August 2012 Archives

Nevada Holds Battle Born Team Dinner at Mackay Stadium

Wolf Pack senior associate athletics director Rory Hickok recently wrote a blog entry on the evolution of Nevada's Battle Born marketing and fundraising campaign, and as part of the fundraising campaign, the Wolf Pack held a special dinner on the 50-yard line of Mackay Stadium on Thursday night to honor the 45-plus companies and individuals who have joined the new fundraising group committed to helping Wolf Pack Athletics make its transition to the Mountain West Conference.

2012 Battle Born Dinner-119.jpg Former Wolf Pack skier Eric Andersen and Reno native Whitney Myer (who recently appeared on NBC's The Voice) entertained the crowd for over an hour and a half on the field at Mackay Stadium. Both Andersen and Myer are University of Nevada graduates.

Battle Born dinner.jpgFor more information about the Battle Born Campaign or to join the Battle Born Team, call (775) 682-6975.

Powers To Throw Out First Pitch

University of Nevada head baseball coach Gary Powers will throw out the first pitch at the Reno Aces game on Saturday night.  Powers, the longest tenured coach in Wolf Pack history, recorded his 900th victory last season, his 30th at Nevada.  The Pack went on to claim its first Western Athletic Conference title.

Powers will throw out the first pitch on a night when the Aces honor former Pack star Konrad Schmidt with a bobblehead give away.  Schmidt hit .349 with a team leading eight home runs his senior season at Nevada in 2007.

Getting Ready For GameDay In Berkeley

As we get closer to kickoff in Berkeley for Saturday's Wolf Pack season opener against Cal, we wanted to pass along some tips to the thousands of Wolf Pack fans making the trip for the game.
As you might have heard, parking is at a premium and around the Cal campus in general and near Memorial Stadium specifically. We've linked below to a couple of guides to help you get to and from the newly renovated stadium (use of public transportation is highly recommended).

Cal-Berkeley Parking And Transportation Page

Game Day in Berkeley

Schmidt Bobblehead Night Saturday At Aces Ballpark

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If you are unable to travel to Berkeley, Calif. to watch the Wolf Pack football team play at California on Saturday, head down to the Reno Aces baseball game and get a Konrad Schmidt bobblehead.    The uniquely designed bobblehead of the former Nevada star has him in both his Pack and Aces uniforms.   In his only season at Nevada he batted .349 with 42 runs scored, 15 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and drove in 47 to help the Pack to a 35-26 record.  On Sept. 13, 2010 he received his first promotion to the major leagues by the Arizona Diamondbacks and returned again in 2012.  Currently he is in his second season as the fulltime catcher for the Aces.  For more information click on this link.

Season Tickets & Pup Club Memberships on the Way

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With Nevada's home opener Sept. 8 vs. South Florida less than two weeks away, we want to make sure that our fans have everything they need to be at Mackay Stadium.

Wolf Pack football season tickets as well as Pup Club t-shirts, credentials and lanyards have all been mailed out and should be arriving in your mailboxes this week if you haven't received them already.

If you haven't received your tickets or Pup Club materials by the end of this week, please call the ticket office at (775) 348-PACK (7225).

And there is still time to buy tickets if you haven't yet to make sure you don't miss a minute of football this year. Season ticket prices start as low as $85 for general admission and Pup Club memberships are just $35. Both can be purchased by calling (775) 348-PACK (7225) or going online at www.NevadaWolfPack.com.

If you haven't received your Pup Club t-shirt yet, here's a preview of what they look like:


Road Trips Are Tough After A Loss

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soccer1.jpg The Nevada soccer team had a tough 2-1 overtime loss today at UC Davis. The ride home is usually pretty rough on a team after any loss. Today's ride home was even tougher, as a wheel on the bus the team was headed back to Reno on had to be repaired in Sacramento. The team waited an hour in the bus yard, cracking jokes, dancing, and talking about their upcoming two matches in Texas to pass the time.

In the midst of the Civil War, Nevada became the 36th state in the union, earning the state motto, "Battle Born." Ten short years later in 1874, the University of Nevada was founded, becoming the state's Land Grant institution.  Shortly thereafter, in 1896, the University's athletic program was established. While both our university and the Wolf Pack athletics program have grown dramatically, we've never lost sight of our roots here in Nevada.  

Battle Born is more than a motto - it's really a mindset here in Northern Nevada that resonates with all of us.  There's an independent and get-it-done type spirit about us that, in turn, leads us to take tremendous pride in our community, University and athletics program.  It is that mindset and spirit that inspires people to move here, stay here after they graduate from the University of Nevada; or, as it was in my case, return home to Nevada.

During the past year, as we've prepared for our entry into the Mountain West Conference, I've given many public presentations on our latest conference move; and I've also worked closely with our staff to develop a public awareness campaign in both the marketing and fundraising areas that is based on the idea that essentially says 'we're looking ahead to the future, but we will always be rooted in our storied past.' And that's why we have created the Battle Born Campaign.

Battle Born will be seen and felt across the board.  For example, when you arrive at Mackay Stadium or Lawlor Events Center this season, you will notice the Battle Born logo throughout each venue, including the football field and basketball court.  In fact, some of our teams may even feature the logo on their uniforms. Battle Born will be a sub brand of our main logo and will be used in a variety of areas within our program.  And of course, our partners at Silver and Blue Outfitters have already been on top of this for months now, offering great Battle Born-themed apparel.

Tied closely to our long term marketing and branding effort is our Battle Born fundraising effort.  For several months now, I've been working closely with community leaders to help facilitate our move to the Mountain West Conference.  I've asked them to consider giving $10,000 a year for each of the next three years as we make the financial and competitive transition to this new conference. And this commitment is above and beyond what they already give annually.  No doubt, it's a huge commitment. I'm excited--and honored--to tell you that as of this week, 45 companies or individuals have signed up!  They are not only leading us into a new conference, but they are helping to create a new era as well! To honor their commitment, we will have a dinner for them --on the 50-yard line under the lights at Mackay Stadium on August 30.  It's our humble way of saying thank you for stepping up when we really need them.    

Bottom line is this: There are only 119 Division I-A (FBS) athletics programs in the country - the elite level in college sports.  And Northern Nevada can proudly claim one of them.  As you well know, over the last decade, the Pack has enjoyed tremendous success on the national stage: in football, we've been to seven straight bowl games and a Top 15 ranking in 2010; in men's basketball, we've had multiple NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Sweet Sixteen in 2004 and several Top 25 rankings.  Both of these programs should compete immediately in the Mountain West in 2012-13.  Additionally, several other sports have had postseason success on the national stage, including softball, women's basketball, rifle and golf.  In the past six years alone, Pack teams have made over 80 national television appearances!

I believe this success and national exposure is tied directly to our community, and once again, our collective mindset. Wolf Pack Athletics is 80 percent self-supported - donations, season and single-game ticket sales, sponsorships, TV and radio agreements - provide the necessary funding we need.  Simply put, our teams can't line up and compete without the support we've always enjoyed from all of you in northern Nevada. I guess you could say we've always been Battle Born.

Like our troops who honorably serve on the USS Nevada submarine and whose rally cry is "Battle Ready?  Battle Born!", so too, are we, as we head into the Mountain West Conference.   

Thank you for all that you do for Wolf Pack Athletics! 

-Rory

For more on "Battle Born" please read the piece in today's Reno Gazette-Journal by Guy Clifton. The RGJ also featured our new ticketing partner, Legends Sales & Marketing, today.

Promoting Nevada Athletics At "Dorm Storm"

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Thousands of University of Nevada students moved in to the campus residence halls today as part of the annual "Dorm Storm" event.

University of Nevada Athletics Director Cary Groth, General Counsel Mary Dugan, Special Assistant to the President for Media Relations Jane Tors and other athletics staff were out today passing out fall schedule cards, free tickets, and other Wolf Pack items to students and parents.

Check out a few pictures of the day at the link below.

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cary_ryan2.jpgNavy Lieutenant Junior Grade Ryan Barrett stopped by Legacy Hall this week. Barrett wanted to drop off an American flag that flew over his Naval Base in Kandahar, Afghanistan in honor of the University of Nevada per his direction. A Reed High alum and University of Nevada Civil Engineering graduate in 2009, Barrett served as a College of Engineering student senator as well as being involved in the Blue Crew.

Every day each command flies its own flag. The American flag shown in the photo with Ryan and Nevada Athletics Director Cary Groth flew over Barrett's Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven base during Operation Enduring Freedom on May 2, 2012.

Ryan was recently transferred to the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, Calif. He is looking forward to being closer to Reno and attending Nevada's opening football game against Cal in Berkeley, as well as the South Florida game at Mackay Stadium.

Nevada-Texas State Television Update

The Nevada football team's game at Texas State on Sept. 29 has been slated as a television game and today we received word about which network will carry it. The game will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network and will mark Nevada's first-ever appearance on the network, which is part of the ESPN family of networks.
Kickoff time for the game has yet to be announced and it might not be until mid-September until we know the exact time.
As of now, eight of Nevada's 12 games this season will be on television. We do anticipate additional television games and will release that information as soon as it is available.
Longhorn Network is available on Verizon FiOS TV, Grande Communications, Consolidated Communications, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, Bay City Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision and Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision. Longhorn Network is now available online to Verizon FiOS subscribers at LonghornNetwork.com. It will be available on tablets and on smartphones to fans with an affiliated video subscription in the near future.

Former Pack Star Overbay Signs With Atlanta

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Former University of Nevada baseball star Lyle Overbay has signed with the Atlanta Braves just in time for the playoff run.  The first baseman began the year with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will give the Braves a left-handed bat.  He will report Triple-A Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Ga. and join the Braves on Sept. 1 when rosters are expanded. 


The 12 year MLB veteran played four seasons at Nevada (1996-99).  He drove in a school record 257 RBI during his career and his .358 batting average ranks seventh.  In four years he hit 39 home runs which is tied for the third best total in school history.  Twice he was selected to the Big West Conference first team.  He is a member of the Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.

Here is the link to the signing of Overbay by Atlanta.

 

 

Nevada Soccer Schedule Card Changes

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The University of Nevada soccer team schedule card has two changes that we would like fans to note. The UC Davis match that is listed as a home contest this Sunday will be played on the road. Additionally, the San Jose State match that is listed as a home contest on Sep. 7 will be played on the road at 7 p.m.

The team currently sits 1-1 on the year. Come on out to Mackay Stadium Friday at 7 p.m. where the team will face Cal Poly.   

Pfatenhauer Named Head Coach At Dixie State

Former University of Nevada assistant baseball coach Chris Pfatenhauer has been named the head coach at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.  Pfatenhauer leaves Nevada after three seasons and helped guide the Wolf Pack to a share of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference title and two seasons of more than 30 victories.  The 2012 WAC title was the first for a Pack baseball team.  Here is the link to the Dixie State release on his hiring.

Pfatenhauer becomes the fourth assistant for veteran Pack head coach Gary Powers that is currently a collegiate head coach.  John Savage (UCLA), Jedd Soto (St. Mary's) and Jason Gill (Loyola Marymount) were Powers assistants.

Nevada-Cal TV Info

Nevada's season opener at Cal on Sept. 1 is less than two weeks away and we wanted to try and clear up some of the confusion on the TV situation for the game.
The game will be televised on the newly launched Pac-12 Networks, which began broadcasting last week. As of today, none of the major cable providers in Northern Nevada (Charter, AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV or Dish Network) have signed on to carry the Pac-12 Networks yet.
Here is a link to the Pac-12 channel finder to check and see if your provider carries the networks.
If you are on Twitter, I'd suggest following Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News as he's been on top of most of news regarding the networks. Wilner indicated today that a deal with the Pac-12 Networks and DirecTV is getting closer.
While on the subject of television, Nevada currently has eight games scheduled for TV broadcast. We're still waiting for the start time and network for both the Texas State and Boise State games and we expect those, at the latest, roughly two weeks before each game. There also exists the potential for one or more of the four games not currently slated for broadcast to be picked up by television. More news on that as it becomes available.

Chris Ault: The top offensive mind in college football.

Nevada football coach Chris Ault enters his 28th season at Nevada this year and the Hall of Fame coach has a storied tradition of innovative and high-powered offenses. This goes back to his power rushing attacks in the early 1980s featuring Hall of Fame running back Frank Hawkins to the "Air Wolf" offenses in the 1990s when Nevada led the nation in passing.

His Pistol offense debuted in 2005 and the results have been nothing but spectacular with a pair of WAC titles and a No. 11 ranking in the 2010 season. The Pistol offense produced the only trio of 1,000-yard rushers in NCAA history in 2009 when Colin Kaepernick, Luke Lippincott and Vai Taua all eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. And Kaepernick finished his career tied atop the NCAA charts for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 59.

Now, Ault has been tabbed by one publication as the top offensive mind in college football.

Nevada: One of the best "outdoor" universities

It's a bit off-topic from the normal Nevada Athletics realm here, but thought we'd pass along something that most of us here in Northern Nevada already know: The University of Nevada is situated in a perfect environment for outdoor enthusiasts.

"Outside" magazine recently announced its top universities for those looking for "adventure, grit, sweat, a worthy struggle, tested endurance, goosebump-inducing views, wide-open skies, maybe some roiling water."

The University of Nevada came in at No. 23 on the list, with the magazine noting: "With 79 percent possible sunny days per year and a trove of places to ski, hike, raft, paddle, sail, and tube, Nevada's student body gets out a lot, a fact helped by the more than 20 classes that require fieldwork."

Former Pack Star Nash Competes at Olympics

Former Wolf Pack cross country standout Katerina Hanusova Nash competed today in the Summer Olympics as a member of the Czech Republic's women's mountain biking team.

This year marks Nash's four Olympics appearance after competing in mountain biking in 1996 and cross country skiing in 1998 and 2002.

Nash was a three-time NCAA champion at the University of Nevada, winning the 15k freestyle and the 5k classical in 2001 and defending her 15k freestyle title in 2002. The four-time All-American became the second Wolf Pack skier to win a national title since Nevada Hall of Fame inductee Pat Myers won the downhill title in 1952 and the first Nevada woman.

Nash now lives in Truckee and competes as part of the LUNA women's mountain biking team. In July, the Reno Gazette-Journal's Lauren Gustus wrote this great feature about Nash and the places her mountain biking career has taken her.

Spoiler alert, Nash finished 14th in today's competition, turning in a time of 1:36.22. Check out the official results here and Nash's Olympic bio here.

Congratulations to Nash for representing her country and the Wolf Pack well!

"That was the pinnacle of dusting"

There's a great story on SI.com today focusing on the career of ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore. The Nevada football program has played an interesting role in Tessitore's broadcasting career, going back to his first game he ever called at ESPN (Nevada-Louisiana Tech, 2004) to perhaps his (and Nevada's) most notable game in recent memory -- the overtime win over Boise State in 2010.

Wolf Pack Volunteers at Reno-Tahoe Open

If you head out to the Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf and Country Club this weekend, you may see a few familiar Wolf Pack faces.

As part of our pledge to be "One Community, One Pack," Nevada Athletics has over 50 coaches and staff volunteering all to help out our community partners at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Wolf Pack staff are doing everything from helping to staff will call to walking the course as standard bearers.

Nevada fans are also encouraged to wear blue on the course to show their Wolf Pack pride and stop by the Pack Pavilion on the signature 17th green. Pack Pavilion will be open for all four rounds of the tournament is a great place to rest, visit with Wolf Pack coaches and staff and enjoy the course's signature hole.

Here is a photo of Wolf Pack fiscal specialist Tina Ruff who had the opportunity to walk the course with 2001 British Open champion David Duval this week.

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Hope to see all of our fans out at the Reno-Tahoe Open this weekend!

 

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