Athletics News

From Jim's Desk...Spring is here!

Athletic director Jim Baker
Feb. 4, 2016

From Jim's Desk,

Welcome back, Mavericks. We're a couple of weeks into the Spring and our student-athletes are ready for a big semester in the classroom and the arena of competition. They'll be sweating from one end of campus to the other, from College Park Center all the way to Clay Gould Ballpark and all spots in between.

Our basketball teams are gearing up for the postseason with our final five home men's and women's doubleheaders, along with single games on Feb. 18. The women are playing that morning at 11:30 against UL Lafayette, while the men play that night at 7:15. There's plenty of time to come see our men and women play as they fight to move up the standings. Join us at College Park Center and in New Orleans next month for the Sun Belt Championship.

The men's team took a hard blow with the loss of Kevin Hervey to a knee injury. Kevin was averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds before getting hurt, putting him in the running for awards both in the Sun Belt and nationally. We wish Kevin a speedy recovery and healthy return next season. I still believe in our team and know they will continue to fight without Kevin.

Thanks to everyone on campus – students, faculty and staff – for the great atmosphere at CPC this season. Our sparkling arena has been rocking all season, especially in the student section. Trust me, our coaches and student-athletes take notice and appreciate your support. Attendance is up 55 percent this season over last. As I mentioned earlier, come out to watch us play. Visit UTATickets.com and be on the lookout for more ticket specials and promotions down the stretch.

Our baseball and softball teams are ready to throw out their first pitches. Softball is up first, with a Feb. 11 opener against Texas Southern at Allan Saxe Field. That's hardly the only big day for softball coach Kristie Fox and our student-athletes. Traditional powers Arizona and Texas are visiting Allan Saxe Field during the Maverick Classic from March 11-13, along with UL Lafayette coming to town March 19-20.

Baseball coach Darin Thomas has lined up another top-notch schedule, highlighted by our now annual tradition of playing at Globe Life Park. This time we're facing Texas Tech at the home of the Texas Rangers on March 15. The season opener is Feb. 19 against Oklahoma State at Clay Gould Ballpark. Tickets for the Globe Life game, along with baseball and softball season and individual tickets, are available now at UTATickets.com.

As many of you know, we opened new clubhouses last season for baseball and softball (and indoor facilities the season before) and the benefits are pouring in. Recruits have noticed, other coaches have noticed and our teams finally have a year-round home.

Golf is just as busy. Not only did we christen the UTA Golf Practice Facility adjacent to Maverick Stadium, coach Stuart Deane signed the first two women's golfers in school history with Allison Wade and Rachel Phillips coming on board this fall. The men also signed Zach Cole and Cole Billingsley for the 2016-17 season.

Track & Field, coming off a successful meet in Houston, celebrates the return of the UTA Bobby Lane Invitational on March 26. Tennis hosts an impressive schedule at the UTA Tennis Center, including matches this weekend. Admission is free to all tennis matches, so come on out to enjoy the sun, our special promotions and great tennis.

The Maverick Club is also have a special membership drive with a special #WhyILoveUTA social media campaign this month. Get involved and help us grow the Maverick Club. This is a great time to be a Maverick!

This is #MavCity,

Jim Baker

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