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Changes Brewing at Hixson Park

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A recent donation by University of Nevada supporter Dixie May has made changes possible at Hixson Park. Field renovations, beginning with a new 60% sand, 40% clay mixture in the infield, commenced on Tuesday. The first step in the process is to remove the old infield and use that material to resurface the warning track. Later in the week, the new mixture was laid.

With the new infield material in, a settling agent will be put down, allowing the new surface to solidify into a playable infield.

The infield is not the only area of the park getting a re-boot. The outfield will see a new 110-foot padded batter's eye, with the Nevada logo (pictured below) on either end. In addition, matching navy padding will be inserted on each vertical support pole in the outfield fence.


Check for further updates on the field renovations and come check out the Wolf Pack softball team when it opens home play on March 15 at 3 p.m. vs. UTSA. More photos will be available as things come together at Hixson.

A Hall of Fame Blast from the Past

This weekend is Hall of Fame weekend at the University of Nevada and the Wolf Pack will induct its latest group of former stars into the Athletics Hall of Fame at Friday night's dinner and Saturday's football game.

As we prepare to welcome Jennifer Ashcroft (track and field), Nate Burleson (football), Tracey King (women's tennis), Mike Maxwell (football), Don Price (baseball) and Angie Yoon (women's golf), here's a great photo from the archives of the legendary Nevada basketball coach Jake Lawlor from the first Hall of Fame Weekend in 1973:

Jake Lawlor HOF Game.jpgFor a complete list of all of Nevada Hall of Fame inductees, click here.

Tickets are still available for Friday night's Hall of Fame Dinner, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Reno Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased for $50 each by calling (775) 682-6965.

Tickets are also still available for the Hall of Fame Game vs. San Diego State, which kicks off 7:30 p.m. at Mackay Stadium. This year's Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime of the football game. To buy tickets, call (775) 348-PACK or go online at

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.

Season Tickets & Pup Club Memberships on the Way


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

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

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! 


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.

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!

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