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Pack Pride is in full swing right now. While the baseball, track, tennis and golf teams stole the headlines in the media the last few months, today I share some incredible news that will make all Wolf Pack fans feel good about their investment in our student-athletes. Our commitment to excellence in all areas starts with the classroom and our students are making the grade!

While most Wolf Pack fans only see the athletes in competition, we are fortunate to see their hard work in the classroom too. It's time to shine a spotlight on their collective and individual successes this semester.

Just last week the University celebrated the 125th Commencement with the largest graduating class in school history. More than 2,400 students crossed the stage to receive their hard-earned diploma. In that illustrious group of graduates were 49 Wolf Pack student-athletes with diverse undergraduate majors.

If you are an employer, or have hiring influence, I can't stress enough how Battle Ready these students are for jobs in all areas of industry. They have incredible skills learned through practice and competition that are complimentary to the excellent formal education received in the classroom. They bring skillsets grounded in strong work ethic, teamwork, goal-setting, persistence, leadership and much more. If you are hiring this year I highly encourage you to contact us and inquire about these highly talented people.

Our spring semester grade-point averages were off the charts. The overall department GPA, for all of our nearly 400 students on all teams, was a 3.121. That's better than a B average and up from 2.863 in the spring of 2014. Incredible improvement - a huge jump! Here are some fun facts to share with your friends:
  • Seventy-five percent of our sports - 12 of 16 - had a team GPA of 3.0 (B) or better: football, men's tennis, rifle, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer, softball, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, women's track and field and women's volleyball
  • All women's teams combined GPA: 3.301
  • Best women's team GPA: Women's Golf (3.626)
  • All men's teams combined GPA: 2.967
  • Best men's team GPA: Men's Tennis (3.308)

This is impressive considering the amount of time spent in athletic competition, travel, practice, film study, weight training and team meetings.

As you would expect with team success comes individual accolades as well. Individually, we have 222 student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher. Inside that number, we have 102 student-athletes with a 3.5 GPA (B+) or higher. Among the best and brightest on our campus are 11 student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 (A) grade-point average. These are impressive students who also have an extraordinary talent in their sport. Amazing.

Semester GPAs are a leading indicator in another important metric - the Academic Progress Rate (APR). This is a semester-by-semester look at academic eligibility and retention. High numbers in these areas typically lead to high graduation rates.

For the most recent year of record, 2013-14 academic year, our teams scored high again. All sixteen of our teams exceeded the NCAA benchmark for performance. Ten teams earned a perfect score (perfect 1,000 points), while 14 teams met or improved their APR score from last year.

As you can see, the focus on academic success is paramount to our daily thoughts and actions. Our student-athletes strive for excellence in and out of the classroom and we are proud of their accomplishments and the way they represent our great University.

I would like to extend our gratitude to our president, Marc Johnson, and our tremendous faculty here on campus for everything they do to support all of our students and promote achievement.

For Wolf Pack fans, you can be proud to know that we win in the classroom and in competition. Your contributions make a difference academically and athletically. Thank you for helping our student-athletes prepare to succeed and thank you for you great support of the Pack.

Thank you,


Former Nevada coach headlines Boys and Girls Club Dinner

By Nick Beaton
Social Media Intern for Nevada Athletics and PR Coordinator for Boys and Girls Club of Mason Valley

Last Saturday, in a night that had constant feelings of appreciation, joy and reflection, Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley honored their youth, volunteers and other members of the community in a packed gymnasium at their annual Youth of the Year ceremony. The ceremony kicked off with the singing of the National Anthem by local youth Tierra Marshall. Former Nevada football coach Chris Ault then took the stage as the keynote speaker.
Ault spoke about his experiences as a player and coach in dealing with adversity and how to get done what needs to get done. He brought up his first coaching stint with Nevada, and all the hard work and dedication it took to move up the rankings and through the lower divisions until finally the Wolf Pack was playing Division I football. Through it all, Ault said, one thing remained important.
"Our youth were always the focus," Ault said.
He also spoke about what a wonderful thing it was to see a community, like Reno, rally around a cause.
Throughout the night, the audience heard speeches from each of the seven Youth of the Year candidates, including Matt Phillips, Tommy Crowder, Jeffrey Valladares, Carlos Rodrigues and Shawn Spurlock from Yerington and Ashley Keith and Yerith Anaya from Silver Springs. Each member talked about struggles in their lives, such as experiences with suicide and divorce, and how the Club helped them to find some stability and support. The Youth of the Year candidates also spoke about their accomplishments and the impact they believe Boys & Girls Clubs can have on youth nationwide.
Various awards were also given throughout the night, including the Great Futures Start Here award, given to owners Leo Bergin, Pam Peri and David Peri of Nevada Fresh Pak, and the Champion of Youth Award, given to Lyon County School District Superintendent Keith Savage.
As the ceremony came to a close, Valladeres was announced as the 2015 Youth of the Year. He walked to the stage as the room stood up, and approached the podium with tears of joy.
"This is such an honor," Valladeres said. "I truly do love this Club."
Valladeres will represent the Club in Carson City at the Governor's Mansion on February 11 in the state competition.

Dear Wolf Pack Fans:

Happy 2015!  On behalf of our nearly 400 student-athletes, coaches and staff, please accept my best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

As we quite literally turn the page on a new year in our calendar and begin a new academic semester on campus, I wanted to peek backward for a brief opportunity to share some really good news from the recently completed fall semester.

In addition to beating UNLV in football and bringing the Fremont Cannon back to the north for all Nevada fans to enjoy, we enjoyed success in another important area that you should have great pride in knowing. 

During the fall semester, our teams earned a collective grade-point average (GPA) of 3.019 on a 4.0 scale. That's a B average for all 400 student-athletes. Our athletic successes are readily evident. It's important to recognize our academic successes as well and I believe these results show the effort and dedication of our student-athletes in the classroom.

The results are highlighted by:
  • -    3.207 GPA for all women's teams
  • -    2.849 GPA for all men's teams
  • -    Five teams with a 3.0 GPA or better: Women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's swimming and diving and rifle. Five additional teams with a 2.9 GPA: Baseball, men's tennis, softball, women's soccer and women's tennis
  • -    177 students (44% of all student athletes) earned a 3.0 GPA or better - every sport had at least two students with this GPA
  • -    16 students earned a perfect 4.0 GPA - represented in these sports: Women's swimming and diving (4 students), women's track and cross country (4), baseball (2), rifle (2), women's basketball, women's golf, softball and football
Congratulations to our student-athletes, coaches and staff who worked so hard this semester to earn these results.

We are grateful to the academic leadership across campus. At all levels of this university we enjoy great support.  We are united in our efforts to promote student success - in the classrooms, libraries, residence halls, student support services, admissions and financial aid and many other areas of campus.  Many thanks to our faculty and staff for supporting the Pack and helping students pursue success.

We are thankful for the great support of Wolf Pack fans as well. Your support through ticket purchases and donations helps to make these results possible. You are helping us grow the program and we are grateful. We are in need of additional support in purchasing laptops and funding important summer school classes - please let me know if you or your company is interested in making a tax deductible contribution to help make this possible for these talented students.

Lastly, our continuing gratitude to the many families who helped fund and build the Marguerite Wattis Petersen Academic Center - a facility which continues to add tremendous value to Wolf Pack Athletics every day.

Happy New Year Wolf Pack Nation!


Tonight's Wolf Pack basketball game will feature "Kindness Minute"

From Brian Williams, Nevada alum and founder of Think Kindness:

During the Nevada men's basketball game against Cal State Fullerton tonight, Wolf Pack fans will be asked to partake in the first ever 'Kindness Minute.' Nevada cheerleaders will run throughout the stands for 60 seconds asking fans to give loose change and donations into megaphones. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of toys for Toys For Tots.

The Kindness Minute is an initiative put forth by the University of Nevada's Cheer4Kindness team, which challenges cheerleaders from across the United States to carry out community acts of Kindness.

"It went from a coffee shop table side chat, to a social media post, to over 2,300 cheerleaders signing up across the country within the past 4 weeks," said Kim Anastasaatos, Nevada's head cheer coach. "When we work together, big things can happen."

The University of Nevada cheerleaders are now inspiring teens from across the country to cheer through their actions, not just their words. Today, the challenge will be passed onto Pack fans to ban together, donate loose change and carry out one single but powerful act of kindness.

Think Kindness is a local non-profit that inspires measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the country. Funds raised tonight will be used to purchase toys for children throughout Washoe County.

"Thousands of people doing one simple act of kindness will, in turn, impact hundreds of children in our community, in just 60 seconds," said Brian Williams, the founder of Think Kindness. "From a dime to a dollar, we will make a ripple of good in our community this holiday season. Kindness has no boundaries, especially at a Nevada basketball game!"

The Cheer4Kindness & Think Kindness team will be filming a video to showcase the impact every donor made in our community.

"We will show the act of kindness go full-circle," said Williams.

Tip-off for the game is 7 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center. 

From Doug Knuth: Football Fan Experience Improvements - We Listened

Previous messages
-    My First Year with the Pack (April 19, 2014)
-    Here to Serve our Community (May 22, 2014)
-    Academic Update (May 28, 2014)
-    One Community, One Pack (July 2014)

Football Fan Experience Improvements - We Listened

During my short time with the Pack I've heard a number of suggestions from fans about improving our gameday experience at Mackay Stadium.  Items such as - traffic nightmares leaving the stadium, the food choices are too limited, obnoxious fans sit near me, and much more.  I am pleased to let you know - we listened and we are responding.  Our staff worked really hard this year to address some of the common complaints while also adding new initiatives to make tailgating more fun and the total game experience better for all fans.  Here are some highlights that you will notice:

Better Traffic Flow
Our post-game traffic flow will be changed this year to create a faster exit for fans on the Virginia St. side of campus.  With the great support of the Reno Mayor's Office, Reno City Manager's Office, Reno police, campus police and the University administration, we will close Virginia St immediately after the game ends - all four lanes of Virginia St will be utilized to allow a smooth and fast exit from games.  Fans parked in the West Stadium Garage, the Brian Whalen Garage and other areas south of the Stadium - will be directed South on Virginia St using all four lanes until 9th Street.  Additional RPD officers will be assigned to keep traffic flowing from 9th Street to the highway.  You might even see the RPD helicopter flying above campus watching for bottlenecks and dispatching officers to immediately address the situation. Please click on this link for a post-game traffic map.

First Class Fans
For the many Wolf Pack fans who travel to away games to support the Pack, you know how well we are treated on the road.  The tradition in collegiate sports is to welcome the fans who made the trip to support their team at the opposition's stadium.  For Wolf Pack fans, we welcome visiting team fans by saying - "Welcome to the University of Nevada".  We want our team to beat their team, but we also want people from other parts of the country to think positively of Wolf Pack fans and our Northern Nevada community.  Please be First Class Fans at all times - and welcome visiting team fans to the University.

Second Rate Fans
Unfortunately all stadiums have a few rotten apples that ruin the bunch.  Our reputation as a great athletic program, a top-notch University and a wonderful community can be tarnished by Second Rate Fans.  These people are not welcome at Mackay Stadium. IMPORTANT -- When you are in Mackay Stadium, and you witness a Second Rate Fan, please use our new 'Fan Phone' to quietly text a report to our security command center.  The command center will send security staff to your location to address the situation - you will not be identified. The Fan Phone text line is: (775) 229-5564. Please enter this in your phone contacts and use it to let us know when you see a problem.

Credit Cards
Beginning this year we will provide new credit card access points at the South endzone concession stands. You can now pay with plastic or cash.

Need more cash?  We are adding more ATM machines around the stadium.

More Food Options
We want your taste buds to enjoy Wolf Pack football too. We continue to explore food options to delight your taste buds. This year we are adding Wholly Habanero (custom Mexican food) and Bodacious Burgers (does this really need an explanation - yummy burgers!) to our concessions lineup.  

New Student Tailgate
Our student body will have an official tailgate location on the North side of the stadium in the central receiving parking lot.  Student groups, Greek organizations and many other students will set up tents and tailgate in this location before each home game.  The students will certainly add some energy to the North end of campus.

We are excited to provide live music prior to the home opener.  Popular country band Old Dominion will take the stage in the student tailgate area at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning and will play until 30 minutes prior to kick.  All fans are invited to enjoy the music!
Wolf Pack Walk
We altered the Wolf Pack Walk route so fans can better engage with the players.  The team will now walk directly through the middle of our most popular tailgate sections. The team arrives for the Wolf Pack Walk approximately two hours before kickoff - get there in time to high-five the players and coaches. See map here.

Born to be ONE/Alpha Wolf
In keeping with our concept that we are all ONE, the team will carry a special ONE flag when it takes the field this season.  Each game a walk-on player will be nominated to represent the community as the Alpha Wolf and will get to participate on special teams.  This player will wear jersey number "1" and will also wear a special patch on his jersey.

These are a few of the changes you will see at Wolf Pack football games this year. Please share your experience with your friends and family - invite them to a game to check out all the fun around home games this Fall. We have a great home schedule and need to fill Mackay Stadium to provide a great home field advantage for the Pack.

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at Wolf Pack games and matches this Fall.

Thank you and Go Pack!


Wolf Pack student-athletes excelling in classroom

From the desk of athletics director Doug Knuth:

Earlier this month, the University held its 124th Commencement exercises on the beautiful and historic campus Quad. It was a privilege for me to sit on stage as a member of the President's staff and congratulate our student athletes immediately after they received their diploma.  The list of majors for these talented students is interesting and amazing - ranging from Art, Chemistry, Biology and Business to Wild Life Ecology & Conservation.  Amazing stuff.  You can view the list of graduates and majors here.

I often speak to alumni, boosters and friends about the Mission of Wolf Pack Athletics and they are often surprised to know that our Mission is exceedingly clear - to serve and support the educational mission of the University of Nevada.  We do that by providing opportunities for achievement - academically, athletically and socially.  We teach leadership and prepare our students for life.  Yes, we want to win, and win often, but our reason for doing what we do every day is about education and transforming the lives of our students. We have a secondary mission of engaging our community in a meaningful way, but today I want to share more about our focus on education and academics.

When we talk about education and academics, we focus on some important terminology, GPA, APR and GSR, which need to be defined.  Grade Point Average (GPA) is relatively understandable because most of us had a GPA in high school or college. This is quite simply the semester by semester grade average for each student athlete. The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a measure of academic progress based on eligibility and retention. This is a calculation of points which indicate our semester-by-semester efforts to support our students toward the goal of completing a meaningful degree. For many years the NCAA evaluated an institution's focus on academics based purely on graduation rates of student athletes. We learned that waiting until the final semester of a student's tenure was an ineffective way to calculate academic performance. Today the APR calculation gives us immediate results of our efforts and provides accountability for our work. Lastly, the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is a calculation of the percentage of student athletes who are completing their academic degree relative to members of their freshman cohort. With definitions in hand, the question is how are we doing?

In terms of GPA, our average GPA for the 2014 Spring semester, including all 16 varsity teams and nearly 400 student athletes, was 2.863.  Our cumulative GPA for all sports and all student athletes throughout their academic career is 2.915.  On a 4.0 scale, this means our students carry roughly a 'B' average.  That's very strong. This is impressive considering the amount of time spent in competition, travel, practice, film study, weight training and team meetings.

Individually, we have 99 student athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 ('B') or higher.  Inside that number, we have 61 student athletes with a 3.5 GPA ('B+') or higher.  These are impressive students who also have an extraordinary talent in their sport. Amazing.

Our department-wide APR is a solid 975 multi-year rate based on a 1,000 point scale for all 16 sports combined over a rotating four year period.  Individually, each of our sports stayed above the NCAA minimum standard of 930 and we have six sports that earned a perfect score of 1,000 for the most recent reporting year (2012-13).

Lastly, and most importantly, our GSR is a solid 77%.  Our graduation rate has improved steadily from the upper-60s in 2008 to our current position between 77% and 80% in recent years.

The success of our academic program is based largely on the following: our clear focus on the mission of Wolf Pack Athletics; the incredible support we enjoy from President Johnson and the academic, financial and student services leadership on campus; the hard work of our coaches to recruit the best and brightest students; and the great work of the students who are focused on earning a powerful college degree while proudly wearing the Wolf Pack uniform in athletic competition. I'm proud to work on a campus filled with people who share a focus on student success.

Our donors also play a vital role in our academic success.  The many donors who helped to fund the Marguerite Wattis Petersen Academic Center made a transformative contribution to the welfare and academic success of our students. The academic profile of our student athletes has increased each year since the building opened in 2008. Donations to the Pack Educational Fund, through your Scholarship Seating donations, support academic and athletic operating budgets for each of our teams.  Every donor is making a difference to our academic success and we can't thank you enough!

One last item about our focus on education and academics which we believe is essential to building a comprehensive athletics program focused on the academic mission of the University. For many athletes, the opportunity to pursue a dream of playing professional sports is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We support our student athletes who want to chase their dreams and, importantly, we stand behind these athletes and support them as they return to complete their studies when their professional sport opportunity comes to an end.  We currently have four former football players, a baseball player and a men's basketball player who left the Wolf Pack to pursue professional sports and are back now working to complete their academic degrees. Each of these young men understand the value of a college degree and we are excited to help them complete their studies.

As you can see, the focus on academic success is paramount to our daily thoughts and actions. As stated previously, we want to win, and win often. For Wolf Pack fans, you can be proud to know that we win in the classroom and in competition.  Your contributions make a difference academically and athletically. Thank you for you great support of the Pack.

I will be back in touch again soon with more information about your Nevada Wolf Pack!

Thank you,

A Look Back and Forward - My First Year with the Pack

A message from athletics director Doug Knuth:

As I approach the end of my first year as a member of the Pack, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year and share some observations. Many of these observations will not be surprising to you because you are invested in Wolf Pack Athletics and you have known for many years what I am experiencing for the first time. For some fans reading this note you may be surprised at the clarity of our mission, the scope of our relationships in the community, or the size of the challenges to build the program we all want. 


In most organizations the ability to achieve success is determined by the quality of the people who make up the organization - internally and externally. We have great people who are focused on the mission of Wolf Pack Athletics - to serve and support the educational mission of the University of Nevada, Reno.  Our coaches and staff are educators, advisors, mentors and guidance counselors to the talented students who are preparing for life through the many lessons learned in sport and higher education.  Our coaches are committed to serving our students by providing opportunities for achievement - in academics and athletics - while engaging our campus and our community in a meaningful way. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve our student athletes as they pursue their academic and athletic dreams.


We enjoy great support from the Governor's Office, the Washoe County Commissioner's Office, the Mayor's offices of Reno and Sparks and surrounding communities, city/town councils and school districts throughout Northern Nevada. Wolf Pack Athletics is partnering with civic leaders and public service organizations to promote and grow our shared interests in serving the people of Nevada.


I am grateful for the active support of the NSHE Board of Regents, the Chancellor's Office, President Marc Johnson, our campus-wide senior administration, the Deans/Directors and the faculty/staff at the University.  There is wide support for intercollegiate athletics across campus and a shared understanding of the important community engagement opportunities that successful athletics can provide. This extends to our student body as represented by leaders in the Blue Crew, ASUN, Greek System, Residence Halls, recreation/club sports and others who proudly support the Pack.  On this campus we are a team focused on growing the University and supporting our students.  We are a united campus focused on student success.


I am grateful for the generous support of our business community and the efforts of EDAWN, RSCVA, Chamber of Reno-Sparks-Northern Nevada, and countless business leaders who are focused on reviving and rebuilding our economy together.  Wolf Pack Athletics is engaged on many levels with the local business community to support this effort and create synergies among our mutual interests.  We are making progress every day and I'm thrilled to play a role in supporting our business community.


Lastly, I am grateful to our community for their enduring support.  The many community-based Foundations and donors to Wolf Pack Athletics and the individuals who buy tickets to attend games are the life-blood of our program.  I love meeting people who share stories of 10, 20, 30 or more years of supporting the Pack through the Pack Educational Fund or buying season tickets.  I hear stories of great teams and sometimes forgotten seasons and through it all these fans remain faithful to the Pack.  I hope to share these stories in the future and honor the many people who make this One Community, One Pack.


The future of Wolf Pack Athletics is bright and full of both hope and opportunity, yet we have enormous challenges to regain our competitiveness amid a tough Mountain West Conference. We must invest in our future if we expect to win and enjoy the positive glow of athletics success for our University and community. You undoubtedly remember the feeling of the 2010 football season.  Why can't we do that again, what is stopping us?  Our student athletes are faced with decisions of commitment every day - how bad do you want it, what are you willing to do to get better, what is the sacrifice you are willing to make to win?  Even the most naturally gifted people in all walks of life talk about the commitment to be the best - the investment of time, money, practice and sacrifices they made to achieve. The same commitment applies to our desire to be among the best Athletic programs in the Mountain West.


Our challenges are embedded in four primary areas - facilities, performance/training, recruiting and retention. We have a list of facility needs that begins with updating Mackay Stadium, as well as building a University Fieldhouse indoor facility and tennis courts.  Our facility plan includes improvements, updates and construction in other areas too.  In terms of performance, we need to invest in proper nutrition by providing high performance foods which will lead immediately to improved athletic performance (I also believe academic performance can improve with proper nutrition). Most coaches will tell you the most important thing they do is recruiting - better athletes give you a better chance to win in all sports.  We need to commit additional dollars to recruiting so our coaches can do more in-person player evaluations, home visits, and scour the country to bring the best student athletes to our campus.  Lastly, retaining our best coaches will lead to long-term continuity, recruiting, player development and winning.


In the future we will be asking all Wolf Pack fans to make a commitment - just as our best athletes make a commitment to excellence, we need your commitment too. We will ask you to invest time, money and make sacrifices (you don't have to attend practice!) for the goal we all share. Your investment through ticket purchases, donations or sponsorship will provide our coaches the tools necessary to recruit the best and brightest students. Your investment will provide our students with the training resources they need to compete at the highest level in their sport. Your investment will create the program we all want.  Simply stated, we want to win - in the classroom and in competition.


In closing, a great friend of mine recently told me the secret to getting things done is inspiration more than motivation.  I am inspired by our students, our faculty, staff and coaches, and our community every day.  You inspire me to get things done that will change our world - to make a huge difference for our great University and our wonderful community.

My family and I love it here and we look forward to another great year of Wolf Pack Athletics.

Thank you for inspiring us and supporting Wolf Pack Athletics. I will be in touch again soon.


Go Pack!


Doug Knuth

Director of Athletics

University of Nevada

Reno, NV


Lend Your Paws for the Cause

The following is from Tara Hawkins in our development office.

True Blue Volunteers are a group of passionate volunteers and current Pack Educational Fund members who are dedicated to raising money to support Nevada student-athletes. Volunteers do not have to be professional fundraisers to engage friends, family, and colleagues to support the Pack and help take us to the next level!
The purpose of the True Blue Volunteer Campaign is to seek new donors for scholarships and program support using volunteer relationships. The connections volunteers have in the community are invaluable and volunteers can make a difference in the fundraising efforts for the Pack. This year's campaign will run from May 5 to June 13.
Volunteers will be rewarded with 20 Wolf Pack Loyalty Points for their participation in this year's program. The volunteers who raise the most funds and who bring in the most donors will be rewarded.
Although being a volunteer will take time and effort (approx. 10 hours of your time), this program allows volunteers the opportunity to bring in new donors to our program and continue to strengthen the Pack!
If you are interested in lending your paws and becoming a True Blue Volunteer, please contact me at 775-682-6973 or at

Happy Birthday: A Look Back at Alphie's 13 Years

Alphie for Blog.jpgSaturday, March 22 marks an important day for Alphie as the furry, lovable Wolf Pack mascot turns 13.

Nevada Athletics will throw Alphie a 13th birthday party at Saturday's baseball game when the Wolf Pack takes on Mountain West Conference foe Air Force. The party starts when the Peccole Park gates open at 1 p.m. There will be cake and cupcakes for the first 300 fans, and some of Alphie's mascot friends from around Reno will be in attendance. Alphie will throw out the first pitch prior to the game, and fans can join in singing to the Wolf Pack mascot.

Baseball tickets start as low as $6 for adults and $4 for youth/seniors and can be purchased at the gates or in advance at

With Alphie celebrating such a big milestone, we wanted to take a couple of minutes to look back on the highlights of Alphie's life so far:

March 22, 2001 - Checking in a whopping 347 pounds and 6 feet 1 inches tall, the bouncing baby wolf was born at 2:46 p.m. in Reno. Wolf Pack fans were very excited about his arrival and had a vote to pick his name. They decided on Alphie because he is the Alpha Wolf in the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Sept. 22, 2001 - Alphie saw his first football game at Mackay Stadium, cheering the Wolf Pack football team onto a 28-20 victory over Hawaii.
March 18, 2004 - Alphie made his first trip to the NCAA Tournament, traveling to Seattle with the Wolf Pack men's basketball team. It ended up being a long trip since he cheered the Wolf Pack all the way to the first Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history.

April 5, 2005 - One of the things on Alphie's bucket list came true when he was featured on CBS' "One Shining Moment" video after the 2005 national championship game. Alphie can be seen comforting his friend and former Wolf Pack standout Jermaine Washington at the 1:39 mark in the video.

December 24, 2005 - 2005 ended with a bang for Alphie when he got to spend the holidays in paradise, joining the Wolf Pack football team at the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu. He got the best Christmas present a mascot could ask for when the Wolf Pack edged out Central Florida in the thrilling 49-48 win.
April 14, 2007 - Alphie was on hand at Christina M. Hixson Park when Jordan McPherson threw the first no-hitter in Wolf Pack softball history, just 16 days after Nevada opened its gorgeous new softball field. McPherson walked the first batter she faced and then retired 15 straight in a 10-0 win over San Jose State. Luckily Alphie can't speak so he couldn't accidentally jinx the Wolf Pack by telling someone that they had a no-hitter going!
Summer 2007 -Alphie's life changed dramatically when his younger brother, Wolfie Jr., was born that summer, giving him a playmate to join him on the sidelines at all Wolf Pack games.

January 2010 - Alphie made a memorable trip to San Francisco when he joined the Wolf Pack football team at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. He got to join the team in his first trip to Alcatraz and starred at a pep rally in Union Square. He then joined the 20,000+ Wolf Pack fans at AT&T Park in cheering the team to a victory over Boston College to cap off one of the best seasons in school history.

March 20, 2011 - Alphie got to cheer for the Wolf Pack women's basketball team as it hosted USC in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament, the first postseason home game in school history. Alphie had a lot to cheer for that season as the Wolf Pack, led by all-conference selection Tahnee Robinson, won a school-record 22 games.

January 2, 2012 - Alphie had one of the proudest moments of his life when his little brother, Wolfie Jr., won the Capital One Mascot Challenge. It was announced that Wolfie had beaten out Buzz from Georgia Tech at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. Fans cast more than 45 million votes in the Capital One Mascot Challenge that year and Alphie hoped that his parents would understand the overage charges on his cell phone since he had texted so many times to help his brother score the victory and $20,000 for the Nevada spirit program.

Fall of 2013 - Alphie's wolf pack grew by one more when his little sister, Luna, was born in this fall. Now Alphie has two sidekicks to share in his antics on the sidelines and help him cheer on all of the Wolf Pack's teams.

Stay tuned because after he has had so many great adventures in his first 13 years, you know the rest of Alphie's teenage years are going to be a blast!

Michael Allen wins again

It's turning out to be a pretty special year for Wolf Pack alum Michael Allen. In March, Allen notched the fifth win of his Champions Tour career, taking the title of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Last month, Allen was inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, Allen brought home his fifth career Champions Tour win, beating Olin Browne in a playoff at the Greater Hickory Classic. Here's the story.

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