Oct. 14, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has released the 2012-13 Annual Report. The Annual Report provides an academic, athletic, administrative and financial record of the 2012-13 academic year.
The following is a letter from Director of Athletics Jim Baker found in the Annual Report:
Dear Friends of UT Arlington Athletics,
On behalf of our coaches, staff and most importantly our student-athletes, I want to thank you for your support of the Mavericks in 2012-13. In reviewing this annual report, you will see that we have continued to make great strides both on the playing fields, courts and surfaces and in the classroom over the past year.
The 2012-13 season will always be one to remember, as it was our one and only year in the Western Athletic Conference. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to WAC competition than winning the men’s cross country championship in the fall. Our men’s basketball team reached the conference tournament championship game and earned a spot in a national postseason tournament for the second consecutive year. Baseball claimed a share of a WAC regular-season title for its second consecutive league championship.
In the classroom, our student-athletes continued to have success, as the department finished a cumulative 2.86 GPA which was higher than the overall student GPA. Additionally, a total of 53 were honored as Academic All-League honorees while golfer Hunter Brown was named an Academic All-American. Our student-athletes had a great deal of success, as 103 were honored as all-league academic performers.
Paul McConnell won the conference men’s individual golf championship and a spot in the NCAA Regionals. Thirteen members of the men’s and women’s track squads reached the NCAA West Preliminary Round, with three going on to the National Championships.
During the year we opened new indoor hitting facilities for our baseball and softball teams while also playing our first full season in the College Park Center.
The 2012-13 season also marked the debut of softball coach Kristie Fox and the hiring of women’s basketball coach Krista Gerlich. Fox oversaw vast improvement in the program, which won nearly 70 percent more games than the previous year. The foundation is being set for great days ahead for UTA Softball. Gerlich and her staff hit the recruiting trail hard from their first day on the job. Just as the strides were made in softball this past season, we believe the future is just as bright for women’s basketball.
As you read about our accomplishments, know that we are working hard not only for success today, but for the program’s well-being in the future. We have big plans as we move into the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-14 and want you to continue to be a part of them going forward. We will continue to use all the resources available to graduate our student-athletes and to put a program on the courts and fields for which you can be proud. We are also committed to our alumni and engaging the fans and friends of UT Arlington.
I feel fortunate to serve this University and to have the opportunity to work with so many outstanding coaches and student-athletes. I am proud each and every day of what they accomplish on the playing field and in the classroom.
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
University of Texas at Arlington
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