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Athletics staff conducts leadership retreat

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Members of the UTA athletics staff and head coaches conducted a leadership retreat Monday at the Plano offices of the department's multimedia, licensing and sponsorship partner, Learfield. Athletic director Jim Baker led the group through a number of activities and discussions designed to help the staff continue to support UTA's student-athletes in a top-class manner and build the Mavericks into the country's top NCAA Division IAAA athletics program.

The group was also introduced to members of the Learfield staff and learned more about how the company helps drive revenue and brand recognition through its partnership in sponsorship sales, trademark licensing and broadcast operations.

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In addition, the day was also an opportunity for the department to recognize its outstanding year both on and off the field. A few of the numerous high points of the year include:

-  Four of UTA's 14 athletic programs won Sun Belt Conference regular season titles, while baseball earned first place in its division.
-  UTA athletic teams defeated programs from 19 different Division I athletic conferences.
-  UTA student-athletes graduate at the 3rd highest rate among Division I state institutions in the state of Texas, according to NCAA graduation success rate data.
-  UTA finished 3rd in the Sun Belt Conference's Bubas Cup by TWO POINTS, despite fielding the fewest teams in the league - 4 shy of the league maximum.
-  Men's basketball junior Kevin Hervey, the league's player of the year, earned the Sun Belt Male Student-Athlete of the Year - the league's highest honor.
-  30 student-athletes earned all-league honors, while UTA coaches earned five Sun Belt Coach of the Year awards.

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