BYU Athletes Finish 'Amazing' 2006-07 Season

Quarterback John Beck helped lead the football team to a MWC Championship, one of 14 BYU teams to earn league titles. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Click on the PDF link above to see a complete list of BYU team and individual accomplishments from the 2006-07 season.

PROVO -- The 2006-07 season was a memorable one for the entire BYU Department of Athletics as the Cougars claimed numerous achievements and awards, including 14 Mountain West Conference titles.

"When you see all of the awards and accomplishments achieved by our teams and student-athletes, it really was an amazing season," said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe.

Fourteen out of the 19 BYU teams that compete in the MWC picked up championship titles this year. It is the first time since the 1978-79 season that football, men's basketball and women's basketball won outright regular-season league titles in the same year.

Men's volleyball and gymnastics, which do not compete in the MWC, also achieved success. Men's volleyball, ranked No. 1 several times throughout the season, finished second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Gymnastics followed suit, advancing to NCAA Regionals and ranking as high as No. 19.

The Cougars were well represented at the national level. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics ranked BYU No. 26 in its Directors' Cup Standings, the highest-ranked school from a non-automatic BCS-qualifying conference.

Eleven teams earned a top-25 final national ranking, with men's volleyball ranking the highest at No. 4. Other top-25 finishes/rankings include men's cross country (No. 8), women's golf (No. 13), women's soccer (No. 14), football (No. 15), men's golf (No. 17), women's cross country (No. 17), women's volleyball (No. 20), women's track and field (No. 21), men's basketball (No. 24) and men's track and field (No. 25).

Eighteen teams advanced to their respective postseason championships with 17 teams qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Football proved its postseason success defeating the University of Oregon 38-8 in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl.

Several individual accomplishments by student-athletes contributed to the Cougars' success. Thirty-four athletes were named All-Americans in their respective sports. Josh Rohatinsky was named Division I Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year after winning the national championship, and second-round NFL draft pick John Beck was ranked second in the nation for passing efficiency.

Additional national achievements included Niklas Arrhenius winning the NCAA Championship in the discus and men's volleyball player Yamil Perez being named AVCA National Newcomer of the Year.

BYU's success in the MWC was evident with 156 athletes being named All-MWC, 10 of whom also received MWC Player/Athlete of the Year. Those honored with the award included Jesse Craig (baseball), Keena Young (men's basketball), Dani Wright (women's basketball), Josh Rohatinsky (men's cross country), Kassi Andersen (women's cross country), John Beck (football), Rachel Newren (women's golf), Brandon Watson (men's diving), Jodi Norton (softball), and Brett Allen (men's swimming).

Beyond the success on the field, the Cougars also excelled in the classroom. Leading the entire conference, 243 BYU student-athletes earned Academic All-MWC honors with 141 named scholar athletes.

The student-athletes were not the only ones to receive recognition. Twelve BYU coaches were named MWC Coach of the Year including football coach Bronco Mendenhall, who also received the American Football Coaches Association Region V Coach of the Year Award, men's golf coach Bruce Brockbank, who was also the Southwest Region Coach of the Year, and women's track coach Craig Poole, who was the Mountain Region Coach of the Year in addition to receiving both indoor and outdoor MWC awards. Others receiving MWC Coach of the Year honors included Dave Rose (men's basketball), Jeff Judkins (women's basketball), Sue Nyhus (women's golf), Stan Crump (women's swimming), Keith Russell (diving), Craig Manning (women's tennis), Ed Eyestone (men's cross country), Patrick Shane (women's cross country), and Mark Robison (men's track and field, indoor and outdoor).

"Everyone in our department plays a role in our success from the student-athletes to the coaches to our support staff," said Holmoe. "We are very proud of their hard work and success."

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