University of Nevada Athletics Overview
The 2015-16 season opens at the University of Nevada with steady energy and clear vision as the Wolf Pack is poised for more success in its fourth season as a member of the Mountain West Conference and sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports featuring more than 400 student-athletes.
The 2014-15 season at Nevada was highlighted by the school’s first Mountain West championship as the Wolf Pack baseball team stormed to the conference title. The team produced the second-best record in school history and swept the major postseason awards, included Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. That capped a year in which Nevada saw its: football team play in its ninth bowl game in the last 10 years; its swimming and diving team take home the top individuals honors at the MW meet; women’s golf team capture a tournament title for the first time in seven years; tennis team qualify an NCAA tournament participant for the second straight year; and it’s student-athletes win the conference community service challenge.
Over the course of three commencement ceremonies during the year, the Wolf Pack saw nearly 90 of its student-athletes graduate, bringing the total number of student-athlete graduates to 661 over the past nine years. The Wolf Pack’s graduation success rate rose for the eighth in the last nine years and matched its high water mark of 80 percent. Fourteen of Nevada’s 16 athletic programs saw their Academic Progress Rate scores rise or hold steady in the latest APR report from the NCAA. All of Nevada’s 16 sports programs met or exceeded the benchmark set by the NCAA, with the Wolf Pack’s volleyball team earning another public recognition award this year for ranking in the top 10 percent in the nation for its sport.
A total of 119 student-athletes earned academic all-conference distinction from the Mountain West during the 2014-15 season. To qualify, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average, at the member institution, of 3.0 or higher, completed at least one academic semester at the member institution and competed in 50 percent of the team's varsity contests. And 59 student-athletes (up from 48 a year ago) were named as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, having completed at least two semesters or three quarters at the member institution, compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, and competed in at least one varsity contest in a Mountain West-sponsored sport during the 2014-15 academic year.
Football player Jordan Dobrich was been named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District team for District VII for the second straight season. Dobrich is a two-time team captain who carries a 3.9 GPA in Nevada's engineering program. And football’s Nigel Haikins became the second Pack player in as many years to earn membership in the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society. In order to be included, a player must have maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.
Baseball standout Austin Byler and basketball star Mimi Mungedi won the 2014-15 Doc Martie and Ruth I. Russell Awards, respectively, as the University of Nevada most outstanding senior student-athletes.
Mungedi was twice selected as the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and was taken with the 25th overall pick in the WNBA Draft this spring. As a senior, she was named to the All-Mountain West team and WBCA All-Region team after leading the MW in shooting percentage, rebounds per game and double-doubles. She finished her career at Nevada as the school's all-time leader in blocked shots (162) and set the single-season record with7 4 as a senior. She set the Mountain West and school single-game record with 29 rebounds in a game in February and finished her career seventh in rebounding at Nevada. A graduate of Nevada, she was a three-time member of the Academic All-Mountain West team and is a three-time MW Scholar-Athlete.
In his final season at Nevada, Byler capped one of the most accomplished careers in recent Pack history by being named to the All-Mountain West first team and Louisville Slugger All-American third team. The slugger batted .328 this season with 65 hits, 69 runs and 52 RBI. Nationally, Byler ranked third in walks and fourth in on-base percentage. Byler posted a .321 career batting average and ranked fourth in Nevada's record books with 40 career home runs and sixth with 211 career games played. Byler was selected in the ninth round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Washington Nationals, but returned to Reno for his senior season and led the team to the second-most wins (41) in program history while winning the university's first-ever Mountain West championship.
This marks the eighth time in the history of the Martie Award that a baseball player has earned the honor, and the first since Matt Bowman in 2009. Mungedi is the fourth basketball player to win the Russell Award.
Wolf Pack swimmer Kaelie Reviglio, cheer team member Nicole Bus and senior associate athletics director Rhonda Bennett were named as the 2014-15 recipients of the Give Back Like Jack Community Service Awards. The department presents the awards annually to those who best exemplify the dedication to community service that was the hallmark of longtime Reno and Sparks philanthropist Jack Reviglio's life. A total of 5,837 hours of community service were completed by Wolf Pack student-athletes in 2014-15, making Nevada the winning school in this year's Mountain West Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Community Service Challenge. The conference-issued challenge ran from April 2014 through February 2015. The Nevada cheerleading squad led the way with 1,605 hours of community service within the past year and combined events and drives featuring multiple teams totaled nearly 1,300 hours.
Chris and Kim Aramini were presented with the Jake Lawlor Award at the 47th Annual Governor’s Dinner, featuring Colin Kaepernick, in July. The Jake Lawlor Award, named after the former Wolf Pack coach and athletics director, is bestowed annually to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated substantial and exemplary support of Nevada's intercollegiate athletics program over an extended period of time.
A number of Wolf Pack squads achieved highlights in 2014-15. The Wolf Pack football team went to its ninth bowl game in 10 years after a strong campaign in 2014 that saw Nevada reclaim ownership of the Fremont Cannon with a resounding 49-27 win over UNLV. Nevada finished the regular season 7-5 and played for the first time ever in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Wolf Pack swimming and diving team continued its upswing with a strong third-place performance at the Mountain West Championships. Diving coach Jian Li You took home Coach of the Year honors for the third straight season and swim coach Abby Steketee won Coach of the Year honors. Nevada took home Diver of the Year honors for the third straight year as Krysta Palmer won the award this time and the Wolf Pack also saw Yawen Li win Swimmer of the Year.
Following the baseball title, Nevada saw four individual trophies added to the collection as Trenton Brooks led the way as the Tony Gwynn Player of the Year. Christian Stolo was named the Pitcher of the Year and Cal Stevenson won Freshman of the Year honors as coach Jay Johnson tabbed as Coach of the Year.
The women’s golf team won its first team title since 2006 when it captured the Cowgirl Classic in Arizona in March. The men’s golf team notched its best finish in the Mountain West with a strong third place showing. And the women’s tennis team saw it‘s duo of Blaga Delic and Sheila Morales Hildago advance to the NCAA Championships.
Overall, Nevada has also enjoyed postseason success, including bowl appearances in nine of the past 10 years by the Wolf Pack football team, nine postseason invitations for the men’s basketball squad in the last 12 years, including NCAA Tournament appearances from 2004-07 and a run to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament in 2012. Nevada’s women’s basketball team has made three Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearances, including back-to-back invitations in 2010 and 2011, while the Wolf Pack volleyball team has been to the NCAA Championships five times, baseball has made four NCAA Regional appearances, and softball has been invited to three NCAA Regionals. Nevada’s men’s golf has advanced to the NCAA Championship three times and the soccer team earned its first NCAA appearance in 2006. The Wolf Pack men’s tennis team has qualified doubles teams twice for NCAA Championships in recent years, with the men advancing in 2014 and the women following in 2015.
Prior to entering the Mountain West in 2012, the Wolf Pack captured 22 WAC championships in its 12 years as a member of the Western Athletic Conference from 2000-12, including eight men's basketball crowns (seven from 2004-08 and most recently the 2012 regular-season title), three women's swimming and diving titles from 2007-09, three softball championships (2006, 2008-09), a pair of football titles (2005 and 2010), two indoor track and field titles (2003-04) and championships by cross country in 2004, women's soccer in 2006 and men's golf in 2007. In 2006-07, the Wolf Pack won the WAC’s Commissioner’s Cup as the best overall athletics department in the conference, while the program has finished second two other times.
(Updated Aug. 10, 2015)
STAR OF THE WEEK
May 16 - May 22
Sophomore Jordan Pearce led the Nevada baseball team to a 3-1 week with an extra-innings nonconference win over Grand Canyon and a rivalry series victory over UNLV. On the week, Pearce batted .429 with six hits, nine RBI, four runs, one double, two triples and one home run. Pearce’s efforts helped Nevada clinch Governor’s Series points in baseball for the second straight season.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - Rifle
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