MULERIDER ATHLETICS TOGETHER WE CAN The 2012-2013 athletic year was one to remember as our student-athletes posted many outstanding accomplishments. As a department, SAU finished the athletic year fifth in the GAC All-Sports Trophy; a four-spot improvement from the previous year. Galvanizing that jump was the SAU football team finishing 8-3 and earning their first post-season berth since 2003. Additionally, the Mulerider baseball team captured their second straight GAC baseball championship and third consecutive conference championship in as many years. Moreover, our men’s cross country team produced the GAC Male Runner of the Year to go along with the Steve Browning Director of Athletics
team’s third-place finish in the conference meet. A testament to our department-wide success last year, our volleyball, softball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, and golf teams all competed in post-season conference tournaments. As a result of the team’s successes, numerous Muleriders earned honors for their individual performances, and in the classroom 125 student-athletes earned grade point averages of 3.00 or greater. Indeed, we had a great year athletically in 2012-13, but an accomplishment we received as a department speaks volumes to where our department is heading; both on and off the field.
Conference: Southern Arkansas University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the Great American Conference.
In April, Mulerider Athletics was presented with the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence for Community Engagement for their “Muleriders in Magnolia” initiative that saw the studentathletes at SAU engage in over 1,300 hours of community service. This community service award is the equivalent of winning a national championship! As we move forward, we continue to look for opportunities to improve Mulerider athletics through facility enhancements, increased scholarships, and other methods. We cannot be successful in our efforts, however, without you. Please help us strengthen Mulerider athletics by joining the Mulerider Club at the highest level possible. Your support will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes. We hope to see you at many Mulerider athletic events this year. Thank you for supporting the Muleriders!
Mascot: The Mulerider
Steve Browning Director of Athletics
2013 GAC Baseball Champions
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· 2013 championship is SAU’s third-straight (2011 GSC, 2012 GAC, 2013 GAC) · One of only four teams to repeat as GAC champions in any sport · Conference champions four out of the last five seasons (2009 GSC, 2011 GSC, 2012 GAC, 2013 GAC) · Eight 40-win seasons in the last 15 years · Sixth consecutive regional tournament appearances · All-America pitcher James Baune named GAC Tournament MVP · Five other Muleriders made the All-Tournament Team (Jon Mark Abbey, Timothy Buchanan, Brady Capshaw, Jason Dahl, and David Harris)
2012-13 GAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2012-13 SAU Auburn Smith Award Winner 2012-13 SAU Outstanding Student for the College of Education 2012 GAC Individual Champion 2012 GAC Runner of the Year 2012 Arkansas Star of Tomorrow Finalist Two-time All-GAC First-Team Runner All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) Second-Team Runner Three-time All-Region Runner Five-time GAC Runner of the Week USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Two-time GAC All-Academic Team Two-time GSC Academic Honor Roll Member of SAU’s President’s and Dean’s Lists
Muleriders in Magnolia The NCAA Division II Award of Excellence for Community Engagement serves as the Division II National Championship for community engagement. The Muleriders were chosen for the national recognition in 2013 as a result of the “Muleriders in Magnolia” campaign. “Muleriders in Magnolia” is an on-going community engagement activity that was established in an effort to connect Mulerider athletics back to the community of Magnolia. It became clear to many in the athletic department at Southern Arkansas, including Director of Athletics Steve Browning, that the community of Magnolia is one of the biggest supporters of Mulerider athletics, and that the relationship needed to be reciprocated. One of the chief goals of the program was to not only get athletes out in the community, but to do so in a unified effort. Prior to this program, several teams did their own community engagement, but “Muleriders in Magnolia” allowed that to continue with a unified front for the athletic department. For the calendar year of 2012, “Muleriders in Magnolia” saw a total of 132 student-athletes participate in community service activities on nine separate occasions. Organizations that student-athletes went to in the Magnolia community included: Central Elementary, Eastside Elementary, Magnolia Health and Rehab, McNeil Head Start, South Arkansas Youth Services, and Wee Care. Student-athletes spent time decorating Magnolia Health and Rehab with Christmas decorations and they also interacted with youth by engaging in various recreational activities.
MULERIDER CLUB REVIEW The Mulerider Club provides support for the Southern Arkansas University Department of Athletics through financial sponsorships and participation at athletic events. The support of the Mulerider Club creates endowments for the department, provides for facility improvements, and helps support the overall mission of assisting student athletes on and off the playing field. Members of the Mulerider Club meet throughout the year to hear updates on SAU athletics from the SAU administration and coaching staff.
Mulerider Fan $100 - $249
Letterman $250 - $499
All-Star $500 - $999
MVP $1,000 - $2,499
Coachesâ€™ Club $2,500 - $4,999
Presidentâ€™s Club $5,000 and Up
MULERIDER CLUB BENEFITS
Membership Card Auto Decal Name Listed in Athletic Programs Website Recognition Mulerider Club Cap Individual All-Sport Pass Mulerider Club Polo Reserved Parking (Football) Lunch With a Coach Lunch With the Athletic Director Mulerider Club Sport Coat *4/2 - 4 general admission all sports passes or your choice of 2 reserved seating passes for one sport (football, basketball or baseball). *5/2 - 5 general admission all sports passes or your choice of 2 reserved seating passes for two sports (football, basketball or baseball). *6/2 - 6 general admission all sports passes or your choice of 2 reserved seating passes for three sports (football, basketball and baseball). All contributions to the Mulerider Club are tax-deductible, less the value of membership benefits (i.e., caps, shirts, jackets, etc.).
Funding at Work
Walker Stadium Renovation
Softball Batting Cages Championship Rings
Mulerider Athletics P.O. Box 9301 Magnolia, AR 71754-9301