ever. Four of the programs also earned a perfect 1,000 score on the single year rate. Hungate also plays an important role in LA Tech’s NCAA Certification process. As a member of the Steering Committee and the liaison between the athletic department and the University’s Self Study Committees, she provides the information needed for the committees to write their reports. In 2006, LA Tech completed its second NCAA Certification cycle and once again was certified without conditions. Hungate joined the Louisiana Tech staff in 1985 as an assistant women’s basketball coach and remained in that role for five years. During that time, the Lady Techsters participated in four Final Fours and won the NCAA National Championship in 1988. In 1990, Hungate made a move out of coaching and became as- HUNGATE MARY KAY 52 www.LATechSports.com sistant athletics director for academics and compliance as well as senior woman administrator. One of Hungate’s early accomplishments as assistant director of athletics was the creation of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Academic Center program. Hungate has served terms on the NCAA Division I Academics/ Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet, the NCAA Division I Interpretations/Legislative Review Subcommittee, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators Wade Trophy Selection Committee and as an NCAA Peer Reviewer. She has also served on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee since 2004. She currently serves on the Western Athletic Conference Council, the Conferences’ Legislative Review Committee, the Finance Committee and the Code Book Committee. In addition, along with Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde, she represents the athletics department as an ex-officio member of the LA Tech Athletics Council. Hungate’s professional career began as Women’s Sports Coordinator and head volleyball, head basketball and head softball coach at Illinois’ Carl Sandburg Junior College. She spent four seasons at the college where she guided the basketball team to a mark of 80-22 which included an 11th place finish in the 1976 NJCAA national tournament. In 1978 Hungate took over the head coaching position at Richwoods High School in Peoria, Ill., and quickly compiled one of the top prep coaching records in the nation. During her seven seasons at Richwoods High School, Hungate’s team ran up an impressive record of 195-13, including a state-record 63 consecutive victories. Hungate was named the National Coach of the Year by USA Today in 1985. Before coming to Louisiana Tech, Hungate amassed a career coaching record of 275-35. Associate A.D./Marketing and Game Management Beasley Leah 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Faculty Athletics Representative LIBERATOS JAMES Dr. James Liberatos enters his 15th year as faculty athletics representative for Louisiana Tech University. Since arriving at Tech in 1989, Liberatos has been responsible for so much more than just molding young minds as a professor of biology. In 1996, he was named a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Council and in 1998 was elevated to chair of the council. Also in 1998, Liberatos started serving as chair of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame. As faculty representative, Liberatos has been designated by the university to serve as a liaison between the institution and the athletics department, and also as a representative of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs. He does so to ensure that the academic institution establishes and maintains the appropriate balance between academics and intercollegiate athletics. In 2002, Liberatos gained even more responsibilities as he was named dean of the College of Applied and Natural Sciences. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Liberatos earned a bachelor of science in biology from the College of Charleston in 1980. He continued his education at Florida State University earning a master’s in science in 1982 and a PHD in biology in 1986. Liberatos is an avid swimmer who also enjoys fishing. He and his wife Beth have been married since 1988 and have two sons, Jim and Nicholas who both attend Louisiana Tech. Leah Beasley enters her eighth year as a member of the Louisiana Tech athletics department staff, including her first as associate athletics director in charge of marketing and game management. Beasley has spent the past six years as the assistant athletics director but received a title promotion this past summer. Some of Beasley’s responsibilities include game management supervision, coordinating the booking of many of the halftime activities for Tech home events, serving as the main liaison between the Tech athletics department and the Tech student body and faculty and staff, as well as working closely with many of the coaches for marketing ideas for their programs. During her time at Louisiana Tech, Beasley has proven her merit as she has been directly and indirectly associated with numerous department awards. Since its inception by the NCAA in 2007 , Beasley has taken the lead on Louisiana Tech’s participation in the NCAA’s Pack the House Challenge - a marketing promotion geared towards increasing the awareness of women’s basketball across the country. Beasley’s creative marketing campaigns have helped LA Tech earn the top spot among the Western Athletic Conference schools for five straight years, making it the only program in the country to win it every time for their respective league. Her 2010 NCAA Pack the House marketing campaign of “Cage the Tigers” won the bronze award given out by NACDA for the Best Single Day Attendance Promotion. The past two years, Beasley’s 2011 NCAA Pack the House marketing campaign of “FAIR-well Fresno” and “FAIR-well Fresno State: The Rematch” drew crowds of more than 7 ,000 fans to the Thomas Assembly Center as promotions included a real live Fair with carnival rides and food outside the Thomas Assembly Center. Beasley has also been a part of a staff at LA Tech that has been instrumental in garnering a number of national awards, including the 2010 Turnkey PRISM Award - which recognizes colleges for managerial excellence across four areas: marketing/branding; fan development; community relations; and customer/client service. The Tech Athletics Department has also finished in the Top 10 the past three years in the Excellence in Management Cup, which recognizes the most efficient athletic departments in the nation. Beasley also served as the athletic department’s point person for Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer, a fundraiser started by Dr. Allison Dooley, wife of former LA Tech AD and head football coach Derek Dooley in 2007 . During its five years, this fundraising campaign raised more than $50,000 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation in northeast Louisiana. This past year, Beasley was instrumental in the inaugural Wiggin’ Out Dinner as Tech Athletics teamed up with the Northern Louisiana Medical Center and The Minute Magazine to raise money for the battle against breast cancer. The event, held in conjunction with the Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer initiative, helped raise funds for women across northern Louisiana unable to purchase wigs while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Beasley also serves on several campus and conference committees, including the WAC’s Championships Committee and Game Management Committee, and the University’s Marketing Advisory Board, Spirit Squad Committee and Traditions Committee. She is also the WAC’s representative to NACMA. Beasley lettered for four years at Louisiana Tech as an outfielder on the Lady Techster softball team, earning Academic all-WAC honors every season and earning all-America Scholar Athlete awards two seasons. The Ruston native earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing in May of 2005 and her master’s degree in marketing in August 2006. www.LATechSports.com 53 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Associate A.D./Media Relations Butler Malcolm He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA), United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Malcolm Butler begins his 14th year in the Louisiana Tech Athletics Department, his sixth as the associate athletic director in charge of media relations. A 1994 graduate of the Louisiana Tech journalism department, Butler joined the athletic department in July of 1999 as the assistant athletic media relations director. Butler was then promoted to director four months later and served in that capacity until the fall of 2007 when he was promoted to associate athletic director. The Ruston native is in charge of media relations for women’s basketball, softball and men’s golf and also serves as the secondary contact for football while overseeing the daily operations for the entire department. During his time at Louisiana Tech, Butler has been instrumental in promoting numerous high-profile student-athletes. He has also worked closely with a number of highly-successful head coaches, including 4-time Hall of Famer Leon Barmore, current Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley and current Lady Techster women’s basketball coach Teresa Weatherspoon. Over the course of his tenure, Louisiana Tech’s Media Relations Department has proven to be one of the best in the state of Louisiana. Over the past 11 years, members of the Tech media relations department have won a total of 37 awards at the annual Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) state SID contest -- the second most behind only LSU. During that same period of time, Butler has garnered 24 of those awards which is second most among all state SIDs behind only LSU Associate Athletics Director Michael Bonnette (26). Butler is part of a senior staff at LA Tech that has been instrumental in garnering a number of national awards, including the 2010 Turnkey PRISM Award - which recognizes colleges for managerial excellence across four areas: marketing/branding; fan development; community relations; and customer/client service. The Tech athletics department has also finished in the Top 10 three of the past four years in the Excellence in Management Cup, which recognizes the most efficient athletic departments in the nation. He was instrumental in forming the partnership between Louisiana Tech and CBS College Sports in the fall of 2007 in the redesign and hosting of the athletic departments website, www.latechsports.com. The website has undergone two redesigns since the inaugural release. As part of the agreement with CBS College Sports, a new webstreaming platform - LA Tech All-Access was created - which allows fans from all over the world to watch live streams of almost all of the university’s home athletic events. LA Tech All-Access annually streams more than 125 live events. Butler has served as the host media coordinator for three NCAA Women’s Basketball First- and Second-Round sites hosted by Louisiana Tech (2000, 2001 and 2003) while also serving as the host media coordinator for the 2008 WAC Baseball Championships hosted by Louisiana Tech at J.C. Love Field in Ruston. In addition to his media relations responsibilities, Butler has served as the radio broadcaster for the nationally-prominent Louisiana Tech Lady Techster basketball team for the past 13 years, including the past 12 as the play-by-play announcer. During that time, he has broadcast more than 350 women’s basketball games - including 15 NCAA Tournament games. He has also broadcast in excess of 100 softball games, including four in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, and served as the color commentator on numerous Bulldog football and basketball broadcasts. Butler is the host of Inside Tech Basketball with Teresa Weatherspoon, a 30-minute radio show. Butler implemented a fundraising campaign for his department in the fall of 2007 and since that time it has raised over $30,000, which has been used to purchase additional equipment, software and other essentials within the media relations department. Gilbert Associate A.D./ Chief Financial Officer Marie Gilbert enters her 28th year at Louisiana Tech and her fifth as associate athletics director and chief financial officer in the athletics department. Gilbert is responsible for the day-today business operations of the athletic department, including overseeing the individual budgets for 16 varsity sports, monitoring athletic funds of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Foundation, serving as liaison with the university’s business offices and supervising the athletic ticket office. She is part of a senior staff at LA Tech that was instrumental in the University’s invitation to join Conference USA starting July 1, 2013. She has also been actively involved in numerous initiatives to enhance the athletics department, including signing new agreements with companies such as Learfield, the Aspire Group, Ticketmaster and Pepsi. The hard work and vision of that same senior staff has led to numerous national awards, including the 2010 Turnkey PRISM Award - which recognizes colleges for managerial excellence across four areas: marketing/branding; fan development; community relations; and customer/ client service. The Tech Athletics Department has also finished in the Top 10 three of the past four years in the Excellence in Management Cup, which recognizes the most efficient athletic departments in the nation. Gilbert previously served as the budget manager for the College of Engineering for six years where she had similar duties. She was also in the College of Liberal Arts as the dean’s assistant handling day-to-day business in the office while working with budget planning for the year. In 2002, she received the Distinctive Professional Performance and Conduct Award from the Institute of Micromanufacturing at Louisiana Tech. Gilbert has earned two degrees from Louisiana Tech University and completed a master’s certificate in technical writing. She is a current member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA). She is also actively involved in the American Cancer Society and serves as the chair for the Relay for Life Luminaria Service. She is on the Executive Committee for the ACS Relay for Life in Lincoln Parish and serves as the budget manager for the Relay. Gilbert and her husband, Tim, reside in Bossier with their four dogs. Marie Associate A.D./External Affairs Brian White joined the Louisiana Tech Athletics family in March of 2012 as the associate athletics director for external affairs. White will oversee all external affairs, including LA Tech’s relationship with Learfield (LA Tech Sports Properties) and The Aspire Group (Fan Relationship Management Center), the ticket office, athletic development and fundraising activities and football scheduling assistance. Before coming to Louisiana Tech, White spent over three and a half years at IMG College (formerly ISP Sports) at the University of Arkansas (Razorback Sports Properties) and at the University of California Berkeley (Cal Sports Properties), initially as an account executive before being promoted to a senior account executive. White Brian 54 www.LATechSports.com NCAA Headquarters. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2006 and a master’s in business administration from Ohio University in 2008. White comes from a family entrenched in intercollegiate athletics. His father, Kevin, is director of athletics at Duke while his brother, Danny, is director of athletics at Buffalo. His brother, Michael, is the head men’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech. While at IMG College, White was charged with growing revenue through corporate sponsorship sales of multimedia assets. In his first year with Cal Sports Properties, White achieved a sales number equivalent to 275% of his personal sales goal. In both years at the University of Arkansas, White surpassed his individual and property sales goals. While pursuing his undergraduate and graduate degrees, White gained valuable experiences through various internships working for the IMG College Corporate Office, Ohio University Athletics, Arizona State University Athletics and the views or comments on WAC and NCAA rules and governance, which helps to ensure academic and athletic excellence for all student-athletes. Members of SAAC are also active in various community service projects such as hosting an annual Halloween carnival as well as serving as greeters for the annual St. Jude’s Radiothon, participating in the Big Event, and supporting the WAC’s charity of choice. Merritt oversees and reviews the advising process to ensure compliance with both university and NCAA policies and serves as a liaison between faculty and coaches, as well as speaks at “New Faculty Orientation” each fall and during the year to the University Senate. She also meets recruits and their families to describe the college experience and how it will affect the student-athlete. Merritt earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1991 and master’s in speech communication consultancy in 1994 both from Oklahoma State University. She and her husband taught conversational English in Kyoto, Japan, for one year before coming to Louisiana Tech. Outside of work, Merritt is a huge health and fitness buff who loves cycling (road and mountain), running and swimming. In 2002, Merritt and her husband completed the Florida Ironman Triathlon. Merritt and her husband Kevin reside in Ruston and have an eightyear old daughter named Maisie and toddler named Ivy. 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Assistant A.D./Academic Affairs Lisa Merritt enters her sixth year as a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Department serving as assistant athletics director for academics. Merritt joined the athletics department after serving for 11 years in the LA Tech speech department with her husband Kevin where she taught speech classes while serving as an academic advisor for students majoring in speech communication. She is a member of a senior staff at Tech that was instrumental in the University receiving an invitation to join Conference USA starting July 1, 2013. Since joining the Tech athletics department, Merritt has helped the University’s student-athletes excel in the classroom as proven by the fact LA Tech’s graduation rate continues to be one of the highest in the state (Federal Graduation Report). This past year Tech student-athletes boasted an all-time high 72 percent four-year graduation success rate while a total of 92 studentathletes earned Academic All-WAC accolades. Tech football was recognized nationally with the Academic Achievement Award presented by the American Football Coaches Association while the Bulldog golf team earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award. For the fourth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech saw impressive improvements in the majority of its Academic Progress Rates (APR) as all 16 of its NCAA sanctioned programs are penalty free for the second consecutive year. Louisiana Tech saw nine of its programs record their highest multi-year APR scores ever while five registered their highest single year APR score ever. Four of the programs also earned a perfect 1,000 score on the single year rate. Tech’s student-athletes also show incredible diversity when it comes to majors as each of the University’s five colleges and virtually every degree program on campus boast at least one Tech student-athlete. In her current role, Merritt oversees the student-athletes’ academic progress and success while advising them regarding class schedules and degree plans, monitoring eligibility status and providing general academic guidance. Merritt also runs the athletic academic center, provides “Life Skills” seminars for student-athletes, meets with prospective recruits and serves as faculty advisor for SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee). SAAC is a pro-active group of student-athletes communicating Merritt Lisa Ellenberger General Manager/ LA Tech Sports Properties Mason Ellenberger serves as General Manager for LA Tech Sports Properties, the Ruston-based entity designed to oversee all aspects of the 10-year partnership between the University and the collegiate marketer Learfield Sports. At LA Tech, Ellenberger is responsible for spearheading all elements of the relationship between LA Tech and Learfield Sports, which was announced in late July 2008 and includes managing and selling multimedia and sponsorship rights for the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters. Ellenberger is also responsible for all aspects of the LA Tech Sports Network which broadcasts over 250 Louisiana Tech games, daily shows and coach’s shows throughout the year. During the 2009-10 athletic season, Ellenberger and his team at LA Tech Sports Properties were recognized as the #1 new growth property in the Learfield Sports portfolio. In Ellenberger’s previous role as the Team Sports Marketing Manager for Alltel Wireless, he led Alltel’s strategic team sports marketing efforts in the United States. He oversaw the national promotions and activation of the sponsorship stable owned by Alltel Wireless in the US including the professional and collegiate sponsorships. Prior to his years at Alltel, Ellenberger spent the previous 13 years in strategic sales leadership, sports marketing and public relations roles in the telecommunications and entertainment industries. The Birmingham, Ala. native has served on numerous endowment boards and board of directors for sports and education organizations including Pagnozzi Charities and the Arkansas Aeronautical Education Center. He has been honored by White House Communications Agency for providing critical communications for the President of the Unites States and White House Staff. Ellenberger holds a BBA and MBA in Marketing both of which he graduated Summa cum Laude. Ellenberger is also an Eagle Scout and a long-time supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He is married to the former Wanda Jackson from Mobile, Ala., and the couple has two sons, James and Hunter and reside in Ruston. Mason www.LATechSports.com 55 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Manager/Aspire at Louisiana Tech Ryan Gottlieb is entering his second year as the manager of the Aspire Group’s Louisiana Tech Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC) which services Louisiana Tech University Athletics. Ryan’s responsibilities include overseeing the FRMC, which is a third-party ticketing sales and service initiative whose primary objective is generating new ticket sales revenue and growth across all sectors, including full and partial season plans, group tickets, improved customer retention and ensuring excellent customer service. Ryan joined the Aspire Group in the Georgia Tech FRMC in August of 2009 as a part-time sales consultant. By Thanksgiving of that year, the University of South Carolina graduate was already among the leaders in Men’s Basketball Season ticket sales and was therefore promoted to a full-time position. In March of 2010, the Atlanta native was promoted again, this time to a Senior Sales Consultant where he led GA Tech in new season ticket sales for 2010-11 Men’s Basketball as well as 2011 Football. As one of the leaders at the GA Tech Center from 2009-2011, Gottlieb played an integral role in hiring, training and mentoring numerous team members, while maintaining his “top of the board” sales productivity. Gottlieb Ryan Sisemore Director of Facilities Tommy Sisemore is one of the longest tenured employees in the Louisiana Tech Athletics Department beginning his 33rd year at the University, his 16th as director of athletic facilities. Some of Sisemore’s varied duties include serving as travel coordinator and business manager for the football team, handling all aspects of team travel, including hotel, food and travel arrangements. Sisemore also handles all the financial expenses incurred in the travel process. Sisemore is part of an administrative staff at LA Tech that has been instrumental in garnering a number of national awards, including the 2010 Turnkey PRISM Award - which recognizes colleges for managerial excellence across four areas: marketing/branding; fan development; community relations; and customer/client service. The Tech athletics department has also finished in the Top 10 three of the past four years in the Excellence in Management Cup, which recognizes the most efficient athletic departments in the nation. Prior to working in the athletic department, Sisemore spent 17 years working in the Louisiana Tech Physical Plant. Sisemore and his wife Stephanie, who is a Louisiana Tech graduate, are the proud parents of two daughters, Jessica and Anna-Claire. Tommy Director of Athletic Advancement Adam McGuirt enters his sixth year with the Louisiana Tech Athletics family as the Director of Athletic Advancement, working in the Division of University Advancement. At Louisiana Tech, McGuirt is responsible for all areas of athletic development, including donor relations and all aspects of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC). During his previous five years at LA Tech, McGuirt has been instrumental in helping more than double the number of LTAC members which has resulted in a large increase in private donations. McGuirt also works closely with the Alumni Association in the development and implementation of events for alumni and friends throughout the state of Louisiana and surrounding areas. McGuirt has also been a part of a staff at LA Tech that helped the University receive an invitation to join Conference USA starting July 1, 2013. That same staff has been instrumental in garnering a number of national awards, including the 2010 Turnkey PRISM Award - which recognizes colleges for managerial excellence across four areas: marketing/ branding; fan development; community relations; and customer/client service. The Tech Athletics Department has also finished in the Top 10 three of the past four years in the Excellence in Management Cup, which recognizes the most efficient athletic departments in the nation. A native of Shreveport, McGuirt graduated from Louisiana Tech in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. McGuirt is married to April, and the couple has three daughters: Lily, Sophie and Emily. McGuirt Adam 56 www.LATechSports.com 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Justin Argenal Director of Ops. Menâ€™s Basketball Coordinator of Athletic Advancement Tyson Baldwin Michael Barnett Equipment Department Assoc. Leah Beasley Associate A.D./ Marketing Diane Boyce G.A./Sports Medicine Keith Bunch Assistant A.D./ Sport Medicine Malcolm Butler Associate A.D./ Media Relations Challiss Cappel Exec. Asst. to Head Football Coach Kerry Connor Head Equipment Manager Jeff Cummings Ticket Operations Associate Michele Dummett Assoc. Head Athletic Trainer G.M./LTS Properties Mason Ellenberger Brent Gallagher Aspire-Account Executive Marie Gilbert Associate A.D./ CFO Ryan Gottlieb Manager-FRMC Aspire Bill Graham Coordinator/ Special Events Thomas Graham G.A./Football Lori Hamilton Assitant to the A.D. Assistant A.D./ Strength & Cond. Damon Harrington Bradly Herman Student Success Specialist Jessica Hulderman Intern/Sports Medicine Mary Kay Hungate Senior Deputy A.D./SWA Adam Hymel G.A./Football Player Development Ed Jackson Assistant A.D./ Michael Judd G.A./Sports Medicine Sandra Kane Assistant/NCAA Compliance Laura Kneiss Marketing & Promotions Assoc. Janel Lee G.A./Video Operations Logan Lewis Aspire-Account Executive Ryan Lueken G.A./Sports Medicine Director of Ops./ Womenâ€™s Basketball Brian Mackay Josh McDaniel Multimedia Services Manager Kane McGuire Media Relations Assistant Adam McGuirt LTAC Director Lisa Merritt Assistant A.D./ Academics Office Coordinator/ WBB & Soccer Brenda Milton Aya Morioka G.A./Sports Medicine Andrea Nieman LTS Properties/ Account Exec. Dana Pettit Accounting Technician Office Coordinator/ MBB & Volleyball Rene Puckett Jason Russell Intern/Strength & Conditioning Tommy Sisemore Director of Facilities Kim Tanner Office Coordinator/ Facilities, SB, Bsbl Anna Claire Thomas Media Relations Assistant Chris Vaszily Director of Player Development Christy Waguespack Asst. Athletic Trainer Patrick Walsh Assoc. Media Relations Dir. Justin Wheeler G.A./Sports Medicine Brian White Associate A.D./ External Affairs www.LATechSports.com 57 2012-13 BULLDOG GOLF MEDIA GUIDE Athletics Council Dr. James Liberatos Chairman Lisa Cole Steve Davison William Dearmon SGA President Dr. Sean Dwyer Dr. Marvin Green Alumni Rep. Dr. Les Guice Mary Kay Hungate Ex-Officio Dr. Guthrie Jarrell Alumni Rep. Dr. Terri McConathy Sam Speed Dr. Donna Thomas Bruce Van De Velde Ex-officio HEAD & ASSISTANT COACHES Adriano De Souza Volleyball Freddy Gomez Tennis Skip Holtz Football Mark Montgomery Softball Jeff Parks Golf Kevin Sherry Soccer Wade Simoneaux Baseball Gary Stanley Track & Fieldw Teresa Weatherspoon Women’s Basketball Mike White Men’s Basketball Fran Andermann Baseball Isaac Brown Men’s Basketball Sara Carter Women’s Basketball Joanna Crowson Softball Marcela Cunha Volleyball Jeannie Douglas Softball Stan Eggen Football John Garris Softbal Kiva Gresham Soccer Derrick Jones Men’s Basketball Jeff Koonz Football Dusty May Men’s Basketball Brad Pullin Golf Brian Rountree Baseball Courtney Simmons Women’s Basketball Gabriele Tortorici Volleyball Justin Wickard Track & Field 58 www.LATechSports.com 2011-12 BulldoG A cc o m p l i s h m ents • Earned its highest end-of-the-year ranking in program history • Earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award (Academics) • Seven Bulldogs earned Academic All-WAC accolades • Recorded 11 Top 10 individual finishes and 22 Top 20 individual finishes • Recorded six Top 5 team finishes • Senior Cody Blankenship named 2nd team All-WAC 2 0 1 2 - 1 3 B ULLDO G G OL F S C H E DUL E Date: September 10-11 October 1-2 October 6-7 October 22-23 February 18-19 February 22-24 March 4-5 March 11-12 April 1-2 April 8-9 April 29-May 1 Host: Southern Mississippi LA Tech LSU Kennesaw St. South Alabama Houston/Rice ULL LA Tech Ole Miss Mississippi State WAC Site: Hattiesburg C.C., Hattiesburg, MS Squire Creek C.C., Choudrant, LA University Club, Baton Rouge, LA Pinetree G.C, Atlanta, GA Magnolia Grove, Mobile, Al Redstone C.C., Houston, TX Oakbourne C.C., Lafayette, LA Squire Creek C.C., Choudrant, LA Reunion C.C., Jackson, MS Old Waverly C.C., Columbus, MS Rio Secco G.C., Las Vegas, NV