COLORADO STATE ATHLETICS
AD Every year scripts another chapter into the story of Colorado State Athletics and each year we are striving – To Educate, Engage and Excel and thus fulfill our mission. This mission is achieved through the participation of many stakeholders – students, faculty, staff, coaches, alumni, fans and corporate partners – joining together to make CSU Athletics special and ontrack to be the Mountain West Conference’s preeminent program and recognized as one of the nation’s best. This report details some of the highlights experienced during the 2015-2016 academic year with 150 student-athletes receiving academic recognition from our conference, four teams earning MW titles, a record year for fundraising, milestone partnerships, positive strides with ticket sales and remarkable efforts by our students connecting with the community. Every stakeholder deserves a heartfelt thank you for a strong year of performances and accomplishments. These results are achieved because of the support of thousands who recognize the importance of intercollegiate athletics in the life of our University and its ability to provide access to a world-class education and also showcase CSU. Again, thank you for making the accomplishments of 20152016 possible and helping to shape the future of CSU Athletics.
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Academic All-Mountain West Award Winners
4.0 earned a term GPA of
Seven programs compiled term GPAs above 3.3 Women’s Track
Women’s Cross Country
Ram Tag Recipients
Ram tags serve as a representation of the Athletic Director Honor Roll. This high honor can be achieved in either the spring or fall semester, and is based on a student-athlete’s semester GPA. Students with a GPA of 3.25+ receive a bronze tag. Students with a GPA of 3.50+ receive a silver tag, and students with a GPA of 3.75+ receive a gold tag. The first time a student receives this award, they are given a name tag that has both their name and sport engraved on them, in addition to the tag representing their respective GPA.
114 106 93 GOLD
(3.75+ TERM GPA)
(3.5+ TERM GPA)
(3.25+ TERM GPA)
RAM NATION The $220 million, 41,000-capacity facility will position Colorado State to continue to recruit top students and top student-athletes from across the nation, and provide engagement opportunities for the university, the community and the athletics programs.
November 12, 2015 September 12, 2015
Groundbreaking ceremony for new stadium.
First “Declare Your Major Day” – Nearly 100 of CSU’s student-athletes, their coaches and academic supporters gathered to celebrate as Rams chose their major.
2015 December, 2015
NEW ON-CAMPUS STADIUM TIMELINE
Announced a five-year extension to its partnership worth $11M with Under Armour to continue as the exclusive apparel, footwear and equipment provider for Rams athletics programs through 2021. The new deal provides CSU Athletics more than 10 times the amount of product than the initial Under Armour partnership that begin in 2013.
June 8, 2016 Colorado State extends 27-year partnership with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor. Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement is the leading provider of ticketing, fundraising, marketing and analytics services in college athletics, powering 120 institutions throughout North America and nine of the 12 Mountain West Conference institutions with integrated services.
SONNY LUBICK FIELD
March, 2016 The playing surface will bear the name Sonny Lubick Field, as it has at Hughes Stadium, thanks to a generous $20 million anonymous donation.
2016 June 30, 2016 February, 2016 An enhanced multimillion-dollar extension with Learfield; Colorado State Athletics official multi-media rights partner.
New Radio flagship.
The facility also will house the Michael & Iris Smith Alumni Center, in honor of the Smithâ€™s generous donation.
Record fundraising year, $31.8 million by new record of 6,000-plus donors
SELF-GENERATED REVENUE EXCEEDED BUDGET BY:
$577,239 REDUCTION OF UNIVERSITY SUPPORT:
$31.8M Overall Campus Fundraising
Donations Received by CSU Athletics Development Office
Record Breaking Year!
New On-Campus Stadium Donations
FIRST-TIME commemorative bricks sold in support of the stadium project
DONORS TO ATHLETICS AND CSU
TICKET SALES GROWTH SINCE 2014
2014 LICENSING & ROYALTIES
$3,574,620 $3,772,990 $355,160 $478,866
During the past year the community outreach program has embedded CSU Athletics in a direct and purposeful way into thousands of lives in Northern Colorado and the Denver metro area. With an aim of broadening the reach of Rams Athletics, our actions have added to the student-athlete experience at CSU. Hundreds of student-athletes have been involved, and thousands in our community have been introduced to Rams Athletics.
CANS AROUND THE OVAL
Varsity Sports Participated (174 Student Athletes)
of canned and non-perishable food donated for the Food Bank for Larimer County
CSU Students Engaged
CAMPUS MOVE-IN COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY AND CITY OF FORT COLLINS: COMMUNITY WELCOME
Participation from all
Varsity Sports (Over 80 student Athletes)
Local Residents Engaged
Participation from all
Varsity Sports (All Student Athletes)
Elementary Schools Visited
READING WITH THE RAMS
Local youth attended and engaged
COMMUNITY COLLABORATION CSU Student Athletes collaborate with important community partners
6,000 Community Service Hours Logged in 2015-2016
A WINNING (FOOTBALL, VOLLEYBALL, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AND MEN’S BASKETBALL)
Colorado State earned four Mountain West championships in 2015-16, the most by a member school. The Rams’ eight MW championships over the last two years are second-most in the conference (San Diego State, 9).
CSU’s Volleyball and Women’s Basketball teams each finished their 2015-16 regular season with perfect 18-0 records in Mountain West play. It also marked the first time any two CSU programs went undefeated in league play in the same semester.
Three CSU programs competed as a team in an NCAA tournament or a bowl game in 2015-16: Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Football. 9
The CSU women’s track and field team won each of the indoor and its second-consecutive outdoor Mountain West Championships in 2016, while CSU head coach Brian Bedard won his second consecutive and third overall MW Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year Award.
ADRIANNA CULBERT VOLLEYBALL
The Colorado State Volleyball program won its seventh consecutive Mountain West championship in 2015 and qualified for its 21st consecutive NCAA tournament behind AllAmerican Adrianna Culbert, who secured the program’s seventh consecutive Mountain West Player of the Year Award.
Ellen Nystrom was named Mountain West Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season, becoming the second player in program history to earn that honor, while Ryun Williams was named MW Coach of the Year for the second time in four years at CSU.
TRACK AND FIELD
MOSTAFA HASSAN TRACK AND FIELD
COACH WILLIAMS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Mostafa Hassan earned firstteam All-America in the shot put during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Hassan, who also was voted Mountain West Men’s Co-Student-Athlete of the Year, is the first Ram in program history to earn firstteam All-America honors in the shot put. He finished third in the shot put in the NCAA Championships, the best finish in that event in program history, as well as the best by a Ram in any event at the NCAA Championships since 2003.
Colorado State Football earned a third consecutive postseason invitation and competed in the Arizona Bowl. Head coach, Mike Bobo, became the only coach in school history to win seven regular season games in his first season as head coach.