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COLORADO STATE ATHLETICS

ANNUAL

REPORT


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.

JOE PARKER

DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS


150

Academic All-Mountain West Award Winners

Women’s Basketball

Student-Athletes

4.0 earned a term GPA of

Seven programs compiled term GPAs above 3.3 Women’s Track

Men’s Golf

Women’s Swimming

Women’s Tennis

Women’s Cross Country

Women’s Softball

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)

2

SILVER

(3.5+ TERM GPA)

BRONZE

(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.

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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.

April, 2016

New Radio flagship.

April, 2016

The facility also will house the Michael & Iris Smith Alumni Center, in honor of the Smith’s generous donation.

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Record fundraising year, $31.8 million by new record of 6,000-plus donors


RECORD

SELF-GENERATED REVENUE EXCEEDED BUDGET BY:

$577,239 REDUCTION OF UNIVERSITY SUPPORT:

$1,059,105

$31.8M Overall Campus Fundraising

$197.8M

Donations Received by CSU Athletics Development Office

Record Breaking Year!

$52M

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM

New On-Campus Stadium Donations

2,200+

FIRST-TIME commemorative bricks sold in support of the stadium project

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DONORS TO ATHLETICS AND CSU


TICKET SALES GROWTH SINCE 2014

FOOTBALL

SPONSORSHIP COMMITMENT

GROWTH SINCE

2014 LICENSING & ROYALTIES

GROWTH SINCE

2014

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

VOLLEYBALL

$3,574,620 $3,772,990 $355,160 $478,866

MEN’S BASKETBALL

2014-15 2015-16

2014-15 2015-16

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COMMUNITY

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

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Varsity Sports Participated (174 Student Athletes)

11,953lbs

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

16

Varsity Sports (Over 80 student Athletes)

Local Residents Engaged

7


Participation from all

16

Over

15

Varsity Sports (All Student Athletes)

Elementary Schools Visited

Children Engaged

READING WITH THE RAMS

Local youth attended and engaged

RAM JAM

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION CSU Student Athletes collaborate with important community partners

6,000 Community Service Hours Logged in 2015-2016

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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.

COACH BEDARD

TRACK AND FIELD

COACH HILBERT

VOLLEYBALL

MOSTAFA HASSAN TRACK AND FIELD

COACH WILLIAMS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ELLEN NYSTROM

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

COACH BOBO

FOOTBALL

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.


COMING HOME

Colorado State Athletics Annual Report 2015-16  

Colorado State Rams' Annual Report for the 2015-2016 year

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