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EXCELLENCE ON A NATIONAL LEVEL 6 ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS Jack Dukeminier, Men’s Golf Katherine Fischer, Volleyball Jordan Hasay, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Amanda Johnson, Women’s Basketball Anne Kesselring, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country David Klech, Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country 2011 BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME CHIP KELLY Associated Press Coach of the Year AFCA Coach of the Year Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Pac-10 Coach of the Year NCAA CHAMPIONS 2011 Women’s Indoor Track & Field ROBERT JOHNSON USTFCCCA Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year NCATA CHAMPION 2011 Acrobatics & Tumbling FELECIA MULKEY NCATA Coach of the Year PAC-10 CHAMPIONS 2010 Football 2011 Men’s Track & Field 2011 Women’s Track & Field 10 PROGRAMS ADVANCED TO NCAA POSTSEASON PLAY

“We are What We rePeatedlY do. excellence, then, is not an act, BUt a haBit.” — aristotle

oUr PUrsUit of excellence One thing I’ve learned about Oregon: the river runs North. Most of the main waterways of this great nation – the Mississippi, the Colorado, the Rio Grande, the Hudson – flow in a southerly direction before yielding to the sea. Not ours. The Willamette had no choice but to carve her own path, go against the grain, stand apart from the crowd. This is who we are. In our pursuit to strive for the highest level of overall excellence, the University of Oregon asks for no quarter. We choose to be bold and innovative. We choose to challenge tradition. We bow down to no one. We choose to be Ducks. The nation sees this excellence in our first-rate facilities, our passionate fans, our exciting uniforms, our unconventional marketing and our commitment to the “student” in “student-athlete.” And we will continue to showcase our excellence in a uniquely Oregon manner. The river runs North. And we thank fans and donors like you who choose to run with us.

Rob Mullens Director of Athletics

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For 11 years, our fans have filled every single seat at Autzen Stadium. It is one of the longest streaks of consecutive sell-outs in the nation. That’s a commitment to excellence. Our fans were rewarded in 2010 with a second consecutive Pac-10 title and the University’s first appearance in the BCS Championship Game. Among the myriad highlights from the memorable year were a perfect 12-0 regular season, LaMichael James’ Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back and a record-setting offense that scored 47 points a game. The Ducks fared well in rival games with their seventh consecutive victory over Washington – the longest in the series – as well as clinching the Pac-10 title and BCS bid in a season-ending win against Oregon State in Corvallis. National honors rolled in for the Ducks in 2010. Chip Kelly was named National Coach of the Year. John Boyett, Cliff Harris, Jordan Holmes, LaMichael James, Jeff Maehl, Casey Matthews and David Paulson all garnered All-America status. And just as impressive, a dozen players were named Pac-10 All-Academic. A league record 43,468 fans turned out for the Oregon Spring Game, where the Ducks honored U.S. troops and collected 68,322 pounds of food for Food for Lane County. The attendance figure was the sixth-largest in the nation – trailing only Texas and some SEC schools – in 2011.

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“PERfEcTion iS noT ATTAinABlE, BUT if WE chASE PERfEcTion WE cAn cATch ExcEllEncE.” — VincE loMBARdi

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The national phenomenon that was Oregon football in 2010 helped propel the sport to record television ratings. The BCS National Championship game featuring Oregon and Auburn was watched by 27.3 million viewers, more than any program in the history of cable television. The game earned a 17.8 rating, according to Nielsen. The game was also a huge success for ESPN’s digital platforms. On, the game was watched by more than 619,000 unique viewers, its most ever for a college football game and fourth all-time behind three 2010 FIFA World Cup contests. The Arizona-Oregon cablecast on Friday, November 26, 2010, produced the largest Thursday or Friday night regular-season audience on ESPN with a 5.27 rating and 7,787,500 viewers. The Oregon at California game on November 13, 2010, was the most-viewed college football game ever on Versus (1.72 rating, 1.909 million viewers).

No facility created more buzz nationally than Matthew Knight Arena. The stunning new building energized not only the Duck basketball teams, but an entire community. Its state-ofthe-art styling created a grand entrance to the University’s eastern portal, while the brilliant design successfully captured the intimate feeling of beloved McArthur Court. Fans who attended games in the MKA saw a scrappy men’s basketball team, under the direction of new head coach Dana Altman, fight and claw its way to an impressive 20-win season and capture the College Basketball Invitational title along the way.

Eugene played host to a Pac-10 record crowd for a women’s basketball game when 12,320 packed the MKA for the Ducks’ 81-72 Civil War victory over Oregon State. The up tempo run-and-gun brand of basketball created by head coach Paul Westhead has been extremely popular with both players and fans alike.

“sPorts is liKe rocK ‘n’ roll. Both are dominant cUltUral forces, Both sPeaK an international lanGUaGe, and Both are all aBoUt emotions.” — Phil KniGht

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The newest gem of the PAC-12 Conference is Matthew Knight Arena. The state-of-the-art facility is not only home to Oregon’s basketball, volleyball and acrobatic and tumbling teams, but also has been the setting for concerts like Elton John, cultural shows like Cirque du Soleil, and the sold out Nike Clash of the Champions, which featured tennis stars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. Beyond the arena, the $200 million construction project created nearly 2,000 jobs, each earning a family wage during one of the worst economies in Oregon History.

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The Women of Oregon won their second consecutive NCAA Indoor Track & Field

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national title and both teams dominated at the conference level. The men won their fifth straight Pac-10 title, while the women made it three in a row. Individually, Oregon counted outdoor national champions in Matthew Centrowitz (1,500 meters), Anne Kesselring (800 meters) and Melissa Gergel (pole vault), and indoor national champs in Jordan Hasay (mile and 3,000 meters) and Brianne Theisen (pentathlon). Centrowitz would go on to win the 1,500 meters at the USA Track & Field Championships, which saw record-setting attendance at Historic Hayward Field for the second time in three years. Track Town, USA, will continue to be at the forefront of American track & field by hosting the 2012 Olympic Trials and the 2013-14 NCAA Championships.

“it’s more than just a race, it’s a style. it’s doing something better than anyone else. it’s being creative.” – Steve Prefontaine

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all-Americans The 40,000 square foot John E. Jaqua Center for Student Athletes accommodates the NCAAmandated academic services for the tutoring of our 520 student athletes. It contributes to the retention and success of these athletes as well as the recruitment of new athletes. The Jaqua Center has undoubtedly contributed to the success of Oregon’s student-athletes. In 2010-11, a record six Ducks earned Academic AllAmerica honors, including Jordan Hasay, who was named the national Academic All-American of the Year for Track & Field/Cross Country. She became the first sophomore in any sport to be a national winner in the 60 year history of the Academic AllAmerica program. Other Academic All-Americans included Amanda Johnson from women’s basketball, Jack Dukeminier from men’s golf, Katherine Fischer from volleyball, David Klech from men’s track & field/cross country and Anne Kesselring from women’s track & field/cross country. At the conference level, Duck student-athletes were honored like never before. Oregon collected 105 all-academic awards from the conference offices, including 13 in women’s track & field, 12 in both football and men’s track & field and nine in soccer. Overall, the Athletics Department holds a 74 percent graduation rate for all student-athletes and more than half of that number have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Excellence Oregon’s latest national champion was also its newest. In just its second season as a sport, the acrobatics and tumbling team captured the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association’s national title, defeating Maryland before an enthusiastic crowd at Matthew Knight Arena, 283.481-283.352.

“The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.” – Thomas Aquinas

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“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.” – Joe Paterno

The Oregon softball team capped its 2011 season with its second straight NCAA Super Regional trip. Under coach Mike White, the Ducks witnessed one of their greatest years ever. In going 42-16, Oregon twice defeated 2010 NCAA champion UCLA, NCAA runner-up Arizona and Stanford. The Ducks also swept rival Oregon State for the first time since 1994. Oregon’s third-place tie in the Pac-10 was its best in 21 years.

On February 27, 2009, Oregon defeated Fresno State, the defending national champions, in front of a sellout crowd at PK Park to mark the successful return of the baseball program. PK Park is the finest stadium in the conference. It is equipped with a clubhouse and team amenities, as well as a state-of-the-art video board and a classic inning by inning scoreboard.

While the 2010-11 year saw remarkable accomplishments in football, track and acrobatics and tumbling, among other sports, the athletic department again experienced success across the board. Of the nearly 350 NCAA Division I athletic programs, Oregon finished 30th in the Director’s Cup standings. That marked the fourth consecutive top 30 finish, a first for the University of Oregon. In cross country, the Men of Oregon finished sixth at the NCAA Championships, while the women were 12th. Luke Puskedra led the men with his third-place finish, while Jordan Hasay did likewise for the women.

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Both men’s and women’s golf teams qualified for NCAA Regional competition. Men’s tennis rookie Alex Rovello was named Northwest Region Freshman of the Year. Lacrosse senior midfielder Alex Breiner earned a spot on the All-West/Midwest Region First Team. Record-setting forward Jen Stoltenberg was named to the Pac-10’s All-Conference First Team and was a second round selection by Philadelphia in the Women’s Professional Soccer draft. In volleyball, senior outside hitter Heather Meyers an All-Region selection.




“one can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” — helen Keller



Quack Attack

It started out innocently enough – a small inset picture of Oregon’s Duck performing his usual pushup routine played during ESPN’s highlights of the season-opening 72-0 win over New Mexico. All 506 pushups. It went viral. Since then the Duck has starred in commercials for both ESPN and ESPN’s College GameDay, was invited to Disney World to hob-knob with other mascots and was a semifinalist in the 2011 Capital One Mascot Challenge. In the words of Lee Corso, “Quack, quack, quack!”

Out of the classroom, Oregon student-athletes are very involved in the community through the O Heroes program. The goal of O Heroes is to create a single identity for all community service initiatives and to seek involvement from all student-athletes, staff, faculty, and campus community. In 2010-11 O Heroes sponsored projects for Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and Read Across America, among others, and organized fundraisers to help the victims of the earthquake/ tsunami in Japan and to benefit the family of fallen Eugene police officer Chris Kilcullen. Another highlight was the production of the University’s first-ever student-athlete talent show. The Athletics Department also works with Whitaker Head Start to emphasize health, literacy and family engagement for 175 low income families. Oregon Athletics also donated more than six tons of food to Food For Lane County that went unsold at various concession stands during the last academic year.



thanK YoU Oregon’s success over the past few decades is directly related to the generous financial commitments made by our fans and donors. It is no coincidence that the greater the number of


gifts we receive, the greater our performance is on the fields, tracks and courts. In fact, in each of the last five years, with the exception of a slight post-recession drop in 2009, an increase in our total number of donors has resulted in more wins on the football field. That went from 7 wins in 2006 to 9 in 2007, 10 each in 2008 and 2009 and 12 in 2010. And there were also Pac-10 titles in 2009-10, a Rose Bowl and a BCS Championship appearance. Perhaps no figure is more impressive than the fact that since 1998, donations to the Duck


Athletic Fund have grown 335 percent! We can’t say “thank you” enough times to the more than 9,000 of you who made that remarkable figure a reality.

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Over the last five years, the Athletic Department has seen tremendous growth and success, as reflected in recent Director’s Cup Standings. Next fiscal year the budget is projected to be just under $88 million, with over a third of the funding come from Gifts and Donations. This figure includes gifts being transferred over from the Legacy Fund to help support the debt payments for the new Matthew Knight Arena. Each source of revenue, whether donations, ticket revenue, PAC-12 funds, or other, is critical to the department’s operations.



Excellence More than 600 former University of Oregon women’s athletes, coaches and guests were on hand for a very special evening in May when the Athletics Department recognized the achievements of those who paved the way for the opportunities that today’s female athletes enjoy. The Women’s in Athletics Celebration provided the forum to recognize than 250 former Oregon women’s athletes and coaches who pioneered the rise of women’s collegiate sports programs to national prominence. The highlight of the event was the awarding of letters to the former athletes spanning five decades. Included among the honorees were former field hockey players Esther McDiarmid, who participated in the sport for the Ducks from 1942 through 1946, Jackie Bogan (1943-46) and Grace Tyrrell (1945-47).

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” – Pearl S. Buck



“Excellent things are rare.” – Plato

Parade of Champions

The Ducks were featured in one of the largest community events this year when the city and campus came together for the “Parade of Champions.” The city-wide celebration cheered not only the football team’s appearance in the BCS Championship game, but also champions from all other sports and the community.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS 1939 Men’s Basketball 1962 Men’s Track & Field 1964 Men’s Track & Field 1965 Men’s Track & Field 1970 Men’s Track & Field 1971 Men’s Cross Country 1973 Men’s Cross Country 1974 Men’s Cross Country 1977 Men’s Cross Country 1983 Women’s Cross Country 1984 Men’s Track & Field 1985 Women’s Track & Field 1987 Women’s Cross Country 2007 Men’s Cross Country 2008 Men’s Cross Country 2009 Men’s Indoor Track & Field 2010 Women’s Indoor Track & Field 2011 Women’s Indoor Track & Field 2011 Acrobatics & Tumbling MAIN PHOTOS: ERIC EVANS AND GEOFF THURNER. ADDITIONAL PHOTOS: COURTESY OF KIRBY LEE AND THE FIESTA BOWL. PRODUCED BY: KATIE URHAUSEN, GREG WALKER AND DAVE WILLIFORD. ADDITIONAL CONTENT: JAMIE MOFFITT AND JIM BARTKO. CREATIVE BY: CREATIVE IMAGES MARKETING AND ADVERTISING AGENCY ROSEBURG, OREGON PRODUCTION BY: CREATIVE IMAGES MARKETING AND ADVERTISING AGENCY ROSEBURG, OREGON COPYRIGHT: OREGON ATHLETICS 2011

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