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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.

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: 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!

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!


Red, white and BLUE!

We received this picture recently from the mother of a University of Nevada student who is part of the Nevada National Guard, serving at FOB Shank in Afghanistan. Three University students, A.J. Salaices, Jared Struber and Nels Hansen are showing their Wolf Pack pride while serving our country. The Silver and Blue Nevada flag is hanging from the tail of a Chinook Helicopter.
It's such a neat feeling to see the Wolf Pack represented all over the world.
To A.J., Jared and Nels, and to all of our men and women in uniform at home and abroad, we simply and humbly say Thank You for all that you do to serve our great country.

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Wolf Pack Cheerleader Competes in Miss Teen International Pageant

Incoming Wolf Pack cheerleader, Amanda Jenkins, is competing in the Miss Teen International Pagaent this week in Chicago, Ill.

A native of Vacaville, Calif., Jenkins will be a freshman at the University of Nevada this fall and plans to major in community health sciences with the career goal of becoming a physical therapist.
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"I chose Nevada because it has a major that suited my career choice, it's close to home, and I wanted to be involved with cheer at a school with strong traditions," she said.

Jenkins first became involved in the pageant scene two years when some family friends encouraged her to compete in her local pageant, and this year, she was named Miss Teen California International, which earned her a spot in the national pageant.

While the event is a beauty pageant, Jenkins said its primary focus is community service and involvement. She is actively involved in raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancet, participating in numerous events with the American Cancer Society including Relay for Life, Making Strides against Breast Cancer and Coaches vs. Cancer. Jenkins also implemented a program, Cheer for a Cause, through her high school cheer team to fundraise for the local Midnight Suns Foundation.

"This was important to me because I always believed in giving back," Jenkins said. "With the title Miss Teen International, I will be able to raise funds and awareness for cancer, not just statewide but nationwide as well! This is a very exciting year, and I'm looking forward to being a member of the Wolf Pack!"

Best of luck to Jenkins as she competes for the title this weekend!

Wolf Pack Athletics in the Black for 2011-12

Wolf Pack Athletics is back in the black for the first time since 2008-09 as this Reno Gazette-Journal blog entry by beat writer Chris Murray details. Today is the official close of the 2011-12 fiscal year, and Nevada Athletics has ended with a $50,000 surplus. 

As Nevada's chief financial told Murray:

"When you get to a point like this where your numbers cross over and you're in the black it's a culmination of a whole bunch of different things. Cost containment has been a big priority the past few years and we always try to make sure we have the welfare of the student-athletes first."

Governor's Dinner Speaker Doug Gottlieb and the "Douger"

As many of you know, ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb was the speaker at the 44th annual Governor's Dinner last Friday. The evening was a great success, and Gottlieb entertained the audience with a great message about taking advantage of the opportunities in your life when they present themselves.
But Gottlieb's day began much earlier and he had the chance to experience what "One Community, One Pack" is in northern Nevada. Gottlieb had a busy day, arriving on campus at 10:30 a.m., answering questions from the media at a press conference at 11 a.m., heading to the ESPN Radio 94.5 FM studios to do the Doug Gottlieb Show live from Reno from 1-4 p.m. and finally driving to Carson City for the dinner at the Governor's Mansion.

Needless to say, the day's schedule left Gottlieb feeling a bit run down, so as his car pulled into Carson City, he asked Nevada's Senior Associate AD Rory Hickok if they could stop at Starbucks for a little caffeine.

The barista behind the counter saw Gottlieb and said "You're Doug Gottlieb! I was just listening to your show and was thinking 'wouldn't it be great if Doug Gottlieb stopped in on his way to the Governor's Dinner?' I can't believe it!" His manager also heard and recognized Gottlieb's voice and came out to meet him.

Gottlieb ordered his usual coffee, which he calls the "Douger," and signed a Starbucks cup for the staff, kindly checking off all of the ingredients in the "Douger" for them.  He even took a picture of the Starbucks staff and tweeted it.

Definitely a great day for a couple of Wolf Pack and Doug Gottlieb fans and an example of how lucky we are to be able to put on a great event and bring speakers like Gottlieb to our community  every year!

Nevada's Top Moments from its 12 Years in the WAC

As the Wolf Pack gets ready to officially enter the Mountain West Conference on Sunday, it is worth a moment to look back on our 12 great years in the Western Athletic Conference from 2000-01 to 2011-12.

Here are 12 of our biggest accomplishments while in the WAC, one for each year we spent in the league:

12. Wolf Pack student-athletes earned WAC All-Academic honors 1,055 times in Nevada's 12 years in the conference.

11. Nevada teams won a total of 22 WAC regular-season and conference championships.

10. In 2003, Abigail McAllister set the school record for the 5,000 meters to win the Western Athletic Conference cross country individual championship and secure Nevada's first WAC team title in any sport. Four Wolf Pack runners finished inside the top 10 to lead the Wolf Pack to the WAC championship that day.

9. In 2007, Taylor Coffman chipped out of the bunker and made a four-foot putt for par to clinch Nevada's first WAC men's golf championship. Coffman swept the conference awards that year, winning both WAC Player and Freshman of the Year honors.

8. In 2006, just six years after its first season, Nevada won the Western Athletic Conference soccer tournament and earned the program's first visit to the NCAA Championship. The Wolf Pack won the WAC Tournament in dramatic fashion that year, knocking off Fresno State in double overtime (4-2 penalty kicks) at Mackay Stadium.

7. The Wolf Pack women's swimming and diving program captured three consecutive WAC championships from 2007-09. During the time period, In those three years, Nevada had the WAC Swimmer of the Year in Margaret Doolittle in 2008, two Coaches of the Year (Mike Shrader in 2007 and Mike Richmond in 2008) and three straight Freshmen of the Year (Doolittle in 2007, Jeannette Tour in 2007 and Kim Kabesh in 2008).

6. Nick Fazekas was named the WAC Basketball Player of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007, joining Utah's Keith Van Horn as just the second player in the history of the conference to earn that distinction three times. The most decorated player in school history, he became the first Nevada player and just the fifth in the history of the WAC to turn in 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career. He also finished ranked second in the WAC in career rebounding and third in career scoring.

5. Just three years after the program was reinstated, the Wolf Pack women's softball team won its first Western Athletic Conference championship in March of 2006, capturing the tournament title and earning the first NCAA Regional invitation in school history. The Wolf Pack would go on to win two more WAC titles, capturing regular-season crowns and earning NCAA Regional appearances in 2008 and 2009.

4. The Wolf Pack men's basketball team vaulted to the top of the WAC in 2003-04, tying for first in the WAC regular season and knocking off UTEP in the championship game of the 2004 WAC Tournament to earn Nevada's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 19 years. That would mark the five of five consecutive WAC regular-season titles and four straight NCAA appearances for the Wolf Pack. The magic didn't stop there as the Wolf Pack made a Cinderella run to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen that year.

3. The Wolf Pack captured the Commissioner's Cup as the top athletic program in the conference in 2006-07. Nevada took home four conference titles this year, including a regular-season championship by men's basketball and WAC Championships crowns by women's soccer, women's swimming and diving and men's golf. The Wolf Pack also advanced to the championship games at both the WAC softball and baseball championships, turned in second-place finishes at the cross country and outdoor track championships and made semifinals appearances in women's basketball, men's tennis and women's tennis.

2. Nevada captured one of the biggest victories in school history when the Wolf Pack knocked off then third-ranked Boise State 34-31 in overtime on Nov. 26, 2010. That game clinched Nevada's second WAC football crown and its first since 2005.

1. The Wolf Pack men's basketball team was a dominant force in the WAC, winning five straight regular-season championships from 2004-08. Nevada won a total of eight WAC titles in the Wolf Pack's time in the league, including tournament victories in 2004 and 2008, and wrapped up Nevada's 12 years in the league with a regular-season title in 2012.

Over these twelve years, we have had a chance to work with some great colleagues at the conference office and at the member institutions and compete against some outstanding student-athletes and coaches. We wish all of them the best of luck as we move into a new conference and new era for Wolf Pack Athletics!