Fall 2010 -Message from the AD -Fall Season Update -Cougar Scoreboard
Message from the Athletic Director
As the fall brings a new school year we are blessed to have a number of new staff members joining the CSUSM Athletic Department.
Jim Saia and Sheri Jennum take the reins of the new men’s and women’s basketball Tom Seitz programs, respectively. Director of Jim comes to us from Athletics Fresno Pacific University, where he was the head coach, and Sheri moves across town from Palomar College where she was also the head coach. Sarah Gustin is aboard as the new head women’s volleyball coach, coming to us from Indiana University where she was an assistant coach (she also played at Michigan State). Greg Hutton and Cindy Naval also join us as the new men’s and women’s golf coaches, as does Linda Colker as the new athletic administrative coordinator. Greg was the head men’s coach at Holy Names University and Cindy was the head women’s coach at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona. Linda is a long-time resident of San Diego County. Leah Glasgow also joins us as the new Assistant Softball coach. Please join me in welcoming these new coaches and staff members to the CSUSM family. We have a tremendous staff in place to serve our student athletes as we expand our athletic program. It is an exciting time as we continue to grow and make many changes in the structure of our athletic program. Next year will bring even more new coaches and staff, in addition to new student athletes in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. All these changes are part of our athletic strategic plan to become a NCAA Division II member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association(CCAA). As with any growth of an organization, there are growing pains (especially in this economy). That is why it is essential that we continue to expand our base of support for CSUSM athletics. If you are not already a member of the Cougar Athletic Club I encourage you to join today. A donation of any amount shows your desire to support our growing athletic program. Thank you in advance for your support!
Fall Season Update
Cougar Soccer and Cross-Country Kick Off Their Seasons! The semester might feel like it’s just starting, but for CSUSM Athletics, the teams are already getting deep into their fall seasons! The Cougar cross-country teams are off and running! Your defending national champion and #2-ranked women’s cross-country team ran well at its first meet despite missing top runner Cady Villarreal. The squad finished third at the U.C. Irvine Invitational, with Jennifer Albright leading the way. Albright is off to a terrific start to the season and figures to be a key member of this year’s team. On the men’s side, the results have been just as promising, as the new-look #12-ranked Cougar team shaved a full minute off its team time from last year at U.C. Irvine to take fifth place, and matched that improvement over last year in taking 8th at U.C. Riverside. Track star Western Nelson had led the way, placing 8th individually at Irvine, and two-time track & field All-American Brett Campfield is expected to have a big impact this season. On the pitch, CSUSM soccer is well into its season, with the home crowd at Mangrum Field continuing to be one of the loudest in the entire
NAIA. The #13-ranked women’s side has lost just one of its first nine games, and that came in overtime on a controversial call. The team’s defense has been rock solid this season, led on the back line by senior captain Michele Ramirez, and organized by brilliant All-American keeper Kaycee Gunion. Coach Ron Pulvers’ squad is looking to qualify for its third straight NAIA National Championship, and host its opening round match for the second time. On the men’s side, the very young Cougars team has shown plenty of promise and an unrelenting work ethic. This commitment to hard work has paid off a few times this season, most notably at home against defending National Runner-Up Master’s College, where CSUSM earned a very hard-fought tie, and in a big 3-1 victory at home over Point Loma. Aside from cross-country and soccer, the Cougar fall golf season are getting underway. Both Greg Hutton’s men’s golf team and Cindy Naval’s women’s squad are slated to participate in three tournaments this fall, in preparation for the spring season. If you’d like daily updates on our teams, sign up for the CSUSM Cougar Gameday Update! Students can sign up in our Athletics’ Suite in The Clarke and pick up a discount card good for 20% off all purchases at Mr. Taco, as well as be entered to win an iPad! Everyone else can sign up by clicking the banner on our website, www.csusmcougars.com. Ways to follow your CSUSM Cougars Website: www.csusmcougars.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/csusmcougars Live Video: www.livestream.com/csusmcougars Facebook: Search Facebook for “CSUSM Cougars”
Overall: 4-1-4, ranked #13
Currently Ranked #12
The 2010 CSUSM Cougar Scramble is fast approaching, and there’s still time to sign up to play or sponsor! Not only will you be enjoying a great day of golf at The Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe, but you will be supporting our student-athletes!
Find more information online and sign up today by clicking the banner at the top of www.csusmcougars.com. See you on the course!
The land for the CSUSM Baseball Field has been graded, and the field is expected to be ready to be played on for the start of the spring season!
Team captain Bradley Seidenglanz has played a vital role in helping the men’s soccer team’s transition after losing 6 senior starters, and he scored the gameclinching goal in their convincing 3-1 victory over Point Loma.
Home soccer games at CSUSM are always an event, with hundreds of rowdy Cougar fans making this one of the best atmospheres in the NAIA!
The Cougar Athletic Club
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Men’s Soccer Overall: 3-3-2
September 11 @ U.C. Irvine Invitational -Team: 5th; Individual: Western Nelson - 8th September 18 @ U.C. Riverside Invitational -Team: 8th; Individual: Western Nelson - 36th
Women’s Cross-Country Currently Ranked #2
September 11 @ U.C. Irvine Invitational -Team: 3rd; Individual: Jennifer Albright - 12th September 18 @ U.C. Riverside Invitational -Team: 8th; Individual: Jessica Sandoval - 34th
Senior Jennifer Albright has been the surprise of the early cross-country season. She led the Cougar women at U.C. Irvine, and finished second on the team at U.C. Riverside.
October 7th: Women’s & Men’s Soccer
www.csusmcougars.com For the most up-to-date news and results for all your Cougar teams
vs. Soka University, Mangrum Field, 2 PM/4 PM
October 9th: Women’s Soccer vs. Chapman University, Mangrum Field, 1 PM
October 16th: Women’s & Men’s Cross-Country Cougar Challenge - Mangrum Track & Field, 8 AM
November 6th: Women’s & Men’s Cross-Country A.I.I. Championships - Mangrum Track & Field, 8 AM