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2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

Gonzaga University Athletic Department

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AD Reflections Academic Progress Rate Campaign for Gonzaga’s Future Gonzaga Love Runs Deep

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SPORTS 8 Men’s Basketball 12 Women’s Basketball 14 Baseball 16 Women’s Rowing 18 Track and Field 20 Men’s Cross Country Women’s Cross Country 21 Men’s Golf Women’s Golf 22 Women’s Soccer Men’s Soccer 23 Men’s Rowing 24 Men’s Tennis Women’s Tennis 25 Volleyball

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YEAR IN REVIEW 26 Academic Excellence 28 Graduation Success 30 Honors and Awards 32 Life Skills 38 Marketing, Tickets and Licensing 40 Financial Breakdown 43 Compliance 44 Zags Athletic Giving 46 Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement 48 Facility Enhancement 50 Investing in Success

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DEPARTMENT CORE 52 Staff Directory 54 Coach Directory 56 Vision Statement


AD REFLECTIONS The 2017-18 academic year was one of the best in Gonzaga Athletics history, as our 300-plus studentathletes relentlessly pursued excellence in the three areas in which we all focus our efforts: competition, the classroom, and the community. We invite you to take this opportunity to read the pages of this annual report and celebrate with us the achievements of our studentathletes and coaches. Without all of you, our benefactors, none of this would be possible.

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

We look back on a year that had conference championships, school records, All-America awards and the opening of the Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement. But even more importantly, it also included the No. 1 mark in the nation in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) at 99 percent and Academic Progress Rate (APR) at 998, the two NCAA metrics for academic success. To be as successful as this group of student-athletes was in competition and in the classroom, it’s even more impressive to add that they combined to set a department record of more than 4,000 community outreach hours this year.

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It is with profound pride that we can celebrate these accomplishments together, as every student-athlete, coach, faculty member, staff member and benefactor played an integral role in continuing to push beyond what seems possible. Throughout this book, you’ll be able to read about the top performances by teams and individuals, the academic achievements that created a new standard, and the development of students to be prepared to carry out the University’s mission beyond their time at Gonzaga through community outreach and service. The men’s and women’s basketball programs led the way with West Coast Conference regular season and tournament championships. The men’s team made its 20th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and became the only team in the nation to make the Sweet 16 in each of the last four seasons. On the women’s side, GU posted a conference-record 17-1 mark in league play on the way to the title and a berth in the NCAAs. Gonzaga baseball added another trophy with a championship run in the WCC Tournament, and the women’s rowing team continued its own streak with a fourth consecutive league title and berth in the NCAA Championships. Men’s track placed a school-record seven runners in the NCAA West

Preliminary Rounds, and numerous Zags earned All-WCC and all-region honors both athletically and academically. In the classroom, this group of Zags not only posted the nation’s best marks in GSR and APR, but 11 teams earned NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards for earning a spot in the top 10 percent of their respective sport. For the Spring 2018 semester alone, 148 student-athletes were named to the President’s List or Dean’s List, and 28 of those earned a perfect 4.0, while the department combined for a 3.37 GPA. On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, thank you for being there for us, celebrating with us, cheering us on and providing resources for us to be successful. As you can see above and throughout the pages of this book, we have a lot to be proud of with our student-athletes and coaches. We look forward to our continued partnership with you and many more successes to come. Go Zags,

Michael L. Roth Director of Athletics


ACADEMIC PROGRESS RATES (APR)

ACADEMIC PROGRESS RATE GONZAGA

BASE

MBB

WBB

MXC

WXC

MGOLF

WGOLF

1000 1000 1000 1000 1000

WROW

MSOC

WSOC

MTEN

WTEN

VOLLEY

MULTI-YEAR WCC AVERAGE

997**

996

995

994

1000

997

988

1000

994

BYU

968

970

991

980

1000

954

968

DNP*

DNP*

986

947

954

980

971

Loyola Marymount

966

945

990

995

989

1000

DNP*

989

978

981

978

968

979

977

Pacific

970

955

983

DNP*

986

972

DNP*

DNP*

988

992

970

992

1000

980

Pepperdine

966

964

976

1000

1000

1000

1000

DNP*

DNP*

991

984

992

989

982

Portland

988

980

986

990

992

DNP*

DNP*

986

983

993

1000

991

995

989

Saint Mary’s

964

984

982

988

976

956

DNP*

979

993

985

939

950

968

973

San Diego

950

984

992

974

1000

985

DNP*

991

981

993

991

975

1000

986

San Francisco

950

941

983

984

994

979

1000

DNP*

991

991

969

971

976

977

Santa Clara

991

976

986

981

1000

1000

1000

968

982

994

994

1000

994

990

WCC Average

970

969

986

988

993

982

993

985

987

990

976

979

988

984

NCAA Average

975

967

982

981

989

986

990

989

978

988

982

989

988

983

*Institution does not participate in this sport **Calculation includes WCC sponsored sports only

both basketball programs advance to the NCAA Tournament while simultaneously receiving recognition for elite academic performance. When compared to West Coast Conference institutions, Gonzaga led the league with its departmental APR score of 997, besting second place Santa Clara by an impressive seven points and outperforming the conference average by an even more impressive 14 points. Please join us in celebrating Gonzaga earning the top APR in the country, once again demonstrating that Zags are among the nation’s best as both students and athletes.

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

BELMONT UNIVERSITY

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

DAVIDSON COLLEGE

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

COLGATE UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

DARTMOUTH UNIVERSITY

APR

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

900

YALE UNIVERSITY

991

BROWN UNIVERSITY

992

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

993

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HIGHEST DEPARTMENTAL MULTI-YEAR APRs 2016–17

999 998 998 998 998 997 997 997 997 996 996 996 996 996 996 995 995 995 995 995 995 994 994 994 994 994 994 994 994 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY

Instituted in 2004, the APR is a 1,000-point scale representing an institution’s retention and maintenance of its scholarship student-athletes’ academic eligibility and citizenship. APR is calculated every semester and is attached not only to institutions, but also to individual head coaches. The NCAA currently uses an APR score of 930 as its cut-off for acceptable retention and graduation of student-athletes; schools falling under that standard may be subject to NCAA penalties ranging from scholarship limits and/or reductions to potential elimination of postseason play opportunities.

Beyond institutional honors and implications, individual teams can also receive elite recognition based on their APR score. Those scoring within the top 10th percentile are recognized with the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award. Gonzaga once again had an incredible 11 of 15, or 73.3 percent, of its sports achieve this designation. The 11 teams to receive this public recognition were: women’s golf, baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s tennis, men’s track, and women’s track. What is more, Gonzaga was one of only three universities in the country to have

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS

After years of elite distinction in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Program, 2017-18 became the benchmark for Gonzaga with its Academic Progress Rate (APR). This year, GU earned the No. 1 overall institutional APR score in the country at 998. The Zags joined Villanova University and the College of the Holy Cross atop the ranks of all NCAA Division I institutions. This institutional milestone is the result of the sustained efforts of our bright and talented student-athletes, world-class coaches, devoted support staff, and the caring and committed faculty throughout our campus who join together in an unparalleled commitment to academic success.

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THE CAMPAIGN FOR GONZAGA’S FUTURE

BECAUSE OF YOU, GONZAGA WILL Together. We have accomplished­—and will continue to achieve—great things. All of us, together. In 2015, Gonzaga embarked on a vigorous campaign to engage alumni and friends to present a case for needs that, if achieved, would fortify Gonzaga’s place as a premier Jesuit university, and ensure any future Zag who had the credentials to be a Zag, could afford to become one. This extraordinary community of Gonzaga folks—ZAGS— is a mosaic of friends and fans, benefactors, alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and administrators. Together, we exceeded our Campaign goal to raise $250 million by nearly $100 million, to date. This has enabled Gonzaga to construct the new indoor Stevens Center for tennis and golf, which virtually negates the advantage our southern West Coast Conference opponents previously held over the Zags. The Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement reinforces

Athletics’ mantra to win in competition, in the classroom and in the community. The BARC houses the Zag Shop, Mail Room, University Advancement and a 650-car parking garage, which provides a great resource for Zag basketball fans heading to the McCarthey Athletic Center on game nights. The John J. Hemmingson Center is the centerpiece of campus activity and a significant draw to prospective students. We envision the new home for the Della Strada Jesuit Community will attract Jesuits from around the globe to our campus to study, learn and sow the mission. Under construction, the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center lays the foundation for a new era in teaching and learning in the creative disciplines and the humanities, and creates the 750-seat Bernard J. Coughlin, S.J., Auditorium, which will be state-of-the-art. But this Campaign was about more than buildings alone. In all, more than $100 million was raised to support 284 new scholarships, 197 of them endowed, enabling an even more diverse body of prospective students to

RAISED

$343

MILLION AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION

ENGAGED WITH MORE THAN

40,000 DONORS

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INITIATED

The BARC is home to a parking garage, Zag Shop, Mail Room and University Advancement

284 NEW SCHOLARSHIPS; 197 ENDOWED

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INITIATED NEW ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIPS/CHAIRS consider making Gonzaga their university of choice. And six new endowed professorships give faculty members additional tools to fortify Gonzaga’s place as one of the country’s great teaching institutions. But, we are not done. As we move forward, we continue to generate interest among our alumni, friends and benefactors to make a Gonzaga education affordable for even more future Zags, especially at a time when state and federal funding for private higher education is dwindling. And we continue raising funds to enable construction of the much-needed Integrated Science and Engineering facility, as demand for those academic disciplines continues to increase.

Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement

BUILT

6 NEW BUILDINGS

None of this was or will be possible without the support of so many Gonzaga friends, alumni and benefactors. A most heartfelt thank you for sharing your Gonzaga Will. To learn more, visit www.gonzagawill.com.

Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center

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“There’s something about the baseball team that I feel like they are just an amazing group of guys. We’ve really gotten to know them well, and now we get to see guys like Marco [Gonzales] and Tyler [Olson] on TV, so it’s just fun to keep up with them.” — TERRI CAFERRO

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GONZAGA LOVE RUNS DEEP Gonzaga is many things to Ron and Terri Caferro. It’s an alma mater. It’s a point of great pride. It’s a legacy that’s continued with their children and now grandchildren. But, most of all, it’s a family they’ve been a part of for 60 years. And they have no intention of changing that anytime soon.

They’ve been fantastic benefactors to not just the basketball program, but also the baseball program, which has stolen their hearts over the last decade.

“Gonzaga is just like a huge family, and it’s so great for Spokane,” Terri said. “I look around here in Spokane and there are so many people that love Gonzaga basketball, and not just the men’s team. The women’s team has built an amazing following, and the support they both receive away from home is just as amazing.”

The Caferros have been drawn to the baseball program not only with the success the team has had on the field, but also the type of people that make up the team and coaching staff off the field. Each Year, the Caferros pick a roadtrip to follow the baseball team and join them for a postgame team dinner that almost always turns into one of their favorite nights of the season. It’s come to the point where they feel like the 35 players on the roster have become like their own sons.

Their love for Gonzaga Athletics runs deep and dates all the way back to when Ron was a freshman in 1957. He started following the basketball and baseball teams and instantly became a fan. The couple has been basketball season ticket holders since 1962 upon Ron’s graduation from GU, and their fanhood and support for the entire Athletic Department has only grown over time.

“The Caferros are beautiful people and have been great friends and supporters of the program,” baseball head coach Mark Machtolf said. “The dinner that we do together is a great release for the guys in the middle of the season, and it’s also a highlight of their year and career. Former players love to talk about it when they come back, we just have a lot of fun with it.”

Nowadays, the Caferros make a habit of following the men’s basketball team throughout the country, making it to as many away games as possible and definitely all of the home games.

As one can see, the deep love runs both ways. Whether it is baseball, basketball or any one of Gonzaga’s athletic programs, the family feel is always there.

“We have some great memories of Gonzaga basketball, thinking all the way back to Frank Burgess. He raised the level of basketball for Gonzaga. When I was a freshman in ’57, there was some great guys on those teams, and I still get to see some of them to this day.” — RON CAFERRO

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“Our big highlights are the Gonzaga trips, whether it’s the basketball games, or the baseball games, we just so look forward to it,” Terri said.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL The 2017-18 team was put in a tough position before it even took the court for the first time together. This squad would have to follow the program’s first-ever Final Four and an appearance in the national championship game. The Zags entered the season losing NCAA all-time career wins leader Przemek Karnowski, All-American Nigel Williams-Goss, and an NBA lottery draft pick in Zach Collins. GU was tabbed 18th and 19th in the two major preseason polls, and after 16 straight years of being picked first in the West Coast Conference preseason poll, the Zags were picked to finish second. After easily handling their first three games of the season at home, the Bulldogs headed to the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore., for a tough three-game stretch. In the tournament quarterfinals, GU had a solid 86-59 Thanksgiving Day win over Ohio State. In the semifinals, the Zags were unable to outlast No. 7 Florida in double overtime, falling 111-105, in what many stated felt like a Final Four game in November. Johnathan Williams poured in 39 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. The overtime trend continued into the next game, as the Bulldogs defeated Texas in overtime 76-71. Williams was tabbed AllTournament Team following the event.

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

In the first-ever Jesuit Basketball Classic, the Zags took on Big East power Creighton for the first time in 40 years. Gonzaga pulled away from the Blue Jays in a 91-74 win in the Top 25 matchup.

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The Bulldogs then traveled across the country for a matchup against eventual national champion No. 4 Villanova, in Madison Square Garden. The game was part of the Jimmy V Classic on ESPN, and GU fell for the second time on the season with an 88-72 loss. The start of West Coast Conference play was no issue for the Zags, as they cruised to 5-0 in the first five games of league play for the fourth straight year, winning by a margin of 544282. A road trip to USF was GU’s first test, as they held off the Dons in a 75-65 win. Saint Mary’s stopped the momentum on Jan. 18 when they left the Kennel with a 74-71 win. This loss proved to be a spark, as Gonzaga went on to win their 11 remaining WCC games, winning the league’s regular season title for the 21st time in program history and the 17th time in the last 18 years. It was the sixth straight season the Zags either shared or owned the regular season league title outright. Included in the 11-game win streak to close the regular season, GU won at then-No. 11 ranked Saint Mary’s, 78-65. In an impressive effort on the road, the Bulldogs never trailed and ended the nation’s longest win streak at the time, 19 victories, while holding All-American Jock Landale to four points. Gonzaga also defeated BYU twice, including another impressive road win in Provo to close the regular season, 79-65. The Zags trailed for only 54 seconds in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 19,000 fans in the Marriott Center.

7.1

.819

535

.789

2

83.5

.831

.773

11

328

.924

239

Percentage of time GU trailed WCC opponents this season (51:01 out of 720 minutes)

Teams that have won NCAA First Round game each of last 10 seasons (Kansas)

Consecutive seasons with at least 25 wins, 20 straight with 20-plus wins

Mark Few’s career winning percentage, NCAA’s winningest active coach

Points per game, which set a new program record

Made three-pointers were a program record

Wins since the 1999-2000 season, third-most in the nation

Win percentage (324-66) since 2007-08, second best in the country

Win percentage (182-15) at home since 2004-05, third best in the country

Win percentage (90-24) in true road games since 200708, best in the country

Win percentage (170-50) in road/neutral games since 2007-08, best in the country

Consecutive sellouts in home games


for the fourth time in program history, and third time in last four seasons. GU was the first team in the nation to reach the 30-win plateau in each of the last two seasons

Gonzaga entered the West Coast Conference Tournament with a 27-4 record. The Bulldogs continued their winning streak by defeating Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and BYU to earn the program’s 17th WCC Tournament title. The Zags have won six straight conference tournament titles and hold a 17-game win streak in the tournament. GU moved to 23-2 in the WCC Tournament since it moved to Las Vegas in 2009. Following a 28-point win over San Francisco in the semifinals, the Bulldogs put together a phenomenal performance against BYU in GU’s 21st straight appearance in the WCC Tournament Championship. With the score tied at 27 late in the first half, Gonzaga used a 38-6 run that spanned halftime to cruise to a 74-54 victory. “That’s probably as good a run I’ve been a part of in 28 years at Gonzaga, definitely in 19 years as head coach,” Mark Few said. “Fantastic defense that led to great offense. It was just a thing of beauty to see.” Killian Tillie was named the West Coast Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player after an unforgettable three-game performance inside the Orleans Arena. He finished the tournament with 72 points (24.0 ppg), shooting an incredible 28-of-36 (77.8 percent) from the field. The dominant title performance boosted GU to a four-seed in the West Region in the Bulldogs’ 20th consecutive appearance

in the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga was matched up with the Southland Conference champion, UNC-Greensboro, for the first-ever meeting between the programs. In Boise, Idaho, in a game that featured eight ties, the Zags avoided the first round upset after a big three-pointer from redshirt freshman Zach Norvell Jr., with 23 seconds remaining. After some key stops, GU advanced to the second round with a 68-64 win. Gonzaga is one of only two teams to win its openinground NCAA Tournament game each of the last 10 seasons – Kansas is the other. After opening the game with a 15-0 lead, the Bulldogs used more late-game heroics from Norvell Jr., in the second round against Ohio State. He scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, recording his first collegiate double-double in the 90-84 win. Rui Hachimura added 25 points and four blocks. Gonzaga became the only program in the nation to appear in each of the last four Sweet 16s, matching up with ninth-seeded Florida State in the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The Zags never got into a rhythm against the hot Seminoles, falling 75-60. After entering the season with plenty of questions, and most figuring this would be a “rebuilding year”, Gonzaga won 32 games, lost only one conference game and climbed back into the Top-10 nationally.

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Straight conference road wins, the longest active streak in the nation

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Straight conference tournament titles, the longest active streak in the nation

21

Straight appearances in the conference tournament championship, the longest such streak in nation

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30

WINS IN A SEASON

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PLAYING THE BEST Gonzaga has enjoyed plenty of success in the month of March, but it’s among the elite in tournaments earlier in the season as well. This past season, the Zags were one of 16 programs in the greatest in-season tournaments in college basketball history. The creation of PK80—Phil Knight Invitational, a 16team, early-season men’s college basketball tournament honoring Nike co-founder and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight in advance of his 80th birthday, took place over Thanksgiving week in Portland, Ore. It was one of the largest regular-season tournaments in college basketball history, and sported a field featuring some of the top schools in the nation that met in the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Participating schools included Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

Two eight-team brackets—consisting of three games per team—ran simultaneously in the two buildings and culminated with the crowning of two bracket champions. All games from Portland were televised on ESPN networks.

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The Zags opened the Motion Bracket with an 86-59 rout over Ohio State in the quarterfinals. GU and Florida played arguably this season’s best game in the nation in the semifinals. The teams traded blows, back-and-forth, in a high-level entertaining game. After 40 minutes and two overtimes, the then-ranked No. 7 Gators held off Gonzaga in front of a capacity crowd in the Moda Center, 111-105. The Zags closed the tournament with a third-place finish, after beating Texas, 76-71, in overtime. The Bulldogs are one of eight programs included in the 2018 Maui Jim Maui Invitational, America’s premier early season basketball tournament. The 2018 Invitational features the strongest field in the history of the tournament. The event will feature eight Division I programs for the first time in its 35-year history with Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Gonzaga, Illinois, Iowa State, San Diego State and Xavier. The tournament will be played November 19-21 at Maui’s famed Lahaina Civic Center. All 12 Maui games will be telecast by ESPN networks. GU returns to the Maui Invitational for the fifth time (2002, 2005, 2009, 2013). The Zags won the 2009 tournament title behind co-Tournament MVP performances from Steven Gray and Matt Bouldin.


MEN’S BASKETBALL FOUR-FOR-FOUR Since 2014, the Zags have enjoyed one of the greatest four-year runs in college basketball history. Gonzaga has won 132 games over the past four seasons, the third-most in Div. 1 history. The Bulldogs are averaging 33 wins per season since 2014-15 with three of GU’s four 30-win seasons in program history coming in the last four seasons. The Bulldogs have won 12 NCAA Tournament games in the past four years, which ranks third in the country, behind only North Carolina and Villanova. Only six schools have 10 or more wins in the tournament since 2014-15. Gonzaga is the only program in the nation that has appeared in the last four Sweet 16s. The Zags made their ninth appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2017-18. Eight of GU’s nine Sweet 16 appearances have come under Mark Few.

GONZAGA HAS WON

132 GAMES OVER THE PAST FOUR SEASONS

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Silas Melson and Josh Perkins were on each of the last four Bulldog rosters. Melson owns the programrecord with appearances in 14 NCAA Tournament games. He ended his stellar career with 126 wins in a GU uniform, the most as an active player at the end of the season, and the second-most in program history. Only his former teammate, Przemek Karnowski has more career wins at 137, which also ranks as the most in Div. I history.

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WCC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP The Zags won their eighth WCC Tournament Championship, all as a number one seed, as the Zags are 26-4 all-time as the number one seed. Jill Barta is first all-time in school history averaging 20.9 points per game in her seven WCC Tournament games. In this year’s championship, she added to her school record with her seventh 30plus point game, scoring 32. Zykera Rice went seven-for-seven from the field in the WCC Championship game, setting a new school record in the tournament. GU set its tournament record going 16-for-16 from the line against San Diego in the championship.

Road Record The Zags were 11-2 on the road this season and had an 11-game winning streak, which was the fourth-longest active streak in the country at the time. That streak is the longest road winning streak under head coach Lisa Fortier.

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GU averaged 71.2 points per game on the road while only giving up 60.8, winning by an average of 10.5 points per game. GU shot 43.8 percent in other teams’ gyms, and had a +2.7 rebounding margin. The Zags were great forcing turnovers on the road, with a +2.1 margin in that category, leading to 9.5 steals per game, over two more than their opponent.

Jill Barta (17.5), Chandler Smith (10.2), and Zykera Rice (10.2) all averaged double figures on the road. GU did not let games remain close either, outscoring their opponents by 70-plus points in the second and third quarters.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The Bulldogs won their 13th West Coast Conference championship in 14 years and their seventh WCC Tournament Title in the past 10 seasons, as the conference celebrated its 10th season hosting the tournament in Las Vegas. They have reached 20 victories in 11 of the last 12 years and 25 wins in 10 of the last 11 with a 27-6 record this season. GU advanced to postseason play for the 14th time in the last 15 years. It was head coach Lisa Fortier’s winningest season, thanks to a record-setting 17-1 conference record, the first time in conference history a team has won 17 WCC games. She was named WCC Coach of the Year for the third time in four seasons, also the first coach to do that in conference history. Fortier became the first coach in program history to take her team to the NCAA Tournament three times in their first four years. The Zags battled through injuries to starters Laura Stockton and Jill Barta in the non-conference season, but won five of their last six games, including a dominating 80-65 win over a Western Illinois team that had just won at Stanford, to finish 7-4 in non-conference action. In that stretch, Barta set a school record with 22 rebounds in a game against Belmont at the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas. The Zags also defeated Washington State for the second straight year. Zykera Rice was named the WCC Player of the Week on December 18.

The Bulldogs rattled off 13-straight wins to open the conference season, including 12 wins by double figures. After a brief hiccup against Saint Mary’s, the Zags clinched the WCC title with a 75-69 win at LMU. With three games remaining on the schedule, it tied the fastest GU has ever claimed the regular-season crown. In that time, Barta was named WCC Player of the Week three times, the first Zag to do that in seven seasons. Barta was named the WCC Player of the Year, along with being First Team All-WCC for the third time in her first three seasons, the third Zag in program history to do so. Rice and Chandler Smith both joined her with second team honors. GU entered the WCC Tournament, dubbed a Decade In The Desert, as the No. 1 seed for the 12th time. The Bulldogs recorded double-digit wins over Pepperdine and San Francisco before dousing a red-hot San Diego squad, 79-71, in the championship. Barta was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for the second-straight year, as Rice and senior Emma Stach were named All-Tournament. GU drew a 13-seed in the NCAA Tournament and the fourthseeded Stanford Cardinal on their home floor in the first round. The Zags played solid basketball, but the Cardinal were too much at home, winning 82-68. Smith, Stach, and Katie Campbell were all named WCC AllAcademic, with Smith being honored as a First Team Academic All-District selection, just the sixth in program history, and a DIAAA Scholar-Athlete.

MOST CONFERENCE WINS IN WCC HISTORY 2017-18 Gonzaga 17-1 2015-16 BYU 16-2 2014-15 Gonzaga 16-2 2013-14 Gonzaga 16-2

300 CONFERENCE WINS The conference-opener win at Pacific marked the 300th WCC win for GU in program history, the first WCC school to achieve that feat. Saint Mary’s was second with 273.

CLINCHING THE WCC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THREE GAMES REMAINING 2017-18 2014-15 2004-05

2018 WNBA DRAFT Jill Barta became the sixth player in Gonzaga history to be drafted by the WNBA as the Las Vegas Aces took her in the third round with the 32nd overall pick. She was immediately traded to the reigning-champion Minnesota Lynx.

NCAA TEAM OF THE WEEK Gonzaga earned National NCAA.com Team of the Week honors on January 22. PLAYING AHEAD The Zags were 27-0 when leading or tied at halftime, ahead or tied to start the fourth quarter, and up with five minutes left. DEFENSE GU had 17 wins when holding their opponent under 59 points

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The 2017-18 Gonzaga women’s basketball team battled adversity due to injuries and youth in the non-conference segment, but rode a record-setting conference season into another pair of West Coast Conference regular season and Tournament Championships, and their 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament.

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BASEBALL Led by the best pitching staff in the West Coast Conference and quite possibly the best defense in the nation, Gonzaga baseball used the age-old mantra of “pitching and defense wins championships” to claim the WCC Tournament title and the program’s second NCAA berth in the last three seasons with a 33-24 record. And head coach Mark Machtolf’s team did it playing a nation-leading 31 games decided by two runs or less. Led by seventh-round MLB Draft selection Daniel Bies, the Zag pitching staff ranked in the top 10 in the nation in ERA all season long. Bies threw three complete games, while freshman Alek Jacob and sophomore Mac Lardner made up the rest of the weekend rotation that combined for a 2.76 ERA against the WCC, by far the best in the league. Gonzaga closer Casey Legumina did his part as well, cementing himself at the top of the GU record books with an all-time program-best 13 saves, a mark that ranked him among the top 10 nationally. GU also put together a defense that set a school record with a .984 fielding percentage and was the best of any of the 64 teams in the NCAA Tournament, good for second in the nation overall.

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RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

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DANIEL

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The offense awakened as the season wore on, led by Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Ernie Yake, who topped the Zags with a .322 batting average on the year. A quartet of seniors in Jake Vieth, Gunnar Schubert, Branson Trube and Nick Brooks combined to hit 30 of the team’s 40 homers and drive in more than 130 runs. GU entered the WCC Tournament as the No. 2 seed, but destroyed the competition by outscoring their opponents 34-5 in three games, including a 17-2 title game victory over top-seeded Pepperdine. Vieth, the GU first baseman, hit two homers in the championship and was named the WCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Catcher Austin Pinorini, starting left-hander Mac Lardner, and the righthander Bies were also named to the All-Tournament Team. The win put GU back in the NCAA Tournament after narrowly missing an at-large bid last season, and the Zags were placed in the Minneapolis Regional as a No. 3 seed. Taking on No. 2 seed UCLA in the first game, GU took a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning, but was unable to hold on in a heartbreaking loss. The Zags bounced back with an 8-2 win over fourthseeded Canisius before falling to UCLA a second time in a 10-4 loss to end the season. Pinorini (C) and Trube (OF) were


COACH STEVE HERTZ FIELD DEDICATION

The ceremony took place on the field prior to Gonzaga’s game against New Mexico State, and Coach Hertz was surrounded by his family and friends, as well as a large crowd of over 1,100 fans in attendance. The Zags went on to win the game 2-1 with Jake Vieth hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning. “We are proud to dedicate the baseball field to a great Zag that poured his heart and soul into the baseball program

and athletic department for decades,” Director of Athletics Mike Roth said. “We were excited when Washington Trust offered us the opportunity collaborate on the idea of renaming the field in honor of Coach Hertz, and we want to thank Pete Stanton, Jack Heath and the entire Washington Trust team for working with us on this project. They continue to be great supporters of not only our baseball program, but Gonzaga Athletics as a whole.” Hertz, who retired from Gonzaga Athletics in July 2018, served as the head baseball coach for 24 total seasons, beginning in 1978. He compiled a school record 637 wins, advanced to the NCAA Regionals twice, won three conference titles and was named Coach of the Year four times.

named All-Region honorees at their positions after each hitting over .400 for the regional.

WCC TOURNAMENT

CHAMPS!

2nd

NCAA Appearance in 3 years

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3.12 ERA

wins for ninth time in last 12 years

Hertz’s dedication to Gonzaga University’s academic mission and athletic excellence goes back to the 1970 season when he began his first of three seasons as a pitcher for Larry Koentopp’s squad.

In addition to Bies’ seventh-round MLB selection by the Yankees, Schubert was taken in the 28th round by Miami and Legumina was selected in the 35th round by Cleveland.

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Both Bies and Legumina were named to the All-WCC First Team, while Yake and Lardner were named to the All-WCC Second Team. Yake was joined on the All-Freshman Team by Jacob, who was also named All-WCC Honorable Mention. Over the course of the year, Bies was named the Rawlings/WCC Pitcher of the Week twice, and Jacob earned the award once. Academically, the Zags were well-represented as well, with Bies and Daniel Fredrickson on the WCC All-Academic Team, and Justin Blatner earning honorable mention.

Hertz retired from his head coaching position in 2003 and has spent the last 15 years in Athletic Development roles, rising to Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Major Gifts. He has led the fundraising and development efforts for Athletics’ capital projects, including the recently-built Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement, the McCarthey Athletic Center, Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, the Stevens Center, and Luger Field, among many other upgrades around the Athletic facilities.

fielding pct - No. 2 in nation

2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

Gonzaga Baseball dedicated its field to longtime head coach and Athletic Department development officer Steve Hertz on Friday, May 11, 2018, with the ballpark renamed Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field Presented by Washington Trust.

No. 10 in nation

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WOMEN’S ROWING The Gonzaga women’s rowing program added to its two-plus decades of dominance within the West Coast Conference in 2017-18, winning its 17th WCC Championship in 22 years since the conference adopted the sport in 1997. As a result, the Zags advanced to their fourth-straight NCAA Championship and fifth in six years. The Bulldogs finished 18th overall at the NCAA Championships, held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla., battling the nation’s best and shifting weather. GU started the season on a high note, beating nationallyranked Washington State in the varsity eight in the Head of the Spokane in the fall. They posted a solid 11th-place finish at the Head of the American on Lake Natoma, home of the WCC Championship, before ending the fall season.

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The start of the spring season was highlighted with wins by the varsity eight and second varsity eight at the Hornet Invite on Lake Natoma, and the varsity four beating nationallyranked Oregon State on Dexter Lake in Eugene, Ore. GU returned to the Lake Natoma Invitational where the Zags’

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varsity eight claimed a second-day victory over Alabama, Sacramento State, and San Diego. Over the course of the championship season, GU swept the WCC Crew of the Month awards, with the second varsity eight taking it in March and the top crew winning it in April. The Zags traveled to the WCC Championships as the heavy favorites and delivered by sweeping all three races for the second consecutive season to tie the conference record with 42 points for the second-straight year as well. Senior Isabelle Belzil was named the WCC Rower of the Year and All-WCC, and for the second-straight year, Alexa Jadallah was named the WCC Coxswain of the Year. Freshman Lauren McCallum was the WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year and head coach Glenn Putyrae was named Coach of the Year for the fourth-straight season and ninth time overall. Lauren English, Lindey English, and Megan Seifert joined Belzil on the All-WCC team, all first-time honorees.


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WCC Championships in

22 YEARS

The last two days at the NCAA Championships were compressed to a single day on Saturday to beat impending thunderstorms, and the 18th-place finish was third-best finish at the event and one spot better than 2017. The varsity eight took 17th, holding their seed given prior to the championships, while the second varsity eight and varsity four each took 19th. The Zags had three selections to the WCC All-Academic First Team and nine Honorable Mention selections. Belzil and Olivia Lada, who both won the WCC Championship with the varsity eight, and Marie Hayman, who led the second varsity eight to a WCC Championship as the coxswain, were selected to the allacademic first team. The Zags were young this season and will remain strong next year, returning eight members of their top boat and 21 of the 25 athletes who traveled to the NCAA Championships this season. Gonzaga head coach Glenn Putyrae, who won 12 WCC Championships in 15 years at GU, departed Gonzaga to take over the head coaching position at Alabama. GU assistant coach Marisa Wortman was promoted to replace Putyrae as head coach.

DECADES OF DOMINANCE WCC Coach of the Year in 12 of 22 seasons WCC Rower of the Year in 4 of 6 seasons WCC Newcomer of the Year in 4 of 6 seasons WCC Coxswain of the Year in 5 of 9 seasons Seven classes of Zags never lost a WCC Championship GU has swept all three races eight times Three or more All-WCC selections in 18 of 22 seasons

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CRCA All-Americans &

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MARISA WORTMAN PROMOTED TO HEAD COACH

“It’s incredibly exciting to have this amazing opportunity at an institution like Gonzaga University. I want to thank Mike Roth, Chris Standiford and our athletic administration for entrusting me to continue the tradition of success. Glenn has done an amazing job building the program and establishing a winning tradition. He has been an invaluable mentor to me. I can’t wait to get started and put my own stamp on the program.” —W  OMEN’S ROWING HEAD COACH MARISA WORTMAN

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TRACK AND FIELD The growth of the Gonzaga women’s and men’s track programs continued in 2018. Seven Zags represented the program at the 2018 NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento, Calif. It marked the largest-ever contingent of GU runners to qualify for the meet. During the indoor season, Brandon Pollard opened by running the secondfastest indoor mile time in program history at the University of Washington Indoor Preview with a time of 4:08.00. The women swept first and second place in the 4x800-meter relay with Megan Glenski, Caroline McCarthy, Katherine Gustafson and Jenna Rogers placing first with a time of 10:05.03.

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The next weekend at the Washington State Indoor Open, Pollard continued his strong start to the year as he led a topfour sweep for the GU men in the 800 meters. In the mile, Alex Heffelfinger came out on top with the fastest time of the day at 4:27.92.

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Gonzaga runners continued to post indoor top-10 program times at the UW Invitational. Scott Kopczynski ran the second-fastest mile time in program history at 4:06.56. At the Husky Classic, Stefan Bradley cracked the top-10 list at no. 8 with a time of 1:57.05 in the 800 meters. Jake Perrin finished with the fifth-fastest 3,000-meter time in program history at 8:11.99. On the women’s side of the 3,000 meters, Claire Manley ran a 10:06.64, no. 9 in program history. Gonzaga opened the outdoor season with a trio of first-place finishes on the men’s side and a strong showing from the women at the Buc Scoring Invite at Whitworth University. The next weekend at the Sam Adams Invitational, Jordan Thurston placed first in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:23.98, while Pollard led a top-three sweep for the men in the 800 meters.

The San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational led to three runners all with top-four 3,000-meter steeplechase times in program history. In San Francisco, Heffelfinger finished first out of 82 runners with a time of 8:56.97, the second-fastest time in program history. Two hours later across the Bay at Stanford, Sammy Truax ran an 8:55.95 time in the event, topping Heffelfinger for the second-fastest time in program history. Minutes later, Manley was third in his section of the event with a time of 8:51.26. In her first collegiate attempt at the distance, Thurston ran the fourth-fastest 10,000-meter time in program history at 35:50.69. The Zags success in the 3,000-meter steeplechase continued at the Northwest Scoring Clash (WAR XI), as Aimee Piercy ran the third-best time in women’s program history at 11:34.16.


GONZAGA SENT 7 REPRESENTATIVES TO THE NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY ROUND, the largest contingent of Zags at the event in program history.

In his first race of the season, 2017 AllAmerican Troy Fraley finished first in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:19.19 at the Pelluer Invitational. In the 1,500 meters, Kopczynski led the charge in first place, as GU swept the top four spots. On May 4, Mason Villarma qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round at the Oregon Twilight in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:45.91. His qualifying time ranks fourth in program history. Kopczynski placed third at 3:46.01. He climbed from sixth on the program’s alltime list to fourth. In the final meet of the regular season, Pollard became the seventh Zag to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary after running the second-fastest 1,500-meter time in program history at the Portland Twilight. He crossed the line in second place with a time of 3:44.63. He rose from fourth on the GU all-time list to second.

Fraley ran the 27th-fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time in the region, placing second at 8:54.56. Thurston was the top women’s finisher in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:48.51. The redshirt senior also moved up the GU all-time list to third. At the NCAA West Preliminary Round, Kellen Manley ran the second-fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase in program history. He crossed the line at 8:49.35 in 20th-place in the region. He ran in a fast heat, in which 10 of the 16 runners had either a personal best or season best finish. Truax was 14th in the heat and placed 39th overall with a time of 9:07.16. Fraley was eighth in the second heat at 8:57.39. He finished 28th overall. Heffelfinger was 16th in the third heat and 47th overall with a time of 9:20.89. Gonzaga’s 1,500-meter trio of Kopczynski, Pollard and Villarma finished their stellar seasons at the regionals. Villarma placed

18th in the first round of the event. His time of 3:49.09 was ninth in the fourth heat, and less than three seconds from qualifying for the quarterfinal. Kopczynski (4:04.09) and Pollard (4:06.28) placed eighth and 10th in the third heat, which ended up the slowest section of the round. The seven Bulldogs were the seventhmost qualifiers in mid-distance and distance events in the region, and 13thmost in the nation. It also was the most mid-distance and distance qualifiers from a school in Washington. Following the season, Thurston was tabbed to the 2017-18 District Eight Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women’s Track/Cross Country Team. She boasted a 3.95 cumulative GPA and is a multiple Academic All-Conference selection.

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MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The Gonzaga men’s cross country team opened the 2017 season by placing first in its first two races of the season, taking the team title at Clash of the Inland Northwest and the Idaho-Gonzaga Dual. Dillon Quintana was selected to the West Coast Conference preseason team, becoming only the third Zag to receive the honor in program history. Jake Perrin’s first-ever collegiate win came in a time of 18:35.56 on the 6,000-meter course at the seasonopening Clash of the Inland Northwest. The Zags placed six runners in the top10, and 11 in the top-20.

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GU went on to host Idaho in a dual meet at Mead High School on Sept. 16. Sumner Goodwin led the team to the title with a first-place finish. He had a personal record time of 24:32.4 over an 8,000-meter course. The Bulldogs swept the top-three spots for the second straight week.

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At the West Coast Conference Championships in Oakland, Calif., the Zags finished fourth, marking the sixth straight season GU has placed in the top-four. Max Kaderabek was the Zags’ top finisher with a time of 24:21.09 placing 17th. Perrin and Goodwin came in with top-25 finishes placing 20th and 21st. Perrin’s time of 24:27.05 ranks 15th on the program’s all-time list on an 8,000-meter course. Peter Hogan guided the Bulldog men to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA West Regionals. Hogan finished in 48th place with a time of 30:39.0 which ranks fourth on the GU all-time 10,000-meter list. Phillip Fishburn finished just behind in 49th place with a time of 30:43.9, which is seventh-best in program history. Fishburn was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team, while Bennett Gagnon and Kyle Thompson were on the honorable mention list.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The Gonzaga women’s cross country team opened the 2017 season by placing second in the Clash of the Inland Northwest. The Zags won two of their three duals, beating Eastern Washington and Montana. Jordan Thurston was selected to the West Coast Conference preseason team. She was the fifth Zag selected to the team and the first since 2015. Thurston led the Zags with a fifth-place finish on the 4,000-meter course at the Clash of the Inland Northwest with a time of 14:31.50. Claire Manley, Jenna Rogers, Kelly Gilbert and Amanda Kiefer all placed in the top-25.

At the dual against Idaho, Thurston led the Bulldog women with a second-place finish in a time of 18:06.6, and Manley placed 12th with a time of 18:44.1. Thurston also represented the Zags at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky., where she ran a 21:17.3 on the 6,000-meter course. Manley placed 12th with a time of 17:59.3 at the Inland Empire Classic on Oct. 14, which led the Zags to a secondplace team finish. The Bulldogs won three of their four duals against Div. I competition. Aimee Piercy placed in the top-20 with a time of 18:16.8.

At the West Coast Conference Championships, the Zags placed fifth with a total score of 166 on the 6,000-meter course. Thurston led the Bulldogs with a time of 20:52.9, placing her 18th in the race. The Zags placed 24th at the NCAA West Regionals in Seattle, Wash., with Thurston leading with a time of 21:12.6. Piercy followed with a time of 22:14.1. Thurston was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team, while Gilbert, Manley and Piercy were named to the honorable mention list.


MEN’S GOLF The 2017-18 Gonzaga men’s golf team broke several records during the season, including the lowest team season average in program history at 291.70. In the third tournament of the fall season, David Ganz had GU’s best finish when he tied for fifth at the Pinetree Intercollegiate. The senior achieved his highest-ever finish in Kennesaw, Ga., at even-par at Pinetree Country Club. The Zags opened their spring schedule in record-breaking fashion. GU totaled an 838 as a team at the Loyola Intercollegiate in Goodyear, Ariz., setting a new program record for the lowest three-round total in GU history. The Bulldogs’ 28-under finish broke a 14-year-old record. Matthew Ruel’s seven-under (65) finish in the second round, led to the lowest-round team total in program history. Gonzaga totaled a 274 (-14) in Round 2 of the event, matching the lowestever at GU. Four of the five Zags in the tournament were under par in the round, and GU tied for fourth in the tournament, led by a 10th-place finish by Ganz. He carded a 67 in the first and third rounds, while Tyler Munetake opened the event with a 67. Ganz finished with the lowest

54-hole total in GU history at 205 (-11), while Munetake’s 207 (-9) finish is the second-lowest. The Bulldogs finished seventh at the Bandon Dunes Championship with an 855 team total, the fourth-lowest total in program history. Gonzaga’s 276 in the second round ranks fourth at GU all-time. Ruel carded a 67 in the round, while freshman Holden Backes opened the tournament with a 67 as an individual. In the following tournament, the Zags had an 859 total at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Arizona. It ranks as the seventhlowest team total in program history. Nick Nolan tied for 11th in the event. Ganz tied for 19th at the West Coast Conference Championships. He ended his GU career with a 74.64 scoring average, which ranks fourth all-time in program history. This season, his scoring average was 72.41, the second-lowest ever at Gonzaga. Ganz represented the Bulldogs on the 2017 West Coast Conference AllAcademic Team, while Ben DuBois and Munetake were named honorable mention Academic All-WCC.

WOMEN’S GOLF The Zags only had one upperclassmen on their roster this past season and played many tournaments with all underclassmen. On September 26 and 27, they hosted the first-ever Coeur d’Alene Resort Collegiate Invitational, posting a first-round 294 (+10) that would be their lowest team score of the season. They matched the +10 mark in the first round of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Arizona in early April.

At the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz., freshman Francesca Santoni scored her first career below-par round in the first round, a two-under 70 that would serve as the lowest individual round for the Zags this year. Jessica Mangrobang fired a second round 71 at the event, her season-low score for the year. The Zags’ best stretch as a team came as they took third in the Pinehurst Women’s Intercollegiate at renowned Pinehurst #8 in North Carolina, and they followed that by tying Eastern Washington in the Bulldog-Eagle Challenge at Liberty Lake Golf Course in mid-March. Mangrobang

finished third in both tournaments, her best finishes of the year, and Nina Novilla tied for the win at the BulldogEagle Challenge. Novilla finished the season strong, leading the Zags in eighth place at the West Coast Conference Championships in Santee, Calif at +13. Mangrobang was the day-one leader of the event with a 73 and was named All-WCC for her seasonlong efforts. The Bulldogs return the bulk of their roster next season and will be primed to use the late season momentum, coupled with some talented incoming freshman, for a great start in the fall.

2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

The Gonzaga women’s golf team took a young squad in 2017-18 and improved every week throughout the season, posting some quality late-season finishes to fuel a great season outlook next year.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER The GU women’s soccer team got off to a program-best start to begin the 2017 season, going 4-0-1. The Zags went unbeaten at home in their nonconference schedule for the second year in a row under new head coach Chris Watkins.

Top Drawer Soccer National Women’s Soccer Player of the Week honors.

Gonzaga recorded shutouts in three out of their first five matches of the season, including a 4-0 win over South Dakota to begin the season. On Aug. 21, Madeline Gotta was named WCC Player of the Week, becoming the Zags’ first player of the week recipient since Sarah Rhodes in 2011.

Gotta was named All-WCC Second Team as she tied for fourth in the conference with five assists in her sophomore season. Jordan Thompson was named to the conference’s All-Freshman Team while playing a team-high 1,707 minutes in her first season. Jencks was named All-West Coast Conference honorable mention scoring a team-high nine goals.

On Sept. 12, the Zags knocked off No. 23 Memphis 3-2 at home. This was the first win over a ranked opponent in 10 years with the help of a pair of goals from India Jencks. With the two goals, Jencks earned West Coast Conference and

Tianna Helm was selected to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team, while Jodi Ulkekul, Sophia Viviano, Gotta and Jencks were all tabbed honorable mention Academic All-WCC.

The Zags hosted BYU in front of a season-high crowd of 1,019 fans with the match also being televised nationally on ESPNU.

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MEN’S SOCCER

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In 23-year head coach Einar Thorarinsson’s final season, as he announced his retirement following the Zags final game, the 2017 Bulldogs once again cracked the NCAA Top-25 with a great non-conference season but battled injuries throughout their conference slate. The Zags loaded their schedule with 12 home matches and six teams that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including Denver who reached the national semifinals. Twelve of the 20 overall opponents had winning records the season prior. After a quick schedule change due to Hurricane Harvey cancelling a tournament in Houston, the Zags raced out of the gate with three wins over Bradley, UC Riverside, and American, their best start since 2003. This vaulted them into the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 Poll at No. 22 on September 5. It was the first time

the Bulldogs had ever been nationally ranked in back-to-back mid-season polls in program history. Because of heavy smoke conditions in Spokane, the Zags’ game against No. 16 Washington was moved to Seattle, where they fell 3-0. After being tripped up by Seattle U, the Zags finished their non-conference schedule 3-1-1, including a draw against No. 20 Air Force and an exciting, shorthanded, 2-1 overtime win over 2016 national semifinalist Denver at Luger Field. The Bulldogs roster featured eight seniors, who all regularly started or started at some point during the season. GU had battled some injury issues during the non-conference season, but withstood thanks to a bench that became heavily dependent on the GU freshman class that showed great promise in their expanded minutes.

As the conference season began, the injuries continued to mount and the Zags depth wore thin, as they went 0-61 in the conference stretch. Four Zags were rewarded for excellent seasons, as seniors Ben White and Christo Michaelson were Second Team AllWCC selections, Ben Willis was named honorable mention, and Joe Corner was selected to the All-Freshman team. In the classroom, the Bulldogs upped their number by one from the season prior with an impressive 10 people selected WCC All-Academic. White became the fourth Zag in program history drafted when Toronto took him in the fourth round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. One day following coach Thorarinsson’s announcement, fifth-year assistant coach Paul Meehan was named the next head coach. He officially took the reins of the program on January 1.


MEN’S ROWING The Gonzaga men’s rowing team put together a quality season in 2017-18, highlighted by a season sweep over Washington State and some great finishes on Mission Bay in San Diego. The Zags opened the fall season by sweeping Washington State on the Spokane River in the Head of the Spokane. GU duplicated those results in the spring at the Fawley Cup on the Snake River in Pullman. In the Fawley Cup, GU won the varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight, and novice eight races, for its 10th clean sweep since 2002 and 25th overall cup victory. GU started the spring season at the Western Sprints Challenge on Mission Bay in San Diego in a preview of their conference championships, as the varsity eight defeated UC San Diego and the second varsity eight and third varsity eight beat San Diego. Two weeks later,

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the Zags were back on Mission Bay for the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic, where the varsity eight took fourth overall, this time beating San Diego. Later in the spring, the Bulldogs pushed Santa Clara at the Husky Open and were within striking distance of nationallyranked No. 18 Oregon State in a dual on Dexter Lake in Eugene, Ore. The Western Sprints Championship did not end the season as GU had envisioned with the varsity eight finishing outside the toptwo, but the third varsity eight had a nice showing taking runner-up ahead of Santa Clara, their first win against them on the season. The second and third varsity eights both put down their fastest times in the event in program history. The Bulldogs look to remain strong next season, returning six members of their season-finishing varsity eight lineup with an exciting group of underclassmen returning in the sub-varsity boats as well.

Arrived in 1995 from Whitworth

became the fourth Zag in program history drafted when Toronto took him in the fourth round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

All-time leader in wins at 163 NCAA Tournament Appearances in 2001 and 2007 West Coast Conference Championships in 1997 and 1998 8 WCC Top-3 finishes

Coached 4 NCAA All-Americans, 22 First Team All-WCC selections, 3 WCC Players of the Year, 9 Professional players, including 5 in the MLS, and 1 US Men’s National Team member.

The longest tenured and winningest coach in program history,

EINAR THORARINSSON

announced his retirement after 23 seasons on November 13.

13 straight seasons of NSCAA recognition for academic excellence 8 straight seasons of perfect Graduation Success Rate

2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

WCC Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997, 2005

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MEN’S TENNIS The Gonzaga men’s tennis team put together one of the best seasons in program history, posting the team’s first-ever .500-plus record at 10-9. The season also had some major change at its conclusion when 13-year head coach Peter MacDonald resigned to follow other opportunities in the tennis world. He left the program with a talented young team that showed flashes of the type of squad that could jump up the West Coast Conference standings in the near future. Ruadhan O’Sullivan and Sam Feit posted spectacular seasons as they were recognized with All-WCC honors at year’s end. As a pair, O’Sullivan and Feit earned All-WCC Second Team honors, while in singles O’Sullivan was named to the Second Team and Feit earned Honorable Mention. In doubles, the GU team went 13-6 on the season, compiling a 4-2 mark in dual-match play and 2-1 mark

against WCC opponents in the top spot in the lineup. In the fall, the pair made an unprecedented run to the semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regionals. In singles, O’Sullivan was second on the team in wins with 19 on the year against just nine losses, while Feit went 17-7 overall on the season, including a 7-3 mark in dual match play and a 5-2 mark in the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Feit earned WCC Singles Player of the Week honors once, and teamed up with O’Sullivan to be named WCC Doubles Team of the Week once. Additionally, Kyle Everly and Simon Homedes Dualde earned all-academic recognition. Everly was named to the WCC All-Academic Team, going 17-13 on the year, while Homedes Dualde was named Honorable Mention and had a 6-10 mark on the year.

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The growth continued this season for the Gonzaga women’s tennis program, putting together another second-place finish in the West Coast Conference and 16-7 overall record to end the year ranked No. 64 nationally. Of GU’s seven losses, five were to teams ranked in the top 25 nationally, making for one of the most difficult schedules ever assembled for head coach D.J. Gurule’s program.

Singles and Second Team Doubles accolades with playing partner Graciela Rosas. Whittle collected five ranked wins among her team-best 22 on the season and ended the year ranked No. 56. Her and Rosas finished ranked No. 45 nationally in doubles action with a 17-6 mark and two ranked wins. Whittle also earned WCC Singles Player of the Week honors twice during the season.

U fell short of its ultimate goal of G winning the WCC Tournament with a semifinal 4-3 loss to LMU, but a strong core of juniors carried the Zags through the season and will continue to carry them into the future. Sophie Whittle earned All-WCC honors for the third straight season, taking home First Team

Additionally, junior Nevada Apollo took home both Second Team All-WCC and WCC All-Tournament honors with her 18-6 overall mark on the season and a season-high ranking of No. 103. The GU doubles pair of senior Alex Bourguignon and sophomore Haruna Tsuruta earned All-WCC Honorable Mention after a

fantastic season with a record of 20-5, including a 9-1 mark at the No. 2 Doubles spot in the lineup and a season-high ranking of No. 53 in the fall. Gonzaga swept the WCC Singles and Doubles Player of the Week awards on two occasions with Whittle taking singles and doubles with Rosas once, and Apollo taking singles and doubles with Ashleigh Jacobs on the same week. The Zags were equally as successful in the classroom, placing four on the WCC All-Academic Teams. Whittle was named to the All-Academic Team, while Rosas, Bourguignon and Kate Ketels each earned Honorable Mention.


VOLLEYBALL

Gonzaga went 9-9 in conference play (14-16 overall), tying for fourth place in the league. They never strayed far from the top of the standings, either, starting WCC play with six straight wins for the first time in program history. Five of those wins came in five sets, and Gonzaga ended the season with eight wins in matches that went the distance. Everything was a true team effort for the Zags, as six different players posted more than 140 kills and four eclipsed 200 digs. Offensively, Sarah Penner led the way with 292 kills, the second-most by a Zag freshman during the rally-scoring

era and enough to put her on the WCC’s All-Freshman team. Payton Mack also received postseason accolades, earning All-WCC Honorable Mention after 152 kills, a .241 attack percentage, and 84 total blocks during her sophomore season. Sophomore Jenna Kuehn and junior Marit Thorkildsen broke into the record books in 2017 as well. Kuehn tallied three triple-doubles throughout the season, the first three triple-doubles of Gonzaga’s rally-scoring era history. Thorkildsen, meanwhile, set a rally-scoring era record and tied for third all-time with 24 digs in a three-set match Sept. 9 at Grand Canyon. Five Zags received recognition for their prowess both on the court and in the classroom. Kuehn was tabbed to the WCC All-Academic Team while Mack, Thorkildsen, Tiyana Hallums, and Faith Smith received All-Academic Honorable Mention.

2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

With a young squad—seven freshmen, 12 underclassmen, and just one senior—2017 had the potential to be a rebuilding season for Gonzaga volleyball. Instead, the youth movement turned out to be a blessing as the Zags once again finished in the top half of the WCC standings.

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ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE The 2017-18 academic year had the Zags continuing to rewrite the record books in the classroom. Most notably, this Spring semester, the Zags established a new record for perfect 4.0s in a single term with 28 student-athletes accomplishing this incredible feat. This achievement topples the prior record of 17 set in Spring 2017. This impressive group of student-athletes contributed to the Athletic Department by also breaking the record for President’s List Honorees (semester GPAs above 3.85) with 62 student-athletes posting GPAs above that lofty standard. The prior record of 50 was established in Fall 2016, after the University raised the requirement for its most prestigious academic honors list from 3.75 to 3.85. Additionally, 86 more Zags earned their way on to the University’s Dean’s

Division I-AAA Athletic Director Association Scholar Athlete Team

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Division I-AAA Athletic Director Association Scholar Athlete Team

List (3.50-3.84), bringing the total number of student-athletes receiving academic recognition this term to 148 studentathletes. The Spring 2018 semester also had two programs establish new records for overall academic performance. Baseball broke its all-time GPA record, posting a 3.32 this semester, a feat made even more impressive considering the amount of time the squad spent on the road while in season and the successful WCC championship campaign on the field. Volleyball also claimed its first team semester GPA title this spring, posting a department-best 3.58 for the term. When combined with an equally strong Fall semester, an astonishing 194 student-athletes earned either President’s or Dean’s List honors during the academic year, amounting to nearly 65 percent of our student-athletes receiving recognition for their outstanding work in the classroom. Overall, the Athletic Department’s average GPA for the 2017-18 academic year was a 3.36, our second-highest mark ever.

CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

JOSH PERKINS Men’s Basketball

CHANDLER SMITH Women’s Basketball

EMMA STACH Women’s Basketball

PHILLIP FISHBURN Men’s Cross Country

WCC All-Academic First Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

DAVID GANZ Men’s Golf

TYLER MUNETAKE Men’s Golf

NICK ULOWETZ Men’s Soccer

TIANNA HELM Women’s Soccer


DEAN’S LIST

PRESIDENT’S LIST

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4

MEN’S BASKETBALL

3.21

3

2

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

3.32

1

3

MEN’S XC/TRACK

3.42

12

4

WOMEN’S XC/TRACK

3.51

7

14

MEN’S GOLF

3.55

3

2

WOMEN’S GOLF

2.92

1

-

MEN’S ROWING

3.04

5

5

WOMEN’S ROWING

3.40

11

8

MEN’S SOCCER

3.43

10

4

WOMEN’S SOCCER

3.54

11

8

MEN’S TENNIS

3.42

-

3

WOMEN’S TENNIS

3.33

1

1

VOLLEYBALL

3.58

7

4

DEPARTMENT

3.37

86

62

CoSIDA Academic All-District Team WCC All-Academic First Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

TEAM BASEBALL

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BR RE EA CO KI RD N G

SPRING GPA

At our Annual Evening of Excellence celebration, Gonzaga inducted 22 graduating seniors into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. Established in 1996, Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes the athletic and academic accomplishments of those student-athletes who successfully maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or above throughout their academic careers while also earning their varsity letters in competition.

BR RE EA CO KI RD N G

3.32

EVENING OF EXCELLENCE

STUDENT-ATHLETES EARNED WCC ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS DURING THE 2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR

BEN DUBOIS Men’s Golf

WCC All-Academic First Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

WCC All-Academic First Team

KYLE EVERLY Men’s Tennis

SOPHIA WHITTLE Women’s Tennis

JENNA KUEHN Volleyball

2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

JORDAN THURSTON Women’s Cross Country

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NATION’S

#1

GSR

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

AT 99%

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This June, we celebrated alongside Emma Wolfram as she was awarded the prestigious WCC Women’s Postgraduate Scholarship for 2017-18. The honor marks the final highlight in the career full of marquee moments for the fifth year senior. The postgraduate scholarship program seeks to recognize a graduating senior who embodies not only athletic and academic success, but also served their campus and local communities. Wolfram certainly excelled across all areas, as she served as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee this year, leading the group to break Gonzaga’s all-time record for studentathlete community outreach in an academic year with over 4,000 hours volunteered in and around the Spokane community. Academically, Wolfram carried a 3.96 cumulative GPA in her Master of Arts program in Organizational Leadership program and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology in 2016. A three-time member of the President’s List, she served as team captain as a senior and propelled her team to four NCAA Tournaments in five years. A recipient of the Gonzaga Athletics Leadership Award, Wolfram’s mark will remain alive and vibrant within the Athletic Department for years to come. Wolfram plans to pursue a career in physical therapy upon completing her studies and is slated to enroll at the University of the Pacific in the Fall of 2018.

“Emma is the perfect recipient for [the Postgraduate award]. She is the definition of a studentathlete. She excelled for us on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. She was a leader among all of the studentathletes here at Gonzaga, and has made us very proud every day of her five-year career here. She is going to put the scholarship to great use in physical therapy school and will undoubtedly have continued success.” — WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH LISA FORTIER


GRADUATION SUCCESS West Coast Conference, besting the WCC GSR average by an impressive nine percentage points. Additionally, the Zags boast an overall GSR that exceeds the NCAA national average (85%) by 14 points. Overall, 11 Gonzaga squads achieved perfect 100 percent graduation rates, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf,

men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country and track, and women’s rowing. While these 11 teams earned perfect scores, all 13 of GU’s GSR-eligible programs finished above the national average in their respective sports. Also, this year marks the first time in Gonzaga history that both men’s and women’s basketball programs have GSR rates at 100 percent.

2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

Gonzaga student-athletes sit atop this year’s NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report with an astounding score of 99 percent, according to the NCAA data released in Fall of 2017. Gonzaga’s near-perfect graduation rate is tied with Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale and Loyola Chicago in the NCAA’s report for institutional success in supporting student-athletes all the way through to graduation.The Zags also have the top GSR in the

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HONORS AND AWARDS Name

Sport

Records and Awards

NEVADA APOLLO

Women’s Tennis

Preseason All-WCC Team WCC Singles Player of the Week (Feb. 20) WCC Doubles Team of the Week (Feb. 20) All-WCC Second Team Singles WCC All-Tournament Team

JILL BARTA

ISABELLE BELZIL

DANIEL BIES

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

Women’s Rowing

Baseball

WBCA NCAA Division 1 Coaches’ All-American Team Watch List WCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player WCC Player of the Year All-WCC First Team Cheryl Miller Award Watch List Preseason All-WCC Team WCC Player of the Week (Dec. 4) WCC Player of the Week (Dec. 25) WCC Rower of the Year All-WCC First Team WCC Crew of the Month - April WCC All-Academic Team CRCA All-WCC CRCA Scholar-Athlete WCC Pitcher of the Week (March 19) WCC Pitcher of the Week (April 23) All-WCC First Team WCC All-Tournament Team WCC All-Academic Team

Records and Awards

COACH MARK FEW

Men’s Basketball

USBWA District IX Coach of the Year WCC Coach of the Year NABC District 9 Coach of the Year

PHILLIP FISHBURN

Men’s XC/Track

WCC All-Academic Team

COACH LISA FORTIER

Women’s Basketball

WCC Coach of the Year

DANIEL FREDRICKSON Baseball

WCC All-Academic Team

BENNETT GAGNON

Men’s XC/Track

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

DAVID GANZ

Men’s Golf

Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar WCC All-Academic Team

AUSTIN GIFTOPOLOUS

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

KELLY GILBERT

Women’s XC/Track

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

MADELINE GOTTA

Women’s Soccer

WCC Player of the Week (Aug. 21) All-WCC Second Team WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

RUI HACHIMURA

Men’s Basketball

NABC All-District 9 Second Team All-WCC First Team

TIYANA HALLUMS

Volleyball

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

CASEY HARDER

Women’s Rowing

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

MARIE HAYMAN

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – March WCC All-Academic Team CRCA Scholar-Athlete

Baseball

ALEX BOURGUIGNON

Women’s Tennis

All-WCC Honorable Mention Doubles WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

ZOE CALAMBOKIDIS

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – April

TIANNA HELM

Women’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team

KATIE CAMPBELL

Women’s Basketball

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

BRADY HENDERSON

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

COLTON CAVEY

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

Men’s Soccer

All-WCC Freshman Team Top Drawer Soccer’s 96th Ranked Freshman Nationally

SIMÓN HOMEDES DUALDE

Men’s Tennis

JOE CORNER

ITA Scholar Athlete WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

ALEK JACOB

Baseball

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention Senior CLASS Award Watch List Preseason All-WCC Team

WCC Pitcher of the Week (April 2) All-WCC Honorable Mention All-WCC Freshman Team

ASHLEIGH JACOBS

Women’s Tennis

Silver Medal at 2017 Canada Games WCC Doubles Team of the Week (Feb. 20)

ALEXA JADALLAH

Women’s Rowing

WCC Coxswain of the Year WCC Crew of the Month – April WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

INDIA JENCKS

Women’s Soccer

WCC Player of the Week (Sept. 18) TDS National Women’s Soccer Player of the Week (Sept. 19) All-WCC Honorable Mention WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

KATE KETELS

Women’s Tennis

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

GENEVIEVE KLEIN

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – March

JENNA KUEHN

Volleyball

GCU All-Tournament Team WCC Player of the Week (Sept. 25) WCC All-Academic Team

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

Sport

JUSTIN BLATNER

JALEN CRISLER

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Women’s Basketball

Name

GEORGIA DAVEY

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – March

EMMA DELUCCHI

Women’s Rowing

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

BEN DUBOIS

Men’s Golf

Silver Medal with Team USA at 20th Maccabiah Games WCC All-Academic Team

LAUREN ENGLISH

Women’s Rowing

All-WCC First Team WCC Crew of the Month – April WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention CRCA All-WCC CRCA Scholar-Athlete

LINDEY ENGLISH

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – March WCC Crew of the Month – April All-WCC First Team WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention CRCA All-WCC

OLIVIA LADA

Women’s Rowing

WCC All-Academic Team

KYLE EVERLY

Men’s Tennis

ITA Scholar Athlete WCC All-Academic Team

MAC LARDNER

Baseball

All-WCC Second Team WCC All-Tournament Team

COACH VICTORIA FALLGREN

Women’s Golf

WSGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year Washington State Women’s Best-Ball Medalist Washington State Women’s Best-Ball Champion

MEGAN LARSON

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – March

CASEY LEGUMINA

Baseball

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List All-WCC First Team

SAM FEIT

Men’s Tennis

CHARLOTTE LEPP

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – March WCC Crew of the Month – April

KAYLIE LOEWEN

Volleyball

MSU All-Tournament Team

WCC Singles Player of the Week (Feb. 13) WCC Doubles Team of the Week (April 17) All-WCC Honorable Mention Singles All-WCC Second Team Doubles


Sport

Records and Awards

JESSICA MANGROBANG

Women’s Golf

All-WCC Team

Name

Sport

Records and Awards

CHANDLER SMITH

Women’s Basketball

All-WCC Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team WCC All-Academic Team Division 1-AAA ADA Women’s Scholar Athlete Team

COACH MARK MACHTOLF

Baseball

Inducted into Gonzaga Prep HS Hall of Fame

PAYTON MACK

Volleyball

All-WCC Honorable Mention WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

ISABELLA SPIES

Women’s Rowing

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention CRCA Scholar-Athlete

CAROLINE MAGUIRE

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month - April WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

EMMA STACH

Women’s Basketball

WCC All-Tournament Team WCC All-Academic Team

CLAIRE MANLEY

Women’s XC/Track

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

LAURA STOCKTON

Women’s Basketball

Preseason All-WCC Team

LAUREN McCALLUM

Women’s Rowing

WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year WCC Crew of the Month – April

FAITH SMITH

Volleyball

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

SILAS MELSON

Men’s Basketball

All-WCC Honorable Mention

JORDAN THOMPSON

Women’s Soccer

All-WCC Freshman Team

CHRISTO MICHAELSON

Men’s Soccer

All-WCC Second Team 2017 Premier Development League All-Western Conference Team 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Men’s All-Far West Region Third Team

KYLE THOMPSON

Men’s XC/Track

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

MARIT THORKILDSEN

Volleyball

GCU All-Tournament Team WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

JORDAN THURSTON

Women’s XC/Track

JESSICA MILDES

Women’s XC/Track

USTFCCCA All-Academic Honoree

WCC All-Academic Team Preseason All-WCC Team CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team

CIERA MIN

Women’s Golf

WGCA All-American Scholar

KILLIAN TILLIE

Men’s Basketball

TYLER MUNETAKE

Men’s Golf

WCC All-Academic Team

All-WCC Second Team WCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player

NICK NOLAN

Men’s Golf

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

NATHANIEL TOLTON

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

ZACH NORVELL JR.

Men’s Basketball

WCC Newcomer of the Year All-WCC Freshman Team All-WCC Honorable Mention Julius Erving Small Forward Watch List WCC Player of the Week (Dec. 4)

BRANSON TRUBE

Baseball

NCAA Tournament All-Region

HARUNA TSURUTA

Women’s Tennis

All-WCC Honorable Mention Doubles

JODI ULKEKUL

Women’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

NICK ULOWETZ

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team

JAKE VIETH

Baseball

WCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award

SOPHIA VIVIANO

Women’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

BEN WHITE

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention All-WCC Second Team

SOPHIE WHITTLE

Women’s Tennis

Preseason All-WCC Team WCC Singles Player of the Week (March 20) WCC Doubles Player of the Week (March 20) WCC Singles Player of the Week (April 17) All-WCC First Team Singles All-WCC First Team Doubles WCC All-Academic Team

JOHNATHAN WILLIAMS

Men’s Basketball

AP All-American Honorable Mention Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-American NABC All-District First Team USBWA All-District IX First Team All-WCC First Team Preseason All-WCC Team Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 WCC Player of the Week (Nov. 27) WCC Player of the Week (Feb. 12) WCC All-Tournament Team

BEN WILLIS

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention All-WCC Honorable Mention

JENN WIRTH

Women’s Basketball

All-WCC Freshman Team

EMMA WOLFRAM

Women’s Basketball

WCC Female Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient

ERNIE YAKE

Baseball

All-WCC Second Team All-WCC Freshman Team Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-AmericaTeam

SAM OLSON

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

NATALIE O’HARE

Women’s Rowing

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

RUADHAN O’SULLIVAN

Men’s Tennis

WCC Doubles Team of the Week (April 17) All-WCC Second Team Singles All-WCC Second Team Doubles

SARAH PENNER

Volleyball

All-WCC Freshman Team

JOSH PERKINS

Men’s Basketball

NABC All-District 9 Second Team All-WCC First Team WCC All-Academic Team Preseason All-WCC Team D1-AAA ADA Men’s Scholar Athlete Team

AIMEE PIERCY

Women’s XC/Track

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

ALEXANDRA PINKLEY

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – March WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

AUSTIN PINORINI

Baseball

WCC All-Tournament Team NCAA Tournament All-Region

COACH NATALIE PLUSKOTA

Women’s Tennis

Performance ITA Assistant Coach of the Year

ANISE POTJES

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – March

GLENN PUTYRAE

Women’s Rowing

WCC Coach of the Year

DILLON QUINTANA

Men’s XC/Track

Preseason All-WCC Team

ZYKERA RICE

Women’s Basketball

WCC All-Tournament Team All-WCC Second Team WCC Player of the Week (Dec. 18)

OCTAVIO RIVAS

Men’s Soccer

WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

GRACIELA ROSAS

Women’s Tennis

WCC Doubles Player of the Week (March 20) All-WCC First Team Doubles WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention

MEGAN SEIFERT

Women’s Rowing

WCC Crew of the Month – March WCC Crew of the Month – April All-WCC First Team CRCA All-WCC

2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

Name

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LIFE SKILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH 92%

of Student-Athletes volunteered in the community in 2017-18

792

4,002 4,002

4,000 3,500

3,276 2,831

3,000 2,500

3,033

2,707 2,287 2012-13

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

AGENCIES SERVED

TOTAL HOURS

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY OUTREACH HOURS

hours served by Baseball in the fall semester, averaging 22 hours per student-athlete

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

DRIVES BENEFITING CATHOLIC CHARITIES 9th Annual Food Drive at Men’s Basketball on November 10th:

5th Annual Warm Clothing Drive at Women’s Basketball on November 30th:

$1,400 and 338 lbs food

$900 and 1,700 items

5th Annual Diaper Drive at Women’s Basketball on January 20th:

1st Annual Towels & Toiletries Drive at Women’s Basketball on February 22nd:

$1,275 and 18,623 items

$596 and 11,206 items

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2,846.5 1,155.5

FALL 2017 SPRING 2018

3,605 toiletry items

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American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest Artisans of Spokane Blessings Under the Bridge Boys & Girls Club of Spokane Catholic Charities: House of Charity Catholic Charities: St. Margaret’s Catholic Charities: Volunteer Chore Services Deaconess Hospital First Tee Inland Northwest Gonzaga University: Saturday Literacy Program Gonzaga University: Science in Action Gonzaga University: SMILE Mentoring Program Gonzaga: GAME Mentoring Habitat for Humanity Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Logan Neighborhood Block Party Muscular Dystrophy Association Parasport Rockwood Retirement Community Spokane International Academy Spokane Public Schools Spokane VA Medical Center Teammates for Kids The Academy at Merrill Gardens The Humane Society Transitions Union Gospel Mission Washington Special Olympics

Local Schools All Saints Catholic School Adams Elementary Moran Prairie Elementary Opportunity Elementary Spokane International Academy Whitman Elementary


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT The Life Skills Program strives to educate student-athletes on areas essential for their athletic, academic, and personal success. Student-athlete wellness and development were supported in 2017-18 through the following programs:

STUDENT-ATHLETE HEALTH & WELLNESS

A collaboration between the S.A.A.C. Student-Athlete Wellness Chair and Bill Drake, Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Health and Wellness, led to another year focused on the overall wellbeing of Zags. In both fall and spring semesters, discussions were led by Bill Drake to better educate student-athletes on the resources available to themselves and teammates. Information included warning signs, coping tools and which steps to take when seeking help. S.A.A.C. continued to support and promote the student-athlete yoga program. In its third year, this program allowed Zags the opportunity to take time for themselves in an environment that encouraged relaxation and recuperation for both mental and physical health. Yoga sessions were geared toward muscle recovery, mindfulness and meditation.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Feedback from many student-athletes, particularly upperclassmen, brought forward concerns over their knowledge of personal finances. In collaboration with Dr. Eddy Birrer and Dr. J.D. Morscheck from Gonzaga’s School of Business, the 3rd Annual Financial Literacy Workshop was provided. Student-athletes attended to gain a better understanding of topics such as credit score, budgeting, popular retirement options, dealing with student loan debt and various tools to assist them along the way. Student-athletes asked questions and discussed various scenarios that they might encounter post-graduation, walking away with essential information on dealing with finances.

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LIFE SKILLS ZAG FAMILY

PRIDE

For the first time, the Athletic Department was able to facilitate a family dinner including all freshmen student-athletes and department staff. The evening provided both groups the opportunity to meet and get to know one another on a personal level. Students were introduced to the personnel behind department functions and staff were able to hear from each new student-athlete, learning about their hometowns, sports and intended majors. The event was created to cultivate relationships between students and support staff, assisting in the transition for freshmen and enhancing the family culture within athletics.

PRIDE is a friendly competition meant to promote mutual support and fellowship amongst the athletic teams that make up the Zag family. PRIDE recognizes studentathletes’ commitment to Gonzaga’s mission of creating a “mature concern for others” through community outreach and service. In the fall, each team collectively decided what they would like to accomplish and set their PRIDE goal for the year, raising their goals from the previous year. Additionally, the overall departmental goal was raised to challenge all current Zags to do more and serve more than any class prior. Not only did the student-athletes meet the department goal, but the Women’s Rowing team secured the new PRIDE record with over 2,200 points for the year!

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT

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The Life Skills Program prepares student-athletes for their futures following graduation and life after sport through a variety of career development programs and individual career counseling. Close relationships and collaboration with GU’s Career and Professional Development department and the Gonzaga Alumni Mentoring Program (GAMP) further support student-athletes with their career planning. The seventh Senior Student-Athlete Résumé Book was published this year. The book features portfolios of the graduating class of 2018. Each of their résumés displays the unique achievements and accolades they earned as a Zag. The goal of the Résumé Book is to assist student-athletes in networking with GU alumni, supporters, and constituents as they pursue their future careers. The sixth annual Senior Networking Social was held in the fall. The purpose of this event was to help prepare our senior student-athletes for life after graduation. They had the opportunity to practice networking and self-promotion skills with Athletic Department constituents and invited guests.


Student-Athlete Leadership Institute The Student-Athlete Leadership Institute, in its eighth year, is designed to further develop student-athletes’ leadership skills as students, athletes, and leaders on campus and in the community. Members were selected to participate in the developmental program to further improve themselves as mentors and leaders on their respective teams and on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The 2017-18 Leadership Institute met regularly throughout the year and participated in team building exercises, behavior and leadership style assessments, and group discussion sessions. The focus of this year’s Institute was the different aspects of leadership, particularly with regard to Servant Leadership. The DiSC assessment tool was used early in the year to help the participants learn about their own personal leadership style. The DiSC is the leading personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. This year’s class also spent time outlining an initiative to increase the community and unification of student-athletes.

ZagOlympics ZagOlympics was created as a means to bring Zags together. Aimed at freshmen, it was meant to include competition, fun and an environment to foster relationships with student-athletes outside of each of their respective athletic teams. Freshmen from various athletic squads were placed on mixed ZagOlympics teams, with their upperclassmen peers of the Leadership Institute as team captains. In its second year, the program evolved within the annual New Athlete Orientation course, to include even more scored competitions including a dodgeball tournament, team building activities, game night and Gonzaga Jeopardy.

THE 2017-18 CHAMPIONS OF ZAGOLYMPICS CAPTAIN Garrett Wilson Men’s Soccer CAPTAIN Kaylie Loewen Volleyball Michael Spellacy Baseball Claire Gillett Women’s Cross Country Alexandra Cerveny Women’s Cross Country Alex Walde Men’s Cross Country Zoe Calambokidis Women’s Rowing Mia Smith Women’s Rowing Ted Lomond Men’s Rowing Claire Barbe Volleyball

2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

PARTICIPANTS Diana Araneta Sophomore, Women’s Golf Stefan Bradley Sophomore, Men’s Cross Country Maddie Cooley Sophomore, Women’s Soccer Ana Delucchi Sophomore, Women’s Rowing Emma Delucchi Sophomore, Women’s Rowing Ben Hogan Redshirt Freshman, Men’s Cross Country Simón Homedes Dualde Sophomore, Men’s Tennis Troy Johnston Sophomore, Baseball Jack Krauel Junior, Baseball Claire Manley Sophomore, Women’s Cross Country Chris Mogg Sophomore, Men’s Golf Katelyn Oppio Sophomore, Volleyball Graciela Rosas Junior, Women’s Tennis Jordan Thompson Freshman, Women’s Soccer Sophie Whittle Junior, Women’s Tennis

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LIFE SKILLS STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (S.A.A.C.) S.A.A.C. is comprised of representatives from each Gonzaga athletic team whose main purpose is to serve as a student-athlete voice regarding student-athlete welfare within Gonzaga’s Athletic Department, the WCC, and the NCAA. As role models, S.A.A.C. also strives to develop leaders through Gonzaga’s long standing Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic traditions by being firmly committed to service, opportunity and social justice.

S.A.A.C. OFFICERS

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

PRESIDENT Emma Wolfram Redshirt Senior, Women’s Basketball VICE PRESIDENT Tianna Helm Senior, Women’s Soccer SECRETARY Faith Smith Junior, Volleyball STUDENT-ATHLETE WELLNESS CHAIR Brandon Pollard Junior, Men’s Cross Country

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Calvin LeBrun Senior, Baseball MEDIA & PROMOTIONS CHAIR Dominic Hutt Sophomore, Men’s Rowing VOLUNTEER CHAIR Nick Ulowetz Senior, Men’s Soccer EVENT PLANNING CHAIR Mason Villarma Senior, Men’s Cross Country Jack Krauel Junior, Baseball

Campus Collaborations Career & Professional Development Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Center for Cura Personalis Center for Student Academic Success Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP) Health & Counseling Center Leadership Resource Center GUEST Services Student Development Office Sodexo


Zag Community Building S.A.A.C. prides itself in bringing together all Zags, making them feel part of the family by providing three community building events. This fall semester began with a modified Welcome Back Event. 250 student-athletes participated in a mixed athletic team dodgeball tournament, with the team of Volleyball and Baseball taking home the title. As the fall wound down and the snow fell in Spokane, S.A.A.C. organized a Winter Formal. Paired with Catholic Charities and the adoption of six families for Christmas, students purchased over 180 gifts to donate. Nearly all Zags came to enjoy an evening of dancing, food and a photo booth. S.A.A.C.’s marquee spring event consists of what might be the largest bean-bag-toss tournament around. For the 2018 S.A.A.C. Tailgater, 140 student-athletes competed in this double-elimination bracket tournament. Following the championship, student-athletes cheered on the baseball team as they began a WCC series versus the University of Portland.

Make an Impact

250

Zags attended the SAAC Welcome Back community building event

182

Zags volunteered at the Leaf Raking Blitz to benefit Catholic Charities

162

Zags volunteered at Habitat for Humanity

203

Zags volunteered at Trunk or Treat to benefit Catholic Charities

290

Zags attended the SAAC Winter Formal

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The focus of S.A.A.C. this year was making a genuine impact on both the Gonzaga Athletics and Spokane communities. They believed that through S.A.A.C.’s strong leadership, effective team communication and sharing the “why” behind involvement, the Zags would naturally come together more than ever before, and they did just that.

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MARKETING, TICKETS AND LICENSING Big Screens, Big Impact Gonzaga Athletics and Daktronics, Inc., completed installation of new and upgraded videoboards at its baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball venues. The videoboards feature intro videos, starting lineups, score/stat information, instant replay, animations and graphics, interactive elements and sponsor content. The new boards, funded entirely through the generous benefaction of Gonzaga Athletics donors, keep Gonzaga on the cutting edge of college athletics and will continue to increase the overall game atmosphere for Zag fans!

On December 1st, Gonzaga partnered with Blakeway Panoramas to produce the second panoramic photo taken in the McCarthey Athletic Center when men’s basketball hosted Creighton. Additionally, for the first time in The Kennel, an ultra-high resolution 360-degree gigapixel fan photo was taken. It was the largest photograph ever taken at a Zag game. The interactive photo allowed fans to find and tag themselves, share the views with friends, and celebrate the game in incredible detail. 38


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SET A PROGRAM RECORD WITH NEARLY

4,500 SEASON TICKETS SOLD

3rd 5,561 in capacity attendance nationally

WOMEN’S SOCCER THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 televised on:

1st

nationally televised game in program history with over 1,000 fans in the stands to watch!

average attendance­

11th nationally

Emoji Spike Gonzaga and Ree Stickers worked together to create a set of emoji stickers so fans can share their Zag spirit whenever they text, tweet, and post! The collection features 22 Spike emojis. Fans can access the stickers by downloading the Ree Stickers app available in the App Store and Google Play.

Expanding Our Reach To grow the Gonzaga brand, athletics seeks opportunities for new market placement and product offerings. Gonzaga has been actively working to increase international presence. GU filed for registration of certain logos and verbiage in the European Union and Japan. The accepted filings are held registrations by the University in addition to the Canada registrations already held. Gonzaga will utilize these registrations to create an International Licensing Agreement and work with licensees to make Gonzaga gear available in these markets. 39


FINANCIAL BREAKDOWN One annual goal of Gonzaga Athletics is to develop and effectively manage a balanced operational budget, while at the same time grow current revenue streams and identify new revenue sources for the department. Although operating costs continue to rise, the Athletic Department has once again operated within a balanced budget and continued to reduce debt. The ability to generate excess net revenue dollars to fund enhancements, while still making both scheduled and additional payments towards its debt obligations, is a prime example of the department’s commitment to operating in a fiscally responsible and disciplined manner.

Athletic Department growth has been consistent with that of the overall University, with enhancements coming through self-generated funds in the form of excess net revenues and philanthropic giving. Recent changes in NCAA governance and the pressures to support student-athletes in a more direct manner have resulted in the need for additional funding to support these initiatives. In 2017-18, the portion of the Athletics budget funded by the University represented 5.2% of the University’s overall operating budget (net of scholarships).

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

ATHLETICS REVENUE Institutional Scholarship Support

$4,935,890

Athletic Giving

$5,237,380

Direct Institutional Support

$8,883,983

Ticket Sales

$2,019,692

Sponsorship and Media Royalties

$2,544,436

Merchandise Sales, Concessions and Catering

$194,088

Endowment Distribution

$387,394

Facility Rental

$59,087

Golf Tournament/Events

$98,845

Athletic Guarantees

*Excluding Capital Projects and Endowments

32.75%

7.45% 9.38%

$2,628,591

27,123,886

$

The included numbers are based on current estimates. Final fiscal year records may vary.

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18.20%

$134,500

NCAA/WCC Distributions

TOTAL REVENUE*

19.30%

0.36%

0.72% 9.69% 1.43% 0.50% 0.22%


ATHLETICS EXPENSES 35.76% 19.28% 10.99% 11.56%

Personnel

$9,697,760

Scholarships

$5,228,843

Team/Administrative Travel

$3,133,787

Recruiting

$699,876

Uniforms and Equipment

$669,974

Game Guarantees

$646,165

Nutrition Program

$499,288

Athletic Officials

$193,036

General and Administrative

$1,823,741

Facility Operations

$1,481,981

Debt Service

0.25%

$67,468

Debt Reduction and Reserves

5.46% 2.58% 2.47%

0.71% 1.84%

2.38%

TOTAL EXPENSES*

*Excluding Capital Projects and Endowments

NON-SCHOLARSHIP EXPENDITURES Funded by Institutional Support

$8,883,983

Funded by Athletic Revenues

TOTAL EXPENDITURES*

$13,011,060

21,895,043

$

*Excluding Scholarships

59.42%

27,123,886

$

WHY IS BENEFACTOR SUPPORT SO CRITICAL? Gifts are instrumental in providing critical funding to our talented studentathletes for the opportunity of a world class experience— academically, athletically and socially.

40.58% 2017–18 ANNUAL REPORT

6.72%

$2,981,967

The included numbers are based on current estimates. Final fiscal year records may vary.

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FINANCIAL BREAKDOWN 8,500,000 8,000,000 7,500,000 7,000,000 6,500,000 6,000,000 5,500,000 5,000,000 4,500,000

$8,138,310 PEP

$8,493,155 PACIFIC

$8,827,859 LMU

$26,682 PEP

$26,877 PACIFIC

$32,584 USF

138.41 LMU

146.71 PACIFIC

240.68 BYU

$7,825,844 USD

$6,875,390 USF

$6,359,057 SMC

$6,301,280 SCU

35,000 30,000 25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000

$24,727 LMU

$22,238 PORT

$21,410 SMC

$18,031 USD

$16,803 SCU

$14,035 GONZAGA

5,000

SCHOLARSHIP EQUIVALENTS* 300 250 200 150 100

121.25 USD

106.93 USF

105.69 PEP

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104.89 SMC

*Based on West Coast Conference Scholarship survey for fiscal year 2016–17 **Based on 2016–17 EADA Report

$6,048,920 PORT

AID PER PARTICIPANT**

100.25 PORT

57,096

$

$5,784,998 BYU

$5,108,828 GONZAGA

4,000,000

99.9 SCU

2017–18 cost of attendance at Gonzaga was valued at

The included numbers are based on current estimates. Final fiscal year records may vary.

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9,000,000

$10,220 BYU

The Cost of Attendance at Gonzaga was valued at $57,096 for the 2017-18 school year, leading to a total scholarship expense in excess of $5.2 million. This is an ongoing expense that Gonzaga Athletics must fund from its annual budget. Nonetheless, Gonzaga still lags behind the other nine member schools of the West Coast Conference in total athletically-related student aid and aid per participant. Gonzaga budgeted 111.6 scholarships towards the NCAA maximum of 149.2 scholarships allowed for sports in which Gonzaga competes, which leaves us 37.6 scholarships short of being a fully-funded program.

ATHLETICALLY-RELATED STUDENT AID**

96.39 GONZAGA

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

SCHOLARSHIP


It is the shared responsibility of all those associated with Gonzaga Athletics— employees, student-athletes, individuals (“boosters”) and organizations promoting Bulldog athletics interests—to be in full compliance with NCAA, West Coast Conference and institutional rules.

COMPLIANCE

BACK TO THE BASICS

NCAA definitions you need to know: Prospect, Recruit, Prospective student-athlete: Is in the ninth through twelfth grades of high school;  as not yet started the ninth H grade, but has received financial assistance or other benefits from Gonzaga; Is enrolled at a two-year college; or  a student-athlete from a fourIs year college for whom Gonzaga has received permission to contact or notification of transfer.

You are a representative of Gonzaga’s athletics interest (booster) if you have ever: 1. Been a member of any organization promoting Gonzaga’s athletic program (i.e. Zags Athletic Giving).

Student-Athlete: A prospective student-athlete becomes a Gonzaga student-athlete once her or she:

2. Made financial contributions to

the Gonzaga University Athletic Department.

3. Been a season ticket holder in any sport.

4. Helped to arrange employment of or

provided any benefits to prospective or enrolled student-athletes.

5. Promoted the athletic programs at Gonzaga University.

Once a Booster, always a Booster.

 nrolls in and begins attending E Gonzaga classes during the summer before initial fall enrollment;  articipates in practice or P competition for Gonzaga that occurs before the beginning of any academic term;  nrolls full-time and begins E attending fall or spring classes at Gonzaga; or  ttends regular student orientation A within 14 days of the first day of the normal academic term

Hi I am Fran, Please learn about my mission to be the #1 Zags fan here:

An extra benefit is any good, service, or discount that is not available to the general public. When a Gonzaga studentathlete or their family receives an extra benefit, no matter how small, he or she becomes immediately ineligible.

A Gonzaga booster may not contact a prospective student-athlete to encourage him/ her to attend Gonzaga or provide any benefit to a prospective student-athlete or their family. This includes contact via social media. Please leave the recruiting to our coaches!

For questions, please contact the compliance office at compliance@gonzaga.edu.

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ZAGS ATHLETIC GIVING After an extensive evaluation of our annual giving model, Zags Athletic Giving was introduced in June 2017 to serve as a fundraising vehicle for our 18 Division I teams. The overarching goal of the program is to connect donors with their passion in order to provide the resources necessary for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level. Annual donations made by ZAG members make an impact on program enhancements such as academic support services, athletic training, strength and conditioning training, and scholarships.

MAKE AN

IMPACT

COMPETITION. CLASSROOM. COMMUNITY.

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

Gonzaga Athletic Scholarship Endowment

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Newly established as a part of Zags Athletic Giving, the Gonzaga Athletic Scholarship Endowment offers the opportunity for Zag fans to make an impact on the academic success of our student-athletes. Support directed to the endowment is used for tuition and fees, room and board, books, and other NCAA allowable expenses. The Gonzaga Athletic Scholarship Endowment was a primary focus on Zags Give Day, the University’s 24-hour giving initiative. 100 ZAG members stepped up to the challenge and over $10,000 was raised on the day. Over the course of the year, over $150,000 has been raised toward the Gonzaga Scholarship Endowment.

Zags Golf Classic This year marked the 33rd annual Zags Golf Classic at Manito Country Club. The event brought together over 320 studentathletes from all 18 varsity sports and our amazing benefactors who enable our overall success as a department. Annually, we recognize a member of our community who has served the tournament well, supported our Athletic Department in admirable ways, or achieved distinction following their time with us at GU. We were honored to recognize longtime Zag trainer, Steve DeLong, as he retired after serving the Gonzaga student-athletes for 39 years.

An Evening with Gonzaga Basketball In early October, An Evening with Gonzaga Basketball signals the start of basketball season for both the men’s and women’s teams. Throughout the event’s history, funds are raised for the Anthony’s Student-Athlete Scholarship Endowment, which has provided numerous student-athletes the opportunity to achieve academic success through summer school. Since its inception in 2005, over $347,000 has been raised to provide funds for future student-athletes to receive this support in perpetuity.


JESSIE LOERA

Women’s Basketball Thank you Gonzaga fans and donors for all the support. Because of you, we are able to excel on the court and in the classroom, while giving back to the community. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities provided by your support.

HOLDEN BACKES Men’s Golf

JACK KRAUEL Baseball

Gonzaga has soared into one of the top athletic programs in the nation and that would not be possible without the help of our donors. The donations that have gone towards facilities, gear, meals, and the overall studentathlete experience has transformed our Athletic Department. Our donors have created an environment that allows our athletes to succeed day-in and day-out.

The facilities and scholarship donations have not only allowed my physical health and golf game to grow, but it has also given me the opportunity to become a more well-rounded person academically and spiritually.

GARRETT WILSON Men’s Soccer

Gonzaga is the best school in the nation to be a student-athlete and our generous donors make the experience the best possible.

ERIN BOYLE

Women’s Cross Country and Track I absolutely love being a part of Gonzaga and the amazing environment in the community. There are so many different resources and support systems. None of it would be possible without our amazing donors that we all appreciate so much.

BELLA SPIES

Thanks to our donors, I have seen so many improvements in the Gonzaga Women’s Rowing experience­—better boats, premium supplementary nutrition, new uniforms, and a cost-free spring training trip­— that help us to row faster, train smarter, and represent the Zags better!

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On April 12, 2018, Gonzaga University officially dedicated the Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement with a well-attended ceremony on Brown Court inside the Steve Hertz Practice Facility. Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh D.Phil., Director of Athletics Mike Roth, major benefactor Pat Volkar and Father Frank Case, S.J., spoke to a crowd of more than 500 people in attendance, which included nearly all of Gonzaga’s 300-plus student-athletes.

“Sandy and I had seen plans for the facility, but there was no way those plans portrayed how this turned out, how spacious it is, how well done everything is.”

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

— PAT VOLKAR

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After the blessing from Fr. Case, those in attendance were treated to an open house where they could see every inch of the 51,240 square-foot building. After walking in the main entrance from the south into the Hall of Honor Presented by the Wolff Family, to the right is the entry for the Steve Hertz Practice Facility for men’s and women’s basketball, where Brown Court mimics the court in the McCarthey Athletic Center. This new space includes a basketball-specific weight room and the tiered, theater-style McCarthey Family Film Room for game-film review. The second floor features the Karen Gaffney Champions Room—connected to the McCarthey Athletic Center via skywalk—for socials, meetings and meals. The top floor caters to the academic portion of our studentathletes’ lives with the Rian G. Oliver StudentAthlete Enrichment Lab, featuring study areas, academic support services, compliance offices and a computer lab. Roth closed the ceremony by describing the new facility as a place that Gonzaga Athletics could continue to win in competition, win in the classroom and win in the community. “Whatever we achieve,” Roth said, “We’ll always try to achieve more.”

1st FLOOR HALL OF HONOR PRESENTED BY THE WOLFF FAMILY Combines iconic photography, video elements and interactive experiences that honor the University‘s tradition of athletic and academic success. STEVE HERTZ PRACTICE FACILITY houses BROWN COURT, the McCARTHEY FAMILY FILM ROOM and the men’s and women’s basketball strength and conditioning area.


VOLKAR CENTER FOR ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT

2nd FLOOR KAREN GAFFNEY CHAMPIONS ROOM Serves as a studentathlete nutrition area, meeting and social space named in honor of Karen Gaffney, a champion for the journey to full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.

3rd FLOOR

4th FLOOR

Gonzaga Athletics offices and suites stretch down the third floor of the Martin Centre to house coaching staffs for nearly all GU teams along with administrative and staff personnel.

RIAN G. OLIVER STUDENT-ATHLETE ENRICHMENT LAB Houses a computer lab, meeting rooms and study carrels, along with the offices for Gonzaga Athletics’ StudentAthlete Support Services and Compliance staffs.

KEITH AND LORINDA SIMS TERRACE An outdoor space for enjoying the fresh air and beautiful views of the river and downtown Spokane.

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JACK AND MARY McCANN BOARD ROOM A high-tech meeting space that features a large meeting table and panel display for presentations.

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MARTIN CENTRE EQUIPMENT ROOM In conjunction with the Volleyball locker room renovation, a new equipment room was added to the Martin Centre. The equipment room is located in the space previously occupied by Student-Athlete Support Services and the Academic Lab and includes a Spacesaver ActivRAC mobilized storage system, 60lb and 40lb Sports Laundry Systems E-Series High-Performance washers and two ExpressDry SuperStack90 dryers. In September of 2017, Gonzaga Athletics added an Equipment Manager to coordinate all aspects of the department’s purchasing and procurement, issuance, and tracking of equipment and gear. The creation of this position is reflective of the department’s commitment to proper fiscal accountability, internal controls, gender equity, and NCAA compliance.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL LOCKER ROOM The Gonzaga men’s basketball locker room was renovated and expanded into a state-of-the-art team space with a mix of wood, stacked rock and tile, along with branding, historical photos, trophies, and unique program highlights blanketing the walls. The space includes cold and hot tubs, a massive video wall, computer work stations, lockers, furniture and a snack station.

VOLLEYBALL LOCKER ROOM The Gonzaga volleyball locker room was renovated and expanded after the conclusion of the 2017 season. A new team clubhouse, lounge, and coaches meeting space adjoin the renovated locker room area, enhancing the experience of our volleyball studentathletes.

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The Gonzaga cross country and track locker rooms, housed inside the Martin Centre, are home to both the men’s and women’s teams. Prior to the student-athletes arriving on campus last fall, the team spaces were updated with new carpet and lockers to continue the growth the program has seen in recent years.

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INVESTING IN SUCCESS Equipping our coaches with the tools to succeed

“It gives our programs and studentathletes a home base to operate out of, especially in the spring racing season. We will see a major impact in recruiting, student-athlete time management, and overall creature comforts.” — MEN’S ROWING HEAD COACH DAN GEHN

Gonzaga’s baseball and women’s rowing programs both won West Coast Conference crowns this season and represented GU at their respective NCAA Championships despite battling a long winter that limited both programs’ ability to train. As we look to continue to enhance our programs with the help of our amazing family of benefactors, two projects are on the horizon that will provide our coaching staffs with the tools to further develop student-athlete performance. These capital enhancements will have a tremendous impact on our student-athletes’ ability to train year-round and continue to bring home championships.

Gonzaga Rowing Boathouse The Gonzaga Rowing Boathouse on Silver Lake will serve both the men’s and women’s rowing programs and provide a permanent home for them to practice year-round. A 15-minute drive from Gonzaga University, Silver Lake is a 486-acre lake located approximately two miles from I-90’s Four Lakes exit. Since 2000, Gonzaga Athletics has rented space from Silver Lake Bible Camp to provide lake access for the rowing programs during the spring semesters. Thanks to the generous support of a benefactor, Gonzaga Athletics has recently purchased a 3.5-acre parcel located across from the Camp on the eastern shore of Silver Lake. The new facility will encompass approximately 10,300 square feet and will include three boat storage bays, state-of-the-art boat racks, locker room areas for both men’s and women’s teams, an indoor stretching area, coaches rooms and bathrooms.

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“The new boathouse is going to be a game-changer for our student-athletes. For the first time, we will have a permanent home on Silver Lake; the place where we have trained and competed for many years.” — WOMEN’S ROWING HEAD COACH MARISA WORTMAN


— BASEBALL HEAD COACH MARK MACHTOLF

One of the few “cold weather” teams to earn a berth into the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the baseball team currently rents time at The Warehouse to provide space for the team to throw and hit during the winter months. The proposed Baseball Performance Center will be located along the right field line adjacent to the baseball clubhouse, seamlessly connecting to Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field. The facility will provide sufficient space to conduct full infield training and drop-down batting cages, providing the tools for the coaching staff to develop the student-athletes’ offensive and defensive skills throughout the year.

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“The Baseball Performance Center will transform our program. It will help us recruit the best players in the nation and develop them at a very high level. All the practice days that are lost to poor weather will be erased. It is an essential piece for our student-athletes to reach their full potential.”

Baseball Performance Center

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STAFF DIRECTORY SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Gayle Clayton

Administrative Assistant Director of Athletics

Barrett Henderson

Melony Lloyd

Jenna Larson

Sports Information Director

Mike Roth

Director of Athletics Administrative Assistant

Chris Standiford

Deputy Director of Athletics/ Chief Operating Officer

Steve Hertz

Senior Associate Director of Athletics - Major Gifts

Shannon Strahl

Senior Associate Director of Athletics - Compliance and Student Services/SWA

BAND

Sports Information Director

Jennifer Smelko

Senior Graphic Designer

David Fague Director

TBD

BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Director of Video Services

COMPLIANCE Kim Vore

Heather Gores

Associate Director of Athletics Business Operations

Associate Director of Athletics Programs/Title IX Coordinator

Jared Hertz

Associate Director of Athletics Compliance

Sheri Fitzthum Staff Accountant

Associate Director of Athletics Athletic Advancement

Chris Johnson

Scott Garrison

Director of Compliance

John Nelson

Staff Accountant

Associate Director of Athletics External Operations

Rob Kavon GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

Associate Director of Athletics Compliance

Anthony Travel

Mark Livingston General Manager

Rob Hardie

Technical Support Specialist

Matt Stern

Account Executive

CHEERLEADING

Mike Roden

Associate Director of Athletics Student-Athlete Support Services

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS AND BROADCAST - IMG

Jennifer Rennard

Associate Director of Athletics Facility & Event Operations

Rian Oliver

Rian Oliver

Justin Sweeney Michelle Wilson

Account Executive

Head Coach

Kim Vore

Associate Director of Athletics Business Operations

Bill Drake

Assistant Director of Athletics Student-Athlete Health and Wellness

Todd Zeidler

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications

COMMUNICATIONS Todd Zeidler

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications

Brian Gaul

TBD

Partner Services Coordinator

Tom Hudson

Voice of the Zags

EQUIPMENT OPERATIONS

Sports Information Director

Augie Hernandez Equipment Manager

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EXTERNAL OPERATIONS Chris Johnson

Associate Director of Athletics External Operations

Megan King

Cody Reeves

TBD

Ryan Gasper

TBD

Groundskeeper

Graduate Intern

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Director of Annual Giving

FACULTY ATHLETICS REPRESENTATIVE

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

Josh Cox

Director of Development

Peggy Sue Loroz

Professor of Marketing/ Business School

Lindsey Lessing Director of Marketing

KERMIT R. RUDOLF FITNESS CENTER

Nick Carlone

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Travis Knight

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Meghan McNeil Assistant Director of Marketing

Jose Hernandez Director

Kelsey Crawford Ticket Manager

Shelly Radtke

Mike Nilson

Strength and Conditioning Coach

STUDENT-ATHLETE SUPPORT SERVICES

Associate Director

Mike Roden

Chris Combo

Assistant Ticket Manager

Natalie Hastings

Associate Director of Athletics Student-Athlete Support Services

Assistant Director

Emma Moon

Sam MacDonald

Director of Trademark and Licensing

Tyler Seth

Director of Life Skills Development

Assistant Director

Steffany Galbraith

Tracy Garcia

Program Coordinator

Robin Thompson

Director of Academic Support Services

Assistant Director

Program Assistant

FACILITY AND EVENT OPERATIONS

SPORTS MEDICINE

Assistant Director of Athletics Student-Athlete Health and Wellness

Josh Therrien

Kendall Gallop

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Ali Steiner

Eric Gunning

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Tommy Brown

Athletic Turf Manager

Alyse Whitaker Graduate Intern

Dan Gilbert

Assistant Director of Facility and Event Operations

Ciera Min

Graduate Intern

Head Athletic Trainer

Director of Facility and Event Operations

Academic Coordinator

Bill Drake

Rob Kavon

Associate Director of Athletics Facility and Event Operations

Amanda Flores

Kelly Needs

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Renae Howat

Assistant Athletic Trainer

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COACH DIRECTORY BASEBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S GOLF

Mark Machtolf

Lisa Fortier

Brad Rickel

Danny Evans

Jordan Green

Victoria Fallgren

Brandon Harmon

Stacy Clinesmith

Head Coach

Associate Head Coach

Assistant Coach

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

MEN’S ROWING

Assistant Coach

Dan Gehn

Director of Rowing/Head Coach

Craig Fortier Assistant Coach

Mark Few

Mark Voorhees

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Shannon Donegan

Director of Basketball Operations

Tommy Lloyd

WOMEN’S ROWING

Assistant Coach

TBD

Video Coordinator

Marisa Wortman Head Coach

Donny Daniels Assistant Coach

CROSS COUNTRY/ TRACK AND FIELD

TBD

Assistant Coach

Brian Michaelson Assistant Coach

Pat Tyson

Director; Head Men’s Coach

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

TBD

Assistant Coach

Stephen Gentry

Director of Basketball Operations

Head Women’s Coach

Riccardo Fois

Coordinator of Basketball Analytics and Video Operations

Sonja Steele

Men’s/Women’s Basketball Administrative Assistant

MEN’S GOLF

TBD

Assistant Coach

MEN’S SOCCER Robert Gray Head Coach

Paul Meehan Head Coach

TBD

Assistant Coach

Vito Higgins

Assistant Coach

Zag Area Code: 509 Main Office: 313.4202 Main Office Fax: 313.5787 Sports Information Fax: 313.5730

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TBD

GU Ticket Office: 313.6000

Mailing Address: Gonzaga University Athletics 502 E. Boone Ave. Spokane, WA 99258–0066 Visit www.gozags.com for updated directory and contact information.

Cameron Bushey Assistant Coach


WOMEN’S SOCCER

VOLLEYBALL

Chris Watkins

Diane Nelson

Joshua Patiño

Stevi Robinson

Lexi Brown

Drew Pascua

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

MEN’S TENNIS

TBD

Head Coach

TBD

Assistant Coach

WOMEN’S TENNIS

D.J. Gurule Head Coach

Natalie Pluskota-Hamberg Assistant Coach

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DIVERSIFIED GREATNESS PASSION FOR SUCCESS STUDENT-CENTERED PHILOSOPHY

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY / DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

These are the driving forces behind the pursuit to distinguish ourselves at the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

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VISION STATEMENT DIVERSIFIED GREATNESS

As a department, we have a responsibility to be equitable in the opportunities we provide our student-athletes and coaches because we expect greatness on multiple layers—individually, throughout each team, and throughout the department entirely. Isolated successes are not enough. In the absence of greatness at one or more of these layers, we fail in our pursuit. Society embraces a winner, and we believe achievement breeds inspiration—of the self, of peers, and of the community. Our student-athletes— our leaders—must inspire. And so they all must achieve. Without achievement, our student-athletes have less of an opportunity to impact our institution’s mission and have less of an opportunity to extend greatness beyond their sport.

Finally, without greatness throughout our department, there is no distinction between “us” and “them.”

PASSION FOR SUCCESS

Success must not be defined simply by winning or losing games, matches, races, or contests. Instead, we believe there are many components that must coexist for success to truly be achieved. Strong academics, social consciousness, accountability, leadership, commitment to community, and diversified greatness for all eighteen (18) of our sports comprise the foundation. It is the courage to take risks, to refuse to see limitations, and to sustainably prevail across all programs that define our success. It is the contribution of many individuals to create a deep and varied culture combined for a common goal—a broad-based, nationally-renowned athletic program.

STUDENT-CENTERED PHILOSOPHY

The student-athlete is central to our department. Through athletic scholarship, we are affording the opportunity to a uniquely-talented student to be part of a caring, supportive, disciplined environment where they will be formed into a better individual, a better leader, who in turn impacts his or her team, our institution, and the greater community during and after their educational careers. We are educators of young people, and the teachable moments often happen in ways unrelated to the outcome of the game. It is in the process of winning or losing that our student-athletes learn discipline, work ethic, social responsibility, character, and what it means to be a teammate, a citizen, and a role model. It is through these educational experiences that we work to develop the mind, body, and spirit of each student-athlete so they can learn from failures and capitalize on successes. As coaches, as staff, and as a university community, we encourage and expect our student-athletes to reach beyond what seems possible. It is our responsibility to ensure that each student-athlete has the resources and support to rise to that challenge. 2016–17 ANNUAL REPORT

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Gonzaga Athletic Annual Report 2017-18  

Gonzaga Athletic Annual Report 2017-18

Gonzaga Athletic Annual Report 2017-18  

Gonzaga Athletic Annual Report 2017-18