Head Coach Joe Franklin Track and Field / Cross Country
“ It’s a Great Time to Be A Lobo
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Dear Lobo Club Members,
the success they are having on the The Lobo Club’s new e-magazine is field of competition and in the a way for us to keep you informed It’s a great time to be a Lobo! Our classroom. on all things Lobo Athletics and to student-athlete overall GPA is at give you, our biggest fans and an all-time high, we are winning Thank you for being a member of supporters, the inside scoop to our multiple conference the Lobo Club and supporting program. I hope that you enjoy championships on a yearly basis University of New Mexico this exclusive Lobo Club benefit. and we have the best across-the- Athletics. We greatly appreciate board coaching staff that I’ve been your generosity and we need your around in my career. All of these continued support as we advance accolades helping us be our program to new heights. You ambassadors for the community make a critical impact on our 21 Paul Krebs and this wonderful state. You teams and over 450 studentshould be extremely proud of our athletes. Vice President for Athletics student-athletes and University of New Mexico
Features 4 Did you see it? 6 Kind at heart 10 Lobo Field Facelift
13 Counting to 1,000: Caroline Durbin 21 At Bat With Coach Birmingham
About the cover: Front: Head Coach Joe Franklin holds the 2013 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year trophy.
Back: Sophomore Joonas Rasanen 2013 Slaloam National Champion
Did you see it? 2.23.13 New Mexico vs. Colorado state Kendall Williams scored 46 points and set a
with 10 Three-pointers. He also scored the most points ever in a game at Moby Arena.
KIND AT HEART
Gerry Laidlaw gives to the University of New
The hope with my planned gift is that this assistance will allow someone to receive a quality education and give back to the next generation.”
Mexico in a truly unique way. For over 40 years, Laidlaw has been one of the athletics department’s most loyal and generous supporters. Three years ago, Laidlaw gave a planned gift to the University of New Mexico Athletics Department and became a member of the Forever Lobo Society. Laidlaw’s planned gift will go to an AfricanAmerican student-athlete from the inner city with good grades and will go into effect after their freshman year. Born in Koloa, Hawaii, she volunteered as a teenager on Kauai for the Honolulu Bishop Museum, excavating “I was born and raised in Hawaii where there was a lot Hawaiian ruins. During her work with the Bishop Museum, she developed an interest in of prejudice against Haoles (anyone who was white). The feeling at that time in Hawaii was that anyone who archeology/anthropology and decided to come to UNM was white was wealthy. Even though I wasn’t rich, I was because of the University’s great anthropology put into that category.” Ms. Laidlaw told us, “I know all department. As a freshman at UNM, she was one of the first residents of Hokona Hall. about racism and feel that African-American people have gotten the short end of the stick. The hope with Her memories as a UNM undergraduate include my planned gift is that this assistance will allow someone to receive a quality education and give back to watching Don Perkins play football, dances every Wednesday night in the Student Union Building and the the next generation. “ male students living in the Army Barracks.
Laidlaw graduated from UNM with a Bachelor of Science degree and began a 25 - year teaching career in the Albuquerque community. As a 5th through 9th grade teacher, she taught mainly science and math. After a trip to Nepal to go trekking, she met many Tibetan refugees that crossed the border from Tibet into the Everest Region. Realizing that these people needed help in many areas, she created the Green Tara Foundation to supply medical and educational services to these refugees. “I was brought up with my parents always saying ‘those who have, need to help those who have not.’ The Green Tara Foundation has afforded us the opportunity to assist several thousand Tibetans. Our work in the region ranged from repairing houses, supplying scholarships, improving schools and digging a water well to bring clean water to the community.” Laidlaw has been a UNM basketball season ticket holder since The Pit opened in 1966 and rarely misses games during basketball season. One of her favorite moments in The Pit was watching Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State team win the National Championship in 1983.
I was brought up with my parents always saying ‘those who have, need to help those who have not.”
With her support to UNM Athletics, Laidlaw is a member of the Lobo Champions Council. The Lobo Champions Council is a group of the most financially committed alumni and friends of the University who have made major gifts to UNM Athletics. “I enjoyed myself at the Lobo Champions Council event this past fall. I really appreciated the efforts the Lobo Club staff put into the dinner (held at the Downtown Banque Lofts). Getting a chance to chat with the coaches and other supporters made it a special evening.” Throughout her life and travels, Gerry Laidlaw has continually given back to her community. Whether she was uncovering undiscovered treasures in her native Hawaii or assisting displaced individuals in Tibet, she has always put others before herself. With her planned gift, she will be helping the next generation of Lobo student-athletes that wear the cherry and silver. On behalf of all UNM student-athletes and coaches (past, present and future), we want to thank Gerry Laidlaw for her faithful support.
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Lobo Field Face Lift “We are going to work our way to Omaha”
Under the guidance of Coach Ray Birmingham, the University of New Mexico baseball program has become a consistent contender for Mountain West Conference championships and was ranked in the Top 25 preseason polls. The message is clear from Coach Birmingham, “We’re going to work our way to Omaha!” In order to make a berth in the College World Series a reality, the 35 year–old Lobo Field has begun a multiphased renovation.
The planned renovations to Lobo Field are extensive and will happen over the course of several phases. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 28, 2012, which launched the first phase of the renovations. The first construction phase began with the demolition of the existing bleachers, press box, and dugouts. New bleachers that seat 1,000 Lobo fans were built closer to home plate, so that the college baseball experience
The outfield walls have been refurbished, along with an updated scoreboard, new bullpens, and professional-sized dugouts for both home and away teams.”
would feel more intimate. The distance from home plate to the center field wall increase by 10 feet—making it a little more challenging to hit a home run to dead center field. The outfield walls have been refurbished, along with an updated scoreboard, new bullpens, and professionalsized dugouts for both home and away teams.
The major renovation from phase one was the installation of the Field Turf playing surface. Although it may look like there is a lot of dirt in the infield, the only dirt surface is the pitching mound. Everything else on the field is simply a different colored artificial turf. The advantages of Field Turf are immense. Some of them include: greater ability to practice and play in inclement weather, lowered maintenance costs, reduced water usage, and the ability for more frequent use. It is the hope that Lobo Field will not only become the host site for NCAA regional and super-regional games, but also NMAA high school championship games and other regional tournaments. “We believe that Lobo Field can become the center of baseball in our great state of New Mexico,” said Coach Birmingham. Phase One of the renovations was made possible by the generous support of the State of New Mexico, UNM Board of Regents, and private support of the following individuals and families: Johnny and Marty Cope, Franklin’s Earthmoving, Tate Branch, Pete Henderson, Alex Alvarez, Mark Veteto, Forrest Tire, Brian & Jada Bower, Ray Birmingham, Gig Brummell, Mike Foote, George Gandy, Bob Gallegos, Ed Garcia, several anonymous donors and many others.
Much remains to be done in order to host games at Lobo Field. Currently, there are no lights at the stadium, which are estimated to cost nearly $500,000. These lights must meet NCAA Championship requirements in order host postseason games at Lobo Field. Furthermore, there are no permanent restroom or concession areas for fans, nor are there restroom or locker room facilities for student-athletes at Lobo Field. The following are the top priorities moving forward for the future phases at Lobo Field: Stadium lights, press box, restrooms, concession areas (cost approximately $2.4 million), team locker room (cost approximately $500,000), additional stadium seating (cost approximately $500,000). Lobo Baseball needs your support to make Lobo Field a place we can all be proud to call home. All future phases will be built once funding has been secured through the generous support of Lobo Club members. For more information on how to help us build Lobo Field through your financial support, please call Rob Clark at 505-925-5607 or visit UNMLoboClub.org.
Counting to 1,000
Story by Greg Archuleta
It’s the one missing piece of an otherwise brilliant college resume for Caroline Durbin. The University of New Mexico senior women’s basketball player has led her team in scoring in each of the past two seasons. She is on the verge of becoming the 17th player in Lobo history to record 1,000 career points. The Austin, Texas native is Don Flanagan. Count also a two-time Academic Durbin among those who All-America honoree (a were stunned when second-team selection in Flanagan retired after a 132012-13 and a first-team 18 season in 2010-11; five selection in 2011-12) as a freshmen transferred out business major with an shortly thereafter. emphasis in Accounting and Finance. Durbin has a 4.18 Caroline has grade-point average. worked very hard, Durbin has been vital in both on and off that rebuilding effort in a the court, and is variety of ways, Sanchez very deserving of said. “I am very proud of all the accolades Caroline and all she she continues to continues to accomplish at earn” the University of New Mexico,” the Lobo coach “The coaching change, I said. “She has set the didn’t see that happening,” example for the type of Durbin says, reminiscing student-athlete we want in with a laugh. “There was a our program. Caroline has core group of us that was worked very hard, both on able to stick together.” The and off the court, and is 2011-12 Lobos went 11-20 very deserving of all the but earned a berth in the accolades she continues to conference tournament earn.” title game after unlikely victories over UNLV and Coaching Change Boise State teams that had Durbin came to UNM swept UNM during the during the 2009-10 season regular season. San Diego when Sanchez was still an State ended New Mexico’s assistant under then-coach
Cinderella hopes with a 57-43 win in the title game, but the team accomplishment is something that Durbin continues to cherish. “I would say getting to the
championship game last year is what I’m most proud of,” said Durbin, who earned first-team AllMW honors last season. “We had a depleted roster, a new coach, a new staff. Just the heart and fight we showed in that tournament is what I’ll remember.”
I would just like to know that I was part of building this program back up because they’re going to be really great in the future”
Durbin, the only Lobo averaging double figures in scoring at 12 points per game, believes UNM is capable of a similar run this season. “Historically, we’ve had good runs through the tournament,” she said. “I think it’s how the coaches prepare us and the whole mindset we have, which is ‘When we go to Vegas, we’re staying the whole week.’
The Lobos will have to pull off some upsets again this year to get through the tournament, but Durbin said she has been encouraged by a lot of the spurts her team has shown during games throughout the course of the season. “We have confidence,” Durbin said. “We just have to put it together for 40 minutes. We haven’t done that consistently enough this year, but we’re capable of it.” Regardless of UNM’s finish this year, Durbin has put together an impressive career. As she gets through the semester – she’ll graduate in May and then look for a graduate school – she hopes to be remembered as one of the founding pillars of Sanchez’s efforts to bring the program back to the forefront of MW women’s basketball. Reflection “I would just like to know that I was part of building this program back up because they’re going to be really great in the future,” Durbin said. “We’ve got a lot of young talent, and I’m definitely going to follow them always and hope they do awesome.”
Stats: Caroline finished her career with 1,011 total pts, she had 305 rebounds and her career 3 pt % was .402 She started 73 total games and her final overall shooting % was .418
Story by Greg Archuleta
Coach Ray Birmingham is in his sixth-year coaching the University of New Mexico baseball team. The Lobos have gone to an unprecedented three straight postseasons in the last three years after going nearly 50 years without a postseason berth. This season, the Lobos were ranked nationally in the preseason and had three preseason AllAmericans in catcher Mitch Garver, infielder D.J. Peterson and outfielder Ryan Padilla. He recently talked about the season and the state of the program. The Lobos were ranked nationally in the preseason for the first time in your six-year tenure. How big of an accomplishment was that for the program? It’s a cool thing; it’s really a big deal, especially thinking about things that we as a baseball program don’t have. To me it’s overachieving all the time. It’s what I know we can do, using New Mexico boys. It’s going to have its bumps in the road, but it is a huge deal. When I came here, we were 170th in the country. Over the last four or five years, we’ve gotten national respect. We’ve got a record number of guys turning pro. We’ve had a record number of All-Americans. We have a lot more trophies in our trophy case. When I got here, we had one trophy in our trophy case. It’s moving forward athletically, it’s moving forward academically. We’ve had record highs for grade-point averages, record number of all-academic kids. It’s moving forward in community involvement. It’s moving forward in every aspect you look at in the program. Now, finally we’re coming out of the late 1950s, early 1960s as far as facilities (UNM received a $1.1 million loan last summer to renovate Lobo Field, and the project is ongoing), trying to provide facilities that are comparable to the teams we’re beating. Especially with the push from Lobo Club, I’m really excited about this push because it’s about membership, about getting everybody in the state outside of Albuquerque to be a member. That’s a big deal to me. We recently returned from Nebraska, and it’s 25 degrees over there and the stadium was packed. It’s a beautiful facility with a $4.3 million hitting cage. Baseball there is an attitude, and to me, that’s what I want for us, for New Mexico.
How have your players adjusted to being the hunted instead of the hunters? It’s a different role for us, and before I was able to sell it like, ‘It’s us against the world.’ And now, ’It’s the world against us.’ The thing I’m having a hard time with is our kids trying to do too much because they’ve got attention. Instead of trying to pitch, they’re trying to throw too hard. Instead of just trying to get a base hit, they’re trying to hit a homer. Instead of paying attention to the game, they’re trying to show their speed on the bases. That’s what’s happened. There are so many bright lights on these kids right now that none of them have ever had before that dealing with it is really, really hard. We’ve had some young kids in this program that now feel that they’re playing for such a high echelon that they don’t want to mess up … and they mess up. There’s so much attention on this program nationwide that they don’t know how to handle it. Nobody’s relaxed. But that’s good. We’ve got a little bit of growing pains, but it’s a good problem to have.
This being the first time for the preseason ranking, what things are you learning about the attention? What I’m dealing with is that there are 30 or 40 scouts at every one of our games, and kids who have never had any attention in their lives are being talked about being a No. 1 draft pick, No. 2 draft pick, No. 3 draft pick.
Over the last four or five years, we’ve gotten national respect. We’ve got a record number of guys turning pro. We’ve had a record number of All-Americans.”
That’s not to say that being ranked doesn’t have it’s benefits, right? The cool thing is that people from Artesia, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Farmington are looking at us differently. They’re helping a little bit here and there. We’re starting to become that unified state that I want.
During your tenure here so far, what accomplishments are you most proud of? The winning, the development of kids the old school way. I’m proud of winning, proud of the championships, the records and all that. But the biggest thing I’m proud of is our kids are such good people. They make great grades; they buy into the work ethic. They buy into raising the bar and playing a tough schedule every year. They’re respected wherever we go because of the way they act in public – airports and hotels, and they carry themselves with class. They’re great ambassadors for the state of New Mexico. The biggest thing to watch is (former Lobos such as) Eddie Carl from Farmington pitching for the Kansas City Royals organization, Gera Sanchez from Las Cruces playing in the Astros organization, Ryan Honeycutt from Las Cruces (San Francisco Giants organization) Austin House (Oakland Athletics organization) from La Cueva, Jordan Pacheco (from La Cueva) with
the organization – those are guys that Colorado Rockies and Brian Gavazos-Galvez with the Los Angeles Dodgers are making our state proud. Our best resource in this state is our kids.
that it wasn’t just coach speech with me. They found out that I believe in them, and they’ve achieved and big deal to me. We should be proud of the New Mexico kids and what they’ve done. They put this program in the Top 25. How the biggest thing about that? I’m proud of is our A little old catcher from La Cueva High School that played high school kids are such and baseball came, and I good people. They soccer could see his athleticism that I’d make great seen in kids in New Mexico for 35 years of coaching in this state. His grades; they buy name’s Mitch Garver. This kid’s an into the work athlete. Let’s teach him how to play ethic.” and see if he figures it out. He had a bad swing; he had bad feet as a From day one, you’ve been catcher. He had a good arm; he adamant about using New Mexico could run. He had a chance. To see kids in your pursuit to build a him this summer at the Johnny program at UNM and take a Lobo Bench Awards as one of the top team to Omaha for the College World three college catchers in the United Series. What have you learned in States made me cry because I’ve your six years that makes you more seen that kid. Mitchell Garver is a convinced that you can win with local poster child for New Mexico kids? baseball players. There are a ton of them and size doesn’t matter. Sometimes, that’s just coach Baseball players, we got a lot in this speak, and what they found out is state that need nurturing, that need they’ve proven that they can. It’s a to know that we care about them.
You’ve also always been passionate specifically about the University of New Mexico and wanting to build a winner here. Why here?
their fans are still sticking up for Nebraska. If you go to Oklahoma and they don’t do well – you can’t talk bad about the Sooners to a Sooner, even if they’re 1-12. They’ll hurt ya. I want it that way here. You talk bad about the Lobos? Well, you better put ’em up. We need that unity, that attitude, that dedication. It’s starting to happen.
from Hobbs. Hobbs sent me $25,000, and I thought that was a cool deal because I wanted Hobbs to be dedicated to UNM. And as time went on, people in Carlsbad became dedicated to UNM … and Artesia … and Roswell … and Farmington. So I remember that moment in time, and my attitude was the result of the infectious Have you thought about what it’ll attitude of people who care in this be like when you do get a team to state. And all we have to do is reach Omaha? out and touch them. I want to drive to little bitty towns – I want to drive I’ll probably go fishing! It’s a to Vaughn and find five guys that’ll passion for me. Yeah, I have thought join the Lobo Club, you know? Five about it. What I want to do someday is guys in Vaughn. That’s a big deal. build a nice ballpark where kids from People don’t understand that those all over the state come to play in, and five will influence five more. It’s not every kid in the state from 8 years old so much the money; it’s the on wants to grow up and become a involvement and ownership I want New Mexico Lobo. I want us to people to have. The other stuff will become a hub where all our kids come come. to play baseball, where they believe that they have a chance to do something special. I hope I can get What I want to there.
I’m a New Mexican and I’m proud of it. My evolution to athletics, to academics, to business or whatever, it’s the same as all New Mexicans. We’re all the same. We’ve all done the same things. We’ve all gone through the growing pains the same way. We all have that little chip on our shoulder because we’ve all had that same self-esteem deal. We go off to somewhere off in the country and people giggle when we say how cool New Mexico is. They all know we have a beautiful state, but they say, “New Mexico business or education or athletics? C’mon, now.” To me, it’s a commitment by me. It’s a whole-hearted, dedicated love for the state and for people in the state. It’s a big deal. I’m willing to take the risks to do whatever it takes to get it there to drive the bus for the New You come here every day with Mexico kids to get to Omaha. That such energy and enthusiasm – what’s motivates me. I’m willing to get your secret? punched in the eye or the nose to get us there. I don’t know. I just told myself when I took this job, I remember How rewarding has the job been Bobby Moore being on the team for you? (brother of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore) and his dad asking, I knew it was a hard job coming in. ‘Coach, what can I do to help you?’ Have there been frustrations? out of the clear blue sky. I was by Absolutely. It’s been a difficult climb, myself in the batting cages that day, but it’s been well worth it. And I’ve and I said, ‘Well, I’ve got five dollars in been surrounded by people in the our fundraising budget, and I’ve got to athletics department who are paint this thing.’ I bought the paint out pushing the rock in the same of my own pocket, and he brought his direction. That’s why I’m still muscle and we started painting the committed. From our athletic batting cages. And you don’t realize director to Liz Romero in our how big that place is until you start equipment room, we’re all a team. As painting it. And we started cleaning it long as I feel “team,” I’m excited up. And then one guy would chip in every day. Now, we’re starting to get and another. And I called my friends in people in the state of New Mexico to Hobbs and told them what I had and buy into our “team.” Now, people are over the course of the next month, I starting to get ownership. If you go to had $25,000 in the fundraising budget Nebraska and they’re not doing well,
do … is build a nice ballpark where kids from all over the state come to play in, and every kid in the state … wants to grow up and become a New Mexico Lobo. I want to become a hub where all our kids come to play baseball, where they believe that they have a chance to do something special.”
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