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SAAC Helps Make-A-Wish Winona State University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has been a major contributor to MakeA-Wish and has helped guide efforts within NCAA Division II. Since 2003 NCAA DII has raised over $1 million and recently agreed to continue the partnership for three additional years. Winona State student-athletes have bought in to the Make-A-Wish partnership and recently finalized two projects that raised over $1,000. Log onto winonastatewarriors.com to learn more about the Winona State SAAC.

Spring 2010 Vol. 15

Warrior Update Warriors Launch New Media and Social Networks Winona State Athletics now has more ways to have up-to-date information for fans after the launching of its own social networking sites. Since September 2009 Winona State Athletics created two of its own weekly shows, “Warrior Weekly” and “Warrior All-Access.” The formation of social networking on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter gives fans additional access to events and news.

Warrior Club News An Official Publication of the Winona State Warrior Club

Recently, the Warriors fan page on Facebook surpassed the 1,500 mark and currently holds the reins as the largest athletics based fan page in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. “It’s exciting that Winona State Athletics continues to be a leader in the NSIC in terms of new media. These initiatives have allowed better connection with our tremendous fan base,” said Travis Whipple, assistant athletic director.

Join Us! arch sure is an exciting time of year. Winter is starting to come to an end and spring is just around the corner. It also means that we will all be glued to our TVs looking for who will emerge as the next Cinderella team the NCAA Tournament. March is also an exciting time for the Warrior Club and its members as we kick off our annual membership drive for 2010-2011.

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Over 14,000 individuals have logged on to the WSU athletics YouTube page, which gives the opportunity for fans outside of the Winona community to keep up with Warrior athletics. “YouTube has been a great way for fans across the world and those close to Winona to stay connected and involved with the day to day happenings within our fourteen varsity athletics programs. We have witnessed outstanding growth with winonastatewarriors.com and all of our social media sites. In fact, we have been visited by fans in 116 countries and all fifty states.” said Whipple The future of online social networking is something the Warriors will keep moving forward. Current plans are to stream athletic events live such as gymnastics, baseball, and softball online at winonastatewarriors.com. Future plans also include a blog where fans can ask questions and get additional inside information. “We have experienced great success over the past several years and continue to set the pace within Division II athletics. As a department we feel it’s our responsibility to share those stories and experiences with the greatest fans in collegiate athletics. After all without the support of our fans and community members we wouldn’t be where we are today. This fall marked the beginning of those efforts to better reach our fan base,” said Whipple Fans can join any of the Warrior social networking sites at the links on the winonastatewarriors.com homepage.

WSU Warrior Club

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit #192 Winona, MN 55987

Last year, with the generosity of our more than 730 members, the Warrior Club was able to raise $71,000. As the cost of tuition and the levels of competition continue to rise, we will look to surpass last year’s totals and have set an ambitious goal of $90,000 for this year. Joining the Warrior Club can be a very rewarding experience for all. Not only do you become a member of the Warrior Club team and receive other personal benefits, you also have the reward of knowing every dollar donated goes directly to helping fund a scholarship for a student athlete. Renewal letters for this year’s drive will be mailed out to all current Warrior Club members the first week in March. The student-led Warrior Club Phonathon will begin on March 22. Both are easy ways to renew your donations or to become a first time member. You can also visit the Winona State Athletics website at www.winonastatewarriors.com and click on the Warrior Club tab to become a member as well. Thank you all for your continued support.


“When I came to visit, I loved the coaches and the team and it was always a goal of mine to play baseball in college. Until this day, I still love the game because you get to travel and meet people from all over and you get to play against good competition.”

With fifteen credits and long days filled with classes and homework, baseball is something that Soyk looks forward to everyday.

“It’s a good stress-reliever from school and I’m always so busy, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have baseball.” Soyk is currently majoring in accounting with an outstanding 3.96 GPA. Like most athletes, his days consist of classes followed by weight room, practice, trainers, and homework. Soyk definitely looks forward to his days off.

“When I’m not doing baseball or homework, I love relaxing and hanging out with my team.We are a very close group and we typically hang out on and off the field.” With encouraging words, Poock would consider Soyk as having a great personality on the team. “Jamie is a great leader for our team and the other players look to him for leadership and guidance both on and off the field.”

The four proposals were approved by wide margins after a yearlong effort from presidents to take steps to ensure that the division’s playing and practice season policies aligned with its balance-driven strategicpositioning platform. The proposals were generated after consultation with several constituencies by the Legislation and Championships Committees and then vetted through the governance structure for the past eight months.

Men’s Basketball The Warriors find themselves in the thick of another tournament berth with a top-ten NCAA Central Regional ranking. Warriors got a win over the number-five regionally ranked University of Mary team, winning 71-67 at McCown Gym. All of this could not be done without the efforts from senior guard David Johnson, who leads the NSIC in scoring averaging 20 points a game.

Women’s Basketball After coming off a record-breaking 2008-09 the Warriors have an opportunity to make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row being ranked in top-ten in the Central Region. Senior guard Ana Wurtz has for the second straight year been named to the ESPN The Magazine All-District V Second Team in academics.

Winona State University letter jacket

Use of “W Room” for party of 10 for home basketball game of your choice

Purple $250

Women’s Soccer Inks Eight Winona State University head soccer coach Ali Omar has announced the signing of 8 high school student athletes for the 2010 season. They include midfielders Sammy Fegen (Waukee, Iowa), Rachel Carr (Winnebago), and Morgan LeFebvre (Grimes, Iowa); defenders Niki Porter (Prior Lake), Kayla Shook (Woodbury), and Becky McCoy (Eagan); forward Jennifer Deroo (Anoka); and keeper Alexandra Vail (Madison, Wis.).

Varsity $500

Captain $1,000

Warrior $2,500

Champion $5,000

In the past five seasons Omar has coached his program to an astounding record of 83-15-10. Overall, in his 14 years as head coach at Winona State, Omar has had 13 consecutive winning seasons with a record of 193-66-16, including an intimidating record of 97-8-6 in NSIC play. The class of 2010 will look to help the Warriors build upon last season’s NSIC regular season conference championship. Omar has established one of the elite programs within NCAA Division II and this season surpassed the 200-win plateau for his career.

Travel for 2 to conference road contest with team of your choice (must be agreed upon with head coach)

Establish December 20-26 as a seven-day dead period during which no athletically related activities can be conducted in winter sports. The proposal also restricts voluntary activities for all sports during that time unless the facilities are open to all students.

Warrior Club travel warm up suit

White $100

2 football season tickets in reserved seating

Reduce the maximum number of contests in basketball from 27 to 26.

Honorary “Coach of the Day” for sport of your choice (as agreed upon with head coach)

Invitation for four to attend one WSU football game in WSU luxury box

Reduce the number of contests in baseball from 56 to 50 and the dates of competition in golf from 24 to 21. The proposal also eliminates the tournament exception in softball.

Winona State is a member of NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. WSU is one of the more successful Division II programs in the past 14 years, compiling a 153-44 record for a .777 winning percentage. WSU also has also won six outright conference championships and tied for two others in the past 14 years. Winona State has advanced on to NCAA playoff action in five seasons and to Mineral Water Bowl play in two seasons during the past 14 seasons.

Reserved parking for football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball and women’s soccer

Women’s Track and Field The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranked the Warriors thirteenth in the nation. Recently the team traveled to Wisconsin-Whitewater and won five events and posted five NCAA Division II Championship qualifying marks. The team has broken two different Warrior records in the 4X400 meter relay and shot put. Beth Braun, Cathryn Helmers, Brittany Rynda, and Kelly Shaw turning a time of 3:54.24 in the relay, while Rebecca Stier recorded a toss of 48feet, 10-inches in the shot.

Warrior Club wind shirt/pullover

When Soyk’s came to visit Winona State and the baseball team, he knew he wanted to be a Warrior.

Reduce the number of contests in soccer from 20 to 18 and the number of matches in volleyball from 28 to 26, effective in August 2010.

Complimentary admission to any Warrior Club group activities and coaches’ luncheons

“I actually first saw him play against my brothers team in the Wisconsin State Tournament his junior year. He pitched and won 1-0 in eight innings and what really made him stick out to me was his overall baseball ability and knowledge of the game,” said Poock.

From a regional breakout, the Warriors signed twelve players from Minnesota, seven from Wisconsin, six from Illinois, three from Iowa, and one from California.

All-sports athletic pass

Jamie has outstanding abilities and a great knowledge of the game that he likely learned from his dad,Warriors head baseball coach Kyle Poock remembered from the first time he saw him play.

Warrior Club polo shirt

“My dad was my idol, he coached me all the way up through high school and he is at all my games during the spring,” said Soyk.

Provide a one-week-later date for the first permissible contest in all fall sports (to the Thursday preceding September 6) and a later reporting date for fall-sports student-athletes (17 days before the first permissible contest in soccer, volleyball, cross country and field hockey, and 21 days before the first permissible contest in football). The proposal also applies to golf and tennis for schools in conferences that conduct their lone league championship or most of its conference matches in the fall.

Complimentary admission to annual Warrior Club Auction

The focus of the recruiting class was on both offensive and defensive line with an emphasis on defense. The Warriors signed eight offensive linemen and six defensive linemen. The rest of the recruiting class consisted of five defensive backs and five linebackers. On the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors signed one fullback, quarterback, tight end, and a placekicker.

8 single-game admission tickets for Warrior athletic home contests

Delegates at their business session approved the following measures:

Gymnastics The Warriors started the season strong with a 4-0 record. A goal set by the team was to score a 180.00 before the end of January and this was met on January 31 at the Illinois State University meet. The team recently competed in the Best of Minnesota meet at the University of Minnesota where the it placed second.

4 single-game admission tickets for Warrior athletic home contests

Winona State head football coach Tom Sawyer has announced the signing of 29 high school football studentathletes for the 2010 season. 10% discount on priority seating and season pass purchases for select sports

Follow the latest in Warrior athletics at www.winonastatewarriors.com.

Opportunity to purchase priority seating for select sports (based on availability)

NCAA Division II proved it was serious about shortening seasons and cutting contests to align with its strategic platform when delegates approved all four proposals in the presidentially led Life in the Balance package at the NCAA Convention.

Warrior Club Membership Benefits Program Invitations to all Warrior Club group activities and coaches’ luncheons

Football Signs 29 to Letters of Intent

Team pocket schedules for all sports

Winter Sports Updates

Periodic Warrior Club News (4-6/year)

Life in the Balance: NCAA Division II Athletics

Warrior Club Benefits

Winona State junior baseball catcher Jamie Soyk always knew he wanted to play the game he loves just like his idol taught him.

Warrior Sports Update

Warrior Club long-sleeve T-shirt

Student-Athlete of the Month: Jamie Soyk

Cut and Mail

Warrior Club Membership Pledge Form     

Complete this form and mail it to: WSU Warrior Club, Somsen Hall 204, P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN 55987 Sign me up at (check one): White Level ($100)  Captain Level ($1,000) Name_______________________________________________________________ Purple Level ($250)  Warrior Level ($2,500) Address______________________________________________________________ Varsity Level ($500)  Champion Level ($5,000) City/State/Zip_________________________________________________________ Payment options: Telephone________________________E-mail______________________________ Check payable to WSU Warrior Club is enclosed Bill me  Credit Card type & #________________________Expiration Date______Signature ___________________________Date_______


“When I came to visit, I loved the coaches and the team and it was always a goal of mine to play baseball in college. Until this day, I still love the game because you get to travel and meet people from all over and you get to play against good competition.”

With fifteen credits and long days filled with classes and homework, baseball is something that Soyk looks forward to everyday.

“It’s a good stress-reliever from school and I’m always so busy, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have baseball.” Soyk is currently majoring in accounting with an outstanding 3.96 GPA. Like most athletes, his days consist of classes followed by weight room, practice, trainers, and homework. Soyk definitely looks forward to his days off.

“When I’m not doing baseball or homework, I love relaxing and hanging out with my team.We are a very close group and we typically hang out on and off the field.” With encouraging words, Poock would consider Soyk as having a great personality on the team. “Jamie is a great leader for our team and the other players look to him for leadership and guidance both on and off the field.”

The four proposals were approved by wide margins after a yearlong effort from presidents to take steps to ensure that the division’s playing and practice season policies aligned with its balance-driven strategicpositioning platform. The proposals were generated after consultation with several constituencies by the Legislation and Championships Committees and then vetted through the governance structure for the past eight months.

Men’s Basketball The Warriors find themselves in the thick of another tournament berth with a top-ten NCAA Central Regional ranking. Warriors got a win over the number-five regionally ranked University of Mary team, winning 71-67 at McCown Gym. All of this could not be done without the efforts from senior guard David Johnson, who leads the NSIC in scoring averaging 20 points a game.

Women’s Basketball After coming off a record-breaking 2008-09 the Warriors have an opportunity to make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row being ranked in top-ten in the Central Region. Senior guard Ana Wurtz has for the second straight year been named to the ESPN The Magazine All-District V Second Team in academics.

Winona State University letter jacket

Use of “W Room” for party of 10 for home basketball game of your choice

Purple $250

Women’s Soccer Inks Eight Winona State University head soccer coach Ali Omar has announced the signing of 8 high school student athletes for the 2010 season. They include midfielders Sammy Fegen (Waukee, Iowa), Rachel Carr (Winnebago), and Morgan LeFebvre (Grimes, Iowa); defenders Niki Porter (Prior Lake), Kayla Shook (Woodbury), and Becky McCoy (Eagan); forward Jennifer Deroo (Anoka); and keeper Alexandra Vail (Madison, Wis.).

Varsity $500

Captain $1,000

Warrior $2,500

Champion $5,000

In the past five seasons Omar has coached his program to an astounding record of 83-15-10. Overall, in his 14 years as head coach at Winona State, Omar has had 13 consecutive winning seasons with a record of 193-66-16, including an intimidating record of 97-8-6 in NSIC play. The class of 2010 will look to help the Warriors build upon last season’s NSIC regular season conference championship. Omar has established one of the elite programs within NCAA Division II and this season surpassed the 200-win plateau for his career.

Travel for 2 to conference road contest with team of your choice (must be agreed upon with head coach)

Establish December 20-26 as a seven-day dead period during which no athletically related activities can be conducted in winter sports. The proposal also restricts voluntary activities for all sports during that time unless the facilities are open to all students.

Warrior Club travel warm up suit

White $100

2 football season tickets in reserved seating

Reduce the maximum number of contests in basketball from 27 to 26.

Honorary “Coach of the Day” for sport of your choice (as agreed upon with head coach)

Invitation for four to attend one WSU football game in WSU luxury box

Reduce the number of contests in baseball from 56 to 50 and the dates of competition in golf from 24 to 21. The proposal also eliminates the tournament exception in softball.

Winona State is a member of NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. WSU is one of the more successful Division II programs in the past 14 years, compiling a 153-44 record for a .777 winning percentage. WSU also has also won six outright conference championships and tied for two others in the past 14 years. Winona State has advanced on to NCAA playoff action in five seasons and to Mineral Water Bowl play in two seasons during the past 14 seasons.

Reserved parking for football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball and women’s soccer

Women’s Track and Field The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranked the Warriors thirteenth in the nation. Recently the team traveled to Wisconsin-Whitewater and won five events and posted five NCAA Division II Championship qualifying marks. The team has broken two different Warrior records in the 4X400 meter relay and shot put. Beth Braun, Cathryn Helmers, Brittany Rynda, and Kelly Shaw turning a time of 3:54.24 in the relay, while Rebecca Stier recorded a toss of 48feet, 10-inches in the shot.

Warrior Club wind shirt/pullover

When Soyk’s came to visit Winona State and the baseball team, he knew he wanted to be a Warrior.

Reduce the number of contests in soccer from 20 to 18 and the number of matches in volleyball from 28 to 26, effective in August 2010.

Complimentary admission to any Warrior Club group activities and coaches’ luncheons

“I actually first saw him play against my brothers team in the Wisconsin State Tournament his junior year. He pitched and won 1-0 in eight innings and what really made him stick out to me was his overall baseball ability and knowledge of the game,” said Poock.

From a regional breakout, the Warriors signed twelve players from Minnesota, seven from Wisconsin, six from Illinois, three from Iowa, and one from California.

All-sports athletic pass

Jamie has outstanding abilities and a great knowledge of the game that he likely learned from his dad,Warriors head baseball coach Kyle Poock remembered from the first time he saw him play.

Warrior Club polo shirt

“My dad was my idol, he coached me all the way up through high school and he is at all my games during the spring,” said Soyk.

Provide a one-week-later date for the first permissible contest in all fall sports (to the Thursday preceding September 6) and a later reporting date for fall-sports student-athletes (17 days before the first permissible contest in soccer, volleyball, cross country and field hockey, and 21 days before the first permissible contest in football). The proposal also applies to golf and tennis for schools in conferences that conduct their lone league championship or most of its conference matches in the fall.

Complimentary admission to annual Warrior Club Auction

The focus of the recruiting class was on both offensive and defensive line with an emphasis on defense. The Warriors signed eight offensive linemen and six defensive linemen. The rest of the recruiting class consisted of five defensive backs and five linebackers. On the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors signed one fullback, quarterback, tight end, and a placekicker.

8 single-game admission tickets for Warrior athletic home contests

Delegates at their business session approved the following measures:

Gymnastics The Warriors started the season strong with a 4-0 record. A goal set by the team was to score a 180.00 before the end of January and this was met on January 31 at the Illinois State University meet. The team recently competed in the Best of Minnesota meet at the University of Minnesota where the it placed second.

4 single-game admission tickets for Warrior athletic home contests

Winona State head football coach Tom Sawyer has announced the signing of 29 high school football studentathletes for the 2010 season. 10% discount on priority seating and season pass purchases for select sports

Follow the latest in Warrior athletics at www.winonastatewarriors.com.

Opportunity to purchase priority seating for select sports (based on availability)

NCAA Division II proved it was serious about shortening seasons and cutting contests to align with its strategic platform when delegates approved all four proposals in the presidentially led Life in the Balance package at the NCAA Convention.

Warrior Club Membership Benefits Program Invitations to all Warrior Club group activities and coaches’ luncheons

Football Signs 29 to Letters of Intent

Team pocket schedules for all sports

Winter Sports Updates

Periodic Warrior Club News (4-6/year)

Life in the Balance: NCAA Division II Athletics

Warrior Club Benefits

Winona State junior baseball catcher Jamie Soyk always knew he wanted to play the game he loves just like his idol taught him.

Warrior Sports Update

Warrior Club long-sleeve T-shirt

Student-Athlete of the Month: Jamie Soyk

Cut and Mail

Warrior Club Membership Pledge Form     

Complete this form and mail it to: WSU Warrior Club, Somsen Hall 204, P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN 55987 Sign me up at (check one): White Level ($100)  Captain Level ($1,000) Name_______________________________________________________________ Purple Level ($250)  Warrior Level ($2,500) Address______________________________________________________________ Varsity Level ($500)  Champion Level ($5,000) City/State/Zip_________________________________________________________ Payment options: Telephone________________________E-mail______________________________ Check payable to WSU Warrior Club is enclosed Bill me  Credit Card type & #________________________Expiration Date______Signature ___________________________Date_______


“When I came to visit, I loved the coaches and the team and it was always a goal of mine to play baseball in college. Until this day, I still love the game because you get to travel and meet people from all over and you get to play against good competition.”

With fifteen credits and long days filled with classes and homework, baseball is something that Soyk looks forward to everyday.

“It’s a good stress-reliever from school and I’m always so busy, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have baseball.” Soyk is currently majoring in accounting with an outstanding 3.96 GPA. Like most athletes, his days consist of classes followed by weight room, practice, trainers, and homework. Soyk definitely looks forward to his days off.

“When I’m not doing baseball or homework, I love relaxing and hanging out with my team.We are a very close group and we typically hang out on and off the field.” With encouraging words, Poock would consider Soyk as having a great personality on the team. “Jamie is a great leader for our team and the other players look to him for leadership and guidance both on and off the field.”

The four proposals were approved by wide margins after a yearlong effort from presidents to take steps to ensure that the division’s playing and practice season policies aligned with its balance-driven strategicpositioning platform. The proposals were generated after consultation with several constituencies by the Legislation and Championships Committees and then vetted through the governance structure for the past eight months.

Men’s Basketball The Warriors find themselves in the thick of another tournament berth with a top-ten NCAA Central Regional ranking. Warriors got a win over the number-five regionally ranked University of Mary team, winning 71-67 at McCown Gym. All of this could not be done without the efforts from senior guard David Johnson, who leads the NSIC in scoring averaging 20 points a game.

Women’s Basketball After coming off a record-breaking 2008-09 the Warriors have an opportunity to make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row being ranked in top-ten in the Central Region. Senior guard Ana Wurtz has for the second straight year been named to the ESPN The Magazine All-District V Second Team in academics.

Winona State University letter jacket

Use of “W Room” for party of 10 for home basketball game of your choice

Purple $250

Women’s Soccer Inks Eight Winona State University head soccer coach Ali Omar has announced the signing of 8 high school student athletes for the 2010 season. They include midfielders Sammy Fegen (Waukee, Iowa), Rachel Carr (Winnebago), and Morgan LeFebvre (Grimes, Iowa); defenders Niki Porter (Prior Lake), Kayla Shook (Woodbury), and Becky McCoy (Eagan); forward Jennifer Deroo (Anoka); and keeper Alexandra Vail (Madison, Wis.).

Varsity $500

Captain $1,000

Warrior $2,500

Champion $5,000

In the past five seasons Omar has coached his program to an astounding record of 83-15-10. Overall, in his 14 years as head coach at Winona State, Omar has had 13 consecutive winning seasons with a record of 193-66-16, including an intimidating record of 97-8-6 in NSIC play. The class of 2010 will look to help the Warriors build upon last season’s NSIC regular season conference championship. Omar has established one of the elite programs within NCAA Division II and this season surpassed the 200-win plateau for his career.

Travel for 2 to conference road contest with team of your choice (must be agreed upon with head coach)

Establish December 20-26 as a seven-day dead period during which no athletically related activities can be conducted in winter sports. The proposal also restricts voluntary activities for all sports during that time unless the facilities are open to all students.

Warrior Club travel warm up suit

White $100

2 football season tickets in reserved seating

Reduce the maximum number of contests in basketball from 27 to 26.

Honorary “Coach of the Day” for sport of your choice (as agreed upon with head coach)

Invitation for four to attend one WSU football game in WSU luxury box

Reduce the number of contests in baseball from 56 to 50 and the dates of competition in golf from 24 to 21. The proposal also eliminates the tournament exception in softball.

Winona State is a member of NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. WSU is one of the more successful Division II programs in the past 14 years, compiling a 153-44 record for a .777 winning percentage. WSU also has also won six outright conference championships and tied for two others in the past 14 years. Winona State has advanced on to NCAA playoff action in five seasons and to Mineral Water Bowl play in two seasons during the past 14 seasons.

Reserved parking for football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball and women’s soccer

Women’s Track and Field The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranked the Warriors thirteenth in the nation. Recently the team traveled to Wisconsin-Whitewater and won five events and posted five NCAA Division II Championship qualifying marks. The team has broken two different Warrior records in the 4X400 meter relay and shot put. Beth Braun, Cathryn Helmers, Brittany Rynda, and Kelly Shaw turning a time of 3:54.24 in the relay, while Rebecca Stier recorded a toss of 48feet, 10-inches in the shot.

Warrior Club wind shirt/pullover

When Soyk’s came to visit Winona State and the baseball team, he knew he wanted to be a Warrior.

Reduce the number of contests in soccer from 20 to 18 and the number of matches in volleyball from 28 to 26, effective in August 2010.

Complimentary admission to any Warrior Club group activities and coaches’ luncheons

“I actually first saw him play against my brothers team in the Wisconsin State Tournament his junior year. He pitched and won 1-0 in eight innings and what really made him stick out to me was his overall baseball ability and knowledge of the game,” said Poock.

From a regional breakout, the Warriors signed twelve players from Minnesota, seven from Wisconsin, six from Illinois, three from Iowa, and one from California.

All-sports athletic pass

Jamie has outstanding abilities and a great knowledge of the game that he likely learned from his dad,Warriors head baseball coach Kyle Poock remembered from the first time he saw him play.

Warrior Club polo shirt

“My dad was my idol, he coached me all the way up through high school and he is at all my games during the spring,” said Soyk.

Provide a one-week-later date for the first permissible contest in all fall sports (to the Thursday preceding September 6) and a later reporting date for fall-sports student-athletes (17 days before the first permissible contest in soccer, volleyball, cross country and field hockey, and 21 days before the first permissible contest in football). The proposal also applies to golf and tennis for schools in conferences that conduct their lone league championship or most of its conference matches in the fall.

Complimentary admission to annual Warrior Club Auction

The focus of the recruiting class was on both offensive and defensive line with an emphasis on defense. The Warriors signed eight offensive linemen and six defensive linemen. The rest of the recruiting class consisted of five defensive backs and five linebackers. On the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors signed one fullback, quarterback, tight end, and a placekicker.

8 single-game admission tickets for Warrior athletic home contests

Delegates at their business session approved the following measures:

Gymnastics The Warriors started the season strong with a 4-0 record. A goal set by the team was to score a 180.00 before the end of January and this was met on January 31 at the Illinois State University meet. The team recently competed in the Best of Minnesota meet at the University of Minnesota where the it placed second.

4 single-game admission tickets for Warrior athletic home contests

Winona State head football coach Tom Sawyer has announced the signing of 29 high school football studentathletes for the 2010 season. 10% discount on priority seating and season pass purchases for select sports

Follow the latest in Warrior athletics at www.winonastatewarriors.com.

Opportunity to purchase priority seating for select sports (based on availability)

NCAA Division II proved it was serious about shortening seasons and cutting contests to align with its strategic platform when delegates approved all four proposals in the presidentially led Life in the Balance package at the NCAA Convention.

Warrior Club Membership Benefits Program Invitations to all Warrior Club group activities and coaches’ luncheons

Football Signs 29 to Letters of Intent

Team pocket schedules for all sports

Winter Sports Updates

Periodic Warrior Club News (4-6/year)

Life in the Balance: NCAA Division II Athletics

Warrior Club Benefits

Winona State junior baseball catcher Jamie Soyk always knew he wanted to play the game he loves just like his idol taught him.

Warrior Sports Update

Warrior Club long-sleeve T-shirt

Student-Athlete of the Month: Jamie Soyk

Cut and Mail

Warrior Club Membership Pledge Form     

Complete this form and mail it to: WSU Warrior Club, Somsen Hall 204, P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN 55987 Sign me up at (check one): White Level ($100)  Captain Level ($1,000) Name_______________________________________________________________ Purple Level ($250)  Warrior Level ($2,500) Address______________________________________________________________ Varsity Level ($500)  Champion Level ($5,000) City/State/Zip_________________________________________________________ Payment options: Telephone________________________E-mail______________________________ Check payable to WSU Warrior Club is enclosed Bill me  Credit Card type & #________________________Expiration Date______Signature ___________________________Date_______


SAAC Helps Make-A-Wish Winona State University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has been a major contributor to MakeA-Wish and has helped guide efforts within NCAA Division II. Since 2003 NCAA DII has raised over $1 million and recently agreed to continue the partnership for three additional years. Winona State student-athletes have bought in to the Make-A-Wish partnership and recently finalized two projects that raised over $1,000. Log onto winonastatewarriors.com to learn more about the Winona State SAAC.

Spring 2010 Vol. 15

Warrior Update Warriors Launch New Media and Social Networks Winona State Athletics now has more ways to have up-to-date information for fans after the launching of its own social networking sites. Since September 2009 Winona State Athletics created two of its own weekly shows, “Warrior Weekly” and “Warrior All-Access.” The formation of social networking on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter gives fans additional access to events and news.

Warrior Club News An Official Publication of the Winona State Warrior Club

Recently, the Warriors fan page on Facebook surpassed the 1,500 mark and currently holds the reins as the largest athletics based fan page in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. “It’s exciting that Winona State Athletics continues to be a leader in the NSIC in terms of new media. These initiatives have allowed better connection with our tremendous fan base,” said Travis Whipple, assistant athletic director.

Join Us! arch sure is an exciting time of year. Winter is starting to come to an end and spring is just around the corner. It also means that we will all be glued to our TVs looking for who will emerge as the next Cinderella team the NCAA Tournament. March is also an exciting time for the Warrior Club and its members as we kick off our annual membership drive for 2010-2011.

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Over 14,000 individuals have logged on to the WSU athletics YouTube page, which gives the opportunity for fans outside of the Winona community to keep up with Warrior athletics. “YouTube has been a great way for fans across the world and those close to Winona to stay connected and involved with the day to day happenings within our fourteen varsity athletics programs. We have witnessed outstanding growth with winonastatewarriors.com and all of our social media sites. In fact, we have been visited by fans in 116 countries and all fifty states.” said Whipple The future of online social networking is something the Warriors will keep moving forward. Current plans are to stream athletic events live such as gymnastics, baseball, and softball online at winonastatewarriors.com. Future plans also include a blog where fans can ask questions and get additional inside information. “We have experienced great success over the past several years and continue to set the pace within Division II athletics. As a department we feel it’s our responsibility to share those stories and experiences with the greatest fans in collegiate athletics. After all without the support of our fans and community members we wouldn’t be where we are today. This fall marked the beginning of those efforts to better reach our fan base,” said Whipple Fans can join any of the Warrior social networking sites at the links on the winonastatewarriors.com homepage.

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Last year, with the generosity of our more than 730 members, the Warrior Club was able to raise $71,000. As the cost of tuition and the levels of competition continue to rise, we will look to surpass last year’s totals and have set an ambitious goal of $90,000 for this year. Joining the Warrior Club can be a very rewarding experience for all. Not only do you become a member of the Warrior Club team and receive other personal benefits, you also have the reward of knowing every dollar donated goes directly to helping fund a scholarship for a student athlete. Renewal letters for this year’s drive will be mailed out to all current Warrior Club members the first week in March. The student-led Warrior Club Phonathon will begin on March 22. Both are easy ways to renew your donations or to become a first time member. You can also visit the Winona State Athletics website at www.winonastatewarriors.com and click on the Warrior Club tab to become a member as well. Thank you all for your continued support.


Warrior Club News Spring 2010