BYU dominated the all-MWC softball awards, with Angeline Quiocho being named player of the year and J.C. Clayton the Freshman Player of the Year:
Quiocho, a native of Walnut, Calif., helped the Cougars to their fifth outright regular-season title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. During league play, she batted .391, while tallying league-best totals in home runs (10), RBI (25), runs scored (24) and walks (13). Quiocho is the second straight Cougar (Jessica Fitu, 2009), and the seventh BYU player in the last eight seasons overall, to be awarded MWC Player of the Year.
Dave Rose announced the hiring of Tim LaComb as BYU's new assistant coach:
"Tim is very passionate about BYU and our basketball program," Rose said. "He is a very detailed oriented person who will bring great knowledge and experience to our staff. Our players and our staff are excited for Tim in this new position."
Colorado State -
The CSU softball team tied the all-time school record with 5 all-MWC selections:
"We think we had a very good year, including being very competitive in the MWC," said Head Coach Mary Yori. "These players are very deserving and we are proud of their accomplishments."
Former Ram Klint Kubiak got his first coaching job at Texas A&M as a defensive quality-control assistant:
"I just think for me it was always about football," said Kubiak, snake bitten by injuries during each of his last three seasons with the Rams. "I just love football. I had some bad luck, but no matter what happened, whether I was rehabbing or playing, and it was especially fun when I stayed healthy, I just loved being part of the game."
Kubiak becomes one of many former Rams now coaching in the Houston area.
UNLV's women's golf head coach Missy Ringler resigned from her position:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed guiding the women's golf program at UNLV for the past eight years," Ringler said. "I appreciate the support the program has been given by the athletics department since its inception in 2001. Being a mentor to the student-athletes and helping them through their college experience has been very rewarding."
Ringler had just recently finished her eighth season as head coach.
The men's golf team made it to the NCAA Tournament for a record 22nd time and will try to get to the NCAA Championship for the first time as a team since 2006.
Nate Dixon was named to the assistant coach position:
"I am really excited about adding Nate to our staff. I have known him for over 10 years and he is a great human being," Schroyer said. "Nate brings over 13 years of college experience to Wyoming. He is a great on-the-floor coach and is also a heck of a recruiter. I feel like Nate really fits with our current staff and will make our staff complete."
Even though Wyoming's golf team did not make the cut for the NCAA Tournament, one of their golfers, Gabe Meier, did:
"This is a fantastic event and we are thrilled to be here," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "Gabe has seen many of these teams and players before and he has beaten or competed with all of them. If Gabe comes out and plays well, he is capable of a nice showing in this event. He has had a good week of training since the Mountain West Championship and is in position to play well. We are going to go out there with a good game plan and hope for the best.
It is very confusing on how a player can make the golf NCAA Tournament and yet his team not.
Four Horned Frogs made the pre-season all american list (and we're considered a mid-major conference???):
TCU's #6 ranked baseball program looks to end the season on a high note as it wraps up its regular season with a series versus CS Bakersfield starting tonight. TCU's baseball program has been astounding this year and hopefully they can win it all.
The Frogs are on their way to their 21st golf NCAA Tournament. That's right behind UNLV for best all-time:
"This is an exciting time of the season for us," said head men's golf coach Bill Montegel. "It gives you a lot of confidence when you have played the course before so hopefully our guys can use that in their favor. However; this is a strong field, and if we don't play our best then we could find ourselves sitting at home during the national championships."
San Diego State -
On Tuesday the Aztecs announced the completement of their 2011 non-conference schedule by adding a fierce opponent in Michigan:
"We are excited to add one of the marquee college football programs to our schedule," SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk said. "This completes the 2011 schedule with a great balance of challenging games, trips to historic venues and a home game against a Pac-10 team. This is a challenging schedule that our fans will enjoy."
SDSU's softball team heads into the NCAA Tournament having won 25 of their last 31 games:
SDSU earned its sixth trip to the NCAA tournament in 10 seasons by being picked as an at-large selection on Sunday. It is the first time in program history that San Diego State has been selected to three consecutive NCAA tournaments. The Aztecs, who join league champion Brigham Young as participants from the six-team Mountain West Conference, enter the tournament as winners in 25 of their last 31 contests.
The Utes sophomore C.J. Cron received National Player of the Week awards after an impressive week:
Cron, who was also selected as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, hit 7-for-15 (.467) in a three-game series with UNLV with four doubles, two homers, six runs and 14 RBI. He posted an on-base percentage of .529 and a slugging percentage of 1.133. In Saturday's win, Cron went 3 for 5 with four runs and eight RBI, including a three-run double in the third and grand slam in the sixth.
Zane Taylor received the honor of being the only pre-season all-american for the Utes, coming in on the 4th team.
New Mexico -
The Lobos released an interesting article praising star baseball player Justin Howard:
It's not that Justin Howard was born with a bat in his hand, but if you have seen this gifted Lobo clobber a baseball, you are tempted to ask for a peek at his baby pictures.
"My mom likes to tell the story about when I first picked up a bat," said the New Mexico senior. "Most kids will pick it up and kind of stand there facing you. I turned and stood sidelines, like you are supposed to."
Howard has been playing great baseball as of late.