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SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Wright Waters Commissioner

Bert Carter

Kathy Keene

Rick Mello

CFO

Compliance

Sports Admin.

John McElwain

Assoc. Commissioner Assoc. Commissioner Assoc. Commissioner Assoc. Commissioner

Media Relations

Bryant Carter

Travis Llewellyn

Sports Admin.

Media/Multimedia

Asst. Commissioner

Director of New

Wright Waters.................................................................................................................................Commissioner Bert Carter...............................................................................................................Associate Commissioner/CFO Kathy Keene.................................................................................................Associate Commissioner/Compliance Rick Mello................................................................................... Associate Commissioner/Sports Administration John McElwain.....................................................................................Associate Commissioner/Communications Bryant Carter............................................................................... Associate Commissioner/Sports Administration Travis Llewellyn.............................................................................................. Director of Multimedia/New Media Melissa Kristofak.........................................................................................................Director of Media Relations Chauntrell Shelby....................................................................................................... Chief Administrative Officer Ben Garrett...................................................................................................................Media Relations Assistant Don Lucas.............................................................................................................Coordinator of Football Officials While there are 31 NCAA conferences that sponsor multiple sports, the Sun Belt is one of only 11 to participate in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and Football Bowl Subdivision. The Sun Belt was formed in 1976 with six members competing in four men’s sports, and today comprises 13 institutions of higher learning while sponsoring 19 championship sports for men and women. The Sun Belt Conference enters its 34th season in 200910 with a proud history of athletic and academic success. The conference sponsors 10 women’s sports - basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball; and nine men’s sports – baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Each of the 19 sports has seen numerous team and individual accomplishments, and nearly every Sun Belt Conference school is currently graduating its student-athletes at a rate higher than its respective school’s student body. All Sun Belt schools are committed to excellence in the 21st century, and facility upgrades and expansions are taking place on every campus. During the 2008-09 academic year alone, the Sun Belt Conference accomplished numerous feats. In the fall of 2008 Middle Tennessee, FIU and Western Kentucky University all represented the league in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament – the first time the Sun Belt has sent three teams to the NCAA Tournament in volleyball and the second straight year the conference has sent multiple teams. Middle Tennessee advanced to the second round of the tournament, while WKU and FIU put forth strong and hard-fought efforts in the first round. The Sun Belt momentum continued in the sport of football as Florida Atlantic and Troy both earned bowl bids after impressive regular-season performances. It marked the

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third time in the league’s eight-year football history that two teams have received postseason nods. FAU marked its place in the history books when the Owls defeated Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl, becoming the first SBC team to win back-to-back bowl games. In men’s basketball, WKU received its second straight bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament after winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship. On the women’s side, Middle Tennessee captured national attention with the help of standout junior Alysha Clark. The Blue Raiders spent time in the coaches’ poll top 25. The squad earned a spot in the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament as Sun Belt Conference champions and finished the season with an impressive 28-6 record. Clark’s consistent performances earned her the title of the nation’s leading scorer as she averaged 27.5 points per game. The Blue Raiders will look to continue their success in the 2009-10 season, and with every student-athlete returning, they will be poised to make another strong showing. The 2009 Sun Belt Conference golf teams picked up right where they left off after an impressive 2008 season that saw two squads advance to the NCAA National Championship after top-10 finishes at their respective regional sites. In baseball, the Sun Belt Conference has sent multiple teams to the NCAA tournament each year since 1988. The 21-year streak of having two or more teams reach NCAA play is matched by only four other conferences (ACC, Big West, SEC, Pac-10). Both WKU and Middle Tennessee represented the league in the NCAA Baseball Championships in 2009. Because of its status as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivsion coalition, the Sun Belt Conference has a permanent seat on the NCAA’s 17-member Board of Directors. As

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601 Poydras Street Suite 2355 New Orleans, LA 70130-6078 504.299.9066 SunBeltSports.org a result, the conference has a crucial voice on some of the most pressing issues in college athletics and will always have a role in the implementation of any future NCAA legislation and guidelines. The conference continues to utilize television to grow and promote the league and its member institutions. The Sun Belt Conference signed a new multi-year agreement with ESPN, Inc. in January of 2009 that will result in unprecedented national coverage for the league. Additionally, ESPN televised the conference’s men’s basketball championship game for the 29th straight season in 2009, marking its longest affiliation with any conference in the country. The Sun Belt Conference has also partnered with JumpTV Sports, Inc. to deliver a full-service, customized, public and premium website to provide fans with a broad range of real-time information and content about the conference’s athletic teams. The Sun Belt is one of the few conferences in the nation to provide video highlights and features on its website from each of the league’s respective championships. This technology serves as a great recruiting tool for schools by enabling anyone in the world with internet access to view the conference’s championship events.

2009-10 Blue Raider Basketball

2009-10 Men's Basketball Meida Guide  

2009-10 Men's Basketball Meida Guide

2009-10 Men's Basketball Meida Guide  

2009-10 Men's Basketball Meida Guide

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