A Winning Tradition…
he great tradition of Wyoming football kicks off the 2006 season with the
usual excitement, but with anticipation of more facility improvements
on the horizon.
Not only will the Cowboys be playing football on the beautiful surface of Jonah
Field, but northeast of War Memorial Stadium construction will be underway on an
impressive indoor complex that should be done by the summer of 2007.
The cornerstone of Wyoming’s impressive physical plant is the beautiful
Curtis and Marian Rochelle Athletics Center (RAC) which begins its sixth season
of housing the Cowboys in a state-of-the-art facility. The RAC, constructed at a
cost of $9.4 million, opened for the 2001 season. Situated north of the Stadium,
the Rochelle contains the football locker room, a strength and conditioning center,
an academic and counseling center, a state-of-the-art training facility, and a suite
of ofﬁce and meeting rooms for the football staff.
Thanks to the Strategic Plan for Intercollegiate Athletics, approved by the
university trustees in September 2003 critical facility needs have been addressed
to strengthen the recruitment of student-athletes and coaches, and to enhance the
fan experience at War Memorial Stadium. The Wyoming State Legislature provided
UW with a $10 million matching fund for facility enhancement. By June of 2005
the athletics department had raised the matching funds, opening the door to a
number of new additions to the facility plant.
While facility needs in the plan have already been addressed — repair
of the structure on the upper West stands of the Stadium as well as upgrade of
restrooms and concession areas, Jonah Field, the indoor practice facility and the
new all-weather outdoor track — more are on the way. Enhancement of the
lower Stadium concourse areas, as well as donor suites and improvements in the
women’s tennis facilities, are on the way.
Fanning a Twister, a statue honoring the great Wyoming As usual the Cowboys will face a competitive football schedule in 2006.
bucking horse Steamboat, welcomes Cowboy fans at the Not only are road trips to the University of Virginia and Syracuse University on the
entrance to the Wyoming Athletics complex. slate, but home games with old rivals Colorado State and Air Force, and a visit by
always-powerful Boise State dot the home schedule. This year marks the 57th
season for War Memorial Stadium.
As a member of the Western Athletic Conference from 1962 through 1998,
Wyoming was one of the dominant football programs in the conference. It ranked
second in WAC history in football titles with seven, and second in conference wins
with 146. A charter member, Wyoming also was the only WAC school to play in a
bowl game in each of the ﬁrst four decades of WAC existence — the 1960’s, the
‘70’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s.
Wyoming has played in 11 bowl games during its history, including the
Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl in December of 2004. The Cowboys’ ﬁrst
bowl game was the 1951 Gator, followed by the 1956 Sun, 1958 Sun, 1966 Sun,
1968 Sugar, 1976 Fiesta, 1987 Holiday, 1988 Holiday, 1990 Copper, 1993 Copper
and the 2004 Las Vegas.
Traditionally one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country,
Wyoming has ranked among the Top 30 passing teams in the country in 14 of the
last 20 years. Wyoming led the nation in passing offense in 1996.
“Receiver U” was a name given to the program as it has produced some of
the nation’s top receivers. Former Cowboy All-Americans Marcus Harris and Ryan
Yarborough still rank among the very best in the country. Both rank in the Top 5
respectively on the NCAA career receiving yardage list. Another former Cowboy
All-American receiver, Jay Novacek, is nationally ranked among tight ends, and
became an All-Pro tight end with the World Champion Dallas Cowboys.
A Winning Tradition…
Running back Jim Kiick earned
All-Conference honors three
consecutive seasons from 1965-67.
He later starred for the Super Bowl
Champion Miami Dolphins.
Bowden Wyatt ushered in
the winning tradition of
Wyoming Football. Wyatt
led UW to its ﬁrst bowl game, the
1951 Gator Bowl, and was later Marcus Harris ended his
inducted into the College Football career as the greatest
Hall of Fame. receiver in NCAA history.
Cowboy Greats Who Helped Build the Wyoming Tradition
Jim Crawford • All-America Running Back in 1956 1954-56
Bob Devaney coached Wyoming • Led the nation in rushing in ‘56 with 1,104 yards
from 1957-61, and still ranks as the Bob Devaney • Wyoming’s Winningest Head Coach 1957-61
winningest coach in school history, based on Percentage 35-10-5 (.750)
winning 75 percent of his games. • In 1962, he took over as head coach at Nebraska
• A member of the College Football Hall of Fame
Phil Dickens • Second best winning percentage 1953-56
in school history 29-11-1 (.720)
• Coached his 1956 team to a perfect 10-0 season
Marcus Harris • Two-time All-American in 1995 and 1996 1993-96
• NCAA’s No. 2 All-Time leading receiver with 4,518 yards
• 1996 Biletnikoff Award Winner as nation’s top receiver
Jim Kiick • Three-time All-WAC Running Back 1965-67
• Went on to star for World Champion Miami Dolphins
Brian Lee • All-America Free Safety in 1997 1994-97
• In 1997, Lee became the ﬁrst Wyoming football player
to be named a Consensus All-American and a First Team
Academic All-American in the same season
Jay Novacek • All-America Tight End in 1984 1982-84
• Went on to star for World Champion Dallas Cowboys
Paul Roach • Head Coach, Record 35-15-0 (.700) 1987-90
• Led UW to back-to-back WAC titles in 1987-88
• Also a UW assistant in late 60’s, he was part of six of
Wyoming’s 10 bowl games and six of seven WAC titles
Eddie Talboom • Wyoming’s ﬁrst All-American in 1950 1949-50
• Was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
in 2000 as a tailback
Bowden Wyatt • Head Coach, Record 39-17-1 (.693) 1947-52
• Led UW to First Bowl Game, 1951 Gator Bowl
• A member of the College Football Hall of Fame
Ryan Yarborough • Two-time All-American in 1992-93 1990-93
• Currently ranks No. 4 on NCAA career receiving list
with 4,357 yards
Wyoming Cowboys Capture
2004 Pioneer PureVision
Las Vegas Bowl Championship
he 2004 season marked the return of Wyoming football to national prominence as the Cowboys captured the Pioneer
PureVision Las Vegas Bowl Championship, defeating UCLA, 24-21 before a national television audience on ESPN. The
accomplishment came in only the second year of Head Coach Joe Glenn’s tenure at Wyoming.
The victory was one of the Pokes’ most exciting in their storied football history, and was the biggest upset of the 2004 collegiate
bowl season. They entered the game as a 12.5-point underdog, the biggest spread of any of the bowls. Making it so exciting for
Wyoming fans was the way their beloved Cowboys did it. . .with a fourth-quarter comeback.
Wyoming was down 21-10 heading into the fourth quarter, and put together a pair of exciting drives, coupled with outstanding
defense to come away with the victory. The game-winning score was a Corey Bramlet to John Wadkowski pass play that gave the
Pokes the lead. Wyoming’s defense took over from there, shutting down the Bruins for the victory.
Wyoming fans came from around the country to participate in the week’s activities leading up to the game. On Thursday, Dec.
23, 2004, over 10,000 UW fans poured into Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium for the game. Those Cowboy fanatics helped set a new
record for actual attendance at the Las Vegas Bowl, 29,062.
The week leading up to the game also was ﬁlled with events for the players, coaches and fans. Included among the events for
the team were a party for the players at the ESPN Zone in Vegas; a visit to Sunrise Children’s Hospital, and a luncheon featuring former
Super Bowl quarterback Ken Stabler of the Oakland Raiders and ESPN’s voice of college football Ron Franklin.
Wyoming’s resounding win made it a week to remember. It had been a week of celebration for Cowboy fans; a week of great
events for players and coaches. But it was much more than just one week in the exciting city of Las Vegas. It was more than just one
win. The victory restored a tradition-rich Cowboy program to a position of prominence in collegiate football — a position of prominence
that began with Wyoming’s ﬁrst bowl victory in the 1951 Gator Bowl.
Wyoming Greats in the
College Football Hall of Fame
Bob Devaney #41 Eddie “Boom Boom” Talboom Bowden Wyatt
Head Football Coach: Wyoming, Nebraska Tailback, University of Wyoming Head Football Coach: Wyoming, Arkansas,
Years at Wyoming: 1957-61 Years at Wyoming: 1948-50 Tennessee
College Football Hall of Fame Induction: 1981 College Football Hall of Fame Induction: 2000 Years at Wyoming: 1947-52
College Football Hall of Fame Induction: 1997
Bob Devaney earned his first college head Eddie “Boom Boom” Talboom helped former Bowden Wyatt put Wyoming Football on the
coaching position at the University of Wyoming in Cowboy Head Coach Bowden Wyatt usher in a new map. Wyatt was elected to the College Football
1957, after serving as an assistant coach at Michigan era in Wyoming Football History. With Talboom as Hall of Fame as a player in 1972 and as a coach in
State under Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty. During the tailback in Wyoming’s single-wing offense, the 1997. He became only the third man to be elected
his ﬁve seasons in Laramie, Devaney posted a record Cowboys went on to post a perfect 10-0 record in both categories, following Amos Alonzo Stagg and
of 35-10-5, and his winning percentage at UW of in his senior season of 1950 and earn Wyoming’s Bobby Dodd. He played end for Tennessee 1936-
75.0 percent is still tops in school history. In ﬁve ﬁrst bowl bid. The Cowboys defeated Washington 38, and in his senior year was an All-American.
seasons at Wyoming and 11 at Nebraska, Devaney and Lee 20-7 in the Gator Bowl. Talboom became Like Bob Devaney, his ﬁrst college head coaching
never had a losing season, as his teams compiled an UW’s ﬁrst All-American at the conclusion of the opportunity came at Wyoming from 1947-52. He
overall record of 136-30-7 (.806). The 1958 season, 1950 season. He ended his college career having took over a program that had won only six games in
Wyoming compiled an 8-3 record, and defeated scored 303 points as a tailback and place-kicker. three seasons prior to his arrival, and built Wyoming
Hardin-Simmons 14-6 in the Sun Bowl. In 1959, Even now, over 50 years after the completion of his into a national power. His time at Wyoming was
Wyoming posted a record of 9-1, and was ranked No. college career, Talboom still ranks No. 5 in NCAA highlighted by the 1950 season when UW ﬁnished
16 in the nation in the ﬁnal Associated Press media history in career scoring, having averaged 10.8 with a perfect 10-0 record, defeated Washington &
poll. Later while coaching at Nebraska, he would points per game during his three-year career at Lee 20-7 in the Gator Bowl and ended the season
lead the Cornhuskers to two National Championships UW. Eddie Talboom was inducted into the College ranked No. 12 in the ﬁnal Associated Press poll. His
in 1970 and ‘71. Coach Devaney passed away on Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 2000. He 16-year record as a head coach was 99-56-5 (.634).
May 8, 1997. died on June 6, 1998. Coach Wyatt was inducted into the College Football
Hall of Fame posthumously. Coach Wyatt passed
away on Jan 21, 1969.
The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame
The University of Wyoming is proud to have three former football greats inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of
Fame. For Cowboy head coaches Bob Devaney and Bowden Wyatt, and Wyoming’s ﬁrst All-American, Eddie “Boom Boom” Talboom, are all members
of the distinguished Hall. Former Cowboy Head Coach Pat Dye also is in the Hall, although he coached at Wyoming for just one season (1980).
The mission of the National Football Foundation (NFF) is to promote the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership,
sportsmanship, and competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in American’s young people. The NFF was founded in 1947.
The Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation was founded in 1993 by Paul Roach when he gathered a group of ex-players,
businessmen, coaches, athletic directors, educators and football fans who were interested in honoring Wyoming High School and University of
Wyoming football players for their dedication to the sport as well as their academic achievements and community involvement.
During the chapter’s ﬁrst 12 years, it has received nearly 700 scholar-athlete nominations from all of Wyoming’s 59 football-playing high
schools. Almost $100,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 119 scholar-athlete ﬁnalists, representing 42 high schools, and UW. The chapter
has produced one Western Regional Winner (competing with 27 other state chapters) and three regional runners-up. Several of the present Cowboys
are former ﬁnalists.
The Wyoming Chapter has climbed to number two in the nation in membership out of 119 chapters nation wide. If you would like to become a
part of this outstanding organization, as it strives to be the number one chapter in the nation, contact former Cowboy letterman and current chapter
president Mike Schutte at P.O. Box 158, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545, or email him at MShootee@starband.net.
Jay Novacek was not only an All-America tight end, but
was also an All-America decathlete at Wyoming in 1984.
Novacek ﬁnished fourth in the decathlon at the NCAA Track Marcus Harris, pictured on the right, was named
and Field Championships. He went on to help lead the Dallas the Fred Biletnikoff Award winner in 1996. The
Cowboys to Super Bowl titles in the 1992, ‘93 and ‘95 seasons. award is symbolic of the nation’s top receiver.
Harris is pictured here with the Biletnikoff Trophy
and a representative of the Biletnikoff Award Committee.
hen talking about college receiving records, there is one school that has set itself
apart from the rest — that school is the University of Wyoming. A look at the
NCAA Record Book for Career Receiving Yards shows two Wyoming receivers atop
the list — No. 2 Marcus Harris and No. 4 Ryan Yarborough.
For three consecutive seasons from 1994-96, Marcus Harris ranked ﬁrst, second and ﬁrst
in the nation in receiving yards per game. He ended his career as the NCAA record-holder for
most receiving yards (4,518) and most 100-yard receiving games in a career (24). He also is the
only receiver in NCAA history to have more than 1,400 yards receiving in three different seasons.
Harris was a Consensus All-American in 1996 and won the Biletnikoff Award, symbolic of the
nation’s top receiver.
Prior to Harris setting the NCAA record for most yards receiving in a career, he was preceded
at UW by former NCAA record-holder Ryan Yarborough. Yarborough amassed 4,357 yards receiving
in his career, earning him First Team All-America honors in 1992 (by the Football Writers) and in
1993 (by Associated Press).
Another contributor to Wyoming’s claim as “Receiver U” is NCAA record-holder — Jay Novacek.
Novacek, who played tight end at Wyoming from 1982-84, still holds the NCAA record for highest
average gain per reception by a tight end in a single season (22.6 yards per reception in 1984).
Novacek was a Kodak All-American in 1984. He then went on to achieve All-Pro status with the
Dallas Cowboys. Novacek retired from professional football in the summer of 1997.
Another one of the greats, Jovon Bouknight, insured his place in the Cowboy receiver tradition
with a tremendous career that ended with the 2005 season.
An Honorable Mention All-American, Bouknight was a Biletnikoff Award semiﬁnalist. He was
a First Team All-Mountain West Conference selection. He concluded the 2005 campaign ranked
No. 9 in the NCAA in average receiving yards per game; No.15 in total receiving yards; No.10 Ryan Yarborough was a two-time
in all-purpose yards and No.12 in average receptions per game; and No. 11 in kickoff returns. All-America receiver in 1992 and 1993.
He ranks No. 3 in career receptions, career receiving yards and career TD receptions for NCAA He held the NCAA record for career
Division 1A receivers. receiving yards before fellow Cowboy
He is number three on Wyoming’s all-time list Harris and Yarborough in career receiving
Marcus Harris broke the record in ‘96.
rom Wyoming’s ﬁrst football All-American, Eddie Talboom in 1950, to Wyoming’s most KEN FANTETTI
recent All-American, Jovon Bouknight in 2005, the Wyoming Football program has had a long Linebacker, 1978
line of outstanding players who have received All-America honors. Football Writers All-American
That ﬁrst Cowboy All-American, Eddie Talboom, was inducted into the National Football Foundation … A ferocious defensive
College Hall of Fame in 2000. All-American, Brian Lee, accomplished a ﬁrst in UW school history by player … Had 115 tackles,
being named both a Consensus All-American and a First Team Academic All-American in ‘97. 73 unassisted, to lead the
team … Had eight tackles
Here are Wyoming’s All-Americans through the years, with stats from their All-America seasons. for a loss, one interception,
recovered one fumble and
EDDIE TALBOOM MIKE DIRKS caused another … Named
Halfback, 1950 Defensive Tackle, 1967 the 1978 Western Athletic
Conference Defensive Player
INS and Newspaper Editor’s Football Writers-Look of the Year … Played with the Detroit Lions.
Association All-American … Magazine All-American … Inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics
In 1950, he completed 57 of Had 71 tackles, including 30 Hall of Fame in 2003.
100 passes for 920 yards unassisted and 26 behind the
and eight touchdowns … line … Broke up eight passes
Converted 40 of 45 PAT’s and recovered a fumble … JACK WEIL
... Scored 130 points, then Led the best rushing defense Punter, 1983
a UW record… Punted 33 in the nation … Played for
times for 1,183 yards… the Philadelphia Eagles … Consensus All-American,
Ranks fifth on the NCAA Inducted into the inaugural Associated Press and Football
career scoring list with a 10.8 ppg average… class of the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. Writers All-American ... Led
Inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics the nation in punting with a
Hall of Fame in 1994. Inducted into National Football JERRY DEPOYSTER 45.6 average ... UW’s career
Foundation College Hall of Fame in 2000. Kicker, 1967 punting leader with a 42.6
average ... Had a career long
DEWEY MCCONNELL Associated Press and Sporting punt of 86 yards ... Played
End, 1951 News All-American … Second in with the Denver Broncos.
the nation in kick scoring with 66
Associated Press All- points … Was 21 of 31 in PATs, 15 JAY NOVACEK
American after leading the of 37 FGs … Punted 62 times for
nation in receiving with 47 41.7 average, 12th in the nation … Tight End, 1984
catches for 725 yards and Set seven NCAA kicking records in Consensus All-American,
eight touchdowns … 14 his career … Played for the Detroit Kodak All-American … One
career receiving touchdowns Lions and Oakland Raiders. A 2006 of UW’s ﬁnest athletes ever …
was a UW record … Played UW Hall of Fame inductee. Had 33 catches for 745 yards
for the Pittsburgh Steelers. and four touchdowns … Great
Inducted into the UW Athletics BOB JACOBS
blocker, sensational hands,
Hall of Fame in 1995. Kicker, 1969 sprinter speed ... UW record
Football Writers-Look holder in decathlon … Set an
JIM CRAWFORD NCAA record for average yards
Magazine and Sporting News
Tailback, 1956 All-American ... Hit 18 ﬁeld per reception by a tight end
goals and 22 PATs for 76 (22.6) … An All-Pro tight end for the Dallas Cowboys
NEA and Football Writers … Inducted into the inaugural class of the University
All-American ... NCAA points ... Led the nation in
kick scoring ... Was seventh of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.
rushing leader in 1956 with
1,104 yards on 200 carries in punting with 42.5 average.
to become Wyoming’s
first 1,000 yard rusher ... Linebacker, 1987
Averaged 5.5 yards per carry PAUL NUNU Associated Press All-
... Set a UW record with 13 American … Had 143 tackles
TDs ... Played for the Boston Linebacker, 1976
as a senior … A two time All-
Patriots … Inducted into UW Selected first team All- WAC performer …Wyoming’s
Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. American by The Football career tackle leader … The
News ... Led the Cowboys to first player in Wyoming
JERRY HILL the 1976 WAC title and Fiesta history to be selected a co-
Running Back, 1959, 1960 Bowl ... The Hawaii native captain twice … Played for
Jerry Hill was selected as Wyoming’s ﬁnished his career third on the Atlanta Falcons and San
Football Player of the Century during Wyoming’s career tackle list Diego Chargers. Inducted into
fan balloting in 1992. He was an with 245. the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
Honorable Mention All-American
in both 1959 and 1960. An All- PAT RABOLD
Skyline Conference running back DENNIS BAKER Defensive Tackle, 1988
during both of those years, while Offensive Tackle, 1977
Associated Press All-
leading the Cowboys in rushing. Associated Press All- American … One of
The Cowboys posted a 25-6 record American … Anchored an Wyoming’s greatest defensive
during his career, and won the 1958 offensive line that produced tackles in history ... Was
Sun Bowl. The Lingle, Wyoming native ﬁnished his career with 2,400 rushing yards … Was a the 1988 Western Athletic
1,374 yards rushing on 288 carries. He played eight seasons in three- time All-WAC player. Conference Defensive Player
the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts. He ranks of the Year … Led the WAC
eighth on the Colts’ career rushing list. He played in Super in quarterback sacks …
Bowl III and V. Voted “Player of the Century” and a 1993 UW Drafted by the Buffalo Bills.
Hall of Fame inductee. UW Hall of Fame, 2005.
MITCH DONAHUE the nation’s top receiver and ﬁnished ninth in the Lee at free safety, UW’s defense ranked number
Heisman Trophy balloting. Wyoming’s second six in the country in pass defense and set a school
Defensive End, 1990 two-time All-American, he was an to the AFCA First record with 24 interceptions in 1997. An excellent
Football Writers, Sporting Team All-America as a junior. Harris was selected student, Lee was also named First Team Academic
News, and NFL Draft Report by the Detroit Lions in seventh round of the 1997 All-American in 1997.
first team All-American … NFL Draft. UW Hall of Fame, 2004.
Wyoming’s all-time sack leader J.D. WALLUM
with 48 … Led the nation in STEVE SCIFRES Place kicker, 2001
sacks as a senior … Named to Offensive Tackle, 1996
the WAC All-Decade team for A second-team Football
the 1980s … Finished fourth Football Writers Association News All-American, and a
in the balloting for the Outland of America All-American. Lou Groza Award semiﬁnalist.
Trophy … A three-time ﬁrst One of the greatest offensive . .He also was named a
team All-WAC pick and two-time WAC Defensive Player linemen ever to wear a First Team All-Conference
of the Year … Played for the San Francisco 49ers and Wyoming uniform, Scifres performer by both Football
Denver Broncos. UW Hall of Fame, 2002. started every game of his News and The Sporting News.
career — 47 consecutive Wallum tied All-American
games at offensive tackle. Cory Wedel’s 1996 school
RYAN YARBOROUGH He was named All-WAC his record for most ﬁeld goals in
Wide Receiver, 1992-93 junior and senior years and a single season with 20. He connected on 20 of 23
was the Western Athletic Conference “Freshman ﬁeld-goal attempts (87 percent), and was a perfect
Wyoming’s ﬁrst two-time All-
of the Year” in 1993, the only offensive lineman to four of four from 40 yards and beyond. His longest
American … Selected to the
be so honored. Scifres allowed two quarterback was a 52-yarder vs. Texas A&M. That season, his
Football Writers of America
sacks as a freshman in 1993, one quarterback junior year, he was ranked number three in the
First Team after leading the
sack in 465 pass plays in 1994, one sack in 429 country in ﬁeld goals per game, averaging 1.82. An
nation in receiving yards
pass plays in 1995, and no sacks in 486 pass plays excellent kickoff man, Wallum boomed 55 percent
with 1,351 yards as a junior
in 1996. During his senior year, he was named (31 of 56) of his kickoffs into the opponents’ end
in 1992 … Only the second
one of 13 semi-ﬁnalists for the Outland Trophy, zone for touchbacks. He was on pace to become
Wyoming junior ever selected
as well as a NACDA Scholarship ﬁnalist. Drafted one of Wyoming’s most effective kickers of all time
to an All-America team …
by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in
Finished the season with 86
1997 NFL Draft. the second game of his senior season.
receptions and 12 touchdowns … As a senior, broke
the NCAA career receiving yardage record with 4,357 CORY WEDEL
yards … Caught 75 passes for 1,584 yards and 16 Kicker, 1996
touchdowns and was named to the Associated Press Wide Receiver, 2005
and Football Writers of America First Teams as a American Football
senior … Second round draft choice of the New York Coaches Association All- A College Football News
Jets. UW Hall of Fame, 2003. American, Walter Camp Honorable Mention All-
Football Foundation American, Bouknight
BRIAN GRAGERT All-American. Just the third concluded his career as one
Wyoming junior to be named of the greatest all-around
Punter, 1995 players in Wyoming football
All-American, Wedel ﬁnished
American Football Foundation the 1996 season ranked history. His senior season, he
All-America Team … Gragert number ﬁve in the nation in was one of 15 semiﬁnalists
had the second-highest average ﬁeld goals per game for the 2005 Bilentnikoff
punting average (45.2 yards) for the season (1.7), and sixteenth in scoring (nine Award. He earned First Team
in the country in 1995 and points per game). Named ﬁrst team All-Western All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior.
was the ﬁrst UW punter to Athletic Conference in 1995, 1996, and 1997. He He is listed among the nation’s top 15 in almost
lead the WAC in punting and was one of twenty semi-ﬁnalists for the 1996 Lou every NCAA receiving category. He is number
be named First-Team All- Groza Award. In 1996, Wedel tied a UW and WAC two in Mountain West Conference history in both
WAC in consecutive seasons record with six ﬁeld goals in a 40-38 win over receptions and receiving yards. He is number
since Bob Jacobs in 1968 Idaho and was a two-time WAC Player of the Week. three on Wyoming’s career list in receiving yards,
and ’69 … Selected in the seventh round of the Also named an Academic All-American and to the and career TD receptions, and number four in all-
1996 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Successful Farming Magazine All-America Farm purpose yards.
Team. Wedel kicked ﬁve game-winning ﬁeld goals
MARCUS HARRIS in his career, including a dramatic 41-yard ﬁeld goal
Wide Receiver, 1995-96 in Wyoming’s ﬁrst-ever overtime game to beat Iowa
State 41-38 in 1996.
… Associated Press, BRIAN LEE
Football Writers of America, Free Safety, 1997
American Football Coaches
Association, Walter Camp Consensus All-American,
and Football Foundation, Selected to Football
Football News. During his Writers of America, Football
senior year, Harris became News, Walter Camp Football
the NCAA’s all-time leader Foundation and Associated
in receiving yards with 4,518 Press First Teams. Led NCAA
career yards and became the ﬁrst receiver ever to Division I in interceptions
have three consecutive seasons of 1,400 yards as he averaged 0.73
receiving. With his 1,650 yards in 1996, Harris led interceptions per game. Lee
the nation in receiving yards for the second time in owns the school record for
his career and was named First Team All-WAC for career interceptions with 17, and the single-
the third straight year, as well as the Co-Offensive season record of 8 (in both 1996 & 1997). He
Player of the Year in the WAC. Harris was also also shares the single-game record of 3 (against
honored with the Biletnikoff Trophy in 1996 as Montana in 1997 and versus SMU in 1996). With
FIRST TEAM ACADEMIC
Trenton Franz was a First Team ALL-AMERICANS
Academic All-American last season,
and earned the prestigious Year Academic All-Americans
Postgraduate Fellowship from
1961 Fran Miknis, G
the National Football Foundation
and College Hall of Fame.
1965 Bob Dinges, DE
1967 George Mills, OG
1973 Mike Lopiccolo, OT
1984 Bob Gustafson, OT/TE
1987 Pat Arndt, OG
1994 Ryan Christopherson, RB
1995 Joe Cummings, DE
1996 Jay Korth, OL
Cory Wedel, PK
1997 Jay Korth, OL
Brian Lee, FS
Cory Wedel, PK
1998 Brian Brown, MLB
2004 Trenton Franz, C
he University of Wyoming Football program has enjoyed a rich tradition of
attracting outstanding student-athletes to UW. The quality of these young
men is perhaps best represented by the number of Academic All-Americans
who have worn the Cowboy colors.
Since 1952, when the College Sports Information Directors of America
began selecting Academic All-American teams, the University of Wyoming has
produced 15 First Team Academic All-Americans.
In six seasons over the last decade, the UW program has been honored
with at least one First Team Academic All-American. In both 1996 and 1997,
Wyoming’s football program led the nation in ﬁrst team honorees with two
ﬁrst team selections in 1996 and three in 1997.
The most recent honoree is one of the school’s most decorated of all
time. Offensive center Trenton Franz was honored as a ﬁrst-team Academic
All-American in 2004, by CoSIDA. The civil engineering major, ﬁnished his
academic career with a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average.
An Academic All-Mountain West Conference honoree and Conference
Scholar-Athlete for three consecutive seasons, Franz earned a prestigious
Postgraduate Fellowship from the National Football Foundation and
College Hall of Fame. He was one of only eight NCAA Division 1-A
football players to be awarded that postgraduate scholarship. In
addition, he was one of six ﬁnalists from the state of Wyoming in
consideration for a Rhodes Scholarship. He currently is attending
Princeton for his post-graduate work.
The First-Team All-Mountain West Conference center ﬁnished his
career with 43 consecutive starts for the Cowboys.
Brian Lee accomplished a remarkable feat in 1997 when the
In 1997, Brian Lee accomplished
senior free-safety was named a First Team Academic All-American for a very rare feat as he earned First
his performance in the class room, and also was selected a Consensus Team Academic All-America honors
All-American for his performance on the ﬁeld. and Consensus All-America honors
Academic All-American criteria require a student-athlete to achieve a minimum in the same season.
3.20 cumulative grade-point average while making a signiﬁcant contribution to his team
on the ﬁeld.
he Classic image of a Cowboy riding a bucking horse has always been a part of Wyoming’s tradition. The design was
ﬁrst utilized by the University of Wyoming Athletics Department in the early 1920’s, when a UW equipment manager
obtained a photograph of a cowboy, Guy Holt, riding the world famous bucking horse Steamboat. That photo was traced
and used as the logo for UW’s athletic teams, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The famous silhouette has graced Wyoming license plates, UW athletic equipment, and many Wyoming businesses and
corporations for years. The image is one of the most recognizable symbols of the great state of Wyoming, and represents the
Cowboy way of life. To make these emotions come alive within War Memorial Stadium, UW commissioned Wyoming artist Chris
Navarro to create the sculpture “Cowboy Tough”.
Navarro is a Casper, Wyo., native and has the reputation of being one of the country’s most renowned sculptors of western
art. He has completed many works that may be seen throughout the state of Wyoming, including the famous “Champion Lane
Frost” monument at Cheyenne’s Frontier Park. “Cowboy Tough” is an awesome sight, standing 62 inches in height, and is a visual
favorite for Cowboy fans while in War Memorial Stadium.
“This was a great honor for me,” Navarro says. “As a proud Wyoming native, it truly was an honor for me to make this piece.
The cowboy astride a bucking horse represents the toughness, pride, spirit and independence of the people, animals and lands
Building Wyoming’s Athletic
Legacy into the 21st Century
he University of Wyoming has experienced remarkable success
nationally through the years on the ﬁeld and in the classroom. The
Curtis and Marian Rochelle Athletics Center (RAC) ensures a continuation
of that success, as well as enhancing the Cowboys’ reputation across the country.
The Rochelle Athletics Center has allowed UW to continue its tradition of providing
quality academic programs side-by-side with a quality football program.
Thanks to a $4.2 million gift from the Rochelles, the largest in school history
at the time, the facility began construction in May of 2000. It was completed in
August of 2001 at a total cost of $9.4 million.
Located just north of War Memorial Stadium, the RAC occupies 46,140
square feet. It includes a state-of-the-art sports medicine and treatment center,
a strength and conditioning center, an academic and counseling area, and large
meeting rooms. It houses the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame which displays Marian and the late Curtis Rochelle
the proud athletic legacy of UW.
The expanded academic support area provides a full range of services for student-athletes. Included are networked computer
stations, a student counseling area and study tables.
A broader scope and greater availability of sports medicine services includes space for treatment, practice preparation,
examination/diagnosis and hydrotherapy. The strength and conditioning center allows improved weight and agility training for the
“We wanted our gift to help create a lasting athletic legacy for the University and for the State of Wyoming,” Rochelle said after
presenting the gift. “The University of Wyoming has had a major inﬂuence in
our lives. We are proud to be a part of the tradition of academic and athletic
excellence at the University of Wyoming.”
Born in Lusk, Wyo., Rochelle received a B.S. degree in animal science from
UW in 1941. While a student, he was president of his senior class.
Rochelle served as a UW Trustee from 1983 through 1989, and received a
UW Trustee Award of Merit. In 1994, he was awarded the UW Medallion Service
Award recognizing his outstanding service and dedication to the University.
Marian, a native of Denver, is a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.,
and Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
Curtis Rochelle passed away in the spring of 2005.
More on the Horizon…
The University of Wyoming names the
playing surface at War Memorial Stadium,
“Jonah Field” following $5 million gift
from John and Mari Ann Martin and Mick
and Susie McMurry families. Pictured at
the press conference are left to right: UW’s
NCAA hurdle champion Shauna Smith,
Senator Alan K. Simpson, Susie McMurry,
Mick McMurry, John Martin, Mari Ann
Martin and UW quarterback Corey Bramlet.
s the Cowboys take the ﬁeld of War Memorial Stadium to open the 2005 home season, they will usher in a new era for one of the most picturesque
stadiums in America. For the ﬁrst time in its 56-year history, the stadium will have a new, artiﬁcial playing surface, known as Jonah Field.
Sporting one of the ﬁnest grass gridirons for its ﬁrst 55 seasons, “The War” is now showing off a state-of-the-art artiﬁcial turf. Thanks
to the generous gifts of alumni, friends and Cowboy supporters through the Strategic Plan for Intercollegiate Athletics, the new surface was completed in
August of 2005.
As part of a $5 million gift from Casper entrepreneurs John and Mari Ann Martin and Mick and Susie McMurry and their families, matched by the state of
Wyoming for a total of $10 million, the new surface was named Jonah Field to recognize not only the proliﬁc natural gas ﬁeld in Sublette County (Wyoming) that
made the Martin-McMurry gift possible, but also the ﬁnancial contributions to state funding projects, including higher education, made over time by Wyoming’s
extractive industries. The gift was made in May of 2005.
Gifts totalling $2 million by George and Dianna Archuleta of La Barge and Ron and Linda Flack of Cheyenne, launched UW’s Intercollegiate Athletic capital
campaign for facilities. Their gifts were made in March of 2004.
“The beneﬁts of the turf are many,” says UW Athletics Director Gary Barta. “It is designed to reduce the risk of injury. It gives us so much more ﬂexibility
in scheduling our programs. The surface can be utilized seven days a week, 12 months a year. In addition it saves some $70,000 per year in maintenance costs
such as water, fertilizer, paint and people-power.”
Known as the Desso Challenge Pro 60 Monoﬁlament Synthetic Turf System, the new surface is equipped with artiﬁcial grass ﬁbres speciﬁcally developed
for football. The turf was developed by DESSO DLW Sports Systems of Dendermonde, Belgium. American Civil Constructors, Inc. (ACC) of Littleton, Colo. Cost of
the entire project is $900,000.
The ﬁbre replicates the shape and structure of natural grass so that it wears horizontally rather than vertically. Consequently it retains the same shape
and structure throughout its life. The unique ribbed structure of the surface considerably increases its resilience. Just like the structure of natural grass, the
monoﬁlament turf’s ribbed structure ensures that the ﬁbres return to their original shape and position after use.
In addition to its Belgium location, Desso has ofﬁces in Germany (Stuttgart), the Netherlands (Oss), Great Britain (London), Spain (Madrid), Italy (Milan) and
UW’s strategic plan addressed many facility needs, laying the ground work for Wyoming’s future success. While the upgrading of War Memorial, and Jonah
Field are two projects already completed, a very important one, an indoor practice facility, breaks ground this fall. The building, primarily for football and women’s
soccer, but ultimately beneﬁtting all 17 sports, will be an impressive addition to the Wyoming athletic plant.
“The War” opened on Sept. 16, 1950, with a 61-13 win over
Montana State. Although the stadium’s ﬁrst game was Montana State,
it wasn’t quite ﬁnished, lacking a scoreboard for that ﬁrst contest. The
ofﬁcial dedication came the next week on Sept. 23 versus nationally-
ranked Baylor. The Cowboys won that game, 7-0.
War Memorial’s original capacity was 20,000 in 1950. It
was expanded to 25,500 in 1970, and the seating was increased
to 33,500 in 1978. Following reconstruction of the upper west
seating in the summer of 2004, War Memorial’s current capacity
When the stadium opened for the 1950 season, it marked more
than the opening of a new stadium — it marked the beginning of a
new era in Wyoming football.
The 1950 team, coached by Bowden Wyatt, went on to post
a perfect 10-0 record, and earned Wyoming’s ﬁrst bowl bid — the
1951 Gator Bowl — which UW won 20-7 over Washington & Lee on
New Year’s Day, 1951. The Cowboys ended the season with their
ﬁrst national ranking, 12th in the ﬁnal Associated Press rankings,
and No. 14 in the ﬁnal United Press International poll. Construction on Wyoming’s new indoor practice facility began during
the summer of 2006.
Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium
he 2006 season marks the 57th season of War Memorial Stadium. “The War” opened on Sept. 16,
1950, with a 61-13 win over Montana State.
Although the stadium’s ﬁrst game was Montana State, it wasn’t quite ﬁnished, lacking a
scoreboard for that ﬁrst contest. The ofﬁcial dedication came the next week on Sept. 23 versus nationally-ranked
Baylor. The Cowboys won that game 7-0.
War Memorial’s original capacity was 20,000 in 1950. It was expanded to 25,500 in 1970, and the seating
was increased to 33,500 in 1978. Following reconstruction of the upper west seating in the summer of 2004,
War Memorial’s current capacity is 32,580.
When War Memorial Stadium opened in the 1950 season, it marked more than just the opening of a new
stadium — it marked the beginning of a new era in Wyoming Football.
The 1950 team coached by Bowden Wyatt went on to post a perfect 10-0-0 record and earned Wyoming’s
ﬁrst bowl bid — the 1951 Gator Bowl — which UW won 20-7 over Washington & Lee on New Year’s Day 1951.
The Cowboys ended the season with their ﬁrst national ranking. They were No. 12 in the ﬁnal Associated Press
rankings and No. 14 in the ﬁnal United Press International poll.
Original Cost of Project $1,533,333 (War Memorial Stadium and Fieldhouse Combined)
General Contractor The Spiegelberg Lumber and Building Company of Laramie, Wyo.
Architects Porter and Bradley of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Associate Architects Goodrich and Wilking of Casper, Wyo.
Construction Superintendent Arnie Lane
Superintendent For Architects Paul Towne
Date Field Landscaping Started Aug. 15, 1949
Date Field Was First Seeded Sept. 3, 1949
Date Contract Was Let Feb. 9, 1950
Date of Ground-breaking March 1, 1950
Date of First Game Sept. 16, 1950 (Wyoming defeated Montana State 61-13)
Date Stadium Dedicated Sept. 23, 1950 (Wyoming defeated Baylor 7-0 before 17,268 fans)
West Side Upper Deck Added 1970
East Side Upper Deck Added 1978
Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium is the highest stadium in the country at over 7,200 feet (7,220 feet to be exact).
Original Capacity in 1950 20,000
Capacity After 1970 West Upper Deck Addition Opening 25,500
Capacity After 1978 East Upper Deck Addition Opening 33,500
Capacity After 2004 West Upper Deck Reconstruction 32,580
Total Attendance Entering 2006 Season 5,037,126
First Million: Oct. 7, 1967, Wyoming 26, Brigham Young 10, 75th Game in War Memorial
Second Million: Sept. 17, 1977, Wyoming 27, UTEP 17, 128th Game in War Memorial
Third Million: Oct. 11, 1986, Wyoming 38, Utah 14, 181st Game in War Memorial
Fourth Million: Oct. 28, 1995, Wyoming 24 Colorado State 31, 231st Game in War Memorial
Fifth Million: Oct. 8, 2005, Wyoming 14 TCU 28, 289th Game in War Memorial
Wyoming’s Record in War Memorial Stadium
Number of Games Played in The War Entering 2006 Season 291 games
Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1950s 30- 9- 4 (.744)
Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1960s 37- 4- 1 (.893)
Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1970s 26-25- 1 (.510)
Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1980s 44-16- 0 (.733)
Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1990s 45-15- 1 (.746)
Wyoming’s Home Record in the 2000s 14-19- 0 (.424)
Wyoming’s All-Time Home Record in War Memorial Stadium 196-88- 7 (.684)
Last 10 Years in War Memorial Stadium 43-26- 0 (.623)
Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium
JONAH FIELD AT
WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM
Year Games Attendance Avg.
1950 4 52,675 13,169
1951 4 41,520 10,380
1952 4 42,969 10,742
1953 4 40,310 10,078
1954 5 55,068 11,014
1955 4 42,558 10,640
1956 5 53,072 10,614
1957 5 46,104 9,221
1958 4 49,897 12,474
1959 4 55,759 13,940
1960 4 60,499 15,125
1961 4 62,080 15,520
1962 4 54,417 13,604
1963 4 64,425 16,106
1964 4 65,782 16,446
onah Field at War Memorial Stadium, capacity 32,580, was built in 1950 and remains 1965 4 71,577 17,894
one of the top football facilities in America. A beautiful artiﬁcial turf ﬁeld sets off this 1966 5 80,842 16,168
breathtaking stadium, which at an elevation of 7,220 feet, is the highest football stadium 1967 4 79,004 19,751
in America. With the crowd noise, elevation and outstanding Cowboy teams, Wyoming’s home ﬁeld 1968 4 74,922 18,731
has long been one of the most feared places to play in college football. The Cowboys have won over 1969 5 80,787 16,157
69 percent of their games at War Memorial Stadium. The stadium is no stranger on the national 1970 5 94,995 18,999
scene, as national networks annually broadcast Cowboy games from this magniﬁcent facility. 1971 5 92,106 18,421
1972 5 86,925 17,385
HIGH FIVES 1973 5 92,540 18,508
1974 6 95,405 15,901
Single Game Attendance FABULOUS FIRSTS 1975 5 94,493 18,899
34,745 vs. CSU (10/18/97) First Crowd Over 10,000: 17,268 vs. Baylor (1950) 1976 5 109,611 21,922
34,231 vs. BYU (11/10/90) First Crowd Over 20,000: 20,527 vs. Air Force (1959) 1977 5 124,155 24,831
32,210 vs. UTEP (11/5 /88) First Crowd Over 25,000: 25,406 vs. Arizona State (1976) 1978 5 114,825 22,965
31,742 vs. BYU (10/18/86) First Crowd Over 30,000: 30,194 vs. Air Force (1983) 1979 6 101,941 16,990
31,487 vs. Air Force (9/15/84)
MILLION MILESTONES 1980 6 103,650 17,275
Season Attendance The First Million: 1981 6 115,749 19,292
149,625 in 1990 (7) Oct. 7, 1967 vs. Brigham Young (UW won 26-10) 1982 6 100,871 16,812
142,516 in 1988 (6) (75th game in stadium) 1983 6 130,205 21,701
137,484 in 1987 (6) The Second Million: 1984 6 105,684 17,614
130,205 in 1983 (6) Sept. 17, 1977 vs. UTEP (UW won 27-17) 1985 6 84,063 14,011
126,450 in 1989 (6) (128th game in stadium) 1986 6 93,977 15,663
Attendance Average The Third Million: 1987 6 137,484 22,914
24,831 in 1977 Oct. 11, 1986 vs. Utah (UW won 38-14) 1988 6 142,516 23,753
23,753 in 1988 (181st game in stadium) 1989 6 126,450 21,075
22,965 in 1978 The Fourth Million: 1990 7 149,625 21,375
22,914 in 1987 Oct. 28, 1995 vs. Colorado State (UW lost 24-31) 1991 6 113,765 18,961
21,922 in 1976 (231st game in stadium) 1992 6 115,966 19,328
The Fifth Million: 1993 6 120,852 20,142
Oct. 8, 2005 vs. TCU (UW lost 14-28) 1994 6 113,818 18,970
(289th game in stadium) 1995 6 116,806 19,468
1996 6 117,997 19,666
1997 6 117,640 19,607
1998 6 107,553 17,926
JONAH FIELD AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM SELLOUTS 1999 6 119,121 19,854
Year Opponent Attendance Capacity 2000 5 74,112 14,822
1959 Air Force Academy 20,257 20,000 2001 6 101,732 16,955
1960 Air Force Academy 21,217 20,000 2002 5 68,433 13,687*
1967 Air Force Academy 21,623 20,000 2003 6 94,214 15,702
Colorado State 20,063 20,000 2004 6 98,477 16,413
1968 Utah State 20,709 20,000 2005 5 85,103 17,020
1969 Arizona 20,400 20,000 56 yrs. 291 5,037,126 17,309
1990 Brigham Young 34,231 33,500 *The NCAA recognized Wyoming’s “Home” game at Nashville,
1997 Colorado State 34,745 33,500 Tenn. (Aug. 31) in the season attendance. The average for six
“Home” games was 22,609, including 67,221 at Nashville.
Wonderful College Environment
f you are looking for a wonderful college environment, look no further than the University of Wyoming. From its’ beautiful
mountain setting in Laramie, to its wide range of academic offerings, and its nationally-respected football program, UW offers
a memorable college experience to its students.
UW provides an atmosphere that allows you to achieve both
your academic and athletic goals.
Two Cowboys who perfectly represent achievement both on and
off the football ﬁeld are Trenton Franz and Brian Lee. Franz, a starting
center for the Cowboys, was an Academic All-American, and a three-
time Academic All-Mountain West Conference ﬁrst-team selection. He
participated in the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship interview process
during the 2004 season. He was one of only eight NCAA Division 1-A
football players awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Lee accomplished a very rare feat in the late 1990’s when he
earned Consensus All-American honors on the football ﬁeld, and First
Team Academic All-American honors while majoring in ﬁnance.
The University opened Sept. 6, 1887, with one building, ﬁve
professors, two tutors and 42 students. Programs of study included
philosophy, arts, literature and science. We’ve come a long way
Today, UW offers approximately 180 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through the colleges of
Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Law, as well as through the Graduate School
and the Outreach School (including the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center). This wide range of choices allows each student
to explore many options to ﬁnd his or her career niche. Another way we contribute to the success of our students is by offering a
large number of courses each semester, making it possible for most to graduate in four years.
Our comfortable size and hands-on approach give students ample access to their professors who have as their primary
responsibility the education of undergraduate students. Unlike faculty at most other major research universities, our faculty teach
more than 90 percent of all credit hours. In fact, many of our most accomplished professors teach ﬁrst-year courses — beginning
the mentoring process with students from the ﬁrst day of class. Our students have a chance to work with world-class faculty on
cutting-edge projects that beneﬁt people across Wyoming and around the world — projects like creating super-strong artiﬁcial spider
silk or studying stressors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
At UW, we encourage students to develop
their full potential by becoming involved as active
members of the university, local community
and the world. Opportunities for involvement
in some 200 recognized student organizations
include student government, publications, the
speech and debate team, and religious and
cultural organizations. Many of our students
also take advantage of exceptional international
opportunities to become part of the world
community through Study Abroad and International
Programs. With so many choices, our students
enjoy the beneﬁts of meeting new people, making
good friends, developing leadership skills and
gaining invaluable life experiences.
Wonderful College Environment
UW offers a true college-town atmosphere. Laramie has a population of approximately 30,000 with a student enrollment of
13,207. The Laramie campus is composed of 80 major buildings on 785 beautifully landscaped acres. There is a pleasant mix of
modern and traditional structures, many built of native Wyoming sandstone quarried northeast of Laramie. At the heart of the campus
is the Wyoming Union, our “living room.” Fresh from a new multi-million dollar renovation, the union is where students can kick back
between classes, have a sandwich, meet friends, check out an art exhibit or study.
National publications continue to rank Wyoming as one of the nation’s best. Barron’s Best Buys in College Education ranks UW
among the top four-year United States Institutions in its ﬁfth edition. The Princeton Review ranks Wyoming as one of 81 “Best Value
Colleges” for 2006. UW is the perfect place for learning in a friendly yet achievement-oriented environment.
As the state’s sole four-year educational institution, the university receives strong support from the state and its residents. There
is a dedication to making UW the best it can be in terms of its facilities, programs, people, and aesthetics. Capital improvements on
campus are a high priority, reﬂecting a commitment to maintaining UW’s world-class stature.
UW has a list of distinguished alumni that would make any university proud. UW graduates include such noted sports personalities
as: Curt Gowdy, the most decorated national
sportscaster in history; Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the
Los Angeles Lakers; and Jay Novacek, former All-Pro
tight end with the Dallas Cowboys. In the political
and legal arenas, UW is proud to count as an alums,
Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney; Alan
Simpson, former United States Senator; Gen. Pete
Schoomaker, U.S. Army Chief of Staff; and noted
attorney and television personality, Gerry Spence.
Education at UW goes beyond our Laramie campus
to the entire state. Bringing educational opportunities
to students in all 23 Wyoming counties continues to
be a top priority. The Outreach School extends the
university’s educational programs beyond the Laramie
campus by offering numerous classes and several
degree options for undergraduates via Web based and
other modes of instruction. University of Wyoming/
Casper College Center, located in Casper, also is an
option for students whose families and jobs make it
Entrance to Prexy’s Pasture and Wyoming Union necessary for them to seek a degree close to home.
In a cooperative effort to develop a statewide system of higher education, UW has worked with Wyoming’s seven community colleges
to ease the transition from community college to university through common course numbering and block transfer agreements.
New developments and innovations are always on the horizon at UW, because we are committed to our long-standing mission of
teaching, research, service and outreach.
The University of Wyoming will continue to fulﬁll and expand
its great vision begun in 1886. Our past successes are only a small
measure of what we are poised to accomplish in the 21st century.
Wyoming Union Wyoming Union
Coming Home To Wyoming
Galand Thaxton waves to the War Memorial
Stadium crowd at a recent reunion of his 1987
conference championship team. Thaxton, and Rob
his wife Rhonda, have three sons. Kellerman
he wonderful college experience that is offered by attending the
University of Wyoming is one that remains with student-athletes long
after they complete their eligibility as Wyoming Cowboys. The
University, the Laramie community and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains draw
UW alumni back to the region.
Included among the many former Cowboys who have returned to Wyoming to
make their homes is the Cowboys’ all-time leading tackler, Galand Thaxton. Thaxton
was an Associated Press All-American in 1987 as a middle linebacker. He was part
of the Cowboys’ 1987 WAC Championship season. He is the only Cowboy to be
elected as a team captain for both his junior and senior seasons. Thaxton returned
to Laramie in 1999 to manage his own State Farm Insurance agency.
One of Wyoming’s recent outstanding offensive linemen makes his home in
Laramie, and works for the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Rob Kellerman was
a four-year letterman, and three-year starter for the Cowboys from 1999 through
2002. An outstanding offensive tackle, Kellerman has returned to UW as the assistant athletic equipment manager.
Another former Cowboy who is making his home in Laramie, is Al Rich, one of the greatest tacklers at safety Wyoming
has ever had. Rich is a police ofﬁcer in Laramie. An All-American candidate for the Cowboys, his career
was cut short by injury. He was an All-Conference safety for the Cowboys, and one of the ﬁercest
tacklers of all time. He is a native of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Another former Cowboy who has returned to Laramie, is Eric Worden, a four-year letterwinner
from 1988 through 1991. A native of Loveland, Colo., Worden was the most versatile offensive
linemen for the Cowboys during that era. He was a member of the 1988 WAC Championship
team. He is an engineer for the TriHydro Corporation, an environmental engineering ﬁrm located
Matt Lehning, retail manager for Brown ‘N Gold Outlet, a retail apparel company in Laramie,
was an outstanding player for the Cowboys. Lehning, who lettered in 1998 and
1999, was an outstanding free safety.
These individuals are only a few of the former Cowboys who make Wyoming
The Support Is Here
OFFICE OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT
verybody needs a little help now and then. Our goal
here is to give you all the support you need so that
you may meet your goal of the best college education
possible. The Wyoming way means smiles. Friends you can relate
to and people you can count on.
With the athletics department, the academic support staff
visits regularly with every student-athlete to be certain they
are making progress toward a degree, and to assist with any
problems that may arise. The coordinators provide assistance on
matters such as registration, degree planning, and compliance
with University, Mountain West Conference and NCAA policies
Wyoming’s academic coordinators also have an excellent
relationship with the University administration, faculty and deans.
The coordinators keep faculty aware of student-athlete road trips,
while the professors and deans prepare regular progress reports
on each student-athlete throughout the year.
The advisors on campus will advise students of academic Ofﬁce of Academic Support (left to right): Conrad Chavez,
schedules. There is a series of core freshman classes in English, Sarah McCullough, Gwen Cotterman, Henrietta Shingleton
Math and Social Sciences which will provide a solid base for the
pursuit of any major. UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
The Ofﬁce of Academic Support offers programs designed to assist each student- ACADEMIC QUICK FACTS
athlete in achieving their athletic and academic goals. This ofﬁce is staffed by four full-time
coordinators, and one full time administrative assistant. The entire staff is dedicated to
achieving the program goal of providing comprehensive services to ensure a successful
student-athlete experience — academically, personally, vocationally and athletically. President: Tom Buchanan
The Ofﬁce of Academic Support offers a full range of services in the following areas:
1. Academic Development Campus Size: 785 acres
The core of our academic-support program is the tutorial and mentor program. Undergraduate Colleges: 6
A qualiﬁed staff of tutors and mentors assist students in clarifying their study material and, Agriculture, Arts & Sciences,
in the case of travel, help students catch up on what material was missed. In addition to Business, Education, Engineering,
the tutorial program, attention is given to each individual in the development of their class Health Sciences
schedule. All UW student-athletes must take a minimum of twelve hours of classes each
semester which directly apply to their chosen degree, and appropriate scheduling is a Graduate/Professional Colleges:
critical priority. Study skills assistance is available for those who need special help in areas Graduate School, College of Law
including test preparation, note taking and time-management techniques. Finally, each Average Class Size of All
student-athlete’s academic progress is closely monitored during the semester for such Undergraduate Courses: 29
things as attendance, current grade and class participation. Steps are taken to address
deﬁciencies identiﬁed by student-athlete progress reports on an individual basis. Average Class Size of
2. Career Development Freshmen Classes: 38
The purpose of obtaining a college education is to prepare an individual for Average Class Size of
meaningful employment following graduation. Needless to say, the act of choosing a Upper-Class Students: 20
useful major is indeed a challenging task considering the multitude of possibilities. Career
counseling is available to assist student-athletes in the very important process of selecting Libraries on Campus:
a major that will lead to a desired career. The Ofﬁce of Academic Support continues to American Heritage Center,
establish a career network that will assist students secure employment after graduation. William Robertson Coe (main),
3. Personal Growth and Development Science and Technology,
This component of the student-athlete development program consists of Geology, George W. Hopper Law,
presentations and workshops that address the needs and concerns of today’s student- Film Library and Audio/Visual
athletes. Presentations feature issues such as Drugs/Alcohol Abuse, Becoming Your Personal Services, the Learning Resource
Best, Sexual Awareness and Responsibility and Cultural Diversity. Our goal is to provide
Center, Rocky Mountain
student-athletes with information that allows them to make informed choices about their
personal behavior. Herbarium Research Center.
Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Wyoming and the National Spotlight
The Swamp, Gainesville, FL
Joe Glenn addresses the media before the 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl.
yoming’s distinctive helmet adorned with the bucking horse and rider
logo has become a familiar sight on national television. Over the past
two seasons, for example, 16 Cowboy games were on regional or national
television. With the new Mountain West Conference agreement with CSTV—which
includes its own 24-hour network, The mtn. (Mountain West Sport Network). Kyle Field, College Station, TX
While the Pokes were at Florida and Ole Miss last season, they travel to Virginia
(Sept. 9) and Syracuse (Sept. 30) this year. In addition to those road games, the home
schedule includes Boise State (Sept. 16), and old rivals Air Force (Sept. 23), Utah (Oct.
14), and Colorado State (Oct. 21).
Challenging is the greatest description of Wyoming’s yearly football schedule. The
1999 Tennessee game, for example, marked the third time in the decade of the ‘90’s
that the Pokes played a National Champion.
Over the last eight seasons, the Cowboys have played Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee,
Auburn, Texas A&M, Washington, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Florida. Tough, yes, but
those kinds of opponents ﬁnd their way onto the Wyoming schedule on a regular basis. Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Another tremendous boost to the Cowboys’ national image is its television
agreements through the Mountain West Conference. The MWC has remained steadfast
in its mission to promote the league’s athletic events to national and regional television
audiences. ESPN served as the league’s inaugural ofﬁcial television partner.
A new era begins this fall as College Sports Television (CSTV) becomes the ofﬁcial
television partner for the Conference. The MWC forged a potential 14-year agreement
with CSTV, giving the fastest-growing independent cable network exclusive rights to MWC
football games. The mtn., which is the ﬁrst-ever super regional sports network dedicated
solely to one intercollegiate athletic conference, will originate its ﬁrst college football
telecast from Wyoming’s Jonah Field on Sept. 2 when the Cowboys host Utah State.
The Cowboys will be featured seven times on The mtn. during the 2006 season. In
addition to the inaugural telecast, Wyoming’s home games with Boise State, Air Force,
and Utah will be telecast regionally. Three Cowboy road games will be part of The mtn.
television package, at New Mexico, at TCU and at UNLV. Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
here is nothing like a college football gameday. From pregame tailgating, to the pageantry of bands,
cheerleaders and mascots entertaining loyal fans, college football is unmatched in the color and
excitement it generates.
As players listen to last minute instructions from their coaches, the youngest fans prepare to cheer on their
heroes from the stands. And when the game begins, sharing the day with a group of close
friends makes the experience that much more exciting.
The University of Wyoming is the only four-year institution of higher education in the state, meaning
everyone is a Cowboy fan. On a gameday in Wyoming, War Memorial Stadium becomes the third largest
city in the entire state.
When the game is over and the excitement of another Wyoming home victory is a reality,
nothing could be better than a Cowboy player and fan sharing the win through an autograph.
Reaching Out To The Community
he University of Wyoming Athletics Department believes that a student-athlete’s
college education reaches beyond the classroom and the playing ﬁeld. UW
student-athletes are encouraged to participate in a variety of community
Among some of the outreach activities that Wyoming athletes have been involved in
are: Summer Sports Festivals around the state of Wyoming, fund-raising events for local
United Way agencies, family ﬁtness nights at local elementary schools, community events
for the March of Dimes and Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and speaking engagements at
public schools and youth groups around Wyoming.
The speaking engagements include involvement of UW student-athletes in the “Just
Say No Program” which encourages young people to say no to drugs and alcohol. Another
program that University of Wyoming student-athletes participate in is the “Teach Them
to Read” program, whereby athletes go to local elementary schools and assist children
with reading and writing skills.
It is hoped that by interacting with the community, UW student-athletes and the
people they touch will develop a closer relationship and be able to learn from one
With student-athletes from Florida to California, it is also reassuring to those athletes
and their families that they have an opportunity to become a part of the Wyoming
community during their years in college.
A Great Place to Learn…
pend some time here and you’ll agree that much of UW’s character is shaped by this great “home on the range”. Laramie,
the location of the main campus, is a safe, friendly community of 30,000 people. Nestled between the Laramie and Snowy
Range mountains in southeastern Wyoming, it’s a beautiful, unspoiled place with a special lifestyle.
The campus extends over 785 tree-shaded acres. There’s an attractive mix of modern and traditional structures; many
were built with native Wyoming sandstone. It’s a place where the sun shines 320 days
each year. It’s hard to be gloomy here. When you view the world from 7,200 feet, you Law School
see things more clearly. But it’s not just a pretty place, it’s also a place that works.
Up-to-date facilities support the learning and research mission that makes UW
special. There are classrooms with state-of-the art computer technology, laboratories
with the latest equipment, excellent libraries, computer systems with universal
Internet access, and a long list of premier research facilities both on campus and in
the surrounding area.
Great people, great surroundings and a great education. . . it’s all here at the
University of Wyoming.
American Heritage Center
Health Sciences Building
The Engineering Hall
First Class in Every Way
The Poke Power Plant
UniWyo Sports Complex
ith the addition
of the Rochelle
Athletics Center (RAC),
opened in August 2001, the University of The Glenn “Red” Jacoby Golf Club
Wyoming boasts of athletic facilities as ﬁne as any in college sports.
The Rochelle Athletics Center houses a 8,633 square foot strength and conditioning center, a 4,470 square foot academic center and a 4,829
square foot sports medicine facility that serves the needs of all UW student-athletes. The building occupies over 46,000 square feet, and also houses
the UW Athletics Hall of Fame.
The RAC is part of an already impressive collection of athletic facilities that includes War Memorial Stadium, the Arena-Auditorium, Multi-Purpose
Gymnasium and the Glenn “Red” Jacoby Golf Club.
Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium has been the home to Cowboy Football since 1950. It is one of the most picturesque settings in college
football and seats 32,580. From your seat, you can gaze at the Laramie Mountain range to the east and the Snowy Range to the west. “The War” is
the highest NCAA Division IA football stadium in the land at 7,220 feet.
The Arena-Auditorium, opened in 1982, and seats 15,000 for basketball games, concerts, graduation and other major events. Also known as the
“Highest Court in the Land,” the Arena-Auditorium is at the highest elevation of any arena in the country.
The Glenn “Red” Jacoby Golf Club is located on the UW campus and is named for former Wyoming Athletics Director Glenn Jacoby, who served
as UW Athletics Director for 27 years from 1946 until his death in 1973. The course measures 6,590 yards and plays to a par of 70.
Laramie…the Clear Choice
ne of the best things about Laramie is its
location between two beautiful mountain
ranges. It’s a place of blue skies and clean air.
Much of the area surrounding Laramie is public National
Forest land. That means great access! You can head for
the nearby mountains and ﬁnd yourself on a hiking, biking
or skiing trail within 15 minutes. There’s also nearby rock
climbing at the impressive Vedauwoo formations. You can
be downhill skiing in the Snowy Range within 45 minutes.
Laramie is convenient to the world-class skiing offered in
Steamboat Springs and other Colorado resorts.
For a different kind of fun, you can be in Denver within
two and a half hours. There is an amazing array of culture
throughout the area, plus the tremendous sports heritage
of the Rockies, Broncos, Nuggets and Avalanche.
With its colorful Western heritage, cosmopolitan
atmosphere, and outstanding outdoor recreation, the
Laramie area offers a unique ﬂavor that delights visitors
from all over the world.
Things to Check Out In Laramie:
✓ Ice skate in the park.
✓ Rappel down a rock face at Vedauwoo.
✓ Ski, mountain bike or hike the trails at Happy Jack.
✓ Snowboard the slopes at the Snowy Range Ski Area.
✓ Catch a trophy ﬁsh at Lake Hattie.
There’s No Place Like It…
hey say it’s beauty is like no other, and you fall in
love with its people.
Wyoming, it is like no place on earth. Within
it’s boundaries is America’s ﬁrst and largest national park,
Yellowstone. The unbounding beauty there includes “Old
Faithful” geyser and Yellowstone Lake, the world’s largest
high-mountain lake. There is Yellowstone Falls, so awe-
inspiring, it’ll take your breath away. There are over 260
different species of animals and birds located there.
With hundreds of miles of blue-ribbon trout-stream
ﬁshing and various wildlife species, Wyoming appeals to
sportsmen, as well. Square
Wyoming’s wonders seem to be unending. There is Grand untain
Teton National Park, whose centerpiece is the spectacular
Teton Mountain Range. There is Devil’s Tower, America’s ﬁrst
national monument. There is the world’s largest mineral hot
springs located in Thermopolis. There is the beauty of Ten
Sleep Canyon and a hundred other places.
For breathtaking beauty, Wyoming is unmatched. Its
reputation brings millions of visitors to its borders each
year. Plus, some of the best skiing in America can be found
in Wyoming. Tourists and sportsmen can’t wait to get
here to enjoy the clean mountain air and limitless outdoor
The history of the great American West can be heard
whistling through the trees of Wyoming. Wyoming has an
historic place in the taming of the West in the late 1800’s.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were two of Wyoming’s
most famous citizens during the era of lawlessness. There
remain plenty of reminders of an age that will live forever
in American lore.
People are Wyoming’s strongest resource. These folks
are down to earth, friendly and helpful. And, oh how proud
they are of their Cowboys. Wyoming has some of the best
fans in America. As their only four-year university, Wyoming
folks are tremendously supportive of their teams.
Yet, as down to earth as they are, many Wyomingites are
Devil’s Tower National Monument
on the cutting edge of politics, entertainment and business.
Among some of the most famous are: Vice President of the
United States Dick Cheney; Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the Los
Angeles Lakers; Dean Conger, former chief photographer
of the National Geographic Society; Curt Gowdy, the most
decorated national sportscaster in history; Al Simpson,
former United States Senator; Gerry Spence, attorney and
television personality; and General Pete Schoomaker, U.S.
Army Chief of Staff.
For great people, great scenery and a great education,
there is no place quite like Wyoming.
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The Veterans’ Memorial Plaza
t has been 56 years since the inaugural
football season a t War Memorial
Stadium. Over 4 million Cowboy fans
have witnessed the glory of Wyoming football in
its beautiful conﬁnes. The Pokes have won 68
percent of their games in War Memorial Stadium,
making it one of the most feared places to play
for opponents. However, the magniﬁcent football
venue, along with its ﬁeldhouse counterpart, had
very humble beginnings. The very thought of the
two structures started out as just a dream by the
UW Board of Trustees at the end of World War II in
The ‘war to end all wars’ hit the University of
Wyoming hard, as many of its students left school
to serve their country. But at the conclusion of
the war, UW President George ‘Duke’ Humphrey,
Athletic Director Glenn ‘Red’ Jacoby and the Board War Memorial Stadium is the only state-and privately-funded memorial
to Wyoming veterans, but when it was dedicated it honored only those who
of Trustees started a state-wide campaign to help served in World War II. This Veterans Memorial Plaza now adds the veterans
raise additional money for the construction of a of all other wars, thereby making the entire stadium truly a Wyoming
new football stadium and basketball ﬁeldhouse for veterans memorial.
the Cowboys. The two structures would be living
memorials to honor those Wyoming natives who served in World War II. The board of trustees believed that such facilities would
serve an important role in the physical development of Wyoming’s future generations.
On September 16, 1950, the Cowboys downed Montana State 61-13 in their new stadium. A week later, September 23, 1950,
President Humphrey along with Athletic Director Jacoby dedicated War Memorial Stadium to over thirty-thousand Wyoming veterans
who bravely served in World War II. The Pokes went on to win their second home game in the stadium, 7-0 over Baylor.
“War Memorial Stadium is a state memorial to our war heroes. Surely, there could be no better way the people of Wyoming
could memorialize the men and women of our state who served so bravely in World War II,” said Jacoby in 1950.
Since World War II many citizens of Wyoming have served their country during times of conﬂict. Some even gave the ultimate
sacriﬁce for the values of freedom, independence, and liberty — values every person in Wyoming holds close to their heart.
The University of Wyoming along with the Veterans Memorial Plaza committee dedicated an addition to this beautiful stadium
in 2003. The Veterans Memorial Plaza recognizes all Wyoming veterans who have bravely and faithfully served their country in any
time of armed conﬂict. This dedication makes true to the title “War Memorial Stadium”.
The memorial was funded almost identically to how the stadium was funded over
50 years ago. The committee received funds from the Wyoming State Legislature,
University of Wyoming, the Wyoming’s Governor’s Ofﬁce, along with veterans,
corporations, and general public donations. War Memorial Stadium was funded in
the same manner as the Wyoming State Legislature and public donations footed
much of the cost of its construction.
The plaza is separated into two sections in the north end zone. As you look north,
the section on the right displays ﬂags of every military branch; Army, Navy, Marines,
Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. That structure also features a
dedication plaque to all Wyoming veterans as well as two plaques listing all
contributors to the memorial funding. The section to the left proudly displays the
United States ﬂag and Wyoming’s state ﬂag along with the P.O.W/M.I.A. banner.
The original plaque that dedicated War Memorial Stadium to the veterans of World
War II on September 23, 1950, also is located there, as is a plaque presented to
UW by Vice President Dick Cheney on Veterans Day 1999 (during the 20th Century
Commemorative of Veterans celebration).
Gen. Pete Schoomaker, U.S. Army Chief The Veterans’ Memorial Plaza honors the bravery and faithful service Wyoming
of Staff, who lettered for the Cowboys
from 1966 to 1968, spoke to the team veterans have given our country for over half a century. A nation, along with the
before a recent game. state of Wyoming, will forever be indebted.
Plenty of Opportunity to Play in a Bowl
s a member of the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming has plenty of opportunities for football
postseason play. Now entering its eighth year of existence, the MWC has current agreements
with four bowls, giving the conference at least three automatic bowl berths.
The MWC will send a team to the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl for the seventh consecutive year
in 2005. Las Vegas Bowl XV will feature teams from the Mountain West and Pac-10 conferences. This year’s
contest will be played on December 21, 2006 and televised by ESPN.
Since entering into its original agreement in 1999, teams from the MWC have posted a 4-3 record in the
Las Vegas Bowl. Utah claimed the MWC’s ﬁrst bowl victory in the league’s young history with a 17-16 defeat
of Fresno State in the 1999 game. Again this year the host venue for the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl
will be Sam Boyd Stadium.
On April 27, 2005, the Paciﬁc Life Holiday Bowl organizers introduced San Diego’s newly-established
second bowl game as the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, matching the MWC against an at-
large opponent. Last year’s inaugural game saw Navy defeat Colorado State, 51-30.
For the fourth-straight year, the Fort Worth Bowl will be played on December 23. It will feature schools
from Conference-USA and the Mountain West Conference.
December 23, 2006 will mark the beginning of a new tradition, the New Mexico Bowl, a newly created
bowl game to be played at the University of New Mexico’s University Stadium in Albuquerque. The game will
match a MWC team against a team from the Western Athletic Conference.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE BOWL GAMES
Bowl Date Location Opponent
San Diego County Credit Dec. 19, 2006 Qualcomm At large
Union Poinsettia Bowl San Diego, Calif.
Pioneer PureVision Dec. 21, 2006 Sam Boyd PAC-10
Las Vegas, Nev.
Fort Worth Bowl Dec. 23, 2006 Amon Carter Conference USA
Ft. Worth, Tex.
New Mexico Bowl Dec. 23, 2006 University Stadium Western Athletic
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE BOWL HISTORY
1999 (1-2) AXA Liberty Bowl – Southern Mississippi 23, COLORADO STATE 17
EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl – UTAH 17, Fresno State 16
Motor City Bowl – Marshall 21, BYU 3
2000 (3-0) AXA Liberty Bowl – COLORADO STATE 22, Louisville 17
Las Vegas Bowl – UNLV 31, Arkansas 17
Silicon Valley Football Classic – AIR FORCE 37, Fresno State 34
2001 (2-1) AXA Liberty Bowl – Louisville 28, BYU 10
Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl – UTAH 10, USC 6
New Orleans Bowl – COLORADO STATE 45, North Texas 20
2002 (0-3) AXA Liberty Bowl – TCU 17, COLORADO STATE 3
Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl – UCLA 27, NEW MEXICO 13
The Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl – Virginia Tech 20, AIR FORCE 13
2003 (1-2) AXA Liberty Bowl – UTAH 17, Southern Miss 0
Las Vegas Bowl – Oregon State 55, NEW MEXICO 14
The Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl – Boston College 35, COLORADO STATE 21
2004 (2-1) Fiesta Bowl – UTAH 35, Pittsburgh 7
Las Vegas Bowl – WYOMING 24, UCLA 21
Emerald Bowl – Navy 34, NEW MEXICO 19
2005 (2-2) Emerald Bowl – UTAH 38, Georgia Tech 10
Houston Bowl – TCU 27, Iowa State 24
Las Vegas Bowl – California 35, BRIGHAM YOUNG 28
Poinsettia Bowl – Navy 51, COLORADO STATE 30
We Care About Your Health
equipment and a veteran
athletic training staff, the
University of Wyoming provides the best
medical care available to student-athletes.
UW offers four full-time certiﬁed athletic
trainers, 20 student athletic trainers and
a staff of team physicians who continually
monitor the team.
These trained sports medicine
professionals offer the best available
information and technology to prevent and
care for injuries.
Head athletic trainer Robb Williams is in
his fourth season in the UW Training Room.
“The sports medicine center, here
at Wyoming is based upon an integrated
approach to health care,” Williams said. “We
want our student-athletes to leave here in
better shape physically, and mentally than
when they arrived. “Our medical staff is an Athletic Training Staff: (l. to r.): Carl Barnett, Joi Thomas, Bill Lyons,
Robb Williams and Andrea Gasser.
excellent group of sports medicine and health
care physicians whose primary concern is the In addition to the wonderful care provided by Gem City Bone and Joint, there are
well-being of our student-athletes.” a number of other medical professionals who work with the Cowboys, and help make
Gem City Bone & Joint offers eight UW Sports Medicine work:
surgeons who are on call for Wyoming sports Cheyenne Eye Clinic Fast Tech Foot Labs
injury management. Should injuries occur, Peak Performance Massage Albany Eye Care
Gem City also is able to provide expertise in Laramie Spinal Care Center Snowy Range Vision Center
treatment and rehabilitation. Gatorade Ivinson Memorial Hospital
Additionally, the Wyoming Sports DJ Ortho Family Dentistry
Medicine staff coordinates the health care
needs of student-athletes with the UW health
As a demonstration of its support of UW
Athletics, Gem City Bone & Joint made a major
commitment of support to the UW Rochelle
Athletics Center for a medical treatment
facility. In recognition of that support, the
medical area of the new building is named the
“Gem City Bone & Joint Sports Medicine and
Rehabilitation Center.” The arrangement with
Gem City will beneﬁt the RAC in the amount
Robert Curnow, M.D. Richard Southwell, M.D. Michael Wasser, M.D. Lawrence Jenkins, M.D. Michael Kaplan, M.D. Thomas Bienz, M.D. Jay Carson, M.D. Phillip Steele, M.D. Dan Levene, M.D. John Z. Edwards, M.D.
Reaching Your Potential
aximizing the gifts you
have is the job of
the strength and
conditioning staff. One of the most
important aspects of a player’s life is
the time spent in actual preparation for
his sport. This time, which is devoted
to physically preparing the body to
withstand the rigors of the season,
consists of weight lifting, running and
flexibility work. Enhanced athletic
performance and improved resistance
to injury are the chief goals of an
effective strength and conditioning
program. To achieve these goals
requires a great deal of hard work
and discipline on the part of the
student-athlete, therefore, he must be
strongly motivated to succeed. This
motivation must come, not only from The Poke Power Plant
the athlete, but also from the strength
and conditioning program and the coaching staff.
At the University of Wyoming, great emphasis is placed on the
development of the Cowboys through the strength and conditioning
program. We are devoted to providing the most effective and positive training
environment possible to serve the athletes and their sport.
In order to best serve the needs of our players, we provide easy access
to the weight-training facility. Hours to the main facility are 6 a.m. until 7
p.m. Student-athletes are scheduled based on the requirements of their
sport, either together as a team or individually. This approach allows the
strength and conditioning staff to work individually with as many athletes
as possible. A “hands-on” concept is essential to the proper teaching of
technique, and allows for better interaction with the student-athlete.
Scott Bennett is in his eighth year as head of the Strength and
Conditioning program. He was selected as the College Division Strength
Coach of the Year in 1997. In 2004, the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA) inducted Bennett as an elite strength and conditioning
coach through its Coach Practitioner Program.
Strength and Conditioning Staff: (l. to r.) Nate Boukol,
“It is our feeling that we must develop each individual. Each Kathy Crowe, Scott Bennett and Mike Cotterman.
student-athlete, as an individual, has special developmental needs.
One individual may not need as much development in an area
as another. It is our job to cater to those special needs. We will
spend the amount of time it takes to teach our student-athletes the
techniques and skills that will serve them best in the weight room,
and ultimately serve them in their sport. Satisfying special needs
for very special individuals is our goal, and we look forward to
— Scott Bennett
Director of Wyoming’s Strength and Conditioning
University of Wyoming
Mission Statement and Core Values
The mission of the University of Wyoming Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to provide an environment in which student-athletes complete
their undergraduate college education and achieve athletics success at the highest possible level. As Wyoming’s only four-year University, we are
committed to offering a ﬁrst-class competitive athletics program at the NCAA Division IA level that promotes the values of the state and assists in
carrying out the overall University of Wyoming mission.
• We must maintain a proper balance between academics and athletics.
• We support the student-athlete as a whole person – academically, athletically, in career development, community service, and related
to personal well being. We believe college athletics develops discipline, character, and teamwork…all necessary ingredients for
individual leadership and achievement.
• Our student-athletes, coaches, and staff must uphold a sense of character, honesty, and integrity as they serve as University and state
ambassadors on a local, regional, and national level.
• We believe we can achieve athletic success on a regional and national level. We must accomplish this without compromising any of
our other core values.
• We believe long-term athletic success increases exposure for the University’s academic and research mission and provides regional
and national exposure for the state of Wyoming across the United States.
• We must operate in a ﬁscally sound manner. We strive to balance state, university, and self-generated resources to create a competitive
and appropriate budget.
• We believe ﬁrst-class facilities are an important part of our ability to compete at the highest level. We are committed to building and
renovating the facilities necessary to be successful as well as maintaining the great facilities we already have.
• We are committed to recruiting Wyoming students prepared for Division IA competition.
• We are committed to being a positive campus partner. We will strive to strengthen and build relationships with students, faculty,
administrators, and staff from other areas of campus.
• We are committed to being a positive city, county, and state partner. We strive to strengthen and build relationships with the Laramie
City Council and the Laramie City operating departments, Albany County government, The Wyoming Legislature, and Wyoming state
elected ofﬁcials and state agencies.
• We believe in empowering individuals (student-athletes, coaches, and staff) to make decisions that will lead to their success. With
that privilege comes responsibility and accountability.
• We are committed to excellence in customer service. Every UW alumnus, ticket holder, fan, or contributor must be treated with the
utmost respect. We strive to communicate openly and honestly with every constituent.
• We will promote good sportsmanship in all athletic endeavors.
• We are committed to fair and equitable treatment of student-athletes and staff. We will maintain an environment that promotes gender
equity and embraces diversity.
• Our work environment will be positive, enjoyable, and family friendly.