2011-12 UAB Women's Golf Information Guide
Everything you need to know about the 2011-12 UAB women's golf team.
Womenâ€™s Ana Martin Junior Golf Jaime Ritter Junior 2011-12 UAB WOMENâ€™S GOLF SCHEDULE Date Tournament Location Sept. 19-20, 2011 Western Carolina Intercollegiate Waynesville, N.C. Oct. 17-18, 2011 CSU Wendy's Invitational Charleston, S.C. Oct. 24-25, 2011 Memphis Fall Invitational Memphis, Tenn. Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2011 UAB Fall Beach Blast Gulf Shores, Ala. Feb. 27-28, 2012 South Alabama Women's Invitational Mobile, Ala. March 12-13, 2012 Lady Eagle Invitational Hattiesburg, Miss. March 23-25, 2012 UC Spring Invitational Crystal River, Fla. April 2-3, 2012 Belmont Invitational Nashville, Tenn. April 9-10, 2012 Samford Intercollegiate Oneonta, Ala. April 22-24, 2012 Conference USA Championship Gulf Shores, Ala. U A B G o l f 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATION TABLE OF CONTENTS (Area Code 205) Director of Athletics Brian Mackin........................................................ 934-0766 Senior Associate Athletics Director Shannon Ealy......................................................... 934-0766 Senior Associate AD/SWA Derita Ratcliffe....................................................... 934-0766 Associate AD/Financial Affairs Timothy Garner..................................................... 934-3986 Associate AD/Development Coleman Barnes..................................................... 996-5813 Associate AD/Compliance Corey Bray............................................................. 975-3051 Associate AD/Academic Services Danez Marrable..................................................... 996-9972 Associate AD/Media Relations Norm Reilly........................................................... 934-0722 Associate AD/Ticket Operations Matt Wildt............................................................. 975-8216 Assistant AD/Marketing Brad Smith............................................................. 934-1239 Assistant AD/Financial Affairs Dave Henze........................................................... 934-3040 Assistant AD/Athletic Training Mike Jones............................................................. 934-6013 Assistant AD/Facilities & Operations Reid Adair............................................................. 934-8154 Director of Physical Development Stacey Torman....................................................... 934-8301 Table of Contents................................. 1 2011-12 Roster Information................. 2 Head Coach Kim Wilcox...................... 3 Lindsey Gipson..................................... 4 Kristin Lottman.................................... 5 Ana Martin........................................... 6 Jaime Ritter........................................... 7 Caitlin Watts........................................ 8 Amanda Richey..................................... 9 Holly Robinson..................................... 9 Margaret Yeh........................................ 9 2011-12 Review.................................. 10 2011-12 Results.................................. 11 Record Book..................................12-14 UAB at a Glance............................15-17 Administration...............................18-19 Conference USA................................. 20 The Magic City................................... 21 Proud Past, Bright Future..............22-24 Blazer Highlights................................ 25 UAB All-Americans............................. 26 Excellence at the Next Level................ 27 Academic Support..........................28-29 Strength & Conditioning...............30-31 Sports Medicine.............................32-33 Gene Bartow....................................... 34 UAB QUICK FACTS Founded.......................................................................................................1969 Enrollment............................................................................................... 17,543 National Affiliation................................................................. NCAA Division I Conference Affiliation............................................................... Conference USA President............................................................................... Dr. Carol Garrison Faculty Representative............................................................ Dr. Frank Messina Director of Athletics...................................................................... Brian Mackin Head Women’s Golf Coach............................................................. Kim Wilcox Career Record/Seasons................................................. 429-747-10/10th Season 2010-11 Overall Record............................................................................58-101 2011 Conference USA Championship.................................................... 10th/10 Returning Letterwinners.................................................................................... 5 Newcomers....................................................................................................... 2 Athletic Media Relations Associate AD/Media Relations Norm Reilly........................................................... 934-0722 Associate Director Aaron Jordan.......................................................... 934-0722 Assistant Director Tyson Mathews (Women’s Golf Contact)............. 996-2576 Assistant Director Ben Warnick.......................................................... 934-0725 Media Relations Assistant Lauren Rupert........................................................ 934-0724 Student Assistant Randolph Pettway (Women’s Golf Contact).......... 934-0722 CREDITS The 2011-12 UAB women’s golf media guide is an official production of the UAB Athletic Media Relations Office. The guide was designed, written and edited by Tyson Mathews, Assistant Athletic Media Relations Director, with assistance from student assistant Randolph Pettway. Cover and page design assistance provided by Provations Group, Nicholasville, Ky. Photography provided by Steve Wood, Ashley Fleming, Nik Layman and Brad Puckett. “UAB At A Glance” section designed by UAB Creative Services. UAB Media Relations Mailing Address: 105 Bartow West Tower 1530 3rd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35294-1160 1 2 0 1 1-12 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f Roster Information (Left to Right): Head Coach Kim Wilcox, Caitlin Watts, Ana Martin, Margaret Yeh, Lindsey Gipson, Jaime Ritter, Amanda Richey, Holly Robinson and Kristin Lottman. 2011-12 WOMENâ€™S GOLF ROSTER Name Lindsey Gipson Kristin Lottman Ana Martin Amanda Richey Jaime Ritter Holly Robinson Caitlin Watts Margaret Yeh Ht. 5-2 5-9 5-6 5-5 5-5 5-6 5-8 5-4 Cl. Jr. Jr. Jr. R-Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Hometown/Previous School Woodstock, Ga./Sequoyah HS Villa Hills, Ky./Notre Dame Academy Canary Islands, Spain/Teresiano HS Rainbow City, Ala./Gadsden City HS Davie, Fla./Miami (Fla.) Sligo, Ireland/Sligo Grammar School LaGrange, Ga./Auburn Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth HS Head Coach: Kim Wilcox (10th Season) Assistant Coach: Alan Murray (2nd Season) 2 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f Head Coach KIM WILCOX HEAD COACH | 10TH SEASON | AUBURN ’81 The 2011-12 campaign marks the 10th for Kim Wilcox as head coach of the Wilcox, who also UAB women’s golf program as the Blazers come off a season that featured two serves as executive director second-place team finishes and one individual medalist. of the Birmingham Golf Wilcox has led the Blazers to three of the six tournament titles in program Association, has compiled history while also overseeing a program in strong academic standing. a 429-747-10 head-to UAB women’s golfers have been named to the Conference USA Commis- head record in her first sioner’s Honor Roll 33 times and received the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic nine seasons as UAB’s head Medal 15 times during her tenure. coach. In 2011, senior Carolyn Cochran became the first UAB women’s golfer ever Wilcox began her named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. A two-time member of collegiate golf career by the C-USA All-Academic Team, Cochran was also selected in 2011 as the league’s playing on scholarship at Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s golf. Auburn. From there, she Cochran was the second golfer under Wilcox to be named the league’s top became an office manager scholar-athlete. Brooke Mangan, the most accomplished player in school history, at Micro National, Inc., also won the award in 2004-05. from 1983-91, where she Under Wilcox’s guidance, Mangan became the first NCAA Regional partici- was responsible for acpant in program history when she competed in the 2005 tournament. Mangan counting and bookkeeping functions. -- a member of the C-USA All-Decade Team for the first 10 years of the league In 1991, the Birmingham, Ala., native became the club manager and golf pro -- also became the first three-time all-conference selection for the Blazers, twice at the Pine Harbor Golf and Racquet Club in Pell City, Ala. While at Pine Harearning third-team honors before closing her career bor from 1991-99, Wilcox was responsible for the with first-team recognition in 2004-05. operation of the country club, writing and pub Wilcox also coached Janey Deimling to thirdlishing the monthly newsletter and day-to-day opTHE WILCOX FILE team all-conference honors in the 2004-05 camerations. Under her direction, membership grew paign. from 270 to 400. That same season, UAB cracked the top 25 per- Wilcox Year-by-Year In 1999, Wilcox left Pine Harbor to become the Year Record Conference Finish cent of the Golfstat Division I rankings. Just two executive director at the Birmingham Golf Asso2002-03 65-70-0 8th of 9 years earlier, the Blazers were in the bottom half ciation. Her responsibilities include tournament 2003-04 76-67-1 T-6th of 9 of the rankings, but a strong 2004 fall season had 2004-05 operations, media relations and an extensive ju66-60-2 8th of 10 UAB at No. 62 heading into the spring of 2005. nior golf tour each summer with 200 children. 2005-06 18-80-1 T-8th of 9 UAB won a team title in its first year under 2006-07 While with the Birmingham Golf Association, 59-89-3 9th of 9 Wilcox, taking first place at the 2003 Lady Jaguar 2007-08 Wilcox also worked as the media relations and ju32-82-3 8th of 9 Spring Invitational in Mobile, Ala., where UAB’s 2008-09 nior golf coordinator for the Dixie Section of the 26-102 9th of 10 Katie Kane was the individual medalist. The Blaz- 2009-10 PGA, where she was responsible for running the 29-96 10th of 10 ers have since added tournament championships at 2010-11 58-101 10th/10 junior golf program for more than 300 children 429-747-10 the 2004 Miss Louis Season Opener and the 2007 9 Years annually. Wilcox also completed an internship at Lady Eagle Classic, both played in Hattiesburg, the Alabama Golf Association. Date of Hire: August 12, 2002 Miss. A four-year letterwinner at Auburn, Wilcox In addition to the three team titles under her was the runner-up in the Alabama State Women’s watch, Wilcox has also coached eight Blazers to Coaching Experience: Amateur Championship in 1988 and won over individual medalist honors. In the program’s 18- 1991-99: Head pro, Pine Harbor Golf and Racquet Club 50 tournaments as a junior golfer. She also earned year history prior to her arrival, only three UAB 1996-98 : LPGA Clinics Instructor (Atlanta, Ga.) Achievement Certificates in Rules and Tourna1999-present: Exec. Director of the B’ham Golf Association women’s golfers had claimed individual tournament Administration from the USGA/PGA in 2000: Internship at the Alabama Golf Association ment titles. 1993 and taught at Gillette LPGA Clinics in At2000-02: Jr. Golf Coordinator for Dixie Section of PGA Entering the 2011-12 season, UAB has had 2002-present: H lanta from 1996-98. She currently conducts an ead Coach - UAB Women’s Golf an individual tournament winner in two straight nual local junior clinics. seasons. Cochran won the 2009 UAB Fall Beach Playing Experience: Wilcox -- who later completed her degree reBlast, while Jaime Ritter took medalist honors at 1977-81: Auburn University - Four-year letterwinner quirements at UAB -- and her husband, Bill, have the 2010 Great Smokies Intercollegiate. two children, Sarah and Will. Mangan is the winningest player in program Sarah graduated from Auburn with a nursing history with three titles in her career -- the 2004 Samford Intercollegiate, the degree and is now enrolled in graduate school at Vanderbilt. Will has played 2004 Lady Panther Intercollegiate and the 2005 Buffalo Rock Southern Shoot- professional golf since 2009, posting four combined wins on the Canadian and out. Hooters Tours. After ranking 36th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2011, Deimling took medalist honors at the 2005 Miss Louis Season Opener, and Will is a fully exempt member of the tour for 2012. Christina Wentworth won the 2006 Cincinnati Spring Invitational. 3 2 0 1 1-12 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f 2011-12 Blazers Lindsey Gipson 5-2 | Jr. | Woodstock, Ga. (Sequoyah High School) Sophomore season (2010-11) - Played in four tournaments for UAB ... her best outing occurred during the CSU Wendy’s Invitational, where she shot rounds of 81 and 84 to finish the 36-hole event with a score of 165 (tied for 38th) ... finished tied for 37th at the UAB Fall Beach Blast ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Freshman season (2009-10) - Made one appearance for the Blazers, competing at the UAB Fall Beach Blast ... finished tied for 49th with a 36-hole total of 161, including a low round of 79 ... named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. High School - Played under head coach Katey Lockrem at Sequoyah High School ... led the Chiefs to four consecutive county championships ... won the region tournament as a junior ... earned back-toback all-county honors in 2007 and 2008 ... also served as an officer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a senior ... served on the yearbook staff as copy editor as a senior. Personal - Born May 23, 1991 in Atlanta, Ga. ... daughter of Mike and Linda Gipson ... majoring in business management. Lindsey Gipson’s Career Statistics Year Events Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Rd. Top 10 Top 20 2009-10 1 2 161 80.50 79 0 0 2010-11 4 9 763 84.78 81 0 0 Totals 5 11 924 84.00 79 0 0 Best Finish: T-37 - 2010 UAB Fall Beach Blast Low Round: 79 - 2009 UAB Fall Beach Blast Low 36-Hole Score: 161 - 2009 UAB Fall Beach Blast Low 54-Hole Score: 258 - 2011 USA Lady Jaguar Invitational Year-by-Year Tournament Log Freshman Season (2009-10) UAB Fall Beach Blast Sophomore Season (2010-11) CSU Wendy’s Invitational Memphis Women’s Invitational UAB Fall Beach Blast USA Lady Jaguar Invitational Finish T-49 Rounds 82-79 Total 161 (+17) T-38 74 T-37 T-53 81-84 88-84 83-85 83-84-91 165 (+23) 172 (+30) 168 (+24) 258 (+42) 4 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f 2011-12 Blazers KRISTIN LOTTMAN 5-9 | R-Jr. | Villa Hills, Ky. (Notre Dame Academy) Redshirt season (2010-11) - Did not play and was redshirted ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and earned the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal. Sophomore season (2009-10) - Recorded a career-best round of 81 at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate to open the season ... matched her low round of 81 at the UAB Fall Beach Blast ... shot a 54-hole total of 265, career-best, at the UCF Spring Invitational ... appeared in five tournaments during the season ... earned the C-USA Academic Medal ... named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Freshman season (2008-09) - Played in three events during her first season with the Blazers ... her best round of the year was an 82, which came during the second round of the UAB Fall Beach Blast ... also recorded her best 36-hole score of the season at the Beach Blast with a 169 ... her lone 54-hole score of the year was a 272 at the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate ... earned the C-USA Academic Medal ... named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. High School - Played for head coach Cynthia Rorer at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Ky. .... was honored as a member of the all-state team for four straight years ... helped her team to four regional championships ... made four appearances in the state championship tournament ... was a four-year member of the All-Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference team, including being named the league’s MVP in 2006 ... was also an Academic All-State honoree for four years. Personal - Born on November 23, 1989 in Cincinnati Ohio ... daughter of Jim and Karen Lottman ... majoring in biomedical engineering. Kristin Lottman’s Career Statistics Year Events Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Rd. Top 10 Top 20 2008-09 3 7 624 89.14 82 0 0 2009-10 5 11 955 86.82 81 0 0 2010-11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -Totals 8 18 1579 87.72 81 0 0 Best Finish: T-53 - 2009 Wendy’s Invitational Low Round: 81 - 2009 Great Smokies Intercollegiate, 2009 UAB Fall Beach Blast Low 36-Hole Score: 164 - 2009 UAB Fall Beach Blast Low 54-Hole Score: 265 - 2010 UC Spring Invitational Year-by-Year Tournament Log Freshman Season (2008-09) UAB Fall Beach Bash Samford Intercollegiate Lady Rebel Intercollegiate Sophomore season (2009-10) Great Smokies Intercollegiate Wendy’s Invitational UAB Fall Beach Blast USA Lady Jaguar Invitational UC Spring Invitational Finish T-63 T-74 75 Rounds 87-82 89-94 96-87-89 Total 169 (+25) 183 (+39) 272 (+56) T-90 T-53 T-54 78 94 81 88-83 83-81 89-91-94 85-91-89 81 (+9) 171 (+29) 164 (+20) 274 (+58) 265 (+49) 5 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f 2011-12 Blazers Ana Martin 5-6 | Jr. | Canary Islands, Spain (Teresiano High School) Sophomore season (2010-11) - Played in six tournaments for UAB ... tied for 10th at the Belmont Invitational with a 7-over par 79 ... tied for 21st at the UAB Fall Beach Blast with a 36-hole total of 159 ... shot a season-best 75 in the first round of the C-USA Championship. Freshman season (2009-10) - Competed in seven tournaments during the season, finishing as the Blazers’ top performer in two ... managed an 83.26 stroke average over 19 total rounds … recorded her best finish of the season (T-31) at the Samford Intercollegiate … part of the UAB lineup at the Conference USA Championship, where she recorded a career-best 54-hole total of 236. High School - Participated in her first national tournament, the Spain National Senior Championship, in 2007 ... won 16 tournaments from 2006-08 ... averaged a 77.56 over 27 rounds in 2008 ... played in the Spain National Puntuable Under 18 Championship in 2008 ... began her golf career at age 14. Personal - Born April 20, 1991 in Canary Islands, Spain ... daughter of Arsenio and Ana Martin ... majoring in marketing. Ana Martin’s Career Statistics Year Events Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Rd. Top 10 Top 20 2009-10 7 19 1582 83.26 76 0 0 2010-11 6 13 1091 83.92 75 1 1 Totals 13 32 2673 83.53 75 1 1 Best Finish: T-10 - 2011 Belmont Invitational Low Round: 75 - 2011 Conference USA Championship Low 36-Hole Score: 157 - 2010 Conference USA Championship Low 54-Hole Score: 236 - 2010 Conference USA Championship Year-by-Year Tournament Log Freshman Season (2009-10) Great Smokies Intercollegiate USF-Waterlefe Invitational USA Lady Jaguar Invitational Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate Samford Intercollegiate UC Spring Invitational Conference USA Championship Sophomore Season (2010-11) Great Smokies Intercollegiate USF-Waterlefe Invitational UAB Fall Beach Blast Belmont Invitational Baylor Spring Invitational Conference USA Championship Finish 98 87 T-34 T-67 T-31 T-80 40 Rounds 82 95-86-93 82-81-79 88-84-80 84-80-80 84-88-80 81-76-79 Total 82 (+10) 274 (+58) 242 (+26) 252 (+36) 244 (+28) 252 (+36) 236 (+23) T-66 99 T-21 T-10 T-83 48 81-87 89-89-87 80-79 79 88-82 75-93-82 168 (+24) 265 (+49) 159 (+15) 79 (+7) 170 (+28) 250 (+34) 6 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f 2011-12 Blazers Jaime ritter 5-5 | Jr. | Davie, Fla. (Miami [Fla.]) Sophomore (2010-11) - Won her first ever event as a Blazer, firing a 36-hole score of 140 to claim medalist honors at the season-opening Great Smokies Intercollegiate ... shot her career-best round with a 69 on the first day of the tournament ... played in 10 of UAB’s 11 tournaments on the season and finished in the top 10 five times (Great Smokies Intercollegiate, CSU Wendy’s Invitational, Memphis Women’s Invitational, USA Lady Jaguar Invitational and Belmont Invitational) ... posted 10 consecutive rounds of 77 or better during the middle of the season. Freshman season (2009-10) at Miami (Fla.) - Member of the Miami Hurricanes’ women’s golf team ... participated in three tournaments ... shot her best round, a 79, at the Eat-A-Peach Collegiate. High School - Lettered four years at Archbishop McCarthy High School in the Miami area and served as co-captain all four years ... set school record and 2007 county record for lowest nine-hole round with a 33 ... set school record for 18 holes in 2007 with a 72 ... made all-county team from 2005-08 ... district champion in 2007 and 2008 and district runner-up in 2006 ... made Top 6 All-State Team in 2008 ... finished 13th of 87 at state finals in 2007 and 11th of 87 at state finals in 2006 ... helped lead Archbishop McCarthy to fourth-place finishes at state championships as a junior and senior. Personal - Born June 9, 1991 in Davie, Fla. ... daughter of Doug and Liz Ritter ... majoring in English. Jaime RItter’s Career Statistics Year Events Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Rd. Top 10 Top 20 2010-11 10 24 1875 78.13 69 5 6 Totals 10 24 1875 78.13 59 5 6 Best Finish: 1st - 2010 Great Smokies Intercollegiate Low Round: 69 - 2010 Great Smokies Intercollegiate Low 36-Hole Score: 140 - 2010 Great Smokies Intercollegiate Low 54-Hole Score: 225 - 2011 Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate Year-by-Year Tournament Log Sophomore Season (2010-11) Great Smokies Intercollegiate USF-Waterlefe Invitational CSU Wendy’s Invitational Memphis Women’s Invitational USA Lady Jaguar Invitational Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate UC Spring Invitational Belmont Invitational Baylor Spring Invitational Conference USA Championship Finish 1 T-77 T-7 T-7 T-10 T-20 T-59 T-8 T-88 T-36 Rounds 69-71 83-87-78 75-77 77-76 77-77-77 77-73-75 81-78-78 78 86-85 82-78-80 7 Total 140 (-4) 248 (+32) 152 (+10) 153 (+11) 231 (+15) 225 (+9) 237 (+21) 78 (+6) 171 (+29) 240 (+24) 2 0 1 1-12 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f 2011-12 Blazers Caitlin Watts 5-8 | So. | LaGrange, Ga. (Auburn) Freshman Season (2010-11) - Enrolled at UAB in January as a transfer from Auburn, where she did not see action in the fall ... competed in two tournaments for the Blazers during the spring season ... shot a season-best round of 83 at the Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate. High School - A four-time regional champion and 2008 Georgia State Champion out of LaGrange High School ... was also the 2009 state runner-up and was a two-time all-state selection... in junior competition, Watts was a seven-time champion on the Southeastern Junior Tour... finished ninth at the AJGA Ringgold Junior Classic... also finished second at the 2009 GSGA Girls Junior and qualified for the 2009 Georgia vs. South Carolina Challenge Match. Personal - Born July 28, 1992 in LaGrange, Ga. ... daughter of Billy and Cara Watts ... major is undecided. Caitlin Wattsâ€™ Career Statistics Year Events Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Rd. Top 10 Top 20 2010-11 2 5 432 86.40 83 0 0 Totals 2 5 432 86.40 83 0 0 Best Finish: T-87 - 2011 Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate Low Round: 83 - 2011 Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate Low 36-Hole Score: 174 - 2011 Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate Low 54-Hole Score: 260 - 2011 Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate Year-by-Year Tournament Log Sophomore Season (2010-11) Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate UC Spring Invitational T-87 119 91-83-86 DNF-88-84 8 260 (+44) DNF 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f 2011-12 Blazers amanda richey 5-5 | R-Fr. | Rainbow City, Ala. (Gadsden City High School) Redshirt Season (2010-11) - Did not play and was redshirted. High School - Finished tied for third at the Class 6A, Section 3 tournament as a senior ... led the Titans to a third-place finish ... placed second at the Gadsden Area Girls High School Golf Tournament in 2010. Personal - Born July 14, 1992 in Gadsden, Ala. ... daughter of Steve and Deborah Richey ... majoring in civil engineering. holly robinson 5-6 | Fr. | Sligo, Ireland (Sligo Grammar School) Pre-UAB - Attended Sligo Grammar School in Sligo, Ireland ... played out of County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point ... part of teams that won provincial championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... helped team to the All-Ireleand semifinals in 2010. Personal - Born Aug. 5, 1993 in Northern Ireland ... daughter of Jim and Maggie Robinson ... majoring in art. margaret yeh 5-4 | Fr. | Cumming, Ga. (West Forsyth High School) High School - Helped West Forsyth to a region championship and a state runner-up finish as a senior in 2011 ... an all-county selection by the Forsyth County News ... took medalist honors at the 2009 region tournament and finished eithth in the 2009 state tournament ... won the 2010 Georgia PGA Junior Championship ... also won the 2010 North Georgia Junior Open ... competed on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour ... attended Georgia Girls State and was selected as one of two senators out of 375 girls to represent the state of Georgia at Girls Nation. Personal - Born April 24, 1993 in Atlanta, Ga. ... daughter of Peter and Elena Yeh ... majoring in medical distribution. 9 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f 2010-11 Review Carolyn Cochran was named the C-USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Jaime Ritter was the individual medalist at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. Good Year To Be Named Jaime In nine of UAB’s 12 events in 2010-11, somebody named Jaime was the team’s top finisher. Jaime Ritter led the Blazers five times, while Jaime Brabb was the top finisher on four occassions. (Carolyn Cochran led the team in the other three events). For the season, Ritter held UAB’s best scoring average at 78.1, while Brabb was third on the team at 80.1. (Cochran’s 79.6 average was second on the team). Ritter shot a 71 in the final round to go along with her first-round score of 69 and finished four strokes under par. Ritter’s score of 69 in the first round tied the second-best 18-hole total in program history, just one stroke behind the school record. She was named Conference USA Golfer of the Week for her performance. Her record-setting score of 140 broke the previous record of 141 set by Genevieve LeClair in 1997 at the Big Bird Invitational in Tampa, Fla. Blazers Go Low At Great Smokies UAB set a pair of school records as a team at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. The Blazers’ final-round total of 293 topped the program’s previous best 18-hole score by one stroke, while the team’s 36-hole stroke count of 593 shattered the school record of 606 by 13 shots. Ritter wins Great Smokies Intercollegiate Jaime Ritter earned medalist honors at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate hosted by Western Carolina in the first event of the 2010-11 season. Playing her first event with the Blazers after transferring from Miami (Fla.), Ritter set a new school record with a 36-hole score of 140. Cochran’s Academic Honors Carolyn Cochran, a senior member of the 2010-11 women’s golf team, earned three major academic awards last season. She was named to the Academic All-District Second Team by the College Sports Information Direcors of America and the Conference USA All-Academic Team in addition to being recognized as the C-USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s golf. Cochran became the first UAB women’s golfer ever to earn academic all-district accolades. She carried a 3.97 GPA as a biology major during her UAB tenure. Cochran posted four top-20 finishes during her senior season As a junior in 2009, she earned medalist honors at the UAB Fall Beach Blast. 2010-11 WOMEN’S GOLF RESULT CAPSULE Date Tournament Site Team Place Team Scores Sept. 18-19 Great Smokies Intercollegiate Waynesville, N.C. 8th/24 300-293 (593) Oct. 4-5 USF-Waterlefe Invitational Bradenton, Fla. 19th/19 332-342-327 (1001) Oct. 18-19 CSU Wendy’s Invitational Charleston, S.C. 2nd/13 306-307 (613) Oct. 25-26 Memphis Women’s Invitational Germantown, Tenn. 7th/18 322-311 (633) Nov. 1-2 UAB Fall Beach Blast Gulf Shores, Ala. 6th/8 315-316 (631) Feb.28-Mar. 1 USA Lady Jaguar Invitational Mobile, Ala. 8th/12 322-321-313 (956) March 13-14 Administaff Lady Jaguar Interco. Augusta, Ga. 16th/17 317-322-319 (958) March 25-27 UC Spring Invitational Crystal River, Fla. 16th/23 317-303-330 (950) April 4-5 Belmont Invitational Old Hickory, Tenn. 2nd/8 314 (314) April 11-12 Baylor Spring Invitational Waco, Texas 18th/18 346-335 (681) April 18-20 Conference USA Championship Gulf Shores, Ala. 10th/10 317-323-320 (960) 10 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f Top UAB finisher Jaime Ritter Jaime Brabb Jaime Brabb Jaime Brabb Jaime Ritter Carolyn Cochran Jaime Ritter Jaime Ritter Jaime Ritter Carolyn Cochran Carolyn Cochran Jaime Brabb Place 1st/124 T-55th/103 4th/67 T-7th/96 T-7th/96 T-11th/49 T-10th/64 T-20th/90 T-59th/120 T-3rd/48 T-83rd/94 28th/50 Scores 69-71 (140) 75-85-80 (240) 75-74 (149) 78-75 (153) 77-76 (153) 74-80 (154) 77-77-77 (231) 77-73-75 (225) 81-78-78 (237) 76 (76) 87-83 (170) 78-79-76 (233) U A B 2010-11 Results 2010-11 UAB WOMEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT RESULTS Great Smokies Intercollegiate Waynesville Inn Golf Resort | Waynesville, N.C. - Sept. 18-19 Par-72, 5,922 yards | Finish: 8th of 24 Champion: Jacksonville State Player 1st 2nd Total Finish Jaime Ritter 69 71 140 1st of 124 Carolyn Cochran 76 71 147 T-20th of 124 Ana Martin 78 76 154 T-66th of 124 Lindsay Taylor 80 75 155 T-73rd of 124 Jaime Brabb 77 80 157 T-87th of 124 UAB 300 293 593 8th of 24 Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate Forest Hills Golf Club | Augusta, Ga. - March 13-14 Par-72, 5,963 yards | Finish: 16th of 17 Champion: Purdue Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total Finish Jaime Ritter 77 73 75 225 T-20th of 90 Carolyn Cochran 79 84 76 239 T-70th of 90 Lindsay Taylor 80 86 82 248 T-82nd of 90 Jaime Brabb 81 82 88 251 85th of 90 Caitlin Watts 91 83 86 260 T-87th of 90 UAB 317 322 319 958 16th of 17 USF-Waterlefe Invitational Waterlefe Golf & River Club | Bradenton, Fla. - Oct. 4-5 Par-72, 5,998 yards | Finish: 19th of 19 Champion: Daytona State College Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total Finish Jaime Brabb 75 85 80 240 T-55th of 103 Jaime Ritter 83 87 78 248 T-77th of 103 Lindsay Taylor 88 82 85 255 T-92nd of 103 Carolyn Cochran 86 88 84 258 96th of 103 Ana Martin 89 89 87 265 99th of 103 UAB 332 342 327 1001 19th of 19 UC Spring Invitational Plantation Golf Resort | Crystal River, Fla. - March 25-27 Par-72, 6,026 yards | Finish: 16th of 23 Champion: North Texas Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total Finish Jaime Ritter 81 78 78 237 T-59th of 120 Jaime Brabb 80 74 83 237 T-59th of 120 Carolyn Cochran 77 74 88 239 T-71st of 120 Lindsay Taylor 79 77 85 241 78th of 120 Caitlin Watts DNF 88 84 DNF 119th of 120 UAB 317 303 330 950 16th of 23 CSU Wendy’s Invitational Coosaw Creek Country Club | Charleston, S.C. - Oct. 18-19 Par-71, 5,901 yards | Finish: 2nd of 13 Champion: Bucknell University Player 1st 2nd Total Finish Jaime Brabb 75 74 149 4th of 67 Jaime Ritter 75 77 152 T-7th of 67 Carolyn Cochran 79 73 152 T-7th of 67 Lindsay Taylor 77 83 160 T-25th of 67 Lindsey Gipson 81 84 165 T-38th of 67 UAB 306 307 613 2nd of 13 Belmont Invitational Old Hickory Country Club | Old Hickory, Tenn. - April 4-5 Par-72, 5,983 yards | Finish: 2nd of 8 Champion: Middle Tennessee Player 1st Total Finish Carolyn Cochran 76 76 T-3rd of 48 Jaime Ritter 78 78 T-8th of 48 Ana Martin 79 79 T-10th of 48 Lindsay Taylor 81 81 T-18th of 48 Jaime Brabb 83 83 T-26th of 48 UAB 314 314 2nd of 8 Memphis Women’s Invitational Ridgeway Country Club | Germantown, Tenn. - Oct. 25-26 Par-71, 6,176 yards | Finish: 7th of 18 Champion: Illinois Player 1st 2nd Total Finish Jaime Brabb 78 75 153 T-7th of 96 Jaime Ritter 77 76 153 T-7th of 96 Carolyn Cochran 79 76 155 T-16th of 96 Lindsey Gipson 88 84 172 74th of 96 Lindsay Taylor 88 85 173 T-75th of 96 UAB 322 311 633 7th of 18 Baylor Spring Invitational Twin Rivers Golf Club | Waco, Texas - April 11-12 Par-71, 6,257 yards | Finish: 18th of 18 Champion: Texas Tech Player 1st 2nd Total Finish Carolyn Cochran 87 83 170 T-83rd of 94 Ana Martin 88 82 170 T-83rd of 94 Jaime Brabb 85 85 170 T-83rd of 94 Jaime Ritter 86 85 171 T-88th of 94 UAB 346 335 681 18th of 18 UAB Fall Beach Blast Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club | Gulf Shores, Ala. - Nov. 1-2 Par-72, 5,974 yards | Finish: 6th of 8 Champion: Memphis Player 1st 2nd Total Finish Carolyn Cochran 74 80 154 T-11th of 49 Ana Martin 80 79 159 T-21st of49 Lindsay Taylor 86 74 160 T-25th of 49 Jaime Brabb 78 83 161 T-27th of 49 Lindsey Gipson 83 85 168 T-37 of 49 UAB 315 316 631 6th of 8 Conference USA Championship Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club | Gulf Shores, Ala. - April 17-19 Par-72, 6,246 yards | Finish: 10th of 10 Champion: UTEP Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total Finish Jaime Brabb 78 79 76 233 28th of 50 Jaime Ritter 82 78 80 240 T-36th of 50 Carolyn Cochran 82 79 82 243 42nd of 50 Ana Martin 75 93 82 250 48th of 50 Lindsay Taylor 87 87 DNF DNF 50th/50 UAB 317 323 320 960 10th of 10 USA Lady Jaguar Invitational Azalea City Golf Club | Mobile, Ala. - Feb. 28 - March 1 Par-72, 6,071 yards | Finish: 8th of 12 Champion: Samford Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total Finish Jaime Ritter 77 77 77 231 T-10th of 64 Carolyn Cochran 79 78 79 236 T-25th of 64 Lindsay Taylor 86 82 79 247 47th of 64 Jaime Brabb 83 88 78 249 48th of 64 Lindsey Gipson 83 84 91 258 T-53rd of 64 UAB 322 321 313 956 8th of 12 11 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f G o l f U A B G o l f Record Book UAB Women’s Golf Year-by-Year Year Head Coach Record 1984-85 Joann Beddow --- 1985-86 Joann Beddow --1986-87 Joann Beddow --1987-88 Joann Beddow --1988-89 Joann Beddow --1989-90 Joann Beddow --1990-01 Pam Kaufman --1991-92 Pam Kaufman --1992-93 Shelly Liddick --1993-94 Tim Mahoney --1994-95 Calli Sanders --1995-96 Calli Sanders --1996-97 Mary Ritchie 73-51-1 1997-98 Mary Ritchie 60-55-1 1998-99 Gwen Merritt 113-36-2 1999-2000 Gwen Merritt 71-79-2 2000-01 Gwen Merritt 52-78-1 2001-02 Gwen Merritt 81-64-2 2002-03 Kim Wilcox 65-70-0 2003-04 Kim Wilcox 76-67-1 2004-05 Kim Wilcox 66-60-2 2005-06 Kim Wilcox 18-80-1 2006-07 Kim Wilcox 59-89-3 2007-08 Kim Wilcox 32-82-3 2008-09 Kim Wilcox 26-102 2009-10 Kim Wilcox 29-96 2010-11 Kim Wilcox 58-101 27 Years Eight Coaches 879-1,110-19 (.442) Since 1996-97 Women’s Golf Team Titles 2007 Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/2-3/07, 1st of 8 (302-294-303=899) 2004 Miss Louis Season Opener, Hattiesburg, Miss., 2/11/04, 1st of 4 (313-318=631) 2003 Lady Jaguar Spring Invitational, Mobile, Ala., 3/10-11/03, 1st of 7 (314-312=636) 2002 BSC Southern Shootout, Birmingham, Ala., 2/18-19/02, 1st of 13 (335-332=667) 1998 Lady Ram Invitational, Mobile, Ala., 10/18-19/98, 1st of 7 (319-331=650) 1997 Big Bird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/8-10/97, 1st of 5 (303-305=608) Women’s Golf Individual Titles 2010-11 Jaime Ritter 2010 Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 9/18-19/10 2009-10 Carolyn Cochran 2009 UAB Fall Beach Blast, Gulf Shores, Ala., 11/2-3/09 2005-06 Christina Wentworth 2006 Cincinnati Spring Invitational, Crystal Lake, Fla., 3/24-25 2004-05 Brooke Mangan Janey Deimling Brooke Mangan 2005 Buffalo Rock Southern Shootout, McCalla, Ala., 2/28-3/1/05 2005 Miss Louis Season Opener, Hattiesburg, Miss., 2/11/05 2004 Lady Panther Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/25-26/04 2003-04 Brooke Mangan 2004 Samford Intercollegiate, Calera, Ala., 3/22-23/04 2002-03 Katie Kane 2003 Lady Jaguar Spring Invitational, 3/10-11/03 2000-01 Heather Lourie 2000 Beacon Woods Invitational, Club Boyonet Point, Fla., 10/13-15/00 1999-2000 Susan Seabrook 1999 JSU Gamecock, Silver Lakes G.C., Jacksonville, Ala. 3/22-23/99 1998-99 Maria Salling 1998 Lady Ram Invitational, Mobile, Ala., 10/18-19/98 Women’s Golf Honor Roll NCAA Regional At-Large Invitation Brooke Mangan - 2004-05 Conference USA All-Freshman Team Brooke Mangan - 2001-02 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Carolyn Cochran - (second team 2010-11) Conference USA All-Tournament Team Brooke Mangan - 2003 Marika Pluta - 2002 Conference USA All-Decade Team (1995-2005) Brooke Mangan Conference USA Freshman of the Year Heather Lourie - 1998-99 Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year Carolyn Cochran - 2010-11 Brooke Mangan - 2004-05 Susan Seabrook - 1998-99 Conference USA All-Academic Team Carolyn Cochran - 2009-10, 2010-11 All-Conference USA Cindy Carson - (second team 1996-97) Janey Deimling - (third team 2004-05) Heather Lourie - (first team 2000-01; second team 1998-99) Brooke Mangan - (first team 2004-05; third team 2002-03, 2003-04) Susan Seabrook - (second team 1996-97, 1998-99) All-Great Midwest Team Kristina Wichmann - (first team 1993-94) Jeanette Klangefeldt - (first team 1993-94) Amber Bianco - (first team 1993-94) All-Sun Belt Kelly Stokes - (first team 1989-90) Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal Emi Boozer - 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 Carolyn Cochran - 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 Petra Hallberg - 2000-01, 2001-02 Kristin Lottman - 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 Brooke Mangan - 2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05 12 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll Emi Boozer - 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 Jaime Brabb - 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 Cynthia Carson - 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 Carolyn Cochran - 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 Sloan Davis - 2009-10 Janey Deimling - 2002-03, 2003-04 Lindsey Gipson - 2009-10, 2010-11 Heather Gulgin - 1995-96 Petra Hallberg - 2000-01, 2001-02 Jennifer Head - 2006-07 Martha Hudson - 2003-04, 2006-07 Genevive LeClair - 1996-97, 1997-98 Kristin Lottman - 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 Heather Lourie - 1998-99, 2001-02 Brooke Mangan - 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 Jennifer McGuigan - 1998-99 Alyson Mitchell - 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 Maria Salling - 1998-99 Susan Seabrook - 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 Elizabeth Schweihs - 2002-03, 2003-04 Lindsay Taylor - 2007-08, 2009-10 Misty Walker - 1997-98 U A B G o l f Record Book Women’s Golf Team Records 18-holes (305 or better) 293 - Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 9/19/10 294 - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/2/07 (Round 2) 299 - Taco Bell Intercollegiate, Greenville, N.C., 10/12/04 299 - Conference USA Championships, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/20/02 299 - NIU Snowbird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/14/97 300 - Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 9/19/10 300 - Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 10/1/06 300 - Lady Panther Classic, Atlanta, Ga., 11/2/98 301 - Beacon Woods Invitational, Bayonet Point, Fla., 10/14/00 302 - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/2/07 (Round 1) 302 - John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/25/04 302 - Lady Seminole Classic, Tallahassee, Fla., 9/19/98 303 - UC Spring Invitational, Crystal River, Fla., 3/26/11 303 - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/3/07 303 - Lady Aztec Fall Individual, Chula Vista, Calif., 10/19/04 303 - Big Bird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/9/97 (Round 1) 304 - John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/26/04 304 - Lady Aztec Fall Individual, Chula Vista, Calif., 10/18/04 304 - Beacon Woods Invitational, Bayonet Point, Fla., 10/3/04 305 - Lady Jaguar Invitational, Mobile, Ala., 3/5/07 305 - John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/29/02 305 - Beacon Woods Invitational, Bayonet Point, Fla., 10/14/01 305 - Conference USA Championships, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/19/02 305 - Big Bird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/10/97 (Round 2) 36-holes (631 or better) 593 - Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 9/18-19/10 606 - John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/25-26/04 607 - Lady Aztec Fall Individual, Chula Vista, Calif., 10/18-19/04 608 - Big Bird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/8-10/97 611 - Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 9/30-10/1/06 613 - CSU Wendy’s Invitational, Charleston, S.C., 10/18-19/10 614 - Lady Blazers Invitational, Birmingham, Ala., 3/25-26/02 617 - Buffalo Rock Southern Shootout, McCalla, Ala., 2/28-3/1-05 619 - Lady Jaguar Invitational, Mobile, Ala., 3/5-6/07 620 - UC Spring Invitational, Crystal River, Fla., 3/25-27/11 620 - UAB Fall Beach Blast, Gulf Shores, Ala., 11/2-3/09 620 - Lady Rebel Intercollegiate, Oxford, Miss., 10/3-4/98 621 - Samford Intercollegiate, Calera, Ala., 3/24-25/03 622 - Samford Intercollegiate, Calera, Ala., 3/22-23/04 624 - UAB Fall Beach Bash, Gulf Shores, Ala., 11/3-4/08 625 - NIU Snowbird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/12-14/97 626 - Springlake Invitational, Sebring, Fla., 3/10-11/00 628 - USF-Waterlefe Invitational, Bradenton, Fla., 10/6-7/08 628 - Unlimited Potential/Bay Tree Classic, Charleston, S.C., 9/5-7/03 629 - Towson Invitational, St. Michael’s, Md., 9/8-9/08 630 - Birmingham Tri-Match, McCalla, Ala., 9/18/06 631 - UAB Fall Beach Blast, Gulf Shores, Ala., 11/1-2/10 631 - Ann Rhoads - BSC Shootout, McCalla, Ala., 2/26-27/07 631 - Miss Louis Season Opener, Hattiesburg, Miss., 2/11/05 54-holes (962 or better) 899 - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/2-3/07 912 - Taco Bell Intercollegiate, Greenville, N.C., 10/11-12/04 913 - Conference USA Championships, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/19-21/02 919 - Beacon Woods Invitational, Bayonet Point, Fla., 10/1-3/05 923 - Beacon Woods Invitational, Bayonet Point, Fla., 10/13-15/00 927 - Beacon Woods Invitational, Bayonet Point, Fla., 10/10-13/03 928 - Lady Seminole Classic, Tallahassee, Fla., 9/19-20/98 929 - Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/4-5/05 929 - Lady Panther Classic, Atlanta, Ga., 11/2-3/98 932 - Samfrod Intercollegiate, Oneonta, Ala., 3/15-16/10 940 - Waterlefe Invitational, Bradenton, Fla., 4/17-18/03 944 - LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic, Baton Rouge, La., 4/5-6/03 946 - Waterlefe Invitational, Bradenton, Fla., 3/14-15/05 946 - Bale Chevrolet Honda Invitational, Little Rock, Ark., 10/18-19/99 947 - Beacon Woods Invitational, Bayonet Point, Fla., 10/12-14/01 948 - Edwin Watts/Carolinas Classic, Pinehurst, N.C., 2/28-3/2/03 948 - LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic, Baton Rouge, La., 4/5-7/02 949 - Crimson Tide Classic, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 4/4-6/08 949 - Samford Intercollegiate, Oneonta, Ala., 3/17-18/08 949 - LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic, Baton Rouge, La., 4/6-8/01 950 - UC Spring Invitational, Crystal River, Fla., 3/25-27/11 951 - Lady Seminole Invitational, Tallahassee, Fla., 9/12-15/96 952 - Lady Pirate Invitational, Greenville, N.C., 10/20-22/06 953 - John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/28-30/02 953 - Rainbow Wahine Fall Classic, Oahu, Hawai`I, 10/31-11/1/00 953 - Jaguar Invitational, Gulf Shores, Ala., 2/28-3/02/99 955 - Myrtle Beach Classic, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 9.25-26/06 956 - USA Lady Jaguar Invitational, Mobile, Ala., 2/28-3/1/11 956 - Papa Johns Collegiate, Coral Gables, Fla., 2/19-21/06 956 - FIU/Pat Bradley Invitational, Miami, Fla., 11/7-9/97 958 - Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, Augusta, Ga., 3/13-14/11 958 - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/10-11/06 960 - C-USA Championship, Gulf Shores, Ala., 4/17-19/11 961 - C-USA Championships, El Paso, Texas, 4/14-16/08 962 - Cincinnati Spring Invitational, Crystal River, Fla., 3/28-29/08 Christina Wentworth is one of nine Blazers in school history to win a tournament. 13 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f Record Book Women’s Golf Individual Records 18-holes (72 or better) 68, Brooke Mangan - Taco Bell Intercollegiate, Greenville, N.C., 10/12/04 69, Jaime Ritter - Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 9/8/10 70, Carolyn Cochran - UAB Fall Beach Blast, Gulf Shores, Ala., 11/2-3/09 70, Lindsay Taylor - Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 9/19/09 70, Alyson Mitchell - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/2/07 70, Brooke Mangan - Buffalo Rock Southern Shootout, McCalla, Ala., 3/1/05 70, Brooke Mangan - Lady Aztec Fall Idividual, Chula Vista, Calif., 10/18/04 70, Brooke Mangan - John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/29/02 70, Genevieve LeClair - Big Bird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/10/97 71, Jaime Ritter - Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 9/19/10 71, Carolyn Cochran - Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C., 9/19/10 71, Christina Wentworth - UAB Fall Beach Bash, Gulf Shores, Ala., 11/4/08 71, Carolyn Cochran - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/2/07 71, Christina Wentworth - C-USA Championships, Greenville, N.C., 4/19/06 71, Brooke Mangan - Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/5/05 71, Elizabeth Schweihs - Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/4/05 71, Brooke Mangan - John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/26/04 71, Elizabeth Schweihs - Taco Bell Intercollegiate, Greenville, N.C., 10/11/04 71, Brooke Mangan - Samford Intercollegiate, Calera, Ala., 3/22/04 71, Brooke Mangan - Memphis Intercollegiate, Southhaven, Miss., 9/16/02 71, Susan Seabrook - Lady Panther Classic, Atlanta, Ga., 11/2/98 71, Cindy Carson - NIU Snowbird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/14/97 71, Genevieve LeClair - Big Bird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/9/97 72, Jaime Brabb - C-USA Championships, El Paso, Texas, 4/14/08 72, Christina Wentworth - Samford Intercollegiate, Oneonta, Ala., 3/17/08 72, Carolyn Cochran - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg,Miss., 4/3/07 72, Christina Wentworth - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/11/06 72, Janey Deimling - Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/11/06 72, Janey Deimling - Waterlefe Invitational, Bradenton, Fla., 3/14/05 72, Brooke Mangan - John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/25/04 72, Brooke Mangan - Taco Bell Intercollegiate, Greenville, N.C., 10/11/04 72, Elizabeth Schweihs - Samford Intercollegiate, Calera, Ala., 3/23/04 72, Brooke Mangan - Bay Tree Classic, Charleston, S.C., 9/7/04 72, Brooke Mangan - Waterlefe Invitational, Bradenton, Fla., 3/18/03 72, Katie Kane - John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga., 10/29/02 72, Marika Pluta - C-USA Championship, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/20/02 72, Marika Pluta - C-USA Championship, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4/21/02 72, Susan Seabrook - Lady Seminole Classic, Tallahassee, Fla., 9/19/98 72, Susan Seabrook - NIU Snowbird Invitational, Tampa, Fla., 3/14/97 72, Cindy Carson - Lady Seminole Invitational, Tallahassee, Fla., 11/15/96 36-holes (152 or better) 140, Jaime Ritter - 2010 Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C. 141, Genevieve LeClair - 1997 Big Bird Invitational, Tampa, Fla. 142, Carolyn Cochran - 2009 UAB Fall Beach Blast, Gulf Shores, Ala. 143, Brooke Mangan - 2004 John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga. 145, Christina Wentworth - 2008 UAB Fall Beach Bash, Gulf Shores, Ala. 145, Brooke Mangan - 2004 Lady Aztec Fall Individual, Chula Vista, Calif. 146, Carolyn Cochran - 2007 Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss. 146, Brooke Mangan - 2005 Buffalo Rock Southern Shootout, McCalla, Ala. 146, Susan Seabrook - 1997 NIU Snowbird Invitational, Tampa, Fla. 147, Carolyn Cochran - 2010 Great Smokies Intercollegiate, Waynesville, N.C. 148, Jaime Brabb - 2008 C-USA Championship 148, Brooke Mangan - 2003 Samofrd Intercollegiate, Calera, Ala. 149, Jaime Brabb - 2010 CSU Wendy’s Invitational, Charleston, S.C. 149, Christina Wentworth - 2008 Towson Invitational, St. Michael’s, Md. 149, Brooke Mangan - 2004 Samford Intercollegiate, Calera, Ala. 14 149, Heather Lourie - 2002 Lady Blazers Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. 150, Jaime Ritter - 2011 Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, Augusta, Ga. 150, Jennifer Head - 2007 Lady Jaguar Invitational, Mobile, Ala. 150, Martha Hudson - 2006 Great Smokies Intercoll., Waynesville, N.C. 150, Janey Deimling - 2004 John Kirk Intercollegiate, Stockbridge, Ga. 150, Brooke Mangan - 2003 Bay Tree Classic, Charleston, S.C. 150, Heather Lourie - 2000 Springlake Invitational, Sebring, Fla. 150, Susan Seabrook - 1998 Lady Rebel Intercollegiate, Oxford, Miss. 151, Carolyn Cochran - 2011 UC Spring Invitational, Crystal River, Fla. 151, Lindsay Taylor - 2008 Cincinnati Spring Invitational 151, Christina Wentworth - 2008 USF-Waterlefe Invitational, Bradenton, Fla. 151, Jaime Brabb - 2008 USA Lady Jaguar Invitational, Mobile, Ala. 151, Carolyn Cochran - 2007 Lady Jaguar Invitational, Mobile, Ala. 151, Alyson Mitchell - 2006 Great Smokies Intercoll., Waynesville, N.C. 151, Jennifer McGuigan - 2000 Springlake Invitational, Sebring, Fla. 152, Jaime Ritter - 2010 CSU Wendy’s Invitational, Charleston, S.C. 152, Carolyn Cochran - 2010 CSU Wendy’s Invitational, Charleston, S.C. 152, Jennifer Head - 2006 Great Smokies Intercoll., Waynesville, N.C. 152, Janey Deimling - 2005 Buffalo Rock Southern Shootout, McCalla, Ala. 152, Elizabeth Schweihs - 2004 Samford Intercollegiate, Calera, Ala. 152, Katie Kane - 2003 Lady Jaguar Invitational, Mobile, Ala. 152, Heather Lourie - 2003 Green Wave Golf Classic, New Orleans, La. 54-holes (226 or better) 214, Brooke Mangan - 2004 Taco Bell Intercollegiate, Greenville, N.C. 220, Carolyn Cochran - 2007 Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss. 221, Marika Pluta - 2002 C-USA Championships, Hattiesburg, Miss. 221, Heather Lourie - 2000 Beacon Woods Invitational, Club Bayonet Point, Fla. 222, Carolyn Cochran - 2010 Samford Intercollegiate, Oneonta, Ala. 222, Alyson Mitchell - 2007 Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss. 222, Alyson Mitchell - 2006 Myrtle Beach Classic, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 222, Elizabeth Schweihs - 2005 Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss. 222, Elizabeth Schweihs - 2003 Beacon Woods Inv., Club Bayonet Point, Fla. 223, Brooke Mangan - 2005 Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss. 223, Brooke Mangan - 2002 C-USA Championships, Hattiesburg, Miss. 223, Susan Seabrook - 1997 FIU/Pat Bradley Invitational, Miami, Fla. 224, Christina Wentworth - 2006 Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss. 224, Janey Deimling - 2005 Waterlefe Invitational, Bradenton, Fla. 224, Brooke Mangan - 2002 Memphis Intercollegiate, Southhaven, Miss. 225, Jaime Ritter - 2011 Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, Augusta, Ga. 225, Elizabeth Schweihs - 2004 Taco Bell Intercollegiate, Greenville, N.C. 225, Brooke Mangan - 2004 Beacon Woods Invitational, Club Bayonet Point, Fla. 225, Brooke Mangan - 2002 John Kirk Intercollegiate 226, Jaime Brabb - 2009 USF-Waterlefe Invitational, Bradenton, Fla. 226, Jennifer Head - 2007 Lady Eagle Classic, Hattiesburg, Miss. 226, Christina Wentworth - 2006 C-USA Championships, Greenville, N,C. 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f UAB At A GlAnce UAB is a young, dynamic university that has, over four decades, won international renown for its leading-edge research, medical care and academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 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UAB’s impact on its community and state is tremendous, and is seen not only in improved education and health care, but in a stronger economy. As Alabama’s largest single employer, UAB has some 18,000 employees and is responsible for more than 61,000 jobs statewide (that’s one of every 33 jobs), and has an annual economic impact of $4.6 billion. One of every 25 dollars in the state’s budget is generated by UAB. A University Forging the Future • UAB has seen record overall enrollment for three consecutive years. In fall 2011, UAB welcomed 17,575 students and its largest freshman class ever (over 1,600), with two-thirds of those freshmen living on campus. • Forbes lists UAB among the top 20% of all U.S. undergraduate institutions and The Princeton Review has ranked the university in the top 10 nationally for student diversity for three consecutive years (currently 5th). UAB enriches Birmingham’s cultural landscape through a diversity of people and activities such as athletics, performing arts, theatre, social service, and much more. • An exciting nexus of the sciences, business and education, and the arts and humanities, UAB is forging the ideas and technologies of tomorrow with intensely collaborative research and scholarship. It’s where creativity and innovation are campus traditions—and where successful futures begin. 2004 Blazer Football www.uab.edu Top-Quality Health Care • UAB Hospital is the largest in the state and among the largest and most complex in the nation (1,146 beds), and the only Alabama hospital listed for 22 straight years in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” issue, which lists only 3 percent of hospitals nationwide. In the current issue, UAB has six medical specialties in the top 25. • UAB is the largest academic medical center in Alabama and one of the top four largest academic medical centers in the United States, treating 1,187,230 patients last year. • UAB provides vital resources and services that are offered nowhere else in Alabama, such as an adult level 1 trauma center, a burn center, and a level III (highest level) regional neonatal intensive care unit. • UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center was one of the nation’s first such centers designated by the National Cancer Institute and remains the only one in Alabama and a six-state region. • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated UAB as one of only six Diabetes Research and training centers in the country, putting the university at the forefront in development of new methods to treat, prevent and, ultimately, cure diabetes. • The UAB School of Health Professions provides advanced opportunities and is one of the largest schools of its type in the nation, with 21 innovative programs at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree levels within six departments: Critical Care, Diagnostic and Therapeautic Sciences; Health Services Administration; Nutrition Sciences; Occupational Therapy; and Physical Therapy. U.S. News & World Report ranks several SHP programs among the nation’s top 25. • UAB Kirklin Clinic is a state-of-the-art, full-service clinic that furnishes a full range of adult outpatient care. Housing more than 25 specialties and more than 700 specialists under one roof, UAB Kirklin Clinic conveniently provides in-house diagnostic testing, surgery services, a pharmacy and educational seminars. • Several graduate programs at UAB have been recognized for excellence nationally. In the most recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report of graduate programs, the School of Nursing ranks 26th overall, with the School of Medicine being 27th and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 58th. Individual programs also have been cited, with the AIDS program within the School of Medicine ranked 5th and the School of Health Profession’s health administration program ranked 7th. A Leading-Edge Research • UAB is ranked 31st nationally for federal research and development funding, attracting over $460 million in 2010, and is 21st in funding from the national Institutes of Health (nIH). • UAB is among a handful of universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for both “high research activity” and “community engagement,” which suggests how effectively the university harnesses that research to benefit the community—in terms of the economy, education, better health, and quality of life. • Recent breakthroughs include a novel bio-coating for cardiac stents that significantly reduces the need for follow-up surgery; using remote satellite imaging to discover ancient ruins in egypt, featured in a recent BBC documentary; a new collaboration with HudsonAlpha (Huntsville) investigating the genetic roots of Parkinson’s disease; the opening the Materials Processing and Application Development (MPAD) facility, the largest academic research facility of its kind in the nation, offering the rare capability of developing both metals and composites under one roof. Enterprise • Innovation Depot, in which UAB is a founding partner, was recently named the top High-tech Business Incubator in the nation by the national Business Incubation Association. As the largest incubator in the Southeast, the Depot was responsible for 75 tenant companies and $274 million in sales impact in 2010 (and $1.4 billion in sales impact over the past five years). • Physician-researchers are at the top of their fields, serving as editors-in-chief of 25 peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals, and in high-level national posts—UAB faculty are currently serving as President of the American Cancer Society and President-elect of the American Heart Association, and an alumna, Dr. Regina Benjamin, is U.S. Surgeon General. • UAB is one of only two academic institutions available nationwide receiving requests for Crew Robotics and Vehicle Equipment (CRAVE) for NASA’s International Space Station, space shuttles, and beyond. Lee Moradi, CRAVE program manager in the Center for Biophysical Science and Engineering, says UAB will design, test, and manufacture high-precision research instruments and thermal carriers, he also foresees additional work to develop extravehicular activity and robotics equipment, crew health and conditioning systems, and environmental control and life-support technology. Challenging, Distinctive Academic Programs • UAB offers one-of-a-kind programs, such as the only undergraduate biomedical engineering degree, the only industrial distribution degree in the Southeast, and one of only four forensic accounting and IT concentrations in the nation. • UAB also offers unrivaled research and scholarship opportunities for students at all levels, ranking 1st among all public universities in federal research funding per incoming freshman. Of the 138 undergraduates enrolled in the Science and Technology Honors Program (part of the acclaimed UAB Honors Academy) in 2010-11, 35 were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. • In the U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate programs, UAB has 13 programs in the top 25 and five in the top 10: Master’s in health administration, 5th; School of Medicine’s AIDS program, 6th; Medicine’s primary care, 10th; nurse practitioner (adult), 10th; nursing service administration, 10th. • The Scientist ranked UAB 22nd nationally (and 6th among public universities) in its “Best Places to Work as a Postdoctoral Fellow” issue. • UAB’s Alys Stephens Center is celebrating its 15th anniversary as Birmingham’s “home for the performing arts,” housing a 1,330-seat concert hall, intimate recital hall and state-of-the-art theatres. With 24 Steinway pianos in its music department, UAB is Alabama’s first “AllSteinway School” and one of only 125 in the world. • The School of Nursing is designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for International Nursing, one of only 10 such centers in the U.S. and 45 in the world. Athletic Achievements • Former UAB men’s golfer Graeme McDowell (right) won the U.S. Open in 2010. At UAB, he was the nation’s no. 1-ranked collegiate golfer in 2002. • In 33 seasons of competition, the Blazer men’s basketball team has enjoyed 29 winning seasons, has made 25 trips to postseason tournaments (14 ncAA, 11 NIT), and has won eight conference championships. With the 2011 NCAA berth, the Blazers have reached postseason play in eight of the past nine years (4 NCAA, 4 NIT). UAB advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2004, knocking off tournament No. 1 seed Kentucky in the second round. • Just in the past three years, UAB students earned 8 Goldwater Scholarships, 7 Fulbright scholarships, 3 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships and an NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholarship (one of only 15 in the nation). • The men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time overall in 2006. The team won the 1999 C-USA Championship and advanced to the ncAA Final 8. • The UAB women’s soccer team has won the C-USA Tournament title twice (2004 and 2006), earning ncAA trips both years. In 2003, the UAB women captured the C-USA regular season title. • The UAB softball team made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2010 and made a return trip in 2011. The Blazers defeated Florida State in the first round of the 2011 Athens Regional for their first ever NCAA tourney win. • The Blazers field 18 intercollegiate teams as a Division I member of the NCAA and a founding member of Conference USA. • The Blazer volleyball team has made two NCAA tournament appearances in the past five years (2006 and 2008). The program earned its first NCAA tournament victory in 2008 with a first-round win over Missouri State. • Vonetta Flowers, a former UAB track & field AllAmerican, made history in February of 2002 when she won a Gold Medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Flowers became the first Winter Olympics Gold Medalist ever from Alabama when she teamed with Jill Bakken to capture the two-woman bobsled competition. • Blazer football earned its first postseason bowl appearance with a berth in the 2004 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The Blazers have finished as Conference USA runner-up three times since they became a football-playing member of the league. www.uabsports.com U A B G o l f Administration DR. CAROL GARRISON, PRESIDENT UAB President and alumna Carol Garrison has had an extraordinary view of her alma mater. She took her first fulltime job in UAB Hospital, during the university’s formative years in the 1970s, then earned her master’s degree from UAB. When she returned to campus in fall 2002, as UAB’s sixth president, the young, dynamic institution had evolved into a world-renowned research university and medical center. A Montclair, New Jersey native, Dr. Garrison earned her bachelor’s (1974) and Ph.D. in epidemiology (1982) from the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill. She was a faculty member, department chair, dean and provost at the University of South Carolina (1982-1997). She joined the University of Louisville as provost in 1997 and was appointed interim president there in early 2002. As president of UAB, Dr. Garrison also chairs the board of the UAB Health System, which includes UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, and other of UAB’s nationally-ranked patient care facilities. During Dr. Garrison’s tenure, UAB has enjoyed remarkable growth and development. Recent years have seen the opening of state-of-the-art facilities such as the North Pavilion of UAB Hospital and the Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building, the burgeoning Campus Green along University Boulevard, and most recently, the UAB Women & Infants Center and Hazelrig-Salter Radiation-Oncology Facility. The growth of the physical campus and academic programs has been guided by UAB’s Strategic Plan. Developed with campus-wide participation in 2003, the Strategic Plan has led to the recruitment of internationally known faculty and physicians, and the creation of innovative new curricula and honors programs for undergraduates. In 2010, UAB saw its largest enrollment ever (17,543). UAB has also recently been ranked among the top 15 percent of all U.S. universities in The Princeton Review (3rd in diverse student population and 11th in student satisfaction). Now in her eighth year as president, Dr. Garrison continues working in partnership with the campus and the community towards an extraordinary vision for UAB and for Birmingham. BRIAN MACKIN, ATHLETICS DIRECTOR Brian Mackin was named UAB’s Director of Athletics on February 14, 2007. He moved into the position after spending five years as senior associate athletic director for external affairs for the Blazers. A former UAB baseball letterman, Mackin has a deep-rooted passion for the University and its athletics program. With an eye on the future, his commitment to continue to grow the program has been clear in the time since he became athletics director. He has made success in the classroom and improving athletic facilities two of his top priorities. Mackin was able to secure the first-ever naming rights for the athletics program with the generous gift from Don and Marsha Hire for the Hoke Hire StudentAthlete Academic Center. With the opening of the Academic Center, an abundance of new computer equipment has been added. Mackin has also strengthened the academic area by creating additional staff positions. Under Mackin’s watch, the Academic Reform Group (ARG) was initiated. This group is made up of athletics staff members and academic support staff. With its mission to create an environment of academic excellence in the department, the group addresses every aspect of a student-athlete’s experience while at UAB. Mackin has also demonstrated his commitment to academic success by initiating a penalty structure for student-athletes and making them accountable if they miss classes or tutorial sessions. Mackin’s commitment to academics has shown positive results. For the 2009-10 academic year, UAB student-athletes accounted for nearly 25 percent of Conference USA Scholar-Athletes of the Year, awards that are handed out annually to the top student-athlete in each sport that the league sponsors. Since Mackin became athletics director, he has made facility improvements another objective of emphasis. A new 10,000-square foot weight room has opened for Blazer teams, as well as a new, spacious, state-of the-art athletic training facility which opened in the fall of 2008. With the renovation of the Ullman Building, the Blazers’ Olympic sports coaches have been able to relocate into brand new offices. Other facilities improvements have included the resurfacing of the track for the Blazers’ track and field team. In spring 2010, the first phase of the new, oncampus UAB softball facility was completed. The improvements haven’t gone unnoticed as UAB has been named as host site for the 2012 Conference USA Softball Championship. The baseball and softball programs also enjoy the hitting and pitching facility additions that were completed in spring 2010. New state-of-the-art video boards are now in place in Bartow Arena, Young Memorial Field and the new softball facility. The upgrades and progress of the program under Mackin have not been limited to facilities and academics. In the last three years, the athletics program entered an agreement with Nike that provides apparel and equipment for all of UAB’s athletics teams. Mackin came on board at UAB in the spring of 2002 as senior associate AD for external affairs. In that role, he was responsible for fund-raising, corporate support and marketing for the athletic department. 18 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f In 2006, Mackin was named Division I-A Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. Under Mackin’s leadership, contributions to UAB athletics nearly tripled from $1.3 million in 2001 to about $3.7 million in 2006. Additionally, he has been responsible for the creation of several affinity groups including the Athletic Investors Group, the Champion Club, and the Blazer Club, which brought together the two annual funds supporting football and men’s basketball. Prior to joining UAB, Mackin served as Manager of Corporate Business Development at Vulcan Materials, where he was responsible for examining potential new markets for business development and locating growth opportunities in the industry. Mackin earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from UAB in 1983. He was a member of the Blazer baseball team four seasons and then moved into the Houston Astros baseball organization for one season. Mackin then joined Vulcan Materials, where he held management positions in sales and market analysis. In 1990, he joined Southern Ready Mix as sales manager before joining Dunn Construction in 1993 where he rose to vice president in 1999. His responsibilities included business development, sales and project management. Mackin’s community activities include the Birmingham Tip-Off Club, which hosts the State High School Final Four, the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and the Birmingham Rotary Club. He has served as the president of the Birmingham Tip-Off Club. Mackin and his wife, Sally, have five children: Ragland (23), Brian Jr. (21), Ferrell (18), Mary Aileen (17), and Ella (14). U A B G o l f Administration DR. FRANK MESSINA, FACULTY ATHLETICS REP Dr. Frank M. Messina, professor and chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Accounting and Information Systems (ACIS) in the UAB School of Business, was named faculty athletics representative in 2008. He has been on staff at the university for 16 years. Messina is a former chair of ACIS and is the school’s Ernst & Young Scholar. A Birmingham native, he came to UAB in 1993 as an assistant professor in accounting. He received a doctorate in business adminis- tration (D.B.A.) from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 1993, a master’s in professional accountancy at MSU in 1990 and a bachelor’s in business administration at the University of West Alabama in 1986. Messina and his wife, Natalie, have two sons: Taylor (18) and TJ (8). A third son, Thomas, passed away in the spring of 2010 at the age of 15. ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SENIOR STAFF Shannon Ealy Senior Associate AD for External Affairs Derita Ratcliffe Senior Associate AD/ Senior Woman Administrator Coleman Barnes Associate AD for Development Corey Bray Associate AD for Compliance Timothy Garner Associate AD for Financial Affairs Danez Marrable Associate AD for Student Services Norm Reilly Associate AD for Media Relations Matt Wildt Associate AD for Ticket Operations and Football Administration Reid Adair Assistant AD for Facilities and Operations Mike Jones Assistant AD for Athletic Training Brad Smith Assistant AD for Marketing Stacey Torman Director of Strength and Conditioning 19 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f U A B G o l f Conference USA A fter marking its 15-year milestone during the 2009-10 season, Conference USA is still going strong. From the beginning, dedication to excellence has been the league’s guiding principle and remains today a common thread Britton Banowsky for a promising future. C-USA Commissioner C-USA is home to 12 nationally prominent, tradition-rich members in East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and UTEP. This combination enhances men’s and women’s programs that are immersed in athletic success and academic prowess. Together, we are committed to excellence, integrity and leadership in athletics, academics and in our communities. All C-USA institutions sponsor Division I-A football, along with several other men’s and women’s athletic programs, many of which compete regularly for NCAA Championships. C-USA sponsors competition in 20 sports - nine for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field) and 11 for women (basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball). The league sponsors numerous academic awards, including the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Commissioner’s Academic Medal, indicative of outstanding achievement in the classroom. C-USA annually awards 12 postgraduate scholarships, along with the Sport Academic Award, Scholar Athletes of the Year and the Institutional Academic Excellence Award. Conference USA also added a Spirit of Service Award, recognizing student-athletes three times a year for a combination of significant community service efforts, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. SUCCESS ON THE PLAYING FIELD Conference USA performers have achieved great success in competition, placing the league among the top conferences in the nation. Football • 62 teams have earned bowl bids • Member of the Bowl Championship Series • Bowl tie-ins with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Military Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl and the TicketCity Bowl Men’s Basketball • Consistently rated as one of the top basketball leagues in the country • 97 postseason teams (47 NCAA, 39 NIT, 6 CBI, 5 CIT) • One National Championship game appearance • • • • Three Final Four teams Seven Elite Eight NCAA Tournament teams One NIT Champion and four NIT semifinalists Inaugural CBI Champion Women’s Basketball • 46 NCAA Tournament appearances • 36 WNIT appearances • One team in the NCAA Sweet 16 • Two WNIT semifinalists • One WBI Champion Baseball • 53 NCAA appearances • Six College World Series appearances (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2001), including five of the last seven • 13 Super Regional appearances • Has produced at least four NCAA teams in eight of the last 10 seasons In addition, 35 volleyball teams, 55 men’s and women’s soccer teams and 30 softball teams have earned NCAA Tournament bids. C-USA has sent three men’s soccer teams to the NCAA College Cup, five softball teams to the Women’s College World Series and three volleyball teams to the Sweet 16. The league has also had six national champions in NCAA track and field competition, one national champion in diving and numerous NCAA individual and team competitors in cross country, golf, swimming, tennis and track and field. Overall, Conference USA teams and individuals have made more than 600 NCAA appearances. SUCCESS OFF THE FIELD C-USA institutions are among the nation’s best in academic performance among student-athletes, bolstered by the fact that student-athletes at league schools have a higher graduation rate than the general student population. Among C-USA’s 5,000 studentathletes, there are champions off the playing field as well. In 15 years, 153 student-athletes earned national ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, while 541 were named All-District. In addition, more than 20,000 student-athletes have been named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll or received the Commissioner’s Academic Medal, indicative of outstanding achievement in the classroom. C-USA ON TV C-USA enjoys significant television exposure through a multi-tiered selection process that is rooted in partnerships with FOX Sports Media Group and CBS Sports Network. By partnering with FOX Sports Media Group and extending an existing partnership with CBS Sports Network, the league has substantially increased the number of national and regional appearances for football, men’s and women’s basketball, and all other conference sports. C-USA DIGITAL NETWORK The C-USA Digital Network will officially launch in August of 2011. Network programming will include live streaming of non-televised events, video on 20 2 0 11 -1 2 U A B G ol f demand, a weekly C-USA studio show, podcasting, regular season and championship event highlights and C-USA produced feature stories. Monthly and yearly subscriptions will offer access to events offered on all 12 of the C-USA member institution’s athletic websites as well as C-USA network programming. C-USA IN THE COMMUNITY The conference’s footprint is concentrated with 12 members in nine states and a combined area population of nearly 17 million. More than 1.1 million living alumni represent C-USA schools across the nation. With a renewed commitment to community involvement, the conference has begun development of several initiatives to maintain strong ties in C-USA cities, as well as with fans and alumni across the country. C-USA schools also place a priority on giving back to their communities through volunteer service with local and national organizations. GOVERNANCE Along with the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac10 and SEC, Conference USA is one of the seven conferences having significant representation in the NCAA governance structure. The Presidents of the member institutions serve as the league’s Board of Directors. A PROUD HISTORY; A PROMISING FUTURE Conference USA was formed in 1995 and quickly emerged as one of the nation’s top conferences. The conference unveiled its name, logo and commissioner on April 24, 1995 in Chicago. The league’s charter members included Charlotte, Cincinnati, DePaul, Houston, Louisville, Marquette, Memphis, Saint Louis, Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB and USF. Eleven of the institutions began athletic participation in 1995, while Houston joined competition in the fall of 1996. The league’s headquarters were established in Chicago and after nine years, relocated to the current office in Irving, Texas. Britton Banowsky was named Commissioner in October 2002, succeeding Mike Slive, the league’s first commissioner. C-USA added East Carolina (September, 1996) and the United States Military Academy (March, 1997) as football members. ECU began league competition in 1997; Army in 1998 and UAB began football play in 1999. The league added TCU and ECU (1999) for all sports and they began competition in 2001. USF started C-USA football in 2003. After celebrating its 10th Anniversary during the 2004-05 season, C-USA began a new chapter in 200506 when its current membership came together to form the new look of the league. Since its formation, C-USA has established a strong foundation, an identity and a history that reflects the league’s national presence. Fifteen years of remarkable history has reinforced the league’s position in collegiate athletics, setting the course for the next decade and beyond. Birmingham The Magic City The statue of Vulcan — Roman God of Fire and Iron — is the symbol of the city of Birmingham. W ith a population of more than 230,000 (more than one million in the metropolitan area), Birmingham has a strong, diverse, service-oriented economy and is recognized as a Southeast leader. Founded shortly after the Civil War, Birmingham rapidly became known as “The Magic City” because of its phenomenal rate of industrial growth in its beginning. Its mountainous strata and forest surrounding the city are rich with ore deposits, and it was that natural wealth that quickly transformed young Birmingham into a bustling steel metropolis. Today, Birmingham continues to earn the distinction, “The Magic City,” but this tribute is due to the city’s economic competitiveness, technological advancements and quality of life — offerings which are sought after by professionals with an eye toward the future. Birmingham has been recognized as one of America’s “Most Livable Cities” by the U.S. Conference of Mayors — as recently as 1993. Birmingham’s strategic location and diverse economy position the city as one of tremendous opportunity and growth. Centrally located and the largest municipality in Alabama, the city is home to a number of renowned individuals who have made an impression on the nation and the world in music and entertainment, education, medicine and sports, to name a few. There is never a lack of cultural entertainment in “The Magic City”. Dozens of neighborhood and city-wide festivals, museums, parks, sports competitions and much more provide unlimited activity and amusement. Residents and visitors to Birmingham enjoy the city’s recreational and historical attractions such as the Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Vulcan Park, Sloss Furnaces, Southern Museum of Flight and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Sports enthusiasts will never be at a loss for activity at the heart of the “Football Capital of the South.” UAB plays all of its home football games at historic Legion Field, which also was the site of preliminary round soccer matches at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Professional athletic teams in the area include the Class-AA Birmingham Barons (baseball). Several annual fests are held in Birmingham. The biggest is City Stages, held each spring in the downtown City Center. City Stages attracts nearly a quarter of a million people for a three-day weekend of unlimited music. All of this and more makes Birmingham “The Magic City” to residents and visitors year-round. The Birmingham Civil Rights Museum stands as a reminder of the past and a beacon of hope for the future. 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf Proud Past Bright Future Summer, 1977: Coach Gene Bartow is hired as UAB’s first intercollegiate Athletics Director and head basketball coach. Preparations begin for the hiring of coaches and support staff, recruitment of student-athletes, establishment of the Golden 100 scholarship foundation, scheduling, etc. Fall, 1978: UAB athletic teams begin intercollegiate competition for the first time; the university begins an 11-year association with the Sun Belt Conference. Nov. 24, 1978: The UAB men’s basketball team plays its first game, a 66-54 loss to Nebraska before a crowd of 14,800 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center; UAB has gone on to win 20 or more games 15 times, appear in 11 NCAA Tournaments and eight NITs. March, 1981: The Blazer men’s basketball team defeats Kentucky in the NCAA Mideast Regional, and reaches the NCAA “Sweet 16.” This appearance marks the beginning of a streak of seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments for UAB (1981-87). March, 1982: UAB adds to its amazing basketball success story, defeating Indiana and Virginia in the Southeast Regional, and reaching the NCAA “Elite Eight.” The Southeast Regional in Birmingham is the first of five NCAA Tournament events to be hosted by UAB (’82, ’84, ’85, ’87, ’88). March, 1989: Blazer basketball reaches the NIT Final Four, defeating Michigan State for third place at Madison Square Garden. Fall, 1989: The UAB club football team is organized; the team goes 0-6 in its first season. 1990-91: The Blazer baseball team wins its first Sun Belt Conference Championship and becomes the first UAB team other than men’s basketball to participate in the NCAA Tournament. Men’s tennis wins the first of five consecutive conference championships in the Sun Belt and Great Midwest Conferences. Volleyball wins the first of three consecutive championships in the Sun Belt and Great Midwest conferences and makes its first of four consecutive post-season appearances. 1991-92: UAB begins competition in the Great Midwest Conference. The UAB football team begins its first season of varsity play at the Division III level. Blazer volleyball and baseball win the first Great Midwest Championship. UAB places its first men’s tennis players, Frank Schaffner and Karl Steffen, in NCAA Tournament play. 1992-93: Men’s basketball reaches the NIT Final Four, defeating Alabama, Clemson, Southwest Missouri State and Providence. The nationally-ranked UAB men’s tennis team participates in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Blazer volleyball, cross country and tennis teams all win Great Midwest Conference championships. January, 1993: UAB announces that its football program will compete at the NCAA I-AA level, beginning with the 1993 season. 1993-94: Blazer teams win six league championships, and UAB wins the Great Midwest Conference Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the university with the most successful overall athletics program. The Blazer basketball team goes 14-0 vs. GMW opponents and makes its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Men’s basketball is nationally-ranked and participates in the NCAA Tournament. August, 1994: UAB announces that its football program will compete at the NCAA I-A level and that the school will field a women’s soccer team beginning with the 1996 season. 1994-95: UAB soccer wins the Great Midwest Conference championship and participates in the NCAA Tournament. UAB wins GMW championship in men’s and women’s 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf The final score read 13-10 as the UAB football program earned its signature victory at LSU on Sept. 23, 2000. Mirela Vladulesu took the collegiate tennis world by storm and was the top-ranked women’s tennis player in the country for much of the 1997-98 season. tennis, women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field and men’s golf. April 24, 1995: UAB becomes a charter member of Conference USA. March 26, 1996: One era ends and another begins as coach Gene Bartow steps down as head men’s basketball coach. November 14, 1996: Conference USA announces that UAB has been admitted as a football-playing member; the Blazers will begin C-USA play in 1999. 1997-98: UAB freshman Mirela Vladulescu takes the women’s collegiate tennis world by storm, winning both the ITA Clay Court National Championship and Riviera Women’s All-America Championship; she is the first UAB tennis player to win a collegiate grand slam event. Vladulescu will later be the top-ranked player in the NCAA rankings for much of the 1997-98 season. The men’s golf team receives a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. 1998-99: The men’s basketball team makes its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Mirela Vladulescu returns to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, despite an injury-plagued season. 1999-00: UAB athletics has arguably its best season to date. The UAB football team becomes an official member of Conference USA and goes 4-2 in conference play during its inaugural season. The UAB men’s soccer team wins the Conference USA Championship and reaches the NCAA “Elite Eight”. Synchronized swimming finishes fourth in the country at the U.S. Collegiate Championships in its inaugural season. Women’s basketball reaches the “Sweet 16,” the men’s tennis team makes its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and men’s golf makes its second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years. July 10, 2000: Gene Bartow announces his retirement as athletics director after 23 years of service to the university. August 22, 2000: Herman Frazier is named UAB’s second athletics director. Sept. 23, 2000: In what was arguably the greatest win in UAB football history, the Blazers go to Baton Rouge, La. and upset SEC foe LSU, 13-10, on a game-winning field goal by Rhett Gallego in the waining seconds. 2000-01: Led by sophomore All-American Graeme McDowell, the men’s golf team finished ninth in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to its first NCAA Championship at Duke University, where it garnered a tie for 12th place. Senior women’s tennis player Mirela Vladulescu finished off a four-year career as one of the most successful athletes in UAB history. The men’s soccer team made it to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. The football team finished 7-4 overall, becoming the first “bowl-eligible” Blazer squad since UAB moved to the NCAA I-A level in 1996. The women’s basketball team, led by junior All-American Deanna Jackson, finished the season 20-11 and advanced to the WNIT. In just its second season, the synchronized swimming team placed fourth at the U.S. Collegiate Championships and eighth at the U.S. Nationals. 2001-02: Led by All-American Graeme McDowell, who was the No. 1-ranked golfer in the nation, the UAB men made their third consecutive appearance (fourth overall) in the NCAA Tournament. The Blazer football squad again boasted another “bowl eligible” season, as the team went 6-5 in 2001. The men’s soccer team made its third consecutive trip (fourth overall) to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the “Sweet 16.” The UAB softball team had its best season to date, advancing to the C-USA Championship game and boasting a 39-22 overall record. Denise Peters and Lisa Nowoslawski of the women’s soccer team were both named Verizon Academic All-Americans. In addition, Peters was named the C-USA Women’s Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year. Synchronized swimming earned its highest finish to date at the U.S. Collegiate Championships, taking third. Four swimmers received Academic All-America honors and three swimmers were named AllAmericans by the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Coaches Committee. April 4, 2002: Athletics Director Herman Frazier and UAB President Ann Reynolds announce the hiring of Mike Anderson as UAB’s third men’s basketball coach. November 21, 2002: Watson Brown is named UAB‘s third athletics director. 2002-03: In his first season at the helm of the men’s basketball program, Mike Anderson guided the Blazers to a 21-win season and a quarterfinal finish in the NIT. Lisa Nowoslawski capped off her career for the women’s soccer program by earning several prestigious academic awards, including an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, the C-USA Postseason Scholarship Award and first-team Verizon / CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for the second straight year. The synchronized swimming team posted its second straight third-place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championships and recorded a fourth place finish, its highest to date, at the U.S. National Championships. Six swimmers received Academic All-America honors and three swimmers were named All-Americans by the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Coaches Committee. 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf Sept. 4, 2003: The UAB football team plays host to Southern Miss in front of the biggest crown in UAB history, and the most people ever to watch a Conference USA football game when 44,669 people flocked to Legion Field. October 31, 2003: With a dominating 2-0 win on the road against USF, the UAB women’s soccer team earned its first Conference USA Championship and set the school record for shutouts in a season with nine. The Blazers’ Tara Kidwell and Jill Knottek each scored second half goals to lead UAB to its momentous victory. March, 2004: The UAB men’s basketball team shocks the college basketball world with its 76-75 upset over top-seeded Kentucky to advance to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament. The Blazers would finish the season with a 22-10 overall record and ranked No. 23 in the country. Also, the Blazers’ 12-4 record in Conference USA earned them a share of the first C-USA regular season championship. Head coach Mike Anderson was also named the 2004 Conference USA Coach of the Year. Spring, 2004: The synchronized swimming team posted is third straight third-place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championships and recorded a fifth-place finish at the U.S. National Championships. Fall, 2004: The UAB women’s soccer team claimed the C-USA Tournament title with a thrilling 2-1 victory over host and regular-season champion Saint Louis in St. Louis, Mo., to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth in school history. The UAB football team made its first bowl game appearance in school history as the Blazers faced Hawai’i in the 2004 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. The Blazers fell to the Warriors, 59-40, on Christmas Eve in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Spring, 2006: The UAB men’s basketball team earned its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament after finishing as Conference USA regular season and tournament runner-up. The synchronized swimming team took fourth place at the U.S. Collegiate Nationals. The Blazer softball team turned in one of its finest seasons in program history as the team won 31 games during the season to finish as the C-USA runnerup. Head coach Marla Townsend was named the C-USA Coach-of-the-Year. April 7, 2006: Mike Davis named as the fourth head basketball coach in the program’s 28-year history. Fall, 2006: UAB’s fall sports teams made three NCAA Tournament appearances, claimed three C-USA titles and beat the No. 1 team in the country. The UAB cross country team won the conference championship and head coach Ray Stanfield was named C-USA Coach of the Year. The women’s soccer team ran through the C-USA Tournament, and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. UAB’s men’s soccer team beat the No. 1 team in the country during the regular season and hosted a first-round NCAA Tournament game. To conclude the fall sports season, the Blazer volleyball squad won its firstever Conference USA Tournament title and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The 2006 UAB volleyball team won the Conference USA Tournament title and competed in the program’s first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament. In 2011, the UAB men’s basketball team secured the program’s first outright Conference USA regular season championship. December 17, 2006: Former Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway was chosen to lead the UAB football team, becoming the third coach in the program’s history, and the second coach to lead the Blazers since becoming a Division I program in 1996. Spring, 2007: Zack Sucher matched UAB’s highest finish ever at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, closing the tournament tied for fourth place with a five-under 275 during four rounds of play. Sucher became just the fourth UAB men’s golfer in program history to earn All-American status, nabbing a spot on the honorable mention All-America team. In addition, the men’s golf team made its fifth NCAA Regional appearance in the past eight years. 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf February 14, 2007: Former UAB baseball player and alumnus Brian Mackin was selected as the program’s fourth full-time Athletics Director. Spring, 2008: UAB men’s golf team captures the program’s first-ever Conference USA Championship. The Blazers went on to make the program’s seventh NCAA Regional and third NCAA National Championship appearances. Zack Sucher was tabbed second-team All-America and captured four individual titles during the 2007-08 men’s golf season. May 21, 2008: The UAB baseball team made history by recording the program’s first-ever win over the then-No. 5 Rice Owls, 8-2, in the opening round of the Conference USA Tournament. Not only did the Blazers defeat the Owls for the first time in 10 tries, but it also was the second-highest ranked opponent the baseball team has defeated in program history. The Blazers would go on to match their best-ever result in the C-USA Tournament, making it to the semifinals. 2009-10: The softball team capped arguably the most successful season in program history with 37 wins and its first ever NCAA tournament berth. The men’s basketball team also Participated in the postseason, advancing to the NIT quarterfinals and hosting defending national champion North Carolina at Bartow Arena. Individually, football’s Joe Webb and men’s soccer’s Two-Boys Gumede were selected as C-USA Offensive Players of the Year for their sports. Jala Harris became the first C-USA women’s basketball player ever to earn Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year honors in the same season. Feb. 23, 2010: The UAB softball team opened its new, on-campus facility, drawing a school-record crowd of 1,323 to its contest with Alabama. Spring, 2011: The UAB men’s basketball team captured the program’s first-ever outright Conference USA regular season championship. The Blazers were also selected to the NCAA Tournament, marking their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006 and the program’s 14th NCAA selection in its 32-year history. The softball team earned its second NCAA berth in as many seasons as well. Furthermore, women’s tennis standout Jenny Cape became the first Academic All-American for her sport, while track and field also received its first Academic All-America selections, as Nora Mehl and Rhiannon Johns received the nod. Men’s Basketball • 14 NCAA Tournament and 11 NIT appearances • Eight conference championships • 28 winning seasons in 33 years • 21 20-win seasons in 33 years • Three Sweet 16 appearances • Four All-Americans Football • First bowl game appearance in 2004 (7-5 record) • First “bowl-eligible” season with 7-4 overall record in 2000 • Played first season at Division I-A level in 1996; now competes as a member of Conference USA • Roddy White selected in first round of 2005 NFL draft (No. 27 overall) • Bryan Thomas selected in first round of 2002 NFL draft (No. 22 overall) • Eight All-Americans Men’s Soccer • NCAA Tournament participant (1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006) • 1999 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and 2001 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 • Three conference championships (1994, 1995, 1999) • Eight All-Americans Women’s Basketball • 2000 NCAA Sweet 16 participant • Four conference championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994) • NCAA Tournament participant (1994, 2000) • Four-time WNIT participant (1990, 1991, 2001, 2007) • 2011 WBI Champions • Four All-Americans Baseball • Three conference championships (1991, 1992, 1994) • 1991 NCAA Tournament participant • Shayne Carnes (1998) and Ryan Keedy (2008) named All-Americans by multiple publications • Four All-Americans Men’s Tennis • Six All-Americans • Three Academic All-Americans • Five NCAA Tournament appearances (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000) • Top-30 ranking from 1993-2000 • Five conference championships (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995) Women’s Tennis • Four conference championships (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996) • Six national rankings (1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) • Top-ranked singles player in nation (Mirela Vladulescu-1997-98) • One All-American Volleyball • Two-time NCAA Tournament participant (2006 and 2008) • Four conference championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 2006) • Five WIVC postseason appearances (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992) • Two Academic All-Americans • Three AVCA All-America honorable mention honorees Men’s Golf • 2001, 2002 and 2008 NCAA Championship Participant • NCAA Regional Participants 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 • 2008 Conference USA Champions • 1995 Great Midwest Conference Champions • No. 1-ranked golfer and Fred Haskings Award winner (Graeme McDowell) • Six All-Americans Blazer Track & Field/ Cross Country • 2002 Cross Country NCAA All-Academic Team • 1995 Great Midwest Conference Women’s Indoor & Outdoor Champions • Three All-Americans • 1992 Women’s Great Midwest Conference Cross Country Champions • Two Olympic Trials Qualifiers • Cross Country conference champions, 2006 • 2005 Individual Cross Country C-USA Champion • Eight-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Softball • Two-time NCAA Tournament participant (2010 and 2011) • 18 NFCA All-American Scholar Athletes • Five athletes named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I AllRegion Rifle • One C-USA Shootout third place finisher • 1997-98 Individual fifth place finisher at C-USA Championship Women’s Golf • Seven All-Conference USA Selections • C-USA Freshman of the Year Women’s Soccer • UAB Academic Award (1997, 1998, 2000) • Five All-Americans • Three conference championships (2003, 2004, 2006) • Two NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 2006) Highlights 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf UAB All-Americans U A B Men’s Basketball Men’s Soccer Aaron Johnson Clint Baumstark Jerome Mincy Peter Byaruhanga Steve Mitchell Leandro10deConference Oliveira y moving to the Atlantic Oliverfor Robinson Tony McManus the 1997 season, Villanova UniverFlavio Monteiro sity’s nine-year membership of the Yankee ConRumbani Munthali Football ference and the conference’s 50-year football Marinthe Pusek Rodregis Brooks legacy came to a close. Under direction of Cedrick Buchannon head coach Andy Talley, Houston VillanovaSmith compiled a Josh Evans lifetime mark of 38-31 in Yankee Conference Kerry Frazier Women’s Soccer contests. During their Yankee Conference hisRobertthe Leslie Kidwell tory, Wildcats shared Tara the league championDerrick Ingram ship twice, 1991 and 1989, finished second on John Whitcomb Tennis three occasions, in 1996, Men’s 1992 and 1990, and Roddy White Gerd Albiez third once in 1988. Kirsten The addition of threeMike college football proPaul Rosner Women’s grams in 1993 (James Madison, Northeastern Schaffner Basketball and William and Mary)Frank made the Yankee Vaughn Snyman I-AA Wanda Hightower Conference the largest NCAA Division Woisetschläger Deanna Jackson conference, with 12 totalMartin members. Each one B of the 12 schools competed for the conferBaseball Women’s Tennis ence title, playing an eight-game league slate. Shayne Carnes Mirela Vladulescu For scheduling purposes only, the league was Jay Cole into a New England Division (Boston divided Mitch Jones University ofTrack/ University, Connecticut, UniRyan Keedy Cross Country versity of Maine, University of Massachusetts, Elizabeth University of New Hampshire and Ambrus the UniverFlowers Divisity of Rhode Island), andVonetta a Mid-Atlantic Rhiannon Johns sion (University of Delaware, James Madison Angela King University, Northeastern University, University of Richmond, VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY Steve Mitchell and the College of William and Mary). Also, each individual school had to play each team in its own division, as well as three teams from the other division each year for a total of eight league contests. The Yankee Conference originally developed from the New England College Conference of Intercollegiate Athletics. When Northeastern University offered its resignation from that group, the Land Grant institutions appointed a committee to form a new league. On December 8, 1945, that committee recommended an athletic conference formed by the six New England Land Grant colleges, namely; the University of Connecticut, University of Maine, Massachusetts State College (now the University of Massachusetts), Rhode Island State College (now the University of Rhode Island), the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont. On August 24, 1946, representatives from Elizabeth the schools met. A preamble and code of the Ambrus Yankee Conference were adopted, and became effective on December 3, 1946. The On August 24, 1946, representatives from the schools met. A preamble and code of the Yankee Conference were adopted, and became effective on December 3, 1946. The first league championships Men’s Golf Paul Dickinson Graeme McDowell Garrett Osborn Zack Sucher F o o t b a l l 2008 UAB Outlook Academic All-Americans Baseball Brent Laircey Men’s Soccer Rebecca Johnson Kristen Kramer Lane Knight 1996); Maine twice (1987, 1989); New HampLoucas Papaconstantinou Stacy Leiker shire twice (1991, 1994); James Madison twice Karen Meyer Men’s Lukasz Kwapisz (1994, 1995), William & Mary Saratwice Petrov (1993Basketball Synchronized 1996) and Richmond (1987) Sarah once.w PikalHampCarter Long Women’s Soccer Swimming shire and the University of Rhode Island), and a Moraine Ruddick Danielle Blair Morgan Clarke Mid-Atlantic ofTodd Delaware, Hallie Football BriannaDivision McCarty (University Meryl Grandia James Madison University, Northeastern UniJohnny Rea Lisa Nowoslawski Amanda Haeuser Softball Petersof Richmond, versity, Denise University VILLANOVA Stephanie Jackson Byrne and Volleyball Jill Porto and the CollegeAmanda UNIVERSITY of William Stacey Jackson Allisonhad Davis Suzie Johnson Woodward Mary). Vanessa Also, each individual school to play Patti Schroder Margareta Jakovac each team in its own division,Amanda as wellEllis as three Candice Hithe Synchronized Stacy Leiker teams from the other division each year for a Kris Lara Men’s Tennis Swimming Sara Petrov total of Vanessa eight league contests. Emily Scarbrough Sebastian Falk Dash Hallie Todd The Andrea YankeeDash Conference originally developed Megan Stephenson Frank Schaffner Bogdana Zareva from the New England College Conference of Martin Woisetschläger Kelli Dickerson Intercollegiate Athletics. When Northeastern Track/Cross Amanda Haeuser Volleyball Country University offered its resignation from that Women’s Tennis Frances Halloran Ivana Bozic Rhiannon Johns a Jenny Cape Stacey Jackson group, the Land Grant institutions appointed Sam Serley Nora Stephanie Jackson committee to form a new league. OnMehl December Nevena Stefanov 8, 1945, that committee recommended an athletic conference formed by the six New England Land Grant colleges, namely; the University of Connecticut, University of Maine, Massachusetts State College (now the University of Massachusetts), Rhode Island State College (now the University of Rhode Island), the Uniiate Athletics. When Northeastern University of New Hampshire and the University versity offered its resignation from of Vermont.Ryan that group, the Land Grant institutions Keedy On August 24, 1946, representatives from the schools met. A preamble and code of the were conducted in the 1947-48 season. first league championships were conducted Yankee Conference were adopted, and became effective on December 3, 1946. The On August in the 1947-48 season. In 1978, with the creation by the NCAA of 24, 1946, representatives from the schools met. Division I-AA Football, the Yankee Conference A preamble and code of the Yankee Conference disbanded in all sports with the exception of were adopted, and became effective on Decemfootball. Vermont, which had dropped football ber 3, 1946. The first league championships in 1974, dropped out of the league. As a result, were conducted in the 1947-48 season. first league championships were conducted the Yankee Conference, after already adding Boston University in 1973, was six members in the 1947-48 season. In 1978, with the creation by the NCAA of strong. In 1984, the University of Delaware and Division I-AA Football, the Yankee Conference University of Richmond joined the league, and disbanded in all sports with the exception of became eligible for the league title in 1986, football. Vermont, which had dropped football while the Villanova University Wildcats came in 1974, dropped out of the league. As a result, on board in 1985. They became eligible for the the Yankee Conference, after already adding Boston University in 1973, was six members league title in 1988. The Yankee Conference was one of the strong. In 1984, the University of Delaware and original conferences to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs in 1978. University of Richmond joined the league, and Since the birth of NCAA Division I-AA, Bos- became eligible for the league title in 1986, Flavio ton University went Monteiro to the playoffs five times while the Villanova University Wildcats came (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1994); Rhode Island on board in 1985. They became eligible for the three times (1981, 1984, 1985); Massachusetts league title in 1988. The Yankee Conference was one of the three times (1978, 1988, 1990); Delaware six times (1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, original conferences to receive an automatic bid 1996); Villanova four times (1989, 1991, 1992, to the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs in 1978. 2 0 1 1 - 1 2 U A B1 9W1 o m e n ’ s G o l f EXCELLENCE U A B 2008 At The Next Level F o o t b a l l UAB Outlook Deanna Jackson Years At UAB: 1998-2002 • First and only UAB player selected in the WNBA Draft, chosen Years At UAB: 1999-2002 eighth overall by 1989); the Cleveland Rock1996); Maine twice (1987, New Hampy moving to the Atlantic 10 Conference • Captured the 2010 U.S. Open Chamers in 2002 shire twice (1991, 1994); James Madison twice for the 1997 season, Villanova Univerpionship – the first major title by a former Competed Basketball (1994, 1995), •William & with MaryUSA twice (1993sity’s nine-year membership of the Yankee ConUAB golfer and the first U.S. Open win by a on the 2000 Jones Cup Team that 1996) and won Richmond once.w Hampference and the conference’s 50-year football European player in nearly 40 years the Gold(1987) in Taipei shire and the University of Rhode Island), player and a legacy came to a close. Under the direction of• Has won six professional tournaments, • Only women’s basketball Mid-Atlantic (University of Delaware, head coach Andy Talley, Villanova compiledfive a of which have come on the European in Division C-USA and UAB history to record more than 2,000 pointsUniversity, and 1,000 career reboundsUniJamescareer Madison Northeastern lifetime mark of 38-31 in Yankee ConferenceTour • A member of Europe’s Ryder Cup • Two-time C-USA Player ofofthe Year (2000-01, 2001-02) versity, University Richmond, VILLANOVA contests. During their Yankee Conference his- Team in 2008 and helped lift his team and the league’s Freshman ofand the the YearCollege in 1999of William and UNIVERSITY tory, the Wildcats shared the league championto the trophy in 2010 • UAB career leader in rebounds (1,118) and ranks second Mary). Also, each individual school had to play ship twice, 1991 and 1989, finished second on • Named 2010 ASWA Profes- in school history in points (2,144) sional Athlete of the Year and GWAA each team in its own division, as well as three three occasions, in 1996, 1992 and 1990, and Golfer of the Year teams from the other division each year for a third once in 1988. • Ranked as high as No. 4 in the total of eight league contests. The addition of three college football proworld golf rankings Bryan Thomas The Yankee Conference originally developed grams in 1993 (James Madison, Northeastern • First-team All-America selection Years At UAB: 1998-2001 from the New England College Conference of and William and Mary) made the Yankee and C-USA Golfer of the Year in 2001 Selected No. 22 overall by the Intercollegiate • Athletics. When Northeastern Conference the largest NCAA Division I-AA and 2002 New York Jets in 2002, becoming the • Winner of the 2002 Fred Haskins University Blazers’ offered highest-ever its resignation frompick that conference, with 12 total members. Each one NFL draft group, the Land Grant institutions appointed of the 12 schools competed for the confer- Award, given annually to the nation’s • Entering his 10th year as a Jet witha committee to a new league. December ence title, playing an eight-game league slate. top collegiate golfer 141form career games played,On compiling 91 starts, 404 tackles, 31 sacks, sevenanforced 8, 1945, that committee recommended athFor scheduling purposes only, the league was Roddy White fumbles and five recoveries letic conference formed by fumble the six New England divided into a New England Division (Boston Years At UAB: 2001-04 • Ranks namely; as UAB’s the all-time leader Land Grant colleges, University University, University of Connecticut, Uni• Drafted No. 27 overall by the in career sacks (36) and tackles for of Connecticut, University of Maine, Massaversity of Maine, University of Massachusetts, Atlanta Falcons in 2005 loss (56) • Was named as an NFL All-Pro State College the which University of University of New Hampshire and the Univer• Led thechusetts “Steel Shield” defense (now in 2001, topped Massachusetts), Rhode Island State College sity of Rhode Island), and a Mid-Atlantic Divi- wide receiver in 2010 the nation in rushing defense (57.3 yards per game) and • Became the first UAB alum to earn wasUniranked No. in the nation inoftotal defense (265.9 (now5 the University Rhode Island), the yards Unision (University of Delaware, James Madison iate Athletics. When Northeastern an invitation to the NFL Pro Bowl, per game) versity of New Hampshire and the University University, Northeastern University, University receiving versity offered its resignation from the nod in three consecutive of Vermont. of Richmond, VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY seasons that(2008-2010) group, the Land Grant institutions On August 24, 1946, representatives from and the College of William and Mary). Also,• First Falcon ever to have 80 catches and in four straightinseasons (2007-10) the schoolsDejan met. A Jakovic preamble and code of the were conducted the 1947-48 season. each individual school had to play 1,100-plus each team yards 71first receptions an NCAA-leading league for championships were conducted Yankee Conference in its own division, as well as three teams• Collected from Years Atwere UAB:adopted, 2005-07and became C-USA-record 1,452 yards and a C-USAeffective on December 3, 1946. The On in the 1947-48 season. the other division each year for a totaland of eight • A starting defender forAugust D.C. record 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2004 United in Major League Soccer met. 24, 1946, representatives from the schools In 1978, with the creation by the NCAA of league contests. • Ranks second in the UAB record books in Formerly Red Star of theplayed YankeeforConference Division Football, Yankee Conference A preamble and• code The Yankee Conference originally developed career receptions (163),I-AA receiving yardsthe (3,112) Belgrade in Serbia’s First Division disbanded in(26) all sports with the exception of were adopted, and became effective on Decemfrom the New England College Conference of touchdowns and receiving • Has made 16 international The firstforleague championships Intercollegiate Athletics. When Northeastern football. Vermont, which had dropped football ber 3, 1946. appearances the Canadian NationVonetta Flowers in the 1947-48 season. 1974, dropped out of the league. As a result, were conducted University offered its resignation from that in(Jeffrey) al Team Years aAt UAB: 1992-95Conference, after already adding first league •championships conducted the Yankee group, the Land Grant institutions appointed A three-timewere all-conference • Inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of selection at UAB season. committee to form a new league. On December Boston University in 1973, was six members in the 1947-48 Fame in 2010 • Twice earned honors In first-team 1978, withall-region the creation by the NCAA of 8, 1945, that committee recommended an ath• Madestrong. history at the 2002 Winter OlymDivision I-AA Football, the Yankee Conference In 1984, the University of Delaware and letic conference formed by the six New England pics in Salt Lake City, becoming the first and University of Richmond joined the league, and disbanded in all sports with the exception of Land Grant colleges, namely; the University only former UAB athlete to earn an Olympic Gold Medal had dropped football became eligible for the league title in 1986, football. Vermont, of Connecticut, University of Maine, MassaChris which Hammond the Villanova Gold in the bobsledWildcats as outUAB: of the1985 league. As a result, while the University came in 1974, dropped chusetts State College (now the University •ofCaptured Years At the first black athlete (male They or female in any • Drafted inafter 1986already by Cincinnati adding on board in 1985. became eligible for the the Yankee Conference, Massachusetts), Rhode Island State College country) to win a gold medal at the Winter Reds andinmade league debut Boston University 1973,major was six members (now the University of Rhode Island), the Olympics Uni- league title in 1988. in 1990 The Yankee Conference versity of New Hampshire and the University • Selected to carrywastheone of the strong. • Pitched 14 seasons in the major In 1984, the University of Delaware and originalAmerican conferences to receive automatic bid of Vermont. flag in the an 2002 leagues, including four with the Reds closing Division ceremonies the league, and I-AA Playoffs in 1978. University of On August 24, 1946, representatives from to the NCAA andRichmond five withjoined the Florida Marlins, • Honored as the 2002 I-AA, Bos- became eligible for his the career league with title an in overall 1986, of NCAA Division the schools met. A preamble and code of the Since the birth finishing USOC Team with five times while the Villanova University went oftothe theYear playoffs Yankee Conference were adopted, and became ton University record of 66-62 and aWildcats 4.14 ERAcame teammate Jill Bakken • Pitched inbecame the 2003 Worldfor Series on board in 1985. They eligible the (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1994); Rhode Island effective on December 3, 1946. The On August • All-American in track with the New York Yankees league title in 1988. (1981, 1984, 1985); Massachusetts 24, 1946, representatives from the schools met. three times & field at UAB, where she • Known more a hitter atConference UAB, posting Theas Yankee wasa .275 one average of the (1978, 1988, 1990); A preamble and code of the Yankee Conference three times still holds numerous school Delaware with 32 runs scored and 16 RBI in 1985 records (1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, original conferences to receive an automatic bid were adopted, and became effective on Decem- six times ber 3, 1946. The first league championships 1996); Villanova four times (1989, 1991, 1992, to the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs in 1978. B Graeme McDowell 2 0 1 1 - 1 2 U A B1 8W9o m e n ’ s G o l f Academics A the five commitments (academics, ssociate Athletic 2010-11 C-USA athletics, personal development, Director for StuCommissioner’s career development and commudent Services Danez M. Honor Roll nity service) and was created to Marrable oversees a staff support the student-athlete develof eight full-time adviopment initiatives and enhance the sors, a learning specialist, (Student-athletes achieving quality of the student-athlete expereading and writing specumulative GPA of 3.0 or better) rience within the context of higher cialist and five assistants education. in the Don M. & MarJaime Brabb sha Hoke Hire StudentFinally, the Student-Athlete AdviAthlete Academic CenCarolyn Cochran sory Committee (SAAC) is advised ter. Their mission is to through the student services officprovide the highest qualLindsey Gipson es. This group, the ‘voice’ of the ity of academic support, student-athletes, is composed of counseling and guidance Kristin Lottman representatives from each team. to UAB student-athletes At UAB, this group works to by promoting academic excellence, self-responsibility, personal and pro- promote UAB athletics, organizes community service efforts, provides administration with fessional growth. the voice of the student-athletes and works Marrable and her staff act as a liaison between to ensure student-athlete welfare and the student-athlete, coaches and UAB’s academic success in the Birmingham comcommunities and ensures that student-athletes munity. comply with academic rules established by the university, the NCAA and Conference USA. The UAB’s commitment staff also coordinates academic programs designed to academic excelto assist the student-athletes in acquiring a qual- lence got a boost in ity education as well as programs to promote the summer of 2008 with the completion personal and career development. of the Don M. & MarUAB’s Student Services program wants to make sha Hoke Hire Studentcertain that student-athletes succeed to their Athlete Academic Cenhighest academic ability. Inherent in the pro- ter. Under the direcgram is the philosophy that student-athletes tion of athletics director take responsibility for their own growth and Brian Mackin, and with development while receiving maximum support. a generous donation The academic unit’s goals are to prepare student- from Don M. & Marsha athletes for viable careers, to assist them in secur- Hoke Hire, UAB was able to completely renovate ing degrees and to produce responsible citizens. the academic center and The athletic advisors, in conjunction with specific provide first-class facilities major advisors, work with student-athletes on a to the Blazers’ studentregular basis on necessary requirements for their athletes. chosen degree. The advisors also help plan class schedules, keeping in mind academic standing, Sitting in the middle of UAB’s practice, travel and competition schedules. In athletic complexes, including Bartow addition, athletic advisors regularly review the Arena and the football practice facilities, performance and class attendance of all student- the Hoke Hire Student-Athlete Acaathletes to help them keep on pace toward gradu- demic Center serves as the home for overseeing the educational development ation. and progress toward graduation for all (L-R) Marsha and Don Hire, Mr. Charles J. Hoke and In addition, the Life Skills program is run through student-athletes. UAB Athletics Director Brian Mackin cut the ribbon on this office. This NCAA program centers around the new Academic Center in 2008. Danez Marrable Associate Athletic Director for Student Services Drew Barnette Academic Advisor Mary Kathryn Borland Academic Advisor Greg Green Coordinator of Football Academics 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf Christina Harris Academic Advisor Don M. & Marsha Hoke Hire Student-Athlete Academic Center • Completed in the Summer of 2008 • Houses a director, a learning specialist, sevenfull-time advisors and five assistants • More than 50 tutors and mentors • Over 40 computers available for student use • Computer lab for general student use • Learning lab • Laptops for student-athlete checkout • Mentor meeting room • Nine small group and one-on-one tutor rooms 2011 graduates (from left) Lindsay Taylor, Carolyn Cochran and Jaime Brabb of the Blazer women’s golf team at UAB’s Senior Banquet. • Five large group study areas • Staﬀ conference room • Tutor/mentor resource library Senior UAB student-athletes at the Spring 2011 Graduation Reception. Wayne Hamberger Learning Specialist Charlie Hogan Academic Advisor Sharon Johnson Academic Advisor Josh Watson Academic Advisor 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf U AB’s Strength and Conditioning program, the Blazers’ staff and student-athletes can now boast of having one of the finest facilities around. The new center opened in January of 2008 and houses a 10,000 square-foot weight room that features more than 40,000 pounds of free weights. The strength and conditioning staff works with UAB student-athletes to develop training programs and enhance each athlete’s performance. The staff ’s work is instrumental in teams’ fitnesss level and preparation for the seasons. In 2008, the Blazers moved into their new strength and conditioning area in Bell Gymnasium, more than tripling the size of the area they had utilized previously in Bartow Arena. The bright and spacious weight room area includes state-of-the-art equipment for weight training, stretching and conditioning workouts. The staff uses a variety of techniques to assist the Blazers in achieving maximum performance and potential. With a heavy emphasis on Olympic style weightlifting, the program concentrates on speed, power, and strength. Strength & Conditioning 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf Sports Medicine The Sports Medicine program is under the direction of Mike Jones; his full-time athletic trainers are Melissa Adams, Laurie Fincher, Bryan Koch, Gerald Mickler, Greg Mytyk and Jennifer Wallace. Graduate assistant trainers Seong Choi, Matt Fisher, Betsy Ostrowski, Ryan Richardson, Daniel Springer and Dani Stephenson complete the staff. The Sports Medicine staff provides for all 17 varsity teams and 350 University of Alabama at Birmingham student-athletes with high quality health care. Student-athletes have access to the leading sports medicine and health care professionals. The Sports Medicine staff consists of team physicians, dentists, athletic trainers and a sports nutritionist. The daily care, prevention, evaluation and treatment of injuries is supervised by a staff of seven full-time and five graduate assistants that have been certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and licensed by the state of Alabama. Dr. Brenda Baumann Team Physician cialists among the best in America. The Medical Director of UAB Sports Medicine is Dr. William Garth, an orthopedic surgeon. He is responsible for all services provided to student-athletes. General medical care is provided by Dr. Brenda Baumann and Dr. Marshall Crowther. Team physicians are affiliated with the acclaimed UAB Health System, health professional school and the UAB Sports Medicine. U.S. News & World Report and other national publications consistently rank UABâ€™s innovative programs and expert spe- Dr. Marshall Crowther Team Physician Dr. William Garth Team Physician In the fall of 2008, the Wallace Building Athletic Training Room opened. The 9,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility offers the finest therapeutic modalities and rehabilitative equipment. It has an extensive collection of therapeutic and rehabilitation equipment including a BTE isokinetic testing machine and hydrotherapy tanks. The Wet Room features two free standing dual-tank consoles that offer whole-body and extremity immersion in either warm or cold hydrotherapy. UAB has the largest dual-tank console that has a stainless steel tank with a capacity of 1,450 gallons of water and can accommodate up to 25 football student-athletes at a time. In addition to the Wallace Building Facility, auxiliary athletic training rooms are located in Bartow Arena and in Young Memorial Field. Mike Jones 2011-12 UAB Womenâ€™s Golf Assistant AD Athletic Training Bryan Koch Associate Athletic Trainer In the fall semester, 2008, the Wallace Building Athletic Training Room opened its doors. UAB student-athletes began enjoying a brand-new, state of the art athletic training facility. The new 9,000 square foot center allows the athletic training staff to work more efficiently and gives the student-athletes a much more comfortable facility. Melissa Adams Assistant Athletic Trainer Laurie Fincher Assistant Athletic Trainer Gerald Mickler Assistant Athletic Trainer Greg Mytyk 2011-12 UAB Womenâ€™s Golf Assistant Athletic Trainer Jen Wallace Assistant Athletic Trainer Gene Bartow Alabama Sports Hall Of Fame ’89 National College Basketball Hall Of Fame ’09 O ne of the most respected figures in intercollegiate athletics, Gene Bartow, forged the UAB athletic program into a well-rounded organization with outstanding teams in several sports. Bartow, considered the “founding father” of UAB athletics, grew the intercollegiate sports program there from its infancy into one that featured 17 sports and an annual operating budget of more than $8 million by the time he retired from the position in 2000. Bartow, who passed away Jan. 3, 2012 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer, guided the program through three conference changes, grew the football team from a club sport into a Division I-A program, and added several women’s sports to the university’s athletics roster. Bartow was at the helm of the UAB men’s basketball program for 18 seasons, compiling a record of 366-203 (.643) during his tenure. He led the Blazers to the NIT in the program’s second year of existence, and followed that up with seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the Sweet 16 in 1981 and the Elite Eight in 1982. In all, he led UAB to 14 postseason appearances, nine of which were NCAA Tournaments. In addition to his time at UAB, Bartow is one of the top college basketball coaches of all time. By the time he retired from collegiate coaching in 1996, he had led teams for 34 years at six universities (Central Missouri State, Valparaiso, Memphis State, Illinois, UCLA and UAB), compiling 647 wins, 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, two Final Four appearances, one national title game appearance and one national Coach of the Year Award (both with Memphis State in 1973), and no probation problems with the NCAA. In 2009, Bartow received the ultimate honor as he was inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame. He entered the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and is also a member of both the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame and the Northeast Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame. The Browning, Mo. native coached 34 years at six universities. He coached at Central Missouri State University from 1961-64, Valparaiso University from 1964-1970, Memphis State University from 1970-74, and he led the Tigers to the ‘73 NCAA national championship game and consecutive Missouri Valley Conference titles in the ‘71-’72 and ‘72-’73 seasons. In 1974 Bartow accepted the head coaching position at the University of Illinois. Illinois finished 8-18 in his only season coaching the Fighting Illini, and Bartow left his position to succeed John Wooden as the head coach of UCLA. Bartow coached at UCLA from 1975 to 1977, guiding them to a 52-9 record, including a berth in the 1976 Final Four. Bartow left UCLA after the 1977 season to take over the job of creating an athletic program at UAB. Bartow retired from coaching in 1996, and in 1997, UAB renamed its basketball venue, Bartow Arena, in his honor. The Birmingham News has voted him one of the top 10 most influential figures in Alabama sports for the past century. Bartow is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Huffine, and three children, Mark, Beth and Murry, who is the head men’s basketball coach at East Tennessee State. 2011-12 UAB Women’s Golf “Founding Father” of UAB Athletics • UAB head basketball coach (1977-96) • UAB’s first Athletics Director (1977-2000) • Nine NCAA Tournament appearances at UAB • 14 postseason appearances during 18-year coaching career at UAB • 11 20-win seasons during UAB coaching career tenure • 647 career coaching victories • 366 victories at UAB • Led UAB to NCAA Sweet 16 in 1981 and Elite Eight appearance in 1982 • Voted by the Birmingham News as one of the top-10 influential figures in Alabama sports over the past century