A.D. Report -- Looking Back at a Strong Academic Year

June 22, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

            With the 2009-2010 academic year now in the history books, I thought the timing was right to take a look back at all that was accomplished. Here in the OSU Athletic Department, the measure of our success is not just on the field, the court or the diamond. Rather, we take an “Everyday Champion” approach to gauging our accomplishments.


            You’ve read about our Everyday Champions on our web site; you’ve heard me and our staff refer to them as the heart and soul of OSU Athletics; and you’ve probably even seen some of them on YouTube (OSU Athletics). The goal of the Everyday Champions program is to have our student-athletes leave OSU educated, connected and well-prepared for the personal and professional challenges that will face them throughout their lives. Our Everyday Champions excel on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.


            When I take a 360-degree look at the many accomplishments of our 500 student-athletes, I’m proud of all their hard work on many different fronts. Here’s a quick look at some of our highlights this year:


·         Eleven of our 17 sports qualified for post-season play: football, women’s soccer, wrestling, gymnastics, men’s basketball, track, men’s golf, men’s rowing, swimming, cross country, and baseball.

·         Eleven of our student-athletes were recognized as All-Americans in their respective sports. Jordan Bishop (track), Diego Velasquez (golf), Jacquizz Rodgers (football), James Rodgers (football), Michael Philipp (football), Matt Boyd (baseball), Laura Ann-Chong (gymnastics), Danny Mwanga (soccer), Mandi Rodriguez (gymnastics), Makayla Stambaugh (gymnastics) and Rachel Rourke (volleyball).

·         Ninety-two of our student-athletes made the Pac-10 All-Academic teams.

·         Twenty-two student-athletes had a 4.0 GPA spring term; 53 percent of our student-athletes had GPA’s higher than 3.0; and 12 teams recorded an average GPA of 3.0 or higher.

·         Pac-10 Conference post-graduate scholarships were awarded to Rachel Axon (soccer), Ashley Wood (soccer), Patrick Kohan (rowing) and Jordan Harris (soccer).

·         The football and volleyball teams raised more than $1,700 in a “Digging for Dylan” competition to help the family of 5-year-old Dylan Cain, who suffers from cerebral palsy, with medical expenses.

·         Former football student-athlete Yvenson Bernard, working with our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, raised more than 22,000 pounds of donations for Haiti relief following the devastating earthquake. Approximately $3,400 also was raised in cash donations. 


These accomplishments are just a snapshot of the many great things our student-athletes did this year. We also had some honors involving our coaches:

  • Baseball Coach Pat Casey and his wife, Susan, earned the 2009 Nell and John Wooden coaching Achievement Award from the World Sport Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
  • Gymnastics Coach Tanya Chaplin earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.
  • Wrestling Coach Jim Zalesky also was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for his sport.
  • Football Coach Mike Riley is serving on the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees and the group’s Ethics Committee. 

These coaches all set a great example of leadership and commitment for our program and our student-athletes.


Before signing off for the summer, I want to give you a quick update on our football season ticket sales. So far, we’ve sold 26,000 season tickets—a new OSU record—and we’ll continue to sell tickets throughout the summer. I’m very encouraged by Beaver Nation’s response to our new ticket prices and want to thank you for your support.


Additionally, our Beaver Athletic Student Fund (BASF) numbers are growing as well as we march toward our 12,000 strong by 2012 goal. We added about 750 new donors this year and have $10.3 million in commitments—$325,000 more than last year. I want to give a special thank you to George Walker of Portland. He took our challenge to recruit one new BASF donor to heart—and then some. One of our BASF Fund Drive volunteers, George recruited 52 new donors. Now that’s commitment and a true inspiration.


As you can see from this installment of the A.D. Report, we all have a lot to be proud of and look forward to next year. I’m excited about our prospects for the future—on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Have a great summer and Go Beavs!


Recent A.D. Reports

April 27, 2010 - Updating Ticket Sales

Feb. 17, 2010 - '110 Percent Beavers'

Feb. 1, 2010 - Season Ticket Pricing

Oct. 30, 2009

Oct. 6, 2009

June 2, 2009

April 21, 2009

April 7, 2009

Dec. 3, 2009 --- 'The Turn' - Part 1

Dec. 4, 2009 --- 'The Turn' - Part 2

Dec. 5, 2009 --- 'The Turn' - Part 3

Dec. 6, 2009 --- 'The Turn' - Part 4

Dec. 7, 2009 --- 'The Turn' - Part 5

Dec. 8, 2009 --- 'The Turn' - Part 6









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