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									Junior                                Sophomore
Elizabeth Ambrus           Elizabeth Hilligoss
First-Team All-C-USA   C-USA Freshman of the Year
Two-Time C-USA                   NCAA All-Region
Athlete of the Week        Second-Team All-C-USA
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                                                  RAY                                                        THE STANFIELD FILE

                                                  STANFIELD                                  EDUCATION:
                                                                                             Mid America Bible College
                                                                                                   Bachelor of Arts Secondary Education
                                                  Head Coach                                 Sam Houston State
                                                                                                   Master degree Physical Education
                                                  Fourth Year
                                                                                             COACHING EXPERIENCE:
                                                                                                                  Northwest Academy HS Texas
                                Ray Stanfield who has spent more than       years coach                        (assistant Basketball and Football)
                           ing track and field in the college and high school ranks is in                            Broadway Baptist HS Texas
                           his fourth year at the helm of UAB’s track and field and                                   (head Basketball and Track)
                           cross country programs                                                                           Saint Pius X HS Texas
                                In       UAB’s cross country team continued to per                  (head track and basketball football assistant)
                           form at the standard of excellence that Stanfield has set                                                Rice University
                           The Blazers finished ninth at the NCAA South Region                                              (assistant track coach)
                           Championships after a third place finish at the Conference                                          Sam Houston State
                           USA Championships The third place finish was the best in                          (head cross country assistant track)
                           school history Sophomore Elizabeth Ambrus was named                                               Huntsville HS Texas
                           first team All Conference USA after finishing third overall                                                (head coach)
                           in the meet Ambrus was also named C USA Cross Country                                                    McNeese State

                           Female Athlete of the Week for the weeks of Sept          and                                              (head coach)
                           Sept       during the season         Additionally freshman                                 Corrigan Camden HS Texas
                           Elizabeth Hilligoss was named to the All Conference USA                                                    (head coach)
                           second team at the C USA Championships as well as being                                             Crockett HS Texas
                           named C USA Freshman of the Year Hilligoss also earned a                                                   (head coach)
                                                                      spot on the all                                            Canton HS Texas
                                                                      region team after                                               (head coach)
                                                                      a rd place finish                                        Samford University
                                                                      overall at the                                              (assistant coach)
                                                                      NCAA South                 present                                       UAB
                                                                      R e g i o n                                                     (head coach)
                                                                              In             PERSONAL:
                                                                      the         Blazers    Wife the former Patricia Conway
                                                                      recorded      their    Children Tori and Tyler (twins)
                                                                      highest ever fin      placing ninth overall at the championships UAB also fin
                                                                      ish      at     the   ished in a tie for       th at the NCAA South Region
                                                                      Conference USA        Championships Kara was the Blazers’ highest finisher in
                                                                      Championships         the meet placing st
                                                                      as they placed in a       In his first season at the helm his team garnered
                                                                      tie for fourth        national recognition as an Academic All American team and
                                                                      overall      What     received the Conference USA Academic Award for having
                                                                      made the feat         the highest GPA
                                                                      even          more        Stanfield has coached Olympians All Americans and
                                                                      impressive was        NCAA Champions and has also earned Coach of the Year
                                                                      the fact that UAB     honors in Texas and Louisiana
                                                                      had newcomers             Stanfield has been nationally recognized as an out
                                                                      and only two sen      standing recruiter while coaching at Rice McNeese Sam
                                                                      iors on the team      Houston and Samford He has signed numerous state
                                                                      Senior Amanda         champions and high school All Americans
                                                                      Kara was named            Stanfield began his coaching career in      at the high
                                                                      to the all confer     school level He spent seven years as a high school coach in
                                                                      ence team after

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                QUOTING COACH STANFIELD                       scholarship He was all conference three times in basket
                                                              ball and an All American as a senior
On UAB: “What a great university we have with the aca              Stanfield still competes in road races and Master’s
demic programs already in place and the guidance of the       events in track He was the Master’s Southeast Region
athletic department under Watson Brown The sky is the                  Champion in            He has also completed
limit for UAB ”                                               marathons
                                                                   Stanfield is married to the former Patricia Conway of
On the Student Athlete: “Academics are very important         Houston They have two children (twins): Tori a junior at
to me going back to my years at Rice I have seen the          Carson Newman and Tyler a junior at Samford Tyler is
importance of being a great student An athlete can only       currently training as a professional tri athlete Tyler spent
run for so long then their degree must carry them on ”        his first two seasons at Alabama where he was an All SEC
                                                              performer in track in        and the        Freshman of the
Texas While at Canton (Texas) High School he was named        Year for the South Region in Cross Country He also spent
the state's       U S Running Cross Country Coach of the      the           season at Houston where he finished second
Year after leading his team to the Texas State                at the Conference USA Cross Country championships and
Championship Previous high school coaching experience         helped the Cougars win the             C USA cross country
for Stanfield includes head coach at Crockett High School     indoor and outdoor championships
(            ) head coach at Corrigan Camden High School
(         ) and head coach at Huntsville High School (
    ) Stanfield has led his teams to numerous high school
state championships
     In       Stanfield became the assistant coach at Rice

                                                                                                                                HEAD COACH RAY STANFIELD
University coaching the          meters and down and the
  x     and x       meter relay teams Under his tutelage
two Owl relay teams finished as runners up at the NCAA
Championships in        and       His      meter relay team
placed second in          while his indoor mile relay team
placed third in           While at Rice he also coached
Canadian Olympian Courtney Brown as well as Jamaican
Olympian and two time              meter NCAA
Champion Gawain Guy Also two of his sprint
ers were Olympic Trials finalists Elliston
Stinson and Steven Hall (      )
     Stanfield has also coached collegiately at
McNeese State (head coach                 ) Sam
Houston State (assistant coach             ) and
Samford University (assistant coach            )
While at McNeese State his women’s team won
the Louisiana Collegiate Championship in
     Stanfield received his degree in secondary
education in          from Mid America Bible
College in Oklahoma City He later earned a
Masters degree in Kinesiology at Sam Houston
State in       Stanfield began his college career
as a student at Hardin Simmons on a basketball

                              COACH STANFIELD CROSS COUNTRY YEAR             BY   YEAR AT UAB

    Conference Finish   th out of                                     Conference Finish rd out of
    NCAA Regional Finish    th out of                                 NCAA Regional Finish th out of
                                                                      All Region Athletes
                                                                      All Conference Athletes
    Conference Finish T th out of                                     Other Individual Honors
    NCAA Regional Finish    th out of                                      Elizabeth Hilligoss C USA Freshman of the Year
    All Conference Athletes                                                Elizabeth Ambrus C USA Athlete of the week (twice)

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                                                            ANDY                                                                 AGNE
                                                            EGGERTH                                                              EGGERTH
                                                            Assistant Coach                                                      Assistant Coach
                                                            Third Year                                                           First Year

                                         Andy Eggerth is in his third season as an assistant track and        Agne Eggerth enters her first year as a an assistant track and
                                    field coach at UAB After spending two years working with the         field coach at UAB after working for two years as a volunteer
                                    sprinters and jumpers Eggerth will also work with the Blazer hur     assistant coach for the Blazers Eggerth who worked with the
                                    dlers and multi event athletes as well as some recruiting compli     Blazer sprinters as a volunteer coach will devote her time the
                                    ance and travel duties                                               sprinters and relay teams
                                         During his second season with the Blazers he helped his ath          Eggerth is a two time member of the Lithuanian Olympic
                                    letes achieve nine school records and four freshman records He       team She has competed as a sprinter in the European
                                    coached one NCAA Indoor Championship provisional qualifier and       Championships in addition to four World Championships earning
                                    six NCAA Regional Championship qualifiers during outdoor             places on the Olympic teams that participated in Sydney and
                                    Eggerth also guided his athletes to    indoor personal bests and     Athens
                                    outdoor personal bests                                                    She is a   time Lithuanian National Champion and currently

                                         Eggerth's first season with the Blazers was a breakout year     holds her country's records in the                and       meters
                                    for the sprinters and jumpers He coached four Southeast Region            Eggerth is a graduate of McKendree College (Illinois) with a
                                    finalists and guided his athletes to four school records and three   Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education            While at
                                    freshman records Eggerth also helped his athletes achieve per        McKendree state she was an NAIA national champion times and
                                    sonal bests during the indoor season and     personal bests during   the NAIA Athlete of the Year twice She is still the NAIA national
                                    the outdoor season                                                   record holder in the    meter dash and the       meter dash
                                         Additionally Eggerth has worked with post collegians that            Eggerth originally from Kaunas Lithuania currently resides
                                    have competed in the Pan American Games European                     in Birmingham with her husband Andy Eggerth
                                    Championships World Championships and the Olympic Games
                                    He has guided athletes to several National Championships and
                                    national records
                                         Prior to arriving at UAB Eggerth was the Track and Field
                                    Director for two years at the National Sports Center (NSC) in
                                    Blaine Minnesota At the NSC he managed a track club of near
                                    ly      athletes Beyond organizing meets planning the budget
                                    hiring assistant coaches and recruiting athletes Eggerth also
                                    coached the sprinters and hurdlers at the NSC
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                                         Before taking the helm at the NSC Eggerth completed his
                                    Masters degree in Exercise Physiology at Syracuse University
                                    There he also worked with the sprinters and hurdlers as well as                            TRACY
                                    participating in post collegiate events
                                         Eggerth is a graduate of Bemidji State University
                                    (Minnesota) in           earning a Bachelor of Science degree in
                                    Physical Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport
                                    Management While at Bemidji he broke           school records one                          Athletic Trainer
                                    conference record was an NCAA national qualifier in six events
                                    and was voted the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference                                  First Year
                                    Athlete of the Year in             He was also an Academic All
                                    American in addition to receiving other academic honors
                                         Eggerth who hails from Spring Lake Park Minnesota cur
                                    rently resides in Birmingham with his wife of two years Agne                               KATIE

                                                                                                                               Media Relations
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                                      2005 ROSTER
NAME                       CLASS      EXP.        HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL)
Elizabeth Ambrus           Junior       L         Arlington Heights Ill (Rolling Meadows HS)
Ryanne Fortney             Junior       L         Central City Ky (Muhlenberg North HS)
Tara Gruber              Freshman      HS         Flower Mound Texas (Flower Mound Marcus HS)
Elizabeth Hilligoss     Sophomore       L         Houston Texas (Stratford HS)
Whitney Mays            Sophomore       L         Bloomington Ill (Bloomington HS)
Tracy Rowan              Freshman      HS         Birmingham Ala (Clay Chalkville HS)
Abby Speights            Freshman      HS         Ruston La (Ruston HS)
Katie Stepp              Freshman      HS         Allentown Pa (Parkland HS)
Jennifer Thompson          Junior       L         Arab Ala (Arab HS)
Jakia Williams           Freshman      HS         Ruston La (Ruston HS)

Head Coach:           Ray Stanfield (Mid America Bible College ‘   )
Assistant Coaches:    Andy Eggerth (Bemidji State ‘ )

                                                                                                2005 ROSTER & SCHEDULE
                      Agne Eggerth (McKedree College ‘ )

                                    2005 SCHEDULE
DAY           DATE                    EVENT                                LOCATION
Friday        September               Belmont Opener                       Nashville Tenn
Friday        September               Memphis Nighttime Classic            Memphis Tenn
Saturday      September               Alabama Crimson Classic              Tuscaloosa Ala
Friday        September               Notre Dame Invitational              South Bend Ind
Saturday      October                 Brooks Pre National Meet             Terre Haute Ind
Sunday        October                 Conference USA Championships         New Orleans La
Saturday      November                South Region Championships           Gainesville Fla
Monday        November                NCAA Championships                   Terre Haute Ind

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                    After its best showing in school history at the Conference       tials    They've been state
               USA Championships last fall the UAB cross country team has rea        champions and on champi
               son for optimism The Blazers are looking to build on their suc        onship teams Besides bring
               cessful         season when UAB finished third at the C USA           ing talent and the individual
               Championships and ninth at the NCAA South Region                      ability to run fast they all
               Championships                                                         come from great programs
                    The Blazers return their top five runners from      and have     and they bring winning atti
               added five talented freshmen to the team UAB returns All              tudes Tara Gruber comes
               Conference USA runners junior Elizabeth Ambrus and sophomore          from Flower Mound Marcus
               Elizabeth Hilligoss who was also the           C USA Freshman of      one of the outstanding pro
               the Year and a member of the NCAA All South Region Team               grams in the southeast
                    The       team is young with no seniors and only three jun       They do a great job and she
               iors but head coach Ray Stanfield says that the team is experi        went to the state champi
               enced Stanfield sat down before the start of the        season to     onship in cross country all of
               talk about the Blazers Here’s what he had to say:                     her four years in high school
                                                                                     She comes with a great team
               On the season: “We rebound off a great cross country season           attitude and a winning atti
               especially since we were so young Our top seven last year were        tude     Abby Speights and
               four freshmen and three sophomores We finished third in cross         Jakia Williams ran at Ruston
               country in the conference and were only six points out of second      High School for Dave
               Then they ran tremendously at the regional championships and          Anderson who's considered
               had the mishap with Elizabeth Ambrus not happened we would            one of the top high school
               have been fourth in the region and she would have been an indi        coaches in the United States
               vidual qualifier for the national championships That not only         They lost the Louisiana State Elizabeth Ambrus
               bothers us as a team but it really bothers her I think she's been     Championship by two points
               doing everything she can to qualify this year and that's going to     in cross country and they were second and third individually
               show this season We're going to line up to win the Conference         They were state champions in outdoor track as a team so they
               USA Championship We're going to lose some good teams in the           bring that same attitude of wanting to win as a team Katie Stepp

               conference but some of the new schools that are coming in have        from Allentown Pennsylvania was on a Parkland High School
               very good teams SMU finished in the top in the nation in cross        team that was ranked in the top     in the nation at one time so
               country They're always going to be good as will Rice I feel like      she's also used to being at a program that wins Having runners
               with the girls that we have and the experience our returners have     who line up expecting the whole team to do well is one of the
               we can challenge to win the conference Our next goal is to get        things that breads success ”
               to the NCAA Championships to be top two in our Region I think
               that's a realistic goal; Tennessee and Georgia went last year but     On the schedule: “I'm changing the schedule up a little bit We're
               we were right there with them If we don't have problems with          going to go back to Alabama for the Crimson Classic and instead
               injuries and the freshman come in and compete the way I think         of going to the Chile Pepper Invitational we're going to go to the
               they will then we'll be in the hunt come November          I think    Pre National meet which is held at Indiana State on the NCAA
               there's going to be a battle for the top seven spots We can only      National Course I feel like they need to see that course because
               take seven to conference but we're going to run everyone up           we want to be running on that course again on the Monday
               until then and there's going to be a lot of competition among         before Thanksgiving at the NCAA Championships We'll go back
               these women which is a good thing ”                                   to Notre Dame and our Conference Championship will be at
                                                                                     Tulane The schedule is good and barring injuries this will be the
               On the returners: "I guess when I start talking about cross coun      best team that I've lined up since I've been here and we've had
               try the first thing I think about is Elizabeth Ambrus We're obvi      some pretty good teams the last couple of years      I've said that
               ously led by Elizabeth but I hesitate to use the word obviously       cross country is the ultimate team sport because every runner
               because I really feel like she's going to have some company this      counts A team can have runners finish in each of the top four
               year including Elizabeth Hilligoss Hilligoss had an incredible        spots but if that fifth runner finishes   th then the team is not
               freshman year in cross country and indoor track We redshirted         going to do well I'm excited about what we've got coming in
               her for the outdoor season I really feel like we're going to have a   The schedule is good and we're put in a position to run against
               very strong      punch with the two Elizabeth's Then we won't be      some of the best runners in the nation like we did last year at
               too far behind with another group Whitney Mays had a great            Notre Dame and we'll do it again at the Pre National meet and
               finish in cross country and then had a tremendous outdoor season      our conference is going to be tough ”
               as a freshman Of course we have Jennifer Thompson and
               Ryanne Fortney who are very solid runners I know what to
               expect out of them they've continued to get better with each
               year ”

               On the freshmen: “We bring in four freshmen who coming out
               of high school are probably the most talented freshmen that I've
               signed That doesn't necessarily mean they're going to be better
               than anybody is or was but they come in with very good creden

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                         ELIZABETH                                                                     RYANNE
                         AMBRUS                                                                        FORTNEY
                         Junior L                                                                      Junior L
                         Arlington Heights Ill                                                         Central City Ky
                         Rolling Meadows HS                                                            Muhlenberg North HS
                All-Conference - 2004                                                                  UAB Blazers
     : Named first team All Conference USA after a third                        : Highest finish of the season was ninth place in the K
place finish in the C USA Championships with a time of :                  at the Old Timers Classic where she ran a personal best time
in the K race       the only athlete to be named Conference               of :            set a personal best in the K at the Belmont
USA’s Cross Country Female Athlete of the Week twice dur                  Invitational with a time of :          placing th tallied a
ing season receiving the honor for the weeks of Sept        and           personal best at the Memphis Twilight Classic finishing th
Sept       won both the Memphis Twilight Classic with a per               with a three mile time of :            also ran a personal best
sonal best time of :        for the three mile race and the Old           in the K at the Chile Pepper Invitational with a time of
Timers Classic with a personal best K time of :            was              :        finished nd at the C USA Championships helping
UAB’s top finisher in six meets during the season set a per               UAB place third in the meet was consistently one of UAB’s
sonal best in the K at the Belmont Invitational with a time               top five finishers
of :        finishing third finished ninth at the Chili Pepper
Invitational with personal best time of :        in the K                       : Had a top          finish at the UAH/Serra Toyota
                                                                          Invitational placing ninth overall with a personal best time
     : Highest finish of the season came at the UAH/Serra                 of :       in the event also tallied a personal best in the K

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Toyota Invitational when she placed seventh overall in the K              at the NCAA South Region with a time of :               placed
run with a time of :         helped UAB to its best ever fin                rd at the Conference USA Championship to help lead UAB
ish at the C USA Championships with a then personal best                  to its best ever finish in the event    had a great freshman
time of :       in the K run and a th place finish       set a            campaign as she steadily finished in the top five for UAB
new personal best in the K with a run of :             at the
South Region Championships also set a personal best in the                High School: First team all state for six years in cross country
  K with a time of : at the Notre Dame Cross Country                        was selected to run in Spain for Team USA in the World
Invitational                                                              Sports Exchange in          three time cross country regional
                                                                          runner up      named first team academic all state all four
High School: Four year letterwinner at Rolling Meadows in                 years of high school in cross country was class valedictori
cross country and track        cross country all conference in            an received the Senior Class Citizenship Award ran track
      as well as a qualifier for the state cross country meet             and also played basketball and golf for Muhlenberg North
member of the National Honor Society Honor Roll and                       coached by John Lovell in cross country
Yearbook Staff      IHSA All Academic Senior Athletic Award
recipient coached by Jim Voyles                                           Personal: Full name is Ryanne Danielle Fortney        born
                                                                          October             daughter of Mark and Debbie Fortney
Personal: Full name is Elizabeth Jennifer Ambrus   born                   has twin siblings Jacob and Jillian majoring in elementary
December            daughter of Sandy and John Ambrus                     education
has one brother John majoring in biology
                                                                                            FORTNEY’S PERSONAL BESTS
                  AMBRUS’ PERSONAL BESTS                                   miles                            :     (Belmont Invitational / /   )
 miles                    :          (Belmont Invitational /    /    )     K                            :         (Belmont Invitational / /   )
 K                         :         (Belmont Invitational /    /    )     miles               :             (Memphis Twilight Classic / /    )
 miles               :         (Memphis Twilight Classic /      /    )     K                                 :      (Old Timers Classic / /   )
 K                              :     ( Old Timers Classic /    /    )     K                       :        (Chile Pepper Invitational  / /   )
 K                   :         (Chile Pepper Invitational   /    /    )

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                                      TARA                                        (         ) team MVP in
                                                                                  David Jantzen and Al Lawrence
                                                                                                                   and          was coached by
                                                                                                                         won honor awards at

                                                                                  Stratford in World Geography Journalism Desktop
                                                                                  Publishing English II Latin III Physics and Aquatic Science
                                                                                  graduated Cum Laude       was a Cum Laude Latin Scholar as
                                                                                  well as a member of the National Honor Society
                                      Freshman HS
                                                                                  Personal: Full name is Elizabeth Hilligoss born March
                                      Flower Mound Texas                                 daughter of Ed and Denise Hilligoss has two sisters;
                                                                                  Emily and Carrie majoring in early childhood education
                                      Marcus HS
                                                                                                   HILLIGOSS’ PERSONAL BESTS
                                      UAB Blazers                                  K                          :   (Belmont Invitational /     /   )
                                                                                   miles              :      (Memphis Twilight Classic /      /   )
               High School: A four year letterwinner for Steve Telaneus at
                                                                                   K                      : (Notre Dame Invitational      /   /   )
               Marcus High School       named to the Texas Girls Coaches
                                                                                   K                  :     (Chile Pepper Invitational  /     /   )
               Association Cross Country All State Team in     and
               district champion in      and          named to the all area
               team in              and      as well as the
               of the Year member of the National Honor Society
               Personal: Full name is Tara JoAnn Gruber     born June
                      daughter of David and Staci Gruber has a brother
               Timothy and a sister Julia majoring in criminal justice
                                                                                                          Sophomore L
                                      ELIZABETH                                                           Bloomington Ill
                                      HILLIGOSS                                                           Bloomington HS

                                                                                                          UAB Blazers
                                      Sophomore L                                       : Ran in all seven meets for the Blazers placed th at
                                      Houston Texas                               the Old Timers Classic with a personal best time of :
                                                                                  in the K helped UAB take third as she finished th at the
                                      Stratford HS                                Conference USA Championships with a K time of :
                                                                                  placed th at the NCAA South Region Championships with a
                                All-Conference - 2004                             personal best time :        in the K had a personal best in
                                   All-Region - 2004                              the K with a time of :           at the Belmont Invitational
                                                                                  finished th at the Memphis Twilight Classic with a person
                     : Was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year              al best three mile time of :             had a great freshman
               and earned a spot on the All Conference Team following a           season with the Blazers and was steadily among UAB’s top
               seventh place finish at the C USA Championships with a K           five finishers
               time of :        named to the All South Region Team follow
               ing a rd place finish in the K with a time of :           at the   High School: Was the first ever four year girls cross country
               NCAA South Region Championships tallied her highest fin            state qualifier for Bloomington HS    regional champion on
               ish of the season at the Old Timers Classic where she placed                was the Big conference champion in             was a
               fifth with a K time of :          ran a personal best in the K     four year letterwinnner for Bloomington coached by Aaron
               with a time of :        at the Belmont Invitational where she      Culbertson and John Szabo was also a member of the track
               placed th also had a personal best in the K at the Notre           team cheerleading squad and dance team made the honor
               Dame Invitational with a :           placed nd at the Chile        roll her senior year
               Pepper Invitational following a personal best in the K with a
               time of :            had a personal best at the Memphis            Personal: Full name is Whitney Mays born July
               Twilight Classic where she finished      th with a three mile      daughter of Bill and Nancy Mays has two younger sisters;
               time of :          had a strong freshman campaign and was          Mackenzie and Taylor undecided on a major
               consistently the number two runner for UAB
                                                                                                     MAYS’ PERSONAL BESTS
               High School: Was all state in      and All Greater Houston          K                          :       (Belmont Invitational / /   )
                                                                                   miles              :           (Memphis Twilight Classic / /   )
               in       and        named all district three times (       )
                                                                                   K                              :     (Old Timers Classic / /   )
                  district champion in       and         as well as being a
                                                                                   K                      :         (NCAA South Regional    / /   )
               region runner up in           was a two time state qualifier

                                                                          2005 BLAZERS q 8
                             UAB CROSS COUNTRY
                     TRACY                                                            KATIE
                     ROWAN                                                            STEPP
                     Freshman HS                                                      Freshman HS
                     Birmingham Ala                                                   Allentown Pa
                     Clay Chalkville HS                                               Parkland HS
                      UAB Blazers                                                      UAB Blazers
High School: Attended Clay Chalkville High School in Pinson    High School: A four year letterwinner at Parkland High
Ala    a four year all county cross country team member and    School     a four time Pennsylvania State Championship
a three year state championship qualifier        coached by    Qualifier named team captain for the          season fin
Shuntay Byrd Bob Adams and Mike Howard also a mem              ished th at the          Pennsylvania State Championships
ber of the gymnastics team was a member of the National        helping her team finished second overall Parkland won the
Honor Society and was a Birmingham News Scholar Athlete              League Championships and was ranked seventh in the
                                                               Northeast       finished eighth overall at the District
Personal: Full name is Tracy Rowan … born April     in         Championships in            and was third in the League
Winston Salem N C … daughter of Allen and Donna Rowan          Championships was named a League All Star by area coach
… has a younger sister Jaimie … majoring in history            es in            and          also a member of the National

                     ABBY                                      Honor Society

                                                               Personal: Full name is Katherine Joyce Stepp born June

                     SPEIGHTS                                         daughter of Bill and Tami Stepp has an older sister

                                                                                                                             2005 BLAZERS
                                                               Cortney Bates and a younger brother Tim majoring in mar
                     Freshman HS
                     Ruston La
                                                                         2005 TEAM BREAKDOWN
                                                                                          By State
                     Ruston HS
                                                                 Alabama ( ) Tracy Rowan (Birmingham) Jennifer Thompson
                      UAB Blazers                                (Arab)
High School: Attended Ruston High School in Ruston La            Illinois ( ) Elizabeth Ambrus (Arlington Heights) Whitney
where she ran for coach Dave Anderson was named to the           Mays (Bloomington)
composite all state team for three straight years     placed
third at the Louisiana State Cross Country Championship          Kentucky ( ) Ryanne Fortney (Central City)
finished in the top five at the Chile Pepper Invitational in
       helping her team to win the meet also named Who’s         Louisiana ( ) Abby Speights (Ruston) Jakia Williams
Who Among American High School Students                          (Ruston)

Personal: Full name is Abigail Christine Speights    born        Pennsylvania ( ) Katie Stepp (Allentown)
October           in Shreveport La     daughter of Karen
Speights and Gary Speights has a brother Adam ( ) and            Texas ( ) Tara Gruber (Flower Mound) Elizabeth Hilligoss
two sisters Rachel ( ) and Callie ( ) majoring in elemen         (Houston)
tary education                                                                             By Class

                                                                 Seniors ( )

                                                                 Juniors ( ) Elizabeth Ambrus Ryanne Fortney Jennifer

                                                                 Sophomores ( ) Elizabeth Hilligoss Whitney Mays

                                                                 Freshmen ( ) Tara Gruber Tracy Rowan Abby Speights
                                                                 Katie Stepp Jakia Williams

                                                    2005 BLAZERS q 9
                                            UAB CROSS COUNTRY
                                       JENNIFER                                                         JAKIA
                                       THOMPSON                                                         WILLIAMS
                                       Junior L                                                         Freshman HS
                                       Arab Ala                                                         Ruston La
                                       Arab HS                                                          Ruston HS
                                       UAB Blazers                                                      UAB Blazers
                     : Was among the top five performers for the Blazers         High School: Attended Ruston High School in Ruston La
               finished sixth at the Old Timers Classic with a personal best     named to all state and all district cross country team in
               time of :         in the K helped the Blazers to their best         finished second at the Louisiana state cross country cham
               finish ever at the Conference USA Championships placing           pionships and third at the Chile Pepper Invitational earned
                  th with a time of : in the K took th at the NCAA               Academic All State honors for cross country in            also
               South Region Championships with a K time of :                     named Who’s Who Among American High School Students
               had a personal best in the K at the Chile Pepper Invitational
               with a time of        :        placed th at the Belmont           Personal: Full name is Jakia Schuntrice Williams born July
               Invitational with a personal best time of :       in the K                   mother is Sandra Williams and father is Derrick
               ran a personal best at the Memphis Twilight Classic with a        Smith     has a younger sister Janiesia ( ) and a younger
               three mile time of :        and a th place finish                 brother JaDerian ( ) majoring in medical technology

                    : Ran in all seven meets for the Blazers finished third
               at the UAH/Serra Toyota Invitational with a time of :      in

               the K event       set a personal best in the K at the Notre
               Dame Cross Country Invitational by running a :       good for
                 th overall    recorded her personal best in the K at the
               Conference USA Championships running a time of :
               and placing    th in the meet       consistent top three per
               former for the Blazers

               High School: Was a three time A Alabama State Cross
               Country championship was third in the             A Alabama
               State Cross Country championship three time all academic
               for cross country     also lettered in track and basketball
               winner of the Physical Science Award Healthcare Science and
               Technology Award and Most Athletic Award          was second
               alternate at the Miss Arab High School event

               Personal: Full name is Jennifer Nicole Thompson  born
               November                daughter of Sharon and Johnny
               Thompson has an older brother Justin majoring in biol
                              THOMPSON’S PERSONAL BESTS
               miles                    :     (Belmont Invitational / /   )
               K                        :     (Belmont Invitational / /   )
               miles              :      (Memphis Twilight Classic / /    )
               K                         :      (Old Timers Classic / /   )
               K                   :    (Chile Pepper Invitational  / /   )

                                                                                                Jennifer Thompson

                                                                          2005 BLAZERS q 10
                                UAB CROSS COUNTRY
UAB Wraps Up Strong Season By Finishing Ninth At South               the second consecutive
Regionals: The Blazers ended their          season with a ninth      meet running the K
place finish at the NCAA South Region Championships on Nov           event     in       :
    Freshman Elizabeth Hilligoss was the Blazers' top finisher as    Ambrus also captured
her time of :          in the K race placed her rd overall           the individual title as
Hilligoss also earned a spot on the all region team UAB's top        she led the Blazer cross
runner sophomore Elizabeth Ambrus was disqualified from the          country team to a sec
race for running off the course Ambrus was in third place with       ond place finish on Sept
under        meters to go when the error occurred The top four          at the Memphis Twi
individual finishers qualify for Nationals Freshman Whitney          Light Cross Country
Mays placed th overall with a time of :            while sopho       Classic
more Jennifer Thompson was th running the race in :
Sophomore Ryanne Fortney finished th completing the course           Blazers Win Old Timers
in :                                                                 Classic: UAB placed six
                                                                     runners in the top     as
Blazers Place Third At Conference USA Championships: UAB             the Blazers took first
recorded the best finish in Blazer history at the Conference USA     place in rd annual Old
championships with a third place finish on Oct          Elizabeth    Timers      Classic    in
Ambrus was UAB's top finisher placing third with a time of           Bowling Green Ky The
  : in the K race while Elizabeth Hilligoss tallied a seventh        Blazers were led by
place finish recording a time of :         UAB's other freshman      sophomore Elizabeth
Whitney Mays placed          th finishing the course in       :      Ambrus who took the
Sophomore Jennifer Thompson was th tallying a time of :              individual title for the
                                                                                                Elizabeth Ambrus
Sophomore Ryanne Fortney placed nd overall pacing a time of          second consecutive meet Ambrus claimed the title in the K
  :    UAB's final two finishers were Petra Ivanova who placed       event with a time of :         Her time was the fifth fastest time
  th ( : ) and Genoah Collins who finished in            th place    in the history of the event held at Kaerinekas Park since
( : ) The Blazers recorded         points in the contest to finish   Freshman Elizabeth Hilligoss ( :      ) was fourth overall while
only eight points behind second place TCU's      points              sophomore Jennifer Thompson ( :                 ) placed fifth

                                                                                                                                            2004 REVIEW
                                                                     Sophomore Ryanne Fortney ( :            ) was eighth Freshmen
Two Blazers Receive Recognition At Conference Championships:         Petra Ivanova ( :        ) and Whitney Mays ( :           ) placed
At the       Conference USA Championships two UAB runners              th and th respectively The Blazers took the team title with
received special recognition Elizabeth Hilligoss was named the          points     better than second place Eastern Kentucky's
      C USA Freshman of the Year for her outstanding efforts for
the Blazers Hilligoss had been the Blazers’ second best runner       Blazers Place Second In Memphis: Elizabeth Ambrus captured
throughout the season as she was UAB’s second finisher in each       the individual title as she led the Blazers to a second place finish
of the last four meets of the season including the C USA             at the Memphis Twi Light Cross Country Classic Ambrus ran a
Championships Additionally Hilligoss was named to the All            time of     :       to beat runner up Katarina Lovrantova of
Conference USA second team Elizabeth Ambrus also was named           Arkansas Little Rock ( :         ) in the individual standings UAB
First Team All Conference USA Ambrus was UAB’s top finisher          ( points) finished just behind Mississippi State ( ) in the team
                                       in all six meets last sea     standings The Blazers also got a th place performance from
                                       son                           sophomore Jennifer Thompson ( :             ) and a th place effort
                                                                     from freshman Petra Ivanova ( :             ) Also finishing in the
                                         Ambrus Named C USA’s        top     were sophomore Ryanne Fortney at :                and fresh
                                         Cross Country Female        man Elizabeth Hilligoss at :
                                         Athlete Of The Week
                                         for       Two Straight      UAB Young But Experienced: UAB replaced its top two runners
                                         Weeks:      Sophomore       from         including all conference performer Amanda Kara
                                         Elizabeth Ambrus was        However the Blazers had a much more experienced group than
                                         named       Conference      in        UAB had newcomers in           most of whom got sig
                                         USA’s Cross Country         nificant experience The Blazers looked to returners Elizabeth
                                         Female Athlete of the       Ambrus Adel Anderson Elizabeth Anderson Ryanne Fortney
                                         Week for two straight       Maureen McDonald Jennifer Thompson and Mary Kim Webb to
                                         weeks as she received       improve on their          performances Ambrus Fortney and
                                         the award for the weeks     Thompson all ran for UAB in the            conference champi
                                         of Sept    and Sept         onships
                                         Ambrus won the
                                         Old Timers Classic in
                                         Bowling Green Ky
                                         helping the Blazers to
                                         the team title She took
                                         the individual title for
Elizabeth Hilligoss

                                                         2005 BLAZERS q 11
                                                     UAB CROSS COUNTRY
                                    ELIZABETH AMBRUS                                                               WHITNEY MAYS
               Date      Distance    Time              Place                       Event    Date        Distance   Time          Place                      Event
                / /          K       :     *         rd of          Belmont Invitational     / /            K      :       *    th of        Belmont Invitational
                / /        miles     :    *          st of      Memphis Twilight Classic     / /          miles    :       *    th of    Memphis Twilight Classic
                / /          K       :    *           st of            Old Timers Classic    / /            K      :       *     th of          Old Timers Classic
                 / /         K          :             rd of     Notre Dame Invitational        / /          K          :         rd of   Notre Dame Invitational
                 / /         K        :   *          th of      Chile Pepper Invitational      / /          K        :          st of    Chile Pepper Invitational
                 / /         K          :            rd of        C USA Championships          / /          K          :        th of      C USA Championships
                                                                                              / /           K       :      *    th of      NCAA South Regional
                               ELIZABETH ANDERSON
               Date      Distance    Time             Place                       Event
                                                                                                              MAUREEN MCDONALD
                / /          K       :    *           th of         Belmont Invitational    Date        Distance   Time         Place                      Event
                                                                                             / /            K      :    *       th of        Belmont Invitational

                                    GENOAH COLLINS
               Date      Distance    Time             Place                      Event
                                                                                                               JENNIFER THOMPSON
                / /          K        :       *      th of         Belmont Invitational     Date        Distance   Time          Place                      Event
                / /        miles      :       *      th of      Memphis Twilight Classic     / /            K      :     *      th of        Belmont Invitational
                / /          K       :         *      th of          Old Timers Classic      / /          miles    :      *     th of    Memphis Twilight Classic
                  / /        K          :             th of       C USA Championships        / /            K      :      *     th of           Old Timers Classic
                 / /         K       :        *      rd of        NCAA South Regional          / /          K          :         th of   Notre Dame Invitational
                                                                                               / /          K        :   *      nd of    Chile Pepper Invitational
                                                                                               / /          K          :         th of     C USA Championships
                                    RYANNE FORTNEY                                            / /           K       :           th of      NCAA South Regional
               Date      Distance    Time             Place                        Event
                / /
                / /
                                                     th of
                                                     th of
                                                                    Belmont Invitational
                                                                Memphis Twilight Classic
                                                                                                                   CHRISTI WALTON
                / /          K       :      *        th of             Old Timers Classic   Date        Distance   Time          Place                    Event
                  / /        K           :            th of     Notre Dame Invitational      / /            K       :   *       th of       Belmont Invitational
                  / /        K         :   *         th of      Chile Pepper Invitational    / /          miles    :    *       th of    Memphis Twilight Classic

                  / /        K           :           nd of        C USA Championships        / /            K      :     *      th of         Old Timers Classic
                 / /         K       :               th of        NCAA South Regional
                                                                                                                   MARY KIM WEBB
                                ELIZABETH HILLIGOSS                                         Date        Distance   Time          Place                    Event
               Date      Distance    Time             Place                        Event     / /          miles    :    *       th of    Memphis Twilight Classic
                / /          K       :        *      th of          Belmont Invitational
                / /        miles     :         *     th of      Memphis Twilight Classic    * Personal Best
                / /          K         :             th of             Old Timers Classic
                  / /        K           : *          th of     Notre Dame Invitational
                  / /        K         :     *       nd of      Chile Pepper Invitational
                  / /        K            :          th of        C USA Championships
                 / /         K        :              rd of        NCAA South Regional

                                     PETRA IVANOVA
               Date      Distance    Time             Place                        Event
                / /          K        :       *      th of          Belmont Invitational
                / /        miles     :        *      th of      Memphis Twilight Classic
                / /          K        :       *       th of            Old Timers Classic
                  / /        K            :           th of     Notre Dame Invitational
                  / /        K          :            rd of      Chile Pepper Invitational
                  / /        K            :           th of       C USA Championships
                 / /         K       :        *      nd of        NCAA South Regional

                                                                    Blazers Meet-by-Meet
               Date          Distance              Average Time      Total Time             Place                       Event                         Location
                 / /             K                     :                : :                 th of              Belmont Invitational       Nashville Tenn
                 / /            miles                  :               : :                  nd of            Memphis Twilight Classic     Memphis Tenn
                 / /             K                      :               : :                  st of              Old Timers Classic     Bowling Green Ky
                   / /           K                          :             : :               th of            Notre Dame Invitational     South Bend Ind
                   / /           K                      :               : :                 th of            Chile Pepper Invitational   Fayetteville Ark
                   / /           K                          :             : :               rd of         Conference USA Championships        Chicago Ill
                  / /            K                      :                : :                th of             NCAA South Regional         Tuscaloosa Ala

                                                                                    2005 BLAZERS q 12
                        UAB CROSS COUNTRY
                      Greatest Distance Runners in UAB History
Christie Caywood (      ): Three school records        Tracey Priska (     ): One school record; three
                                                       time all conference cross country;        k and
Jill Faulkner (     ): All conference cross coun         k Conference champion
try; former school record holder in three individ
ual events (      k k)                            Donna Pucke (          ): Hold UAB’s freshman
                                                  record for the outdoor     m; was named all con
Beth Groom (          ): Two individual school ference in        m outdoor; holds school record for
records; three time all conference cross country; indoor      m; was named all conference three
 k conference champion Is currently the head times
track coach at Pelham High in metro
Birmingham                                        Andrea Ripley (       ): Three individual school
                                                  records; four time all conference cross country;
Melissa Hopkins (         ): NCAA cross country         conference cross country champion;
qualifier      ; two school records (relays); two indoor k champion
time all conference cross country two time all
region cross country Currently is a professional Lori Usrey (        ): Eight school records (five
triathlete who resides in Birmingham              individual three relay); all conference cross

                                                                                                         UAB’S GREATEST RUNNERS
                                                  country all distance cross country conference
Carla Kelly (       ): Four school records (two runner up in mile in
relays two freshman); ranks No         indoor and
outdoor all time      m

 Lori Usrey                                                    Melissa Hopkins

                                           2005 BLAZERS q 13
                                                  UAB CROSS COUNTRY
                ACADEMIC SUPPORT                                                          ATHLETIC TRAINING
                SERVICES                                                                       Athletic Trainers are health care
                                                                                          providers who specialize in the preven
                   UAB Associate Athletic                                                 tion assessment treatment and rehabil
                Director for Academic Sup                                                 itation of injuries and illnesses that
                port Services Judy Sackfield                                              occur to athletes and the physically
                and her staff are responsible                                             active Unfortunately athletic injuries
                for overseeing the education                                              are a fact of life in college athletics
                al development and progress                                               Over the years tremendous strides have
                towards graduation for all student athletes                               been made in the evaluation treatment
                   The staff acts as a liaison between the student athlete and the        and the rehabilitation of athletic
                academic communities and insures that student athletes comply             injuries; and with it the realm of sports
                with academic rules established by the university the NCAA and            medicine has developed into a full
                Conference USA The staff also coordinates academic programs               fledged medical specialty
                designed to assist the student athletes in acquiring a quality educa           At UAB the student athlete is sure to be just minutes away
                tion as well as programs to promote personal and career develop           from the best medical care possible This is achieved with the com
                ment                                                                      bined resources of a world class medical center medical school and
                   The Academic Center for Athletes (AC A) program wants to               a highly qualified sports medicine team of orthopedic surgeons gen
                ensure that student athletes succeed to their highest academic abil       eral practitioners and certified athletic trainers
                ity and that any possible educational disadvantages resulting from             The first line of defense is the athletic training staff led by head
                their participation in intercollegiate sports are offset Inherent in      athletic trainer Mike Jones MAE ATC/L NREMT I Jones is assisted
                the program is the philosophy that student athletes take responsibil      by three assistant athletic trainers Bryan Koch oversees men’s
                ity for their own growth and development while receiving maximum          sports and is the primary trainer for the men’s basketball program;
                support The academic unit’s goals are to prepare student athletes         Bryan Combs is the assistant athletic trainer for the football pro
                for viable careers to assist them in securing degrees and to produce      gram; while Tanya Watson is in charge of women’s sports and is the
                responsible citizens                                                      primary athletic trainer for the women’s basketball program The
                   The AC A is located in the newly renovated Bell Building across        assistant athletic trainers assist in the day to day operation of the
                from Bartow Arena and is within walking distance from all campus          athletic training rooms and care of the entire student athlete popu
                dormitories The AC A has a computer lab which has the latest              lation The athletic training department also employs nine graduate

                technology to meet all the student athletes’ needs private and            assistant athletic trainers to aid in the coverage of all intercollegiate
                group study rooms study halls meeting rooms a writing lab and             athletic teams at UAB
                math lab                                                                       The Certified Athletic Trainers at UAB work under the direction
                   The computer lab is available to all student athletes and is staffed   of team physicians Dr Bill Garth a renowned orthopedic surgeon
                by a qualified computer support assistant The computer lab offers         and Dr Brenda Baumann UAB’s general practitioner Additionally
                wireless high speed connection to the Internet as well as access to       Dr Baumann is board certified in both emergency medicine and
                all programs available from other academic units on campus                family practice medicine
                   The AC A advisors in conjunction with specific major advisors
                work with student athletes on necessary requirements for their cho
                sen degree The AC A advisors also help plan class schedules keep
                                                                                          STRENGTH AND
                ing in mind academic standing practice travel and competition
                   A special orientation program helps student athletes in their tran         UAB Director of Physical Develop
                sition from high school to college They learn what is expected of         ment Stacey Torman heads up the
                them what the university’s responsibility to them is and what             Strength and Conditioning Program
                adjustments they will need to make in order to succeed The orien          for the UAB athletes
                tation provides an introduction to UAB during which student ath               Each athlete’s program is based on
                letes’ questions are answered by coaches faculty administrators and       a yearly periodical schedule to prepare
                other students                                                            her for both optimal improvements in
                                                                                          performance as well as a definite peak
                                                                                          in the competitive season
                                                                                              The phrase “off season” no longer
                                                                                          applies to the world of intercollegiate athletics; today’s student ath
                                                                                          letes must stay fit throughout the year Whether it is to become
                                                                                          more capable for the upcoming season maintain strength flexibility
                                                                                          and cardiovascular conditioning during active competition or to
                                                                                          rehabilitate an injury the competitive student athlete needs a com
                                                                                          prehensive strength and conditioning program
                                                                                              At UAB the strength and conditioning program for soccer is
                                                                                          extremely rigorous and challenging Director of Strength and
                                                                                          Conditioning Stacey Torman and strength coach Marcus Bush com
                                                                                          bine the latest techniques and scientific research with a lot of good
                                                                                          old fashioned hard work in the weight room running track and
                                                                                          the field

                                                                                 2005 BLAZERS q 14
                                 UAB CROSS COUNTRY
                          DR CAROL                    GARRISON                        PRESIDENT
                              Dr Carol Z Garrison was named president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham in July
                              She had served as acting president at the University of Louisville where she had served as provost since
                                 As provost she was both chief academic and chief operating officer responsible for the oversight of
                           all departments and divisions including the medical center
                              Dr Garrison a native of Montclair N J earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina
                             Chapel Hill She received her master’s degree from the School of Nursing at UAB in            and earned a
                           Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate from UAB in        From           she was an assistant professor of
                           nursing at UAB In          she earned a Ph D in epidemiology from the University North Carolina Chapel
Hill where she was an assistant professor
   She joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in         was named professor and chair of epidemiology and biostatis
tics in      and in       became associate provost and dean of the graduate school In           she joined the University of Louisville
as provost
   In addition to her skills as an administrator Dr Garrison is a respected researcher and educator During her career Dr Garrison
has received more than        million in federal research funding She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Delta Omega and Sigma Xi and
was twice honored as the Carolina Distinguished Professor
   As UAB’s sixth president Dr Garrison oversees Alabama’s largest employer with nearly              faculty and staff and an operating
budget of      billion UAB attracts some            students from around the nation and the world to its six liberal arts and sciences
schools and six health professional schools With nearly         million in sponsored research UAB is among the top      universities in
the country in funding from the National Institutes of Health

                        WATSON                 BROWN                      ATHLETICS DIRECTOR

                                                                                                                                           UAB ADMINISTRATION
                            Now in his th season directing UAB’s football fortunes Watson Brown added an additional role to his
                       list of responsibilities three years ago — and an important one at that — assuming the position of Director
                       of Athletics for the Blazers
                          Named as AD in November of             Brown has been working fast and furious to keep the Blazers’ athlet
                       ic program moving forward in addition to his usual duties at the helm of UAB football
                          There’s no doubt the progress of UAB football has been impressive Having competed at the NCAA
                       Division I A level only since        the Blazers have been bowl eligible three of the past five seasons finish
ing     in      and      in       The Blazers earned their first bowl invitation last season with their appearance in the Sheraton
Hawaii Bowl
   Highlighting the recent achievements were a       victory at LSU and boasting one of the nation’s top defensive units
   UAB has the third best record in Conference USA over the past six seasons and this year’s accomplishments will keep the Blazers
among the league’s top ranking programs over that period
   A veteran of   years in coaching Brown was the offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma (           ) before coming
to UAB In       and       Brown was the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State under head coach Jackie Sherrill
   Brown also served head coaching stints at Vanderbilt (        ) Rice (       ) Cincinnati (    ) and Austin Peay State (
   A native of Cookeville Tenn and a former standout quarterback at Vanderbilt Brown is married to the former Brenda Arnold
They have two children: daughter Ginny who was a four year letter winner in basketball at Georgia State University (          )
and son Steven who is a        graduate of Vestavia Hills High School

                          Dr Johnny W Scott professor of nuclear medicine and assistant dean of the School of Medicine at UAB
                       was named faculty athletics representative by former UAB President W Ann Reynolds June
                          Scott joined the UAB faculty in      as an assistant professor of clinical pathology and nuclear medicine
                       He was promoted to associate professor in        and professor in        In       he was named assistant
                       dean for the School of Medicine to direct efforts to recruit minority students and faculty to the medical
                          A native of Westfield Ala Scott received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at UAB He
also holds a Ph D in physical chemistry from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and a master’s degree in nuclear chemistry
from the University of Pittsburgh He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Clark College in Atlanta

                                                          2005 BLAZERS q 15
                                                 UAB CROSS COUNTRY
                   Conference USA: New Look Same               raphy group similar institutions together    provides C USA with significant national
                      Commitment to Excellence                 create a divisional model and stage a foot   and regional exposure for football men’s
                                                               ball championship game It will be very       and women’s basketball and all other con
                 Get to know Conference USA We embrace         exciting to watch this league grow and       ference sports     Additionally the CSTV
                 a new era with fresh faces and a renewed      develop ”                                    agreement includes video on demand
                 commitment to excellence and leadership                                                    Internet broadband national over the air
                 in athletics academics and community          SUCCESS ON THE PLAYING FIELD                 and satellite radio and wireless distribu
                 involvement                                   Conference USA performers have achieved      tion as well as corporate marketing rights
                                                               great success in competition placing the     and website production through CSTV
                 C USA begins a new chapter in                 league among the top conferences in the      Online a subsidiary of CSTV The agree
                 after celebrating     years of remarkable     nation                                       ment with ESPN extends the conference’s
                 history Six nationally prominent universi     MEN’S BASKETBALL                             current regular season football package to
                 ties Marshall Rice SMU Tulsa UCF and          • Consistently rated as one of the top bas   include the broadcast of the conference’s
                 UTEP join tradition rich members East         ketball leagues in the country               Football Championship Game starting
                 Carolina Houston Memphis Southern             •     postseason teams ( NCAA and            with the inaugural event in         It also
                 Miss Tulane and UAB – to form the new         NIT)                                         encompasses distribution of men’s basket
                 look of the league This combination fur       Strong fan support drawing a nearly mil      ball and women’s basketball on
                 ther enhances our men's and women's pro       lion fans each season                        ESPN/ESPN and both tournament cham
                 grams that are steeped in athletic success    • Among the nation’s best in home atten      pionship games
                 and academic prowess                          dance
                                                               • Two Final Four teams                       A PROUD HISTORY; A PROMISING
                 All C USA institutions sponsor Division I A   • Four Elite Eight NCAA Tournament           FUTURE
                 football along with several other men's       teams                                        Conference USA was formed in           and
                 and women's athletic programs many of         • One NIT Champion                           quickly emerged as one of the nation’s top
                 which compete regularly for NCAA              • Four NIT semifinalists                     conferences The conference unveiled its
                 Championships C USA sponsors competi                                                       name logo and commissioner on April
                 tion in    sports nine for men (baseball      FOOTBALL                                           in Chicago    The league’s charter
                                                               • Began competition in                       members included Charlotte Cincinnati

                 basketball cross country football golf
                 soccer tennis and indoor and outdoor          • Rated among the top seven conferences      DePaul Houston Louisville Marquette
                 track and field) and   for women (basket      in the nation                                Memphis Saint Louis Southern Miss
                 ball cross country golf softball soccer       •    teams have earned bowl bids             Tulane UAB and USF Eleven of the insti
                 swimming and diving tennis indoor and         • Member of the Bowl Championship            tutions began athletic participation in
                 outdoor track and field and volleyball)       Series                                             while Houston joined competition in
                                                               • Bowl ties ins with the AutoZone Liberty    the fall of
                 C USA along with league administrators        Bowl (champion) GMAC Bowl Sheraton
                 and coaches maintains an unwavering           Hawai’i Bowl Fort Worth Bowl and the         The league’s headquarters were estab
                 commitment to the academic and athletic       Wyndham New Orleans Bowl                     lished in Chicago and after nine years relo
                 excellence of our member institutions                                                      cated to the current office in Irving Texas
                                                               SUCCESS OFF THE FIELD                        Britton      Banowsky       was       named
                 The league sponsors numerous academic         C USA institutions are among the nation’s    Commissioner in October           succeeding
                 awards including the Commissioner's           best in academic performance among stu       Mike Slive the league’s first commissioner
                 Honor Roll and the Commissioner's             dent athletes bolstered by the fact that
                 Academic Medal indicative of outstanding      student athletes at league schools have a    C USA added East Carolina (September
                 achievement in the classroom      C USA       higher graduation rate than the general            ) and the United States Military
                 annually awards six postgraduate scholar      student population Among C USA’s             Academy (March         ) as football mem
                 ships along with the Sport Academic           student athletes there are champions off     bers ECU began league competition in
                 Award Scholar Athletes of the Year and        the playing field as well In nine years           ; Army in       and UAB began foot
                 the Institutional Academic Excellence         student athletes earned national Verizon     ball play in       The league added TCU
                 Award                                         Academic All America honors while            and ECU (       ) for all sports and they
                                                               were named All District In addition more     began competition in        USF started C
                 The membership changes have given C           than          student athletes have been     USA football in
                 USA the opportunity to play a pivotal role    named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll
                 in the changing face of conference affilia    or received the Commissioner's Academic      Since its formation C USA has established
                 tions and have reinforced the league’s posi   Medal indicative of outstanding achieve      a foundation an identity and a history that
                 tion in collegiate athletics for years to     ment in the classroom                        reflects the league’s national presence C
                 come                                                                                       USA celebrated its th Anniversary during
                                                               C USA ON TV                                  the           season marking a significant
                 “We are excited about our new member          C USA enjoys significant television expo     milestone for the league and setting the
                 ship and making structural improvements       sure through its partnerships with ESPN      course for the next decade and beyond
                 to Conference USA ” Banowsky said “It is      Inc and College Sports Television
                 an opportunity for us to tighten our geog     Networks (CSTV) The league entered into
                                                               a long term agreement with CSTV which

                                                                             2005 BLAZERS q 16
                                                                                                     MISSION STATEMENT
                                                                                            After 25 years of serving the state as a
                                                                                            premier medical and dental school, UAB
                                                                                                  was established in 1969 as an
                                                                                                autonomous university within the
                                                                                              University of Alabama system. It now
                                                                                            serves as one of the nation's top ranked
                                                                                             universities in research support, higher
                       UAB HOSPITAL                                                           education and provider of world-class
UAB Hospital, the centerpiece of the UAB                                                                   medical care.
 Health System, is Alabama's major terti-
   ary care center and a modern medical
  complex serving approximately 35,000                                                                  OUR VISION
patients annually. The university hospital                                                  The University of Alabama at Birmingham
   is a major center for clinical research,
        and the home of some of the top                                                        shall be a leading contributor to the
           medical programs in America.                                                      intellectual development of humankind
                                                                                             and a compassionate provider of health
                                                                                                 services of the highest quality.

                                                                           KIRKLIN CLINIC
                                                                           The Kirklin Clinic is a
                                                                           specially designed
                                                                           center for outpatient
                                                                           care housing more
                                                                           than 600 physicians
HILL UNIVERSITY CENTER                                                     in 35 specialties.
The Hill University Center serves
as the focal point for Student
Affairs at UAB since most of the
units are housed in this complex.
The facility also serves as a hub
for campus life because many
co-curricular activities take place
in the various multi-purpose
areas of the building.

Established in 1971, the UAB
School of Business and the
Graduate School of Management
currently enroll approximately
2,000 students. A full-time facul-
ty of 54 outstanding academicians             ALYS
offers undergraduate majors in                STEPHENS CENTER
Accounting, Economics, Finance,               A world-class perform-                                                  HONORS HOUSE
Management and Marketing.                     ing arts center alive                                                   The center of identity
                                              with music, dance and                                                   and community for
                                              theatre, enriching the                                                  the Honors Program
                                              culturing life of the city                                              is the Honors House.
                                              is the mission of the                                                   All of the instruction-
                                              Alys Stephens Center                                                    al and social activi-
                                              — Alabama’s Home of                                                     ties of the Honors
                                              the Performing Arts.                                                    Program take place in
                                                                                                                      this facility.
       Day        Date           Event                        Location
       Friday     September 2    Belmont Opener               Nashville, Tenn.
       Friday     September 9    Memphis Nighttime Classic    Memphis, Tenn.
       Saturday   September 17   Alabama Crimson Classic      Tuscaloosa, Ala.
       Friday     September 30   Notre Dame Invitational      South Bend, Ind.
       Saturday   October 15     Brooks Pre-National Meet     Terre Haute, Ind.
       Sunday     October 30     C-USA Championships          New Orleans, La.
       Saturday   November 12    South Region Championships   Gainesville, Fla.
       Monday     November 21    NCAA Championships           Terre Haute, Ind.


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