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03 01 ISSUE

Pirate Crew Newsletter


In this issue

Upcoming Events:

Talent On & Off the Diamond P.2

November 4 -6

Revamped Training Room P.2

Vo l l e yb a l l SCA C

Larrieu Smith Takes On the World P.3

Co n fe re n ce T o u rn e y (Ja c k so n , Mi s s. )

SCAC Initiative Gives a Leg-Up P.3

Me n ’ s So c ce r S CA C Co n fe re n ce T o u rn e y (Bi r mi n g h a m , Al a .) November 13 Swi m mi n g v s. Co l o ra d o Co l l e g e (h o me ) November 15 W o me n ’ s Ba s ke tb a l l @ T e xa s L u th e ra n Me n ’ s Ba s ke tb a l l @ Ha rd i n Si m mo n s November 18 -19 Swi m mi n g @ So u th we st Sh o o to u t Me n ’ s Ba s ke tb a l l T o u rn a me n t (h o me ) W o me n ’ s Ba s ke tb a l l @ S ch re i n e r (1 9 th ) November 22 Me n ’ s & W o me n ’ s b a s ke tb a l l h o me o p e n e r v s. U MHB

Battlin’ Bucs Inspire Georgetown Youth The Southwestern University baseball team has been hard at work this fall, practicing in almost every condition imaginable (well, except for rain that is!) preparing for the spring 2012 season. Not only have the Pirates been making excellent progress on the baseball field but last spring they were able to give inspiration to the Georgetown community, by hosting a clinic for the Georgetown Little League.

hitting, fielding, and pitching. Kids were able to get autographs after their practice and then attended the Southwestern University baseball game. During the contest the Little Leaguers received their uniforms and were able to get autographs after the game.

Carl’s Jr. was the gracious sponsor of the day, handing out well over 200 hamburgers to hungry fans while the SU athletic department had a The Southwestern bounce house available baseball team has always for the kids. been eager to support local programs through volunteer work and there was no hesitation when they were called upon to help. The Pirates devoted part of the day to meet and provide instruction to roughly 200 Georgetown Little Leaguers, all receiving great instruction on

The day was inspiring to the Georgetown Little League as they were able to watch two great games and meet the players at the end of the day while the Pirates were able to recognize their ability to serve as a positive role model to the youth in Georgetown. Both players and the kids had a great time with this event and the Pirate baseball team looks forward to another little league day in the future.

Revamped Training Room Offers Better Service to Athletes Thanks to generous donations and various fundraising events throughout the years the Southwestern University Athletic Department unveiled their newly remodeled athletic training facility this fall. The updates include an expanded treatment area, additional taping/treatment tables, a flat-screen television, new computers and new countertops. “Now that we have almost double the treatment areas,” states Head Athletic Trainer Glenn Schwab, “we can more effectively treat all of our student-athletes in a timely fashion and the computers in the training and treatment areas allow us to maintain better, more accurate records over our athletes.” Southwestern University has over 370 student-athletes competing throughout the school year and comprises over 30% of the student population. “I like the fact that it functions as a full training room where you can actually do the rehab here and if you have questions you can easily ask the trainers instead of having to go upstairs and wonder if you are doing it (the rehab) right,” shares senior volleyball player Taylor Wright. “To sum it all up,” says Schwab, “this leads to better care of our student-athletes whether they are in-season or out which is most important to us at all times.”

Talent On and Off the Diamond SU’s Cove Concert Series allows Southwestern students to showcase their talents

Sophomore infielder Zac Cleveland is no stranger to success on the baseball field. Cleveland started 26 games for the Pirates and posted a .250 batting average in his freshman year. However, Zac’s talent is not one dimensional. Cleveland is also an accomplished guitarist and singer, while still balancing school, baseball, and everyday life. Zac began playing the guitar at age 8 and immediately wanted to quit but continued on with encouragement from his parents. “After I got out of those first 2 years of lessons I started to work on my own, playing here and there slowly getting better along the way. At age 14 I started to write my own music,” says Cleveland of

his early experience with break away from the hectic weeks.” Zac is unsure music. It took some time of his future plans with before Cleveland began feeling comfortable sing- music but he hopes to ing his own songs but now continue playing, recordhe records all of his origi- ing, and writing for as long as possible. Cleveland nal music. Zac has also performed on campus at has a new project that The Cove for the Wednes- should be complete this winter, just in time to start day night his sophomore seaCove Concert “I play where I can son with the Pirates. Series. find time, and with

Southwestern When baseball and school opens the season on asked how it was always January 28th with the he balances something I could annual Shirley Miller his music, baseball, and go to to relax or Alumni Game and then kicks off compeschool, take a break away tition at Texas WesCleveland from the hectic leyan University on stated that January 29th. “playing guiweeks.” tar is more of For more insomething that I do for formation about this alfun. So I play where I can bum and previous ones, find time, and with basecheck out his website: ball and school it was ways something I could zaccleveland. go to to relax or take a

SCAC StudentAthlete Initiative gives Sports Hopefuls A LegUp

Larrieu Smith Takes on the World INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Southwestern University head men's and women's track & field and men's and women's cross country head coach Francie Larrieu Smith recently coached the United States at the 2011 Pan American Games October 2329. She was selected as an assistant coach for the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Larrieu Smith served as the endurance coach for the athletes with her extensive knowledge and experience in international competitions. A 1998 inductee of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, Larrieu Smith's running career spanned four decades and included 13 world indoor records and a total of 35 American records in distances ranging from 1,000 meters to two miles. Larrieu-Smith qualified to compete on five Olympic teams. This is the second time Larrieu Smith has coach on the national level. She was selected to coach six collegiate runners from around the nation at the International Association of Athletics Federations' World Cross Country Championships on March 28, 2009 in Amman, Jordan.

Volleyball Hits New Heights Q: What is the highest national

Pirates enter as the #1 seed and

ranking the Southwestern Pi-

are searching for their second

rates Volleyball Team has

conference championship in three


years. Southwestern brought home the trophy in 2009 and went

A: Southwestern recently hit the

on to the Regional Finals of the

#6 spot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 Poll. That is the highest SU has ever been ranked in the national poll, despite hitting #7 numerous times.

Southwestern is in Jackson, Mississippi November 4-5 for the SCAC Conference Championship. After winning the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record the

NCAA Championships.

Thanks to a grant from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, 18 student-athletes have received an allexpense paid trip to the 2012 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Five Southwestern student-athletes were selected for this amazing experience. In January, Taylor Wright (volleyball), Shae Seagraves (women’s basketball/ golf), Abigail O’Connor (softball), Daniel Ayala (lacrosse) and Stephen Montes (swimming) will get a rare, insiders look at the sports world and have a remarkable opportunity to network with potential employers from all over the nation and from all divisions. The Convention hosts topical discussions, speeches and information sessions on a wide variety of sports-related topics.

Have a question you want answered? Email

The student-athletes will arrive in Indianapolis on January 10 and leave following lunch on January 14th.

Thank you Pirate Boosters!!! On behalf of the Southwestern University Athletic Department and our student-athletes I want to welcome you to the Pirate Boosters! This is a

Southwestern University

special initiative on the part of Pirate Athletics to enhance the quality of the athletic experience that our student-athletes receive and your membership is helping to make that happen! I look forward to joining you as

Pirate Boosters

we proudly cheer on our Pirates!

Ronda Seagraves 1001 East University Avenue Georgetown, Texas 78626

Dr. Glada Munt

Phone: 512.863.1384 Fax: 512.863.1393 Email:

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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