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2016-17 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Basketball Coaching & Support Staff........................ 2 WSU Athletics Donor List.............................................14 Today’s Game Notes......................................................23 2016-17 Wildcats............................................................28 WSU Men’s Basketball Roster.....................................32 Game Scorecard..............................................................33 Opponent Basketball Roster......................................35 Weber State Univ. Administration............................36 WSU Athletics Administration & Support..............38 Weber State Wheeler Dealers....................................40 Dee Events Center..........................................................42 WSU Men’s Basketball History...................................48 Big Sky Conference........................................................50

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For Ticket Information, call the Weber State Ticket Office at 801-626-8500 or visit us online at WeberStateSports.com 2016-17 Weber State Men’s Basketball Schedule Day Sat. Fri. Tue. Thu.

Date Nov. 5 Nov. 11 Nov. 15 Nov. 17

Opponent Black Hills State (Exhibition) Antelope Valley at Pepperdine at Stanford

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Nov. 24 Nov. 25 Nov. 26

vs. UC Davis vs. Iona vs. Buffalo

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Dec. 3 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 17 Dec. 21 Dec. 29 Dec. 31 Jan. 7 Jan. 12 Jan. 14 Jan. 19 Jan. 21 Jan. 27 Feb. 2 Feb. 4 Feb. 9 Feb. 11 Feb. 16 Feb. 18 Feb. 23 Feb. 25 Mar. 2 Mar. 4

Denver at BYU West Coast Baptist Utah Valley at Utah State at Montana State* at Montana* at Idaho State* Idaho* Eastern Washington* at North Dakota* at Northern Colorado* Idaho State* Southern Utah* Northern Arizona* at Sacramento State* at Portland State* Northern Colorado* North Dakota* at Eastern Washington* at Idaho* Montana* Montana State*

55-57 L Ogden 66-77 L Provo, UT 107-51 W Ogden 93-85 W Ogden 77-71 W Logan, UT 87-75 W Bozeman, MT 84-81 W (OT) Missoula, MT Suspended Pocatello, ID 7:00 p.m. Ogden 7:00 p.m. Ogden 6:00 p.m. Grand Forks, ND 7:00 p.m. Greeley, CO 7:00 p.m. Ogden 7:00 p.m. Ogden 7:00 p.m. Ogden 8:00 p.m. Sacramento, CA 8:00 p.m. Portland, OR 7:00 p.m. Ogden 7:00 p.m. Ogden 7:00 p.m. Cheney, WA 8:00 p.m. Moscow, ID 7:00 p.m. Ogden 7:00 p.m. Ogden

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Weber State Basketball Coaching & Support Staff Head Coach Randy Rahe Randy Rahe is in his 11th season as the head coach for the Weber State men’s basketball program. Rahe is now Weber State’s all-time winningest coach and is the Big Sky Conference’s career leader in conference wins. In his 10 seasons at Weber State, Rahe has led the Wildcats to five Big Sky titles and eight postseason tournament appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament. He is also the first coach in Big Sky Conference history to be named conference Coach of the Year four times and has coached six Big Sky MVP’s in his 10 seasons at Weber State. Rahe has a career record of 208-113 (.648) in his 10 seasons with the Wildcats and is 129-43 (.750) in Big Sky games. The 208 wins are the most in Weber State history and the third most in Big Sky history and the 129 wins are the most conference wins in Big Sky history. During the past season, Rahe led the Wildcats to a 26-9 season that included a Big Sky regular season title and the conference postseason tournament championship. Weber State also made its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last three years. Rahe coached Joel Bolomboy to Big Sky MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as Jeremy Senglin to first team All-Big Sky honors. Bolomboy was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.

19-12 overall record. WSU finished 14-6 in Big Sky play and won the conference tournament for the fourth time in the last eight years. It was Weber State’s 21st Big Sky title in 51 seasons of conference play. Weber State also hosted and won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time. The Wildcats fell by nine points to Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition to being named Big Sky Coach of the Year for a record four times, Rahe has also been a finalist for the Skip Prosser Award, honoring the nation’s head coaches who also exhibit strong moral character. Rahe has coached 29 Big Sky All-Conference performers and 21 Big Sky Academic All-Conference performers in his team with the Wildcats. The Wildcats have won 10 or more conference wins in nine of his 10 seasons at Weber State. Rahe has coached five players to Big Sky MVP honors, including Joel Bolomboy in 2016. Bolomboy joined Davion Berry in 2014, Damian Lillard, who won the award in 2010 and 2012, Kellen McCoy and David Patten as MVP’s under coach Rahe’s watch. He recruited and coached Lillard to All-American status in 2012, the first player in Big Sky history to be named to an All-American team. Lillard is second in Weber State history in career scoring and career 3-pointers and is the school’s all-time leader in free throws and free throw percentage. Lillard went on to be the first player in Weber State history to be drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft when he was selected sixth overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA Draft. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2013 and named to the NBA All-Star team in 2014 and 2015.

Rahe has had great success at the Dee Events Center, amassing a career record of 127-22 (.852) at home, including a 13-1 home record last season. He also has an incredible 76-10 (.884) home record in Big Sky regular season games. In 2013-14, WSU set a Big Sky record with 27 straight conference regular season home victories. The Wildcats have led the Big Sky in attendance for six straight seasons and have had and one of the best attendances of any school in the western United States. Weber State finished the season in the top 100 in the nation in attendance for the sixth straight year. In 2014-15, the Wildcats finished 13-17 overall and were 8-10 in Big Sky play, with just one senior on the roster. The Wildcats advanced to the Big Sky Conference Tournament for the ninth straight season. During the 2013-14 season, Rahe led the Wildcats to a

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A native of Bancroft, Iowa, Rahe was named the ninth coach in Weber State history in March 2006. In his first season as head coach, with just three returning players from the previous season, Rahe put together a squad of newcomers and began the process of restoring the winning tradition of Wildcat basketball. That season he surpassed all expectations, leading the Wildcats to a 20-12 record and a tie for the Big Sky Conference regular-season title. The Wildcats then won the postseason conference tournament and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In the 2007-08 season Rahe led the Wildcats to a 16-14 overall record and a third place finish in the Big Sky. During the 2008-09 season, Weber State finished 15-1 in Big Sky Conference play and won the conference regular season title. WSU became the first Big Sky team ever to finish 8-0 on the road in conference action. WSU senior Kellen McCoy was named the Big Sky MVP.

Oregon in the first round. Two players (Scott Bamforth and Kyle Bullinger) earned First Team Big Sky All-Conference honors. During the 2011-12 season, Weber State posted a 25-7 overall record and a 14-2 record in Big Sky Conference play and again advanced to postseason play where the Wildcats won a first round game in the collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Weber State also led the nation in free throw percentage at 81.4 percent, the single-best team percentage in the history of the Big Sky Conference. WSU also set a school record for three-point field goals made.

In the 2009-10 season the Wildcats had another strong year where they repeated as Big Sky champions. WSU posted a 20-11 overall record and a 13-3 mark in Big Sky play. Lillard, a sophomore that season, was honored as the Big Sky MVP. WSU advanced to the NIT for the secondstraight season, losing at Cincinnati in the first round.

The season was highlighted by the play of Lillard who became and All-American, District VIII Player of the Year, and Big Sky MVP as he put together perhaps the greatest season in school history, finishing second in the nation in scoring at 24.5 points per game. Lillard set a school record for single-season points with 784, the third most points in Big Sky history and became the first player in the history of the conference to earn All-American honors. He was also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, John Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Award.

The 2010-11 season was another outstanding coaching job by Rahe. Despite losing Lillard to a season-ending injury just nine games into the season, the Wildcats still managed to post a season record of 18-14 and make a run at the Big Sky title. They also finished 11-5 in the Big Sky, taking third in the league standings. After starting the Big Sky season with a pair of road losses, the Wildcats won 11 of their next 13 league games to get into a fight for the league title. WSU beat Eastern Washington in the first round of the conference tournament, before losing in the semifinals of the tournament. The ‘Cats also advanced to the College Basketball Invitational where they lost to

After losing Lillard to the NBA, Rahe led the Wildcats to a historic season in 2012-13 as the Wildcats won a Big Sky record 30 games, the first time in conference history to do so. WSU finished the year 30-7 overall and won a record 18 Big Sky games and advanced to postseason play for the fifth straight season. WSU also became the first team in Big Sky history to advance to the championship game of a national postseason tournament where they lost to East Carolina in the championship game of the Collegeinsider. com Tournament. The Wildcats also set a school record with 17 home wins and tied a school record with 11 road wins.

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During the season, the Wildcats were the best shooting team in the country, finishing first in the nation in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. The ‘Cats also finished in the top 10 in the nation in four other categories and were one of just eight teams in the nation to win 30 games during the season. Davion Berry, Scott Bamforth, Kyle Tresnak and Frank Otis all earned Big Sky All-Conference honors. Coach Rahe was also honored as the 2013 Utah Sportsperson of the Year by the Utah/Idaho Chapter of the National M.S. Society. Rahe was a two-sport athlete at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa as a point guard on the men’s basketball team and a shortstop on the baseball team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1982. He began his coaching career on the high school level in Colorado. During his tenure as the head coach at Stratton High School (1985-88) he was twice named District Coach of the Year leading his teams to district and league championships in 1986, 1987 and 1988. His teams posted an overall mark of 54-17, earning two third-place finishes in state tournaments. Rahe got his first taste of coaching on the collegiate level in 1988-89, when he joined the staff at Colorado College

as an assistant. He went on to serve as an assistant at the University of Colorado (1989-90) and the University of Denver (1990-91) before beginning his long association with Stew Morrill at Colorado State and Utah State. Following Morrill to Utah State, Rahe was part of an Aggie staff which, in six seasons, helped the team compile a 143-48 record, winning five Big West Conference championships, earn three appearances in the NCAA Tournament with a first round win over Ohio State and two NIT berths. In his last season (2003-04) at USU, the Aggies were ranked as high as 19th in the nation. From Utah State Rahe went to the University of Utah in 2004-05 where he would spend the next two seasons as an assistant coach under Ray Giacoletti. In his first season with the Utes, Utah finished 29-6, won the Mountain West Championship, and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. They were led that season by Andrew Bogut who earned National Player of the Year honors and went on to become the first pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Rahe was born June 12, 1960. He and his wife Laura are the parents of two sons, Luke and Kade. Laura is a women’s basketball official in the Mountain West, WAC and West Coast Conferences.

Associate Head Coach Eric Duft Eric Duft is in his 11th season on the Weber State coaching staff. He joined the Wildcats with head coach Randy Rahe in 2006. In 2009, Duft was elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach at Weber State. In his 10 years with the Wildcats, Duft has been a part of five Big Sky Conference titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament. He has also coached six Big Sky Conference MVP’s. David Patten (2007), Kellen McCoy (2009), Damian Lillard (2010, 2012), Davion Berry (2014) and Joel Bolomboy (2016) were all named the Big Sky Conference MVP. He has helped lead the Wildcats to eight postseason tournament appearances, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, 2014 and 2016, two trips to the NIT, and the Collegeinsider.com Tournament championship game in 2013. WSU has also advanced to the Big Sky Tournament in all 10 seasons. In his role at Weber State, Duft calls the offensive plays during the game. Under his guidance, Weber State has been one of the top teams in the Big Sky in several statistical

categories. During the 2012-13 season the Wildcats led the nation in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage in route to a record-setting 30-7 season. Duft came to Weber State after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at Hutchinson Junior College in Hutchinson, Kansas. He served two seasons under current Utah State University head coach, Tim Duryea, and five seasons under Chad Wintz. The 2003-04 team posted a 29-4 record and were ranked among the top five in the country during the course of the season. A native of Sterling, Kansas, he graduated from Sterling High in 1991 where he was the class valedictorian. He attended Sterling College where he was a four-year letterman under Coach Jim Woudstra. He graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Prior to his coaching stint at Hutchinson JC, Duft spent one season as an assistant coach at Cowley County (Kansas) CC for Coach Mark Nelson in 1998-99. He also served as an assistant coach at Central (Kansas) Community College under Coach Mike Beard from 1995-97 and was then elevated to head coach for the 1997-98 season before going to Cowley CC. He and his wife, Sherri, are the parents of an four children Jaret, Halle, Easton and Kourt.

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Assistant Coach Garrett Lever Garrett Lever enters his fifth season as a member of the Weber State coaching staff. The past three seasons, he has served as an assistant coach with the Wildcats. He spent the two previous seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations and video coordinator. In his time with the Wildcats, he has been a part of two Big Sky Championship teams and two trips to the NCAA Tournament. During the past year, Lever helped lead the Wildcats to the Big Sky regular season title, Big Sky Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, while posting a 26-9 overall record. In his role as an assistant coach Lever assists in all areas of the program including recruiting, scouting and player development. He came to Weber State for the 2012-13 season as video coordinator and was the Director of Basketball Operations during the 2013-14 season in which the Wildcats won the Big Sky title, Big Sky Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Lever played two seasons of college basketball at the University of Seattle from 2009-11, where he averaged 3.6 points and 1.9 steals per game for the Redhawks. He

graduated from Seattle in 2011 and spent the 2011-12 school year as the Director of Operations for the University of Seattle athletic department. Prior to his time at Seattle, he played one season at Midland Junior College where he helped lead the team to a regional championship and a trip to the championship game of the National Junior College Tournament. He averaged 2.3 steals per game that season, fifth best in the nation. He also played one season at Nebraska-Kearny where he led the nation in steals at 3.6 per game, totaling 90 steals on the season, as well as averaging 13 points per game. He was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Lever is a native of Phoenix, Ariz., where he attended Desert Vista High School and earned First Team All-City and All-Region honors and Second Team All-State honors. He is the son of former NBA all-star Lafayette “Fat” Lever who played 11 seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks. Lever was a two-time NBA All-Star and ranks 22nd in NBA history in career steals. He was also the longtime Director of Player Development for the Sacramento Kings.

Assistant Coach David Marek David Marek is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Weber State men’s basketball program. He joined the Wildcats in the summer of 2016. Marek comes to Weber State after spending the past two seasons at Utah State. This past season he was the Director of Player Development for the Aggies and spent the 2014-15 season as the video coordinator. Prior to joining the Aggies, Marek was a graduate assistant at Idaho State in the Big Sky. He spent two seasons with the Bengals as video coordinator and graduate assistant and also assisted with academic responsibilities.

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Marek, 31, is a native of Benesov, Czech Republic and played college basketball at Southern Utah. He played four years with the Thunderbirds and ranks in the top 10 in several categories. He still holds SUU’s single-game 3-point percentage record, shooting 7-of-7 from 3-point land in one game. He also ranks sixth in SUU career 3-pointer percentage. Following his college playing career, Marek played professionally for three seasons in Spain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He was a member of the Czech Republic National Team from 2008-10 and participated in the NBA Basketball Without Borders program. He graduated from Southern Utah in 2009 and earned his master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Idaho State in 2014.

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Director of Basketball Operations David Moats The 2016-17 season will be the third year for David Moats as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Weber State men’s basketball program. Moats joined Weber State in June 2014. In his role, Moats assists in all areas of the Wildcat program including travel and scheduling. During the past year, Moats was a part of the Wildcat team that won the Big Sky regular season title, the Big Sky Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, while posting a 26-9 overall record.

2013-14 season the Gators were ranked first in the nation for much of the 2013-14 season and advanced to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to his time at Florida, Moats spent two seasons as a student assistant coach with the men’s basketball team at the University of Wyoming. A native of Guernsey, Wyo., Moats played two seasons of college basketball at Northwest Junior College in Powell, Wyo. He graduated from Wyoming in 2012 with a degree in Kinesiology. He earned his master’s degree in Sports Management from Florida in 2014.

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2016-17 Weber State Men’s Basketball Roster No. 0 2 3 5 10 11 12 13 22 23 24 25 30 34 35 44

Name Kiko Stavrev Juwan Williams Jordan Dallas Cody John Jerrick Harding McKay Butler George Darling Brekkott Chapman Ryan Richardson Richaud Gittens McKay Cannon Dusty Baker Jeremy Senglin Brenden Morris Kyndahl Hill Zach Braxton

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Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School) 210 RFr. Sofia, Bulgaria (Myerscough (England)) 200 So. Richmond, TX (Travis) 220 RFr. Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly) 185 Fr. Mississauga, Canada (Wasatch Academy HS (UT)) 175 Fr. Wichita, KS (Southeast) 170 Fr. Farmington, UT (Viewmont) 200 Fr. Doncaster, England (Myerscough) 215 Jr. Roy, UT (University of Utah) (Roy) 185 Jr. Chandler, AZ (Dobson) 200 Sr. Tempe, AZ (Marcos De Niza) 185 So. Shelley, ID (Shelly HS) 190 Jr. Coto de Caza, CA (Saddleback JC) 195 Sr. Arlington, TX (Bowie) 185 RFr. Syracuse, UT (Ben Lomond HS) 215 Sr. Humble, TX (Humble) 250 So. Highlands Ranch, CO (Highlands Ranch)

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2016-17 Eastern Washington Men’s Basketball Roster No. 0 2 4 5 10 12 13 14 15 20 24 32 34 40 42 44

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown / Previous Schools Julian Harrell G/F 6-5 195 R-Sr. Los Angeles, CA /City College of San Francisco Ty Gibson G 6-3 190 So. Issaquah, Wash. / Issaquah HS Sir Washington G 6-3 180 R-Jr. Las Vegas, Nevada / Clark HS Sir Washington Michael Wearne G 6-2 190 R-Fr. Croydon, Australia / Box Hill HS Jacob Davison G 6-4 175 Fr. Montebello, Calif. / Cantwell-Sacred Heart HS Grant Gibb G 6-5 185 R-Fr. Longview, Wash. / Mark Morris HS Luka Vulikic G 6-5 190 Fr. Belgrade, Serbia Mason Peatling F 6-8 220 Fr. Melbourne, Australia / Beaconhills College HS Joshua Thomas G 6-3 185 Fr. Spokane, Wash. / Central Valley Cody Benzel G 6-4 175 R-So. Spokane, Wash. / Ferris HS Jacob Wiley F 6-7 220 R-Sr. Newport, Wash. / Newport HS Bogdan Bliznyuk G/F 6-6 215 Jr. Lutsk, Ukraine / Todd Beamer HS Jesse Hunt F 6-7 210 So. Geraldton, Australia / Sir Francis Drake (Calif.) HS Geremy McKay F 6-7 230 R-So. Melbourne, Australia / Caulfield Grammar School Mario Soto G 6-6 205 R-So. Irvine, CA/Concordia Felix Von Hofe F 6-5 200 Sr. Melbourne, Australia / Wesley College

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Weber State Athletic Department Administration JERRY BOVEE

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jerry Bovee was named Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Weber State University in September 2009. Since joining the Wildcats Bovee has been influential in several facility upgrades at Weber State, highlighted by the construction of the Marquardt Fieldhouse indoor practice facility. In addition, a new synthetic turf field and new track have been installed at Stewart Stadium, a new state-of-the-art Daktronics video board was installed at the Dee Events Center, and WSU has also refurnished the Edmond Tennis Courts on campus. He has also been involved in the hiring of new employees within the athletic department including a new Senior Woman’s Administrator, a new Marketing Director, as well as new volleyball, women’s basketball, and softball head coaches. He has also partnered with KP Sports for WSU’s corporate sponsorship opportunities. Prior to being named Athletics Director, Bovee spent two years as Assistant Vice President for Administrative Support Services at Weber State. In that role he supervised operations for the Academic Services and Athletics Compliance for the Athletics Department, and directed Campus Police, Mail Services, Printing Services, Environmental Health and Safety and the Dee Events Center and Stewart Stadium operations.

Bovee assisted in the completion of the year-long NCAA re-certification process for the Wildcats serving as chief report writer and liaison to the NCAA Peer Review Team. In addition, he has supervised the initiative to improve the Academic Performance Ratings for Weber State’s 16 athletic teams. Before coming to Weber State, Bovee served as Assistant Director of the Utah High School Activities Association. His duties included organization and management of state tournaments, coaches and officials education programs, sport rules interpretation and a myriad of other duties related to the administration and governance of sports and activities at the high school level throughout Utah. While at the UHSAA, Jerry served as vice-chair of the National Federation of State High School Associations football rules committee. Bovee worked as Sales and Promotion Specialist and later as Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Promotions at Utah State from 1992 to 1995. In that role, he directed the corporate sales program for Aggie Athletics. In addition, he developed group and corporate ticketing plans, in-game promotions and other game management programs. Bovee earned a bachelor’s degree in Business-Finance from Utah State University in 1992. In 2010 he earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Weber State. He was born and raised in Ogden Utah and attended Ben Lomond High School. Bovee and his wife Julie have four children: Jared, Ethan, Addison and Seth.

Athletic Department Administration Staff

AMY CROSBIE Associate A.D. for Support Services/ Senior Woman Administrator

RON GOCH Associate A.D. for External Operations

JERRY GRAYBEAL Associate A.D. for Development

JOEL BASS Assistant Athletics Director/Support Services & Head Athletic Trainer

MICHAEL TESCH Financial Operations Manager

BECKY THOMPSON Wildcat Club Athletic Fund Executive Director

PAUL GRUA Director of Athletic Communications

DARIN HOGGE Director of Digital Media & Publications

DAVE CHAMPLAIN Senior Account Executive/ Weber State Sports Properties

WILL PRIDEMORE Director of Compliance

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Dee Events Center

The beautiful Dee Events Center is one of the premier basketball facilities in the west and is a building of many uses, including the home for the Weber State men’s and women’s basketball teams. The building has been home to several Big Sky Championships, NCAA Tournaments, and other basketball events, as well as numerous religious and community events. Prior to the 2012-13 season, a new floor was painted with the new Weber State Athletics logo. In addition, a new state-of-the-art energy efficient lighting system was installed that will allow instant on and off lights. In 2010-11, a new state-of-the-art Daktronics videoboard, display ring, and scoretable sign were installed along with new basket standards and wall scoreboards. The Dee Events Center itself has been on national display hosting the annual NCAA Tournament on four different occasions. In 1980, the center hosted the First and Second Rounds. In 1983, it served as the West Regional Final Site with North Carolina State defeating Virginia, 62-61, to advance to and eventually win the NCAA Final Four. In 1986, the Dee Events

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Center was once again the site of the First and Second Rounds of the tournament. That year Louisville won a pair of games in the DEC on their way to winning the national title. The building was host again to the First and Second Rounds in 1994. The arena has also been home to eight Big Sky men’s basketball tournaments and two women’s tournaments. The Utah Jazz have played 12 NBA preseason games at the DEC. The building was built at a cost of 11.3 million dollars, representing the combined efforts and cooperation of students, the university and community members for the development of a functional events facility for the greater Ogden and Weber County area. In addition to those funds provided through student fees and revenue bonds, more than five million dollars was raised from private sources in a variety of memorialization programs. The highlight of the fund drive was the contribution of more than two million dollars from the Lawrence T. Dee and Donnell B. Stewart families. Ground breaking ceremonies on the fortythree acre site were conducted on March 21,

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Dee Events Center 1975. Dedication ceremonies were held on November 1, 1977, a little more than two and half years after construction was started. The first event in the facility was a men’s basketball game on November 29, 1977, in which Weber State defeated Long Beach State, 99-96 in overtime. The Dee Events Center can accommodate more than 12,000 spectators in chair-backed seats. The building is not just an athletic facility. The arena also hosts the WSU commencement services each year as well as a variety of campus, religious, and community events. The arena frequently hosts the Utah State High School Basketball Championships as well as numerous graduation ceremonies for area high schools. The DEC has also been the home of many con-

certs and other performances throughout the years. Alabama, Clint Black, the Beach Boys, Sawyer Brown, Johnny Cash, Bill Cosby, Kenny G, Chris LeDoux, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, David Lee Murphy, Willie Nelson, Collin Raye, LeAnn Rimes, George Strait, Taylor Swift, James Taylor, the New York Philharmonic, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah Symphony and Widespread Panic are just some of the many performers to come to the Dee Events Center. Over the years, the arena has been the site of a circus, tennis and wrestling matches, gatherings by religious groups, and high school basketball championships. Neil Armstrong, Jake Garn, Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, Jon M. Huntsman, Larry Miller, Christopher Reeve, and John Wooden are just a few of the luminaries who have spoken at the facility.

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Weber State Men’s Basketball History Big Sky Regular Season Championships Year 1964-65 1965-66 1967-68 1968-69 1969-70 1970-71 1971-72 1972-73

Overall BSC 22-3 8-2 20-5 8-2 21-6 12-3 27-3 15-0 20-7 12-3 21-6 12-2 18-11 10-4 20-7 13-1

Year Overall BSC 1975-76 21-11 9-5 1978-79 25-9 10-4 1979-80 26-3 13-1 1982-83(tie) 23-8 10-4 1983-84 23-8 12-2 1993-94(tie) 20-10 10-4 1994-95 21-9 11-3

Year Overall BSC 1998-99 25-8 13-3 2002-03 26-6 14-0 2006-07(tie) 20-12 11-5 2008-09 21-10 15-1 2009-10 20-11 13-3 2013-14 19-12 14-6 2015-16 26-9 15-3

NCAA Tournament Appearances Year 1967-69 1968-69 1969-70 1970-71 1971-72 1972-73 1977-78 1978-79 1979-80 1982-83 1994-95 1998-99 2002-03 2006-07 2013-14 2015-16

Round 1st Round 1st Round Regional Regional 1st Round 1st Round 1st Round Regional Regional 1st Round 1st Round 1st Round 2nd Round 1st Round 1st Round 1st Round 2nd Round 1st Round 2nd Round 1st Round 1st Round 2nd Round First Round

Opponent vs. New Mexico State vs. Seattle vs. Santa Clara vs. New Mexico State vs. Cal State Long Beach vs. Cal State Long Beach vs. Hawaii vs. UCLA vs. San Francisco vs. Cal State Long Beach vs. Arkansas vs. New Mexico State vs. Arkansas vs. Lamar vs. Washington State vs. Michigan State vs. Georgetown vs. North Carolina vs. Florida vs. Wisconsin vs. UCLA vs. Arizona vs. Xavier

Big Sky MVP’s Year Player 1994-95 Ruben Nembhard 1995-96 Jimmy Degraffenried 1998-99 Harold Arceneaux 1999-00 Harold Arceneaux 2002-03 Jermaine Boyette 2006-07 David Patten 2008-09 Kellen McCoy 2009-10 Damian Lillard 2011-12 Damian Lillard 2013-14 Davion Berry 2015-16 Joel Bolomboy

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Result L 57-68 W 75-73 L 59-63(ot) W 58-56 L 73-92 L 66-77 W 91-64 L 58-90 L 64-74 L 75-88 L 52-73 W 81-78(ot) L 63-74 L 86-87 L 52-62 W 79-72 L 51-53 W 76-74 L 74-81(ot) L 74-81 L 42-70 L 59-68 L 53-71

Site Salt Lake City, UT Las Cruses, NM Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA Provo, UT Logan, UT Pocatello, ID Provo, UT Provo, UT Logan, UT Eugene, OR Lawrence, KS Lawrence, KS Ogden, UT Boise, ID Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL Seattle, WA Seattle, WA Spokane, WA Sacramento, CA San Diego, CA St. Louis, MO

Weber State Hall of Fame Members Ron Abegglen Harold Arceneaux Kenny Barrett Bruce Collins Lynn Corbridge Jimmy Degraffenried Eddie Gill Stuart “Monk” Halliday Sessions Harlan Todd Harper Allen Holmes David Johnson Phil Johnson Weber State basketball

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The Big Sky Conference The Big Sky Conference enters its 54th year and 29th year of women’s competition during the 2015-16 academic year. The venerable and stable Division I Big Sky Conference observed its 50th birthday on July 1, 2013. Four of the current league members – Idaho State University, The University of Montana, Montana State and Weber State – have been with the league since its birth. Fellow charter member the University of Idaho returned most of its sports to the Big Sky on July 1, 2014. Northern Arizona University enters its 47th season in the league, giving the league five members with at least 40 years of continuous membership. The Big Sky Conference welcomed North Dakota and Southern Utah on July 1, 2012 as full members. UC Davis and Cal Poly joined as football affiliate members. Eastern Washington University, the University of Northern Colorado, Portland State University and Sacramento State round out the current membership. The league has become one of the strongest Division I conferences in the West and is a national leader in the Football Championship Subdivision. Six times, Big Sky teams have won the Division I National Championship, including Eastern Washington in 2010. The Big Sky is one of three conferences in the western United States playing Division I football. The Big Sky Conference was established in 1963 by six charter members – Idaho, Idaho State, Gonzaga, Montana, Montana State and Weber State. Those six schools formed the foundation of the Big Sky before the league expanded in 1970 by adding Boise State and Northern Arizona. Gonzaga left the Sky in 1979 and was replaced by Nevada, which gave the league eight members. The conference grew to nine schools in 1987 with the addition of Eastern Washington. The 1990s saw change in the makeup of the league, beginning in 1992 when Nevada departed and put the Big Sky back at eight teams. In 1996 Boise State and Idaho left and at the same time the conference added Portland State, Sacramento State and Cal State Northridge. The Big Sky maintained nine teams for five years before Cal State Northridge departed in the spring of 2001. The Big Sky’s full members represent nine states spanning from the Pacific Ocean to the Red River Valley of North Dakota. The league is represented along the entire west coast with institutions in Washington, Oregon and California. League schools also range up and down the Rocky Mountains with institutions in Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and Colorado. It is “The Heart of the American West.”

The University of Idaho, which was a member from 1963-96, will once again compete in the Big Sky in the majority of its sports. Idaho’s football program maintained its FBS affiliation, joining the Sun Belt Conference. On Feb 25, 1963, the name Big Sky was adopted by the six presidents of the charter members as the name of the new conference. The name Big Sky originated in a novel written by the late A.B. (Bud) Guthrie of Great Falls, Mont., in 1947 entitled “The Big Sky.” Jack Hollowell, a former Montana advertising director, promoted the Big Sky theme for the Treasure State. While on a track and field trip from Pocatello, Idaho, to Missoula, Mont., legendary Dubby Holt of Idaho State saw a “Welcome to Big Sky Country” sign as his team entered Montana. Holt, and his athletes thought “Big Sky” would be a perfect name for the new conference. Harry Missildine of the Spokane Spokesman-Review called for the newly formed league to be named the Big Sky Conference in his column dated Feb. 20, 1963. The Big Sky sponsors championships in 16 sports, including men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, basketball and tennis. In addition, there are also championships in football, and women’s volleyball, golf and soccer. The Big Sky sponsored softball for the first time in 2013. Men’s golf returned as a championship sport in 2014-15 for the first time since 2002. The University of Hartford and Binghamton University have joined the Big Sky as affiliate members in golf. In 1988-89, the Big Sky Conference first began sponsoring women’s sports. The former Mountain West Conference existed from 1982-88, sponsoring championships for women’s sports at the same institutions the Big Sky had men’s programs. The Big Sky merged with the Mountain West in 1988, forming one league for both men and women. Andrea Williams, the sixth commissioner of the Big Sky Conference, is in her first year at the helm. Williams took over the Big Sky on July 1, 2016, replacing longtime commissioner Doug Fullerton. Fullerton served the league for 21 years. Ron Stephenson, who assed away in 2011, preceded Fullerton. Serving as commissioner from 1981 through June 1995. Steve Belko was the commissioner from 1977-81, while John Roning held the post from 1971-77. The first league commissioner was Jack Friel, who served from 1963-71.

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The Big Sky Conference

ANDREA WILLIAMS Big Sky Conference Commissioner

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RON LOGHRY Senior Associate, Deputy Commissioner

JON KASPER Assistant Commissioner Championships

JAYNEE NADOLSKI Assistant Commissioner Compliance & Governance/SWA

TANNER GOOCH Assistant Commissioner External Operations

KARL RICHINS Coordinator of Football Officials

JON OGELSBY Communications Director

JASON ASHCRAFT Communications Director

BRAD WALL Communications Director

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